Deborah Charnes is one of only a handful of bilingual Certified Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) in South and Central Texas. She has coached tumbling two-year-old toddlers and mentally spry 90-year-olds. She has led students on a Tuscan retreat, at a Nicaraguan resort, in rural Costa Rica, at a Belizean high school, and at a healing arts studio in Mexico. Now clients can enjoy peaceful surroundings just an hour away from Austin or San Antonio at her 2-acre mini-retreat center, The Namaste Getaway, in pristine Wimberley, Texas.
Deborah improved her own mental and physical well-being via Sivananda intensives. Swami Sivananda’s holistic approach helped popularize yoga throughout the world. As a result, she is steeped in the philosophy and learnings of Sivananda Yoga which, in effect, is lifestyle management. Part and parcel of the Sivananda way are healthy karma-free eating, meditation, breathwork, bhakti yoga (devotional chanting), and karma yoga (selflessness).
As a teenager, Deborah recognized the value of deep breathing, deep stretching, along with herbal tea to bring about a positive and peaceful state of mind. As a result, she nearly eradicated diabetes, chronic gastro-intestinal, and lower back pain. Now, her drugs of choice are Hatha, bhakti, breathwork, and meditation.
She draws on her decades of training and practice to help others through simple techniques that can be practiced anywhere, anytime.
Deborah has the rank of E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and is a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).
Plus, Deborah was one of the first bilingual therapists certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT). Deborah studied Ayurvedic massage therapy, nutrition and cooking, and treatment plans at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in India. She earned certifications in Laughter as Medicine, Acupressure, and Reiki. Yet, she doesn’t stop learning.
Off the mat, Deborah was on the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council for many years. She taught free yoga at Austin’s VegFest, in San Antonio parks and at SíClovía, San Antonio’s biggest free health and fitness event.
Deborah is committed to improving others’ well-being. She has led free Spanish-language classes for women and children in Mexico, Belize, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica, and for cancer survivors in Dallas.
Passionate about well-being, she is a veteran blogger. More recently, she dedicated her time to write a self-help book based on learnings from a dozen of her gurus around the world.