Walking meditation was a beautiful way to begin the day at Yandara. I enjoyed waking up with the waves and reflecting on the day to come.
Potential students should come for the yoga and stay for the food! The kitchen did a wonderful job at providing and excellent variety of yummy prana charged cuisine.
Deborah Charnes - San Antonio, TX
Deborah Charnes Biography
CYT 200, RYT 200
From the Windy City via Miami and South America to San Antonio, Deborah has been a hatha yoga, meditation and pranayama (deep breathing) enthusiast everywhere she has lived. Now, as part of the Karma Yoga path, her goal is to share yoga/Ayurvedic therapy techniques with her students so that they can enjoy their lives to the fullest.
Deborah understands firsthand the physical symptoms that can arise from a stressful life, along with the solution. Through adherence to the multiple branches of ashtanga yoga Deborah has reduced her blood sugar level and nearly eradicated decades of chronic pain. As a teenager, she recognized the value of deep breathing, deep stretching, along with deep sips of herbal tea to lessen the outer influences and maintain a more positive and peaceful state of mind.
It is her desire to draw on her professional training and personal practice to help people of all ages and with any range of physical or emotional challenges to improve their level of health, and reduce stress, through simple techniques that can be practiced anywhere, anytime and by anyone.
She brings to her students a broad variety of learnings. Deborah has participated in multiple extended intensives at the Sivananda Ashram where hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama, bhakti yoga (devotion) and karma yoga (selflessness) are practiced almost 12 hours daily. To branch out, she attended yoga workshops with ashtanga master David Swenson and participated in a Kripalu-inspired retreat in Italy prior to completing her Yoga Alliance 200 hour certified teacher training at the Yandara Institute in Mexico.
In 2011, she spent a month in southern India, the cradle of Ayurveda, India’s 5000-year-old life science. At an ashram there, she studied Ayurvedic principles, learned Ayurvedic massage therapy, Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking, and how to create personalized Ayurvedic treatment plans.
As part of her passion for wellness, she is working on her 700 hour certification with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has her certification in Yin Therapy, Restorative Yoga Therapy and Yoga Nidra Therapy, and has studied Acupressure and Reiki levels 1-3 to complement the holistic approach.
Off the mat, she has been a part of the mayor’s citywide fitness initiative since 2011. She has taught free yoga in the parks of San Antonio and at each SiClovía. Beyond the dedication to health, nutrition and fitness, she is a contributing author of two university public relations textbooks, maintains a travel blog on mysa.com, publishes her own yoga blogs atTheNamasteCounsel.com and writes health-related articles for many other media outlets.