From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram

Wisdom for Mind, Body and Spirit

Non-Fiction - Self Help
262 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2023
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Author Biography

Riddled with chronic low back pain and digestive disorders since childhood, Deborah Charnes spent 50 years exploring the world, uncovering secrets to health and happiness.

For two decades, Deborah Charnes managed hundreds of news conferences, editorial board meetings, press briefings, and one-on-one interviews. She worked with security, communications, and advance teams for John McCain, Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, Dr. Jill Biden, Bernie Sanders, megastar Jennifer Lopez, and the Vice President of El Salvador.

To balance the chaotic scales directing major league campaigns, it was essential for her to soothe the stress and 24/7 schedule with body, mind, and soul lifesavers.

In 2011, Deborah left the high-pressure demands as an international corporate marketing communications strategist. Moving forward, she dedicated that same energy to positive transformation of herself and others. She vowed to never stop learning—or sharing.

She became one of the first bilingual certified yoga therapists in the U.S. and began coaching people of all ages and with many physical or emotional challenges. To that end, she has created a dozen signature therapeutic workshops. Among them are Dem Bones, Gutsy Yoga, Chill Out, Breath of Life, Chant and Be Happy, Tummy Bust, First Love Yourself, and the Sugar Drop.

Her deep commitment to helping others achieve maximum well-being led her to write "From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram" and lead yoga and therapeutic workshops throughout the Americas, Italy, and India.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram: Wisdom for Mind, Body and Spirit is a self-help book that touches on life lessons and holistic health. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by Deborah Charnes. In this intuitive, engaging, and deeply wise work, our author takes us through many of the difficult challenges we may face in our lives through the attitudes and experiences of a wide variety of mentors. Whilst some are what you’d expect from a work about self-improvement and harmony within oneself, there are also gurus from much more unexpected places, forming a fascinating picture of how we can develop into our best selves.

Deborah Charnes knows exactly how to pitch her work to give access and empathy to as wide a range of readers as possible. Even the most cynical audiences who might not usually find self-help works empowering or relatable would be hard-pressed not to find Charnes’s tone engaging or resist her well-organized collection of wisdom nuggets. There is charm to be found in everyday moments without the need for huge gestures or big spiritual trips to find oneself, and this book certainly helps you on your journey to find small ways to combat big problems. As someone who lives with chronic pain, the journey to healing and being at peace with your body is often fraught with mental anguish that’s just as damaging as the physical sensations. This book teaches you how to just go easy on yourself and accept new forms of healing into your life. I would certainly recommend From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram to any reader seeking a well-written, friendly, and balanced approach to spirituality, healing, and harmony.

Pikasho Deka

Life is full of unexpected challenges that come along the way. In these hectic times, it is sometimes difficult to keep healthy lifestyles that enrich the soul and nourish the body and mind. In From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram: Wisdom for Mind, Body and Spirit, former corporate marketing executive turned holistic coach Deborah Charnes offers readers genuine insights and practices to help them find and maintain the perfect balance of body, mind, and spirit. Plagued by chronic back pain and digestive disorders in her childhood, Charnes sought various alternative approaches to Western medicine before finding relief and healing through Eastern holistic practices that have been around for thousands of years. With this book, you will learn to practice mindfulness, use yoga as emotional support to navigate trauma and stress, laugh away your pain, and sing your way to inner peace.

Deborah Charnes encapsulates the experiences and wisdom of twelve extraordinary men and women from various backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions to deliver an all-in-one handbook incorporating life lessons for the mind, body, and spirit. From the Boxing Ring to the Ashram takes you on a journey wide and far, introducing you to the practices and traditions of Eastern civilizations from thousands of years ago. The book sheds light on the Indian medicinal system of Ayurveda, which focuses on preventing diseases and the imbalance of bodily functions. Charnes overviews the dietary practices according to Ayurvedic principles and urges readers to avoid alcohol and other indulgent behavior altogether. I found the book educational as well as inspiring. Highly recommended.

Amy Raines

From The Boxing Ring To The Ashram: Wisdom For Mind, Body, And Spirit is written by Deborah Charnes. This book is divided into three sections that are targeted lessons for the mind, body, and soul. One guru teaches several techniques in meditation and mindfulness. Another teaches students to embrace a more involved and evolved mindset through yoga and meditation rather which is one of the best practices for those with some mental illnesses or PTSD. Rewiring the mind is an important step in opening it to the possibilities of living a life that is full, happy, nourished, and well-adjusted. For one guru, that meant finding happiness and peace as he traveled and participated in life-altering demonstrations for human equality. Don’t forget the muscular system is not the only thing that needs to be exercised! Be sure to check out the meditation exercises to help you get started and find new ways to thrive through the challenges of life.

This book has very interesting, useful, and important information that will educate the reader on yoga techniques that improve life in many fundamental ways. I love the portions that describe techniques that the reader can try out any time they like. The author’s personal experiences with learning from each teacher are inspiring stories that will encourage the reader to incorporate yoga and meditation into their life, dismiss material things as unnecessary luxuries they are in favor of the more basic yet peaceful things needed to be truly happy. I also love the way the author took control of her own health and well-being by making dietary changes that helped her medical conditions in more effective and less harmful ways. I recommend From The Boxing Ring To The Ashram: Wisdom For Mind, Body, and Spirit written by Deborah Charnes to those that enjoy life-changing self-help and motivational works. I hope this well-versed writer releases more books like this one and continue to inspire others to rewire their mind, their life, and their spirit.