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Brooklyn: Debbie Desmond

Debbie Desmond

Name: Debbie Desmond

Hometown: Middle of Nowhere, Conn.

Current residence: Grand Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Occupation: Founder of Namaste Yoga and Tranquility Center

How did you enter the world of so-called alternative healing? I had an issue with going to the doctor and getting some quick-fix prescription that only masked the symptoms without solving the problem. The more yoga and meditation I did, the better I felt. I wanted to help other people feel similarly.

What was the biggest challenge you faced when establishing your own business? Where in the world I should open this place.

Describe your family in five words: Compassionate, bonkers, creative, refreshing, complex.

How can we all beat the winter flu? Inverting (headstand, shoulder stand) is great for strengthening the immune system. If you’re already sick, fast. Drink only tea and water, especially if it’s a stomach flu. People always think they need to eat to give the body strength, but when you get the flu it’s nature’s way of telling you the body needs a break.


Rosecrans Baldwin co-founded TMN with publisher Andrew Womack in 1999. His latest book is Everything Now: Lessons From the City-State of Los Angeles. More information can be found at More by Rosecrans Baldwin

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