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Yin and Pins Autumn: Balancing Body Energy & Mind

Acupuncture and yoga Yin and Pins Autumn

Yin & Pins

Saturday 13 April 3.30-5.00pm

Welcome to Yin and Pins Autumn Edition workshop. As the leaves change color and the air grows crisp, it’s the perfect time to harmonize your body, mind, and energy with the season’s energetic shifts. Our specially crafted workshop combines the gentle, restorative practices of Yin Yoga with the ancient healing art of acupuncture to align your energy with the autumn season, both from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic perspective.

Autumn Energy Balancing: A Dual Perspective
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) View: In TCM, autumn is associated with the element of Metal, reflecting structure, organization, and the ability to let go. This workshop focuses on nurturing the lung and large intestine meridians, enhancing your Qi flow, and supporting your body’s natural detoxification processes. It’s a time to cultivate peace, gather inner strength, and prepare for the inward shift of winter.
  • Ayurvedic View: From an Ayurvedic view in autumn the vata energy can become easily unbalanced. Vata is related to the wind element, is about change, movement, and creativity. When the vata energy is out of balance there can be symptoms such as dryness, stress, anxiety, insomnia and all kinds of emotional and mental disturbance. The practices in this workshop are designed to ground and stabilize Vata, promoting calmness, stability, and nourishment.



The Yin sequence is designed to awaken the energetic channels through the deep release of connective tissue. This allows free flow of chi, as well as settling any nervous energy and tension in the body.

Our practice will then flow onto an extended savasana where Acupuncturist Dean will provide a seasonally tailored Acupuncture session focusing on the lung and large intestine meridians to promote the health of the Autumn energy.


Be prepared to feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and deeply nourished after this workshop. Due to the unique nature of this workshop, limited space is available.


Saturday 13 April 3.30-5.00pm

  • Taoist Breathing 
  • Yin Yoga 
  • Acupuncture by Dean (Acupuncture needles will be in each student for 20 minutes)
  • Guided relaxation and yoga nidra  during the Acupuncture.
  • 3.30pm: closing with herbal tea to strengthen the energy for Autumn – a chance to ask questions to Dean about this session and all things TCM. 

Cost : $49


Dean’s Yoga Studio & Acupuncture Clinic
B1/400 Rosedale Road, Albany, Northshore, Auckland

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About Dean

About Dean

Dean born raised in New Zealand who has had the good fortune to be able to travel the world and learn from some of the most extraordinary teachers. Over the past 20+ years, Dean has studied Tibetan, Chinese, Indian and native American healing and spiritual traditions with renowned masters. This training has given Dean a unique understanding of how to balance, harmonize and coordinate the body, energy and mind of the individual.

Dean has a 1200hr diploma in yoga and a diploma in Yantra Yoga the Tibetan yoga of movement which is one of the oldest and most profound systems of yoga. Dean has a Bachelor of heath science and is a qualified acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. Dean is a registered Acupuncturist, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage practitioner with the Chinese medicine council New Zealand.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This workshop is designed for all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. We will guide you through each practice, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience.

No, everyone is welcome! Whether you’re exploring acupuncture and yoga for the first time or are a seasoned practitioner, this workshop will offer valuable insights and practices.

Acupuncture is an external therapy that is part of traditional Chinese medicine. Thin acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points on the body to affect the qi of the individual

An underlying principle of TCM is that illness and pain occur when the body’s qi, yin or yang, energy is out of balance. All the methods within TCM aim to bring these energies into harmony and balance.

Acupuncture needles are inserted into specific points on the body which are often located on meridians (energy channels). The acupuncturist will then contact the qi of the person and manipulate the needle using specific needle techniques for the desired outcome. For example, if someone has insomnia and stress a needle technique to lower and vent excessive energy will be used. Afterwards, the person would feel very calm and relaxed, on the other hand, if someone was suffering from muscle pain caused by ashi points ( trigger points) a different needle technique would be used to break up the qi blockage causing the pain. For full power good quality acupuncture, it is indispensable for the acupuncture practitioner to have a solid qi practice such as qi qigong. If the practitioner cannot control the qi in his or herself, they will not be able to affect the qi of the client. Without qi, acupuncture is just sticking a needle into a body.

The precise mechanisms by which acupuncture works are still not fully understood, but various scientific theories have been proposed.

  1. Neuroanatomical theory: This theory suggests that stimulation of the acupuncture points stimulates nerve fibers and activate pain pathways in the central nervous system, leading to the release of natural pain-relieving substances like endorphins.

  2. Biochemical theory: This theory suggests that acupuncture can modulate the levels of certain chemicals in the body, such as neurotransmitters and hormones, that play a role in pain perception and regulation.

Your safety is our priority. All acupuncture will be performed by licensed professional in a clean, safe environment using sterile, single-use needles. Acupuncture is safe when practiced by a qualified, good quality practitioner who knows what they are doing. The average training to become an acupuncturist is three to four years of full-time study. It can be unsafe when people are not trained well by quality teachers. It is a great idea to research the training and experience of the practitioner.

When the needle goes in you will feel a little pricking sensation and often you do not feel anything at all this is because the needles are ultra-thin. After the acupuncture needle is inserted you may feel nothing or a sensation like warmth, movement, tingling, a mild or strong electrical current. Acupuncture treatments can vary depending on the individual client’s condition, constitution, emotions, and energy levels. The acupuncture with yin and pins will be gentle.

It is common after acupuncture at yin and pins to feel super relaxed like floating on a cloud, more warmth, energy and vitality, a feeling of lightness, a feeling of stability and being grounded, increased clarity of mind and a brighter vision you could also feel tired.