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Yin & Pins Winter Rejuvenation

Yin & Pins

Saturday 2 July 2.00-3.30pm

Join us for a beautiful Winter offering with the healing power of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). This afternoon will be blending different modalities of TCM, combining Yin Yoga and Acupuncture to deeply nourish you in the Winter season.

Winter represents the most Yin aspect in Chinese Medicine. Yin is the dark, cold, slow, inward energy. This is in contrast to the Yang of Summer whose energy represents light, hot, quick, expansive qualities. The Summer weather is warm, the days are longer and people are out being active. 

In TCM Winter is ruled by the water element, which is associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands. According to the philosophy of traditional Chinese medicine, the kidneys are considered the source of all energy (Qi) within the body. They store all of the reserve Qi in the body so that it can be used in times of stress and change, or to heal, prevent illness, and age gracefully.

During the winter months it is important to nurture and nourish our kidney Qi. It is the time where this energy can be most easily depleted. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter rest, reflection, conservation, and storage.  Rest is important for revitalizing the kidneys, which is why some animals hibernate in Winter.


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 kidney and urinary bladder meridians to promote the health of the Winter energy, and to assist with the resting process of this season.

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 2 July 2.00-3.30pm

  •  Daoist Breathing by Dean
  • Yin Yoga by Marjolein
  •  Acupuncture by Dean (pins will be in each student for 20 minutes)
  • Guided relaxation during the Acupuncture by Marjolein (as students wait to have their pins they will be guided through a Yoga Nidra and those who have the pins in will join the Nidra).
  • 3.30pm: closing with herbal tea to strengthen the energy for winter – 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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This Yin & Pin offering is hosted by Dean Wickenden & Marjolein van Leeuwen 

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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.

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About Marjolein

Marjolein is originally from the Netherlands and now based with her family in Aotearoa. She began her yoga journey in The Netherlands with a classical hatha training and continued following trainings and teaching classes around the world. She have completed Yoga Alliance registered trainings in classical hatha yoga, pre-and postnatal yoga, restorative yoga, yoga nidra and transformational yoga.

Marjolein is the founder of the Yoga Roots studio. She is a sincere yoga lover, dedicated mum, travel addict, foodie and nature lover at heart... Passionate about inspiring others to improve their wellbeing and live a joyful life.