As well as being a skilled therapist, Dean is also a professional Yoga teacher with more than 20 years of yoga experience. Dean has travelled and studied with renowned yoga and qigong masters in the Indian, Tibetan and Chinese traditions, and has a diploma in both hatha yoga and yantra yoga – the Tibetan yoga of movement. Dean is particularly interested in the system of Tibetan yoga called yantra yoga and is currently the only authorised teacher in New Zealand. Dean was personally authorised to teach Yantra Yoga by his master teacher, the Tibetan Dzogchen master Chogyal Namkhai Norbu.
Dean has a traditional approach to teaching yoga not only focusing on physical aspects of yoga but incorporates the energy and mind. It is his view that for yoga to be yoga there must be these three aspects of body, energy and mind. Yoga is not about being super flexible and should be adaptable, so anyone can practice, young or old, flexible or inflexible.
From his practice in Albany, Dean actively draws from his knowledge of the traditional healing systems of Tibet, China and India to create treatment plans tailor-made to each customer. These may include yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, and other practices to assist with the healing process. Dean also takes the time to consider with you how other factors such as lifestyle, diet, and work environment, may be contributing to your health issues.
Dean has a special interest in yoga for health and how it relates to the various traditional healing systems. He currently offers one-on-one yoga sessions and yoga-therapy, a holistic approach to healing, taking inspiration from every traditional healing system from the east, using the particular exercises and techniques to assist in maintaining optimal health, and healing illnesses.
Each of these yoga systems differ in their characteristics and application. However, what they all have in common is that they work to strengthen, harmonise and coordinate the body, energy, and mind resulting in optimal health and vitality.
Yantra yoga the Tibetan yoga of movement is one of the oldest recorded systems of yoga in the world. It has come to us by way of Tibet …
The emphases of yin yoga is softening, releasing and relaxing the body, energy and the mind.
Hatha Yoga helps to create strength and flexibility. It helps to reduce stress, creates balance, and promotes energy.