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 qi gong masters in the Indian, Tibetan and Chinese traditions, he 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 authorized teacher in New Zealand, being authorized to teach by his main 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 any one can practice, young or old, flexible or inflexible. Dean has a special interest in yoga for health and how it relates to the various traditional healing system. He offers yoga therapy and often combines this in his treatment plans.


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 ...

Yoga therapy is an holistic approach to healing. Every traditional healing system form the east has particular exercises ...

The emphases of yin yoga is softening, releasing and relaxing the body, energy and the mind.

Yoga, meditation and relaxation practices are a excellent way to relieve stress and practice self-care.

Hatha Yoga helps to create strength and flexibility.  It helps to reduce stress, creates balance, and promotes energy.

Weekly yoga classes at the Kawai Purapura retreat center

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