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Dean Telano, Muay Thai Yogi, punching a boxing bag

Dean, fondly known as the "Muay Thai Yogi," is at the forefront of leading others to heal through yoga, qigong, meditation, breathwork, Reiki, and sound and crystal therapy. Dean holds a PhD in Natural Health, and two Master Degrees; one in Exercise Physiology, and the other in Yoga Education, with a focus on Prenatal Yoga and Children’s Yoga. His advanced degrees paved the path of extensive involvement in the health and fitness fields, nutrition, yoga, meditation, sound healing, and energy work for the past 40 years.  Additionally, he is a former adjunct professor, author, blogger, Medical Qigong Therapist, and Gong Master.  Dean travels to give seminars and workshops to support his 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization – Kind Karma Worldwide®Furthermore, Dean Telano is the founder of Kind Karma Reiki Institute (KRII) and Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy (VAST).

Dean, co-owner of Kind Karma Yoga & Holistic Center, is dedicated to promoting wellness as a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. He leads an array of programs to achieve this, including Yoga, Meditation, Gong and Sound Therapy, Awakening Qigong, Crystal Healing, and Reiki Healing courses – even Kind Karma® Animal Reiki! As a Certified Crystal Therapist, Ethereal Crystal Reiki Master, and Nature Shaman Reiki Master, Dean offers courses in crystal healing and tapping into the power of animals, nature, and the elemental realm for guidance on your life path.

Dean has been registered as a Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2001. His extensive training and study in Yoga includes Kind Karma® Yoga, Rahini Yoga®, Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Power, Raja, Kundalini Maha, Tibetan, Naam, Yin and Advanced Yin, MEM Gong Yoga, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga, as well as Prenatal and Children's Yoga.

Dean, the founder of Awakening Meditation, has over thirty years of experience as a certified meditation teacher (500 Hour CMT). His training and expertise in meditation encompasses Shamatha, Zhine, Mantra, Mindfulness, Dzogchen, Zen, Movement Meditation, and Crystal Meditation.

Fondly Known as, "Muay Thai Yogi"

Dean's Story

In his early sixties, Dean Telano began practicing Muay Thai.  Despite Dean's senior citizen status, spinal limitations, chronic kidney disease, IBS, and struggles with migraines, he competes with much younger opponents and embraces the challenges of Muay Thai as a martial art.  Dean uses Muay Thai as a powerful way to harmonize body, mind, and spirit.  He is drawn to the spiritual aspects and rituals, such as Wai Kru, within the practice.

Through consistent dedication to Muay Thai and over 40 years of training in holistic modalities, Dean has enhanced the effectiveness of his other practices.  He not only trains and teaches but also lectures, in addition to founding Kind Karma® Yoga, Awakening Meditation, Awakening Qigong, and VAST: Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy.

Dean's exploration of Buddhist traditions aligns perfectly with his Muay Thai practice, fostering inner strength, respect, and humility.

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Founder of Kind Karma® Worldwide
501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Kind Karma Worldwide® mission is to establish a worldwide community for positive change through heart consciousness-driven initiatives and vibrational empowerment: Kind Karma Cares; Planet Kind Karma; Kind Karma Kids R Key; and Kind Karma Community Rocks!

We are propagating positivity and high vibrational energies to help usher in a new earth awakening, and shaping our world's future by empowering the present.

We welcome you to visit us:

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"Often our voice is found in our compassionate actions."
– Dean Telano


  • PhD- Natural Health.

  • MS- Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition.

  • Certified Natural Healer.

  • Certified Crystal Healing Practitioner.

  • Certified Chakra Healing Practitioner.

  • Certified Aromatherapist. 

  • Certified EFT Practitioner: 1, 2 & 3.

  • Certified Advanced Level Angelic Healer.

  • Certified: Shaman of the Fae; Faery Lightworker; Faery Crystal Practitioner.

  • Reiki Certifications:​

    • Kind Karma® Reiki Grand Master-24 (KKRGM).

    • Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master.

    • Usui/Holy Fire® III Reiki Master.

    • Holy Fire III Reiki Master Teacher.

    • Holy Fire® III Karuna Reiki® Master.

    • Animal Reiki Master.

    • Nature Shaman Reiki Master.

    • Celtic Reiki Master.

    • Crystal Reiki Master.

    • Karuna Ki Reiki Master.

    • Kundalini Reiki Master.

    • Karmic Reiki Master.

    • Gold Reiki Master.

    • Faery Reiki Master.

    • Angel Empowerment Reiki Master/Teacher.

    • Archangelic Seichim Reiki Master.

  • Additional Reiki Training, Attunements & Certifications: Reiki for Children; Diamond Reiki; Crystalline Reiki; DNA Reiki; Past Life Reiki; Birth Trauma Reiki; Balance All Reiki; Location Reiki; Ethereal Crystals Reiki (Master Teacher Level).

  • Published Author:

    • Kind Karma Worldwide™: Inspiring Quotes & Empowering Thoughts for Raising the Vibration of Humanity.

    • Kind Karma® Kids Yoga: Awaken Your Inner Shaman. (Graphic Designs Created by Dean Telano).

    • Kind Karma® Yin Yoga: Listening to Your Authentic Self .

    • Kind Karma® Animal Reiki: Healing Our Kindred Companions.

    • Crystal Therapy: Raise Your Vibration and Awaken Your Inner Light.

    • Vibrational Academy of Sound Therapy: Sound Healing Essentials.

    • Vibrational Training for Group Sound Baths.

  • Creator of Children's Yoga & Shape Breathing Posters:

    • Yoga Breathing Exercises for Kids - #1.

    • Yoga Breathing Exercises for Kids - #2.

    • Shape Breathing Exercises for Kids - #1.

    • Shape Breathing Exercises for Kids - #2. 

Professional Yoga, Sound Therapy & Meditation Training
  • Registered Yoga Teacher: Yoga Alliance – Since 2001.

  • Yoga Alliance Designations: E-RYT 500 – Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher.  RCYT – Yoga Alliance Registered Children's Yoga Teacher.  RPYT – Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher.  YACEP – Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider.

  • Certified & Completed 200 Hour Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga: High-Tech Yoga Institute of America – Dr. V.S. Rao (Vedula Satyananda Rao). 

  • Certified & Completed 500 Hour Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga: High-Tech Yoga Institute of America – Dr. V.S. Rao (Vedula Satyananda Rao). 

  • Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Tibetan Bon Yoga – Tsa Lung Trul Khor: Ligmincha Institute. Tibetan Yoga postures, practices & sequencing; pranayama; meditation; subtle body, energy anatomy & chakras; Zhine; Dzogchen.

  • Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Yin Yoga: yin yoga poses, alignment, class sequencing & themes;  energy anatomy, chakras, nadis & meridians; pranayama; meditation.

  • Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Advanced Yin Yoga: Yoga Nidra; yin yoga poses in-depth; class theme building & class sequencing considerations; chakras, five koshas & meridian study; pranayama, chanting & meditation.

  • Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Children's Yoga. Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Kidding Around Yoga: preschool to teenage; mommy & me; class formats/themes; yoga poses; pranayama; meditation; yoga nidra; story-telling; arts & crafts; games & activities; songs & chants.

  • Certified & Completed 200 Hour Teacher Training in Kundalini Yoga: Yogamu Institute. Kundalini Yoga class sequences & kriyas; meditation; pranyama; mantras; mudras; bandhas; energy anatomy; yoga nidra; Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

  • Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Workshops: Studied with Ravi Singh. Attended training workshops led by Yogi Bhajan.
  • Kundalini Maha Yoga: Hatha yoga, pranayama, japa/mantra meditation.

  • Restorative Yoga Therapist. Certified & Completed Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training: Yoga Nidra; restorative yoga & gentle yoga; supported postures & prop usage; breathwork; hands-on-healing; guided meditation; aging population; pregnancy; aromatherapy.

  • Gong Master & MEM Gong Yoga Teacher. Certified & Completed Gong Master and Gong Yoga of Holistic Resonance Teacher Training: Awarded the title of Gong Master; Gong Healing, Meditation Baths & Puja; Tibetan Singing Bowls; Shruti; Conch; Over-Toning; Pranayama; MEM Gong Yoga Kriyas.

  • Therapeutic Sound Healer. Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Integrated Clinical Therapy with Tibetan Singing Bowls: Academy of Sound Healing. Tibetan bowls sound healing; brainwave relaxation therapy & Yoga Nidra; yoga & meditation; holistic healing; specific population groups.

  • Certified Meditation Teacher, 500 Hour Level. Completed Teacher Training in Raja Yoga & Meditation: High-Tech Yoga Institute of America – Dr. V.S. Rao (Vedula Satyananda Rao).
  • Certified & Completed Meditation Teacher Training. Meditation Alliance International.
  • Received Master Degree in Yoga Education: High-Tech Yoga Institute of America – Dr. V.S. Rao/Vedula Satyananda Rao (Focus: Prenatal Yoga & Children's Yoga).

Lineage: Dean Telano's Hatha Yoga & Raja Yoga Teacher – Dr. V.S. Rao (Vedula Satyananda Rao), was a Disciple of His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati, and the Yogi Saint, “Ramlalji Maharaj".
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Yoga Alliance Logo YACEP
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Qigong & Martial Arts Training
  • Initiated into the Dragon Gate Taoist Lineage through Sifu Sat Chuen Hon — 21st Dragon Gate Lineage Holder of the Complete Reality Taoist School.
  • Medical Qigong Therapist.

  • Certified in Qigong Healing – Level 4 (Advanced Level: Grandmaster Dr. Warner Chen, 2001).

  • Certified as Medical Qigong Educator (Sifu Sat Chuen Hon).

  • Certified in Chinese Medical Qigong: The Three Treasures Form (Master Tina Chunna Zhang).

  • Certified in Standing Healing & Relaxation Forms (Master Tianyou Hao).

  • Founder of “Awakening Qigong" & "Crystal Awakening Qigong".

  • National Qigong Association - Professional Member.

Lineage: Dragon Gate is a 14th century Taoist lineage of internal energy circulation through gentle movement, breathing exercises, sound, hand mudras, visualization, and sacred calligraphy.
Martial Arts
  • Current Training: Muay Thai/Kickboxing.
  • Experience: Taekwondo; Hung-Ga Kung Fu.
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