"The beauty of Kind Karma Yoga is that its openness comes from the heart; therefore, it's for everyone - no one is excluded."
- Dean Telano, Founder of Kind Karma Yoga

Dean Telano, Founder of Kind Karma, meditating


Dean Telano, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, KKRGM-24

Spiritual Name, Sukh Shabad

Dean Telano has been involved in fitness, nutrition, yoga, meditation, sound healing and energy work for more than 35 years. Dean teaches wellness is a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.  He is a former adjunct professor, author, exercise physiologist, meditation coach and Gong Master.  Dean has been a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2001.

Dean's yoga training and study includes Kind Karma Yoga, Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Power, Raja, Kundalini Maha, Tibetan, Naam, Yin, MEM Gong Yoga, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga, and Children's Yoga. Additionally, he has extensive years of study and training in: Bon, Sakya, and New Kadampa Buddhist Traditions; Shamatha, Mantra, Dzogchen, and Zen Meditation; Taoism; and Ayurveda. Sukh Shabad teaches Yoga, Meditation, Gong & Sound, Awaken with Meditation, Awaken Qigong, Awaken Crystal Qigong, Kind Karma® Reiki Grand Master Courses, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki ®, Crystal Reiki and Animal & Pet Reiki. 

  • Ph.D.- Natural Health.

  • M.S.- Exercise Physiology & Sports Nutrition.

  • Certified Natural Healer.

  • Certified Crystal Healing Practitioner.

  • Certified Aromatherapist. 

  • Certified EFT Practitioner: 1, 2 & 3.

  • Certified Advanced Level Angelic Healer; Archangelic Seichim Reiki Master; Angel Empowerment Reiki Master/Teacher.

  • Shaman of the Fae; Faery Lightworker; Faery Crystal Practitioner; Faery Reiki Master.

  • Reiki Certifications:​ Kind Karma® Reiki Grand Master-24 (KKRGM); Nature Shaman Reiki Master; Celtic Reik Master; Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master; Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master; Crystal Reiki Master; Animal & Pet Reiki Master; Karuna Ki Reiki Master; Kundalini Reiki Master; Karmic Reiki Master; Gold 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).

  • Teacher Training Manuals Authored By Dean Telano:​ Rahini Yoga:"Fundamentals of Rahini Yoga"; Meditation: "Awaken with Meditation". Reiki: 1st & 2nd Degree Manual; Advanced Reiki Training (ART) Manual; Reiki Master Manual. Yin Yoga: "Yin Yoga: In the Spirit of Kind Karma® Yoga."

Professional Yoga & Meditation Training
  • Registered Yoga Teacher: Yoga Alliance - Since 2001.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Kid's Yoga Teacher. 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 Teacher Training in Hatha Yoga: 200 Hour & 500 Hour Levels: High-Tech Yoga Institute of America – Dr. V.S. Rao (Vedula Satyananda Rao). 

  • Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Raja Yoga & Meditation: 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Workshops: Studied with Ravi Singh; Attended workshops & trainings led by Yogi Bhajan.

  • Kundalini Maha Yoga: Hatha yoga, pranayama, japa/mantra meditation.

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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Qigong Training & Experience
  • 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 “Awaken Qigong" & "Crystal Awaken 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 Experience
  • Taekwondo.
  • Hung-Ga Kung Fu/Si Lum Hung Kuen.

  • Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan).

  • Baguazhang.

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