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

Affectionately Known As Sukh Shabad

Founder of Kind Karma® Yoga

Creator of Awaken with Meditation, Awaken Qigong & Awaken Crystal Qigong

Dean Telano Founder of Kind Karma Yoga

"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

Dean Telano has been involved in holistic health, wellness, fitness, yoga, meditation, Buddhism and energy work for more than 35 years. A former adjunct professor, Dean emphasizes total wellness of mind, body, emotions and spirit. He is an author, blogger, lecturer, exercise physiologist, meditation coach and Gong Master.​ Dean has been a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2001.

Dean Telano teaches Awaken Qigong and is a Shaman of the Elements, Therapeutic Sound Healer, Kind Karma® Reiki Grand Master-24, and has certifications in Restorative Therapeutic Yoga, Crystal Energy Therapy, Aromatherapy, Angelic Energy Therapy and Emotional Freedom Tapping - Meridian Energy Tapping.

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. Dean teaches Yoga, Meditation, Sound and Gong Healing, Awaken with Meditation, Awaken Qigong, Awaken Crystal Qigong, Kind Karma® Reiki Grand Master Courses, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki ® Healing, Crystal Reiki and Animal & Pet Reiki. ​

Dean has studied and trained with many teachers from many traditions including: Kundalini Yoga with Ravi Singh and received his spiritual name – Sukh Shabad Singh, from Yogi Bhajan; Hatha and Raja Yoga, and Meditation with Dr. Vedula Satyananda Rao- “Babaji”; Tibetan Yoga & Meditation with Alejandro Chaoul-Reich, Ph.D. & Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche; Yin Yoga with Corina Benner; Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett & Arturo Peal; MEM Gong Yoga with Gong Grandmaster Don Conreaux; Bon Buddhism and Meditation with Latri Geshe Nyima Dakpa Rinpoche & Geshe Murig Nyima Kunchap Rinpoche; Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin; Qigong Healing and Medical Qigong with Sifu Sat Hon, Master Tianyou Hao, Grandmaster Dr. Chen & Tina Zhang; Zen Buddhism and Meditation with Sensei Janet Jiryu Abels & Sensei Gregory Hosho Abels; Kundalini Maha Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Japa and Meditation with Shri Anandi Ma & Shri Deleepji; Hung-Ga Kung Fu with Sifu Rik Kellerman; and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki ® with William Lee Rand.​​

Rahini Yoga

Dr. Dean Telano's Credentials

Over 35 Years of Experience

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

​Dean Telano's Credentials​​​

  • 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 Reiki Master; Usui/Tibetan Reiki Master; Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki®; Master; Crystal Reiki Master; Animal & Pet Reik 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 Crystal Reiki (Master Teacher Level). 

  • Teacher Training Manuals Authored By Dean Telano: Rahini Yoga: "Fundamentals of Rahini Yoga"; "Rahini Yoga: Yoga of Spiritual Alignment""Essential Yoga Poses of Rahini Yoga"Meditation: "Awaken with Meditation". Reiki Manuals: 1st Degree; 2nd Degree; Advanced Reiki Training (ART); Reiki Master. Yin Yoga: "Yin Yoga: In the Spirit of Rahini Yoga."

Professional Yoga & Meditation Training

  • Founder of Kind Karma Yoga.

  • 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: Therapeutic Yoga Training Program: restorative yoga & gentle yoga; supported postures & prop usage; breathwork; hands-on-healing; guided meditation; restoration for illness, injury, emotional/mental stress; 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 Meditation; Gong Baths, Gong Puja & Gong Therapeutic Healing; Tibetan Singing Bowls; Shruti; Conch; Over-Toning; Chiometer; Starhenge Sacred Geometry; Pranayama; MEM Gong Yoga Kriyas.

  • Kids Yoga Teacher. Certified & Completed Teacher Training in Kidding Around Yoga: preschool to teenage; mommy & me; class formats/themes; safety; communication; yoga poses; pranayama; meditation; yoga nidra; raja yoga; 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 – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: 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 I: yin yoga poses, alignment, class sequencing & themes; yin yoga philosophy, yin/yang & tension/compression; energy anatomy, chakras, nadis & meridians; pranayama; meditation.

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

  • 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 & meditation; stress reduction; treatment for physical ailments; holistic healing; different population groups).

  • Received Master Degree in Yoga Education: High-Tech Yoga Institute of America – Dr. V.S. Rao/Vedula Satyananda Rao (Focus: Prenatal & Children).

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

  • Kundalini Maha Yoga: Hatha Yoga, pranayama, japa meditation.

*Lineage: Please note, Sukh Shabad's Hatha Yoga & Raja Yoga Teacher – Dr. V.S. Rao, or Vedula Satyananda Rao, was a Disciple of “His Holiness Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati”.  Additionally, Dr. V.S. Rao’s Main Guru and Mentor was “Yogi Ramlalji Maharaj".

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.

  • Currently Studying as a Master 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".

*DRAGON GATE is a 14th century Taoist lineage of internal energy circulation through gentle movement, breathing exercises, sound, hand mudras and sacred calligraphy.

Martial Arts & Self-Defense Experience

  • Hung-Ga Kung Fu/Si Lum Hung Kuen.

  • Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan).

  • Baguazhang.


  • American Alternative Medical Association - Board Certified.

  • National Qigong Association - Professional Member.

  • The International Center for Reiki Training - Registered & Certified.

  • International Association of Therapists.

  • Reiki Membership Association.

  • Sound Healers Association.

  • Therapeutic Yoga Teachers Directory - USA.

  • Yin Yoga Teachers Directory - USA.

  • Kidding Around Yoga Directory.

  • Yoga Alliance - E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP.