Owners & Directors of

Kind Karma® Yoga & Holistic Center

Our center provides a gentle, soothing space where everyone can practice yoga, regardless of body type, experience, age or stage of life.  Our Kind Karma Yoga Team embodies yogic humility, a sense of humor, compassion and kindness.

Our Kind Karma® Yoga studio and online classes, holistic training programs, Reiki therapy services and gong & sound baths, emphasize the importance of healing and personal empowerment.  Our mission is to encourage positive karma, or actions, with the intention to lessen negativity by promoting peace, compassion and kindness – on, and off the mat... where yoga truly begins.

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Dean Telano founder of kind karma yoga

Dean Telano, Ph.D., E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, KKRGM-24
Affectionately Known as Sukh Shabad

Founder of Kind Karma Yoga® & Awaken with Meditation.

Creator of Awaken Qigong & Crystal Awaken Qigong.

Ananda (Heidi Zeller), KKRYT-2,000, E-RYT 500, KKRGM-20

Director of Asana Training for Kind Karma® Yoga


I am a co-owner of Kind Karma®, Inc., Kind Karma® Yoga & Holistic Center, and Director of Asana Training For Kind Karma® Yoga.  

I have the honor of receiving the following teacher certifications from my spiritual teacher, Sukh Shabad (Dean Telano):

Kind Karma Yoga 2,000-Hour Teacher Certification; Kind Karma® Yin Yoga; Awaken with Meditation; Kind Karma® Kids Yoga; Kind Karma® Reiki Grand Master; Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Master; Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master; Kind Karma® Animal & Pet Reiki Master, Joy of Gong & Sound Resonance.

My studies and training continue in all aspects of Dr. Dean Telano’s programs, certifications and trainings; which include but not limited to: Senior Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Gong & Sound Therapy, Kind Karma® Gong Yoga, Awaken Qigong, Crystal Awaken Qigong, Kind Karma® Crystal Reiki Training, Golden Ray of Celestial Resonance and Bon Buddhism.

As a spiritual student of Sukh Shabad for more than 13 years; I have the honor of receiving my spiritual name “Ananda”.  I’m so very grateful for his teachings, healings, guidance, compassion, kindness, and wisdom – he has truly changed my life, put me on a journey beyond anything I could ever imagine, and I credit Dr. Dean Telano for the person that I so proudly have become.  I am also a Vegan, passionate in helping all animals as well as people and the environment.  Kind Karma®, founded by Dean Telano, is an incredible worldwide mission of which I am so grateful to be a part of.  


Heidi Zeller

Naomi (Lakshmi), LCSW, KKRGM-20

Director of Admissions, Communications & Outreach


I am a co-owner of Kind Karma ® Inc., Kind Karma Yoga & Holistic Center, and the Director of Admissions, Communications & Outreach.  I am a Certified Reiki Grand Master Level 20, Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Master, Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master, Animal & Pet Reiki Master, and an Assistant Reiki teacher at Kind Karma Yoga & Holistic Center. I teach and manage the Kind Karma® Yoga Kids Program, and for for me, working with kids is fun; they teach us, as much as we teach them! I am also certified/trained by Dean Telano in Awaken With Meditation, Gong & Sound Therapy & Crystal Reiki Healing.

As an animal lover, I am a strong advocate of animal rights.  I am also very passionate about living an AHIMSA lifestyle by being a vegetarian and lightworker, practicing yoga, sharing Reiki and practicing Qigong. As an LCSW and Psychotherapist, I love to educate others on positive ways to improve their mental & emotional health, how to create a balanced life, and how to feel calm, grounded and motivated. 


Naomi Telano

Lauren (Chandreyee), KKRYT-1,1000, RYT 500, KKRGM-20

Assistant Director of Communications & Outreach

Lauren has been a spiritual student of Sukh Shabad (Dean Telano) for over 5 years, and has the honor of receiving her spiritual name Chandreyee from him. She started her yoga training because she wanted to share yoga with children. Lauren co-teaches the Kind Karma® Kids Yoga programs at Kind Karma® Yoga & Holistic Center. She is a birth doula, and uses holistic skills and techniques to help empower women before, during and after birth. 

Lauren has the honor of receiving the title Assistant Director of Communications & Outreach, as well as the following teacher training certifications from Dean Telano: Kind Karma® Yoga 1,100-Hour Teacher Certification; Kind Karma® Kids Yoga, Kind Karma® Yin Yoga; Usui/Holy Fire II Reiki Master; Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master; Kind Karma® Reiki Grandmaster Level 20; Animal & Pet Reiki Master; Awaken with Meditation and Gong & Sound therapy. Lauren is in ongoing training in her Kind Karma® Yoga and Reiki studies as well as in Awaken QiGong, Restorative Yoga and Bon Buddhism.  

Lauren feels she is blessed to be a lifelong student of her spiritual teacher Dean Telano. Over the years with his compassion and guidance she has gained self empowerment, confidence and healing from her childhood. Lauren’s passion is helping children, and adults find the strength to heal themselves through Kind Karma® techniques, so they can be the best version of themselves. 

Lauren Merlino