Meet the Owners, Teachers and Staff

Owners of True Living Yoga Healing Center

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Dr. Dean Telano

ND, PhD, E-RYT 500, RCYT, RPYT, Founder of Rahini Yoga & Director of Rahini School of Yoga and Meditation


Dr. Dean, Co-Owner of True Living Yoga Healing Center, has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 25 years. His yoga training and study includes Hatha, Kundalini, Raja, Kundalini Maha and Tibetan Yoga. Additionally, he has many years of study and training in: Bon and Sakya Traditions of Tibetan Buddhism; Shinay, Mantra and Zen Meditation; Taoism; Reiki Healing; Medical and Spiritual Qigong; and Ayurveda. Dr. Dean has been a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance since 2001.

Dr. Dean is the founder of “Rahini Yoga” and the Director of the Rahini School of Yoga and Meditation, Rahini Rocks! Kids Yoga Teacher Training Program, and the Prenatal Rahini Yoga Program. All of these Yoga Schools are Yoga Alliance Registered Schools (RYS), and meet or exceed national yoga standards and education requirements.

To promote, educate, teach, and train others about the importance of radiant health, natural wellness, body-mind-spirit harmony and healing, Dr. Dean has founded both the “Reiki Integrated Energy Healing Center” and “Qigong of Long Island”. Dr. Dean is also President and Founder of “Bon Buddhism of Long Island” - the first recognized Bon Buddhist Sangha on Long Island. Many Bon Buddhist Lamas and Teachers from India support this Sangha by coming to Bon Buddhism of Long Island / True Living Yoga Center and give teachings on Buddhism, meditation, healing and how to live joyful, happier, and peaceful lives.


Naomi Miller

LCSW, Psychotherapist and Director of Administration & Registration


Naomi Miller, currently a co-owner of True Living Yoga, is responsible for the administrative and sales related planning, programming, membership and registration for True Living Yoga, The Rahini Yoga School and Bön Buddhism of Long Island. Naomi is the head coordinator for all events and Buddhist related workshops offered at True Living Yoga.

Naomi is a certified psychotherapist who has been practicing psychotherapy through private practice for over 10 years. She has been successful in guiding and helping people to overcome emotional barriers through various modalities – focusing on ones spiritual path of self awareness and discovery. As well, Naomi has worked in psychiatric settings finding ways for people to compliment psychotropic medications with holistic approaches to mental and emotional illness.

Naomi is a passionate and avid supporter of PETA and animal rights. She contributes much energy towards living an AHIMSA lifestyle by being a vegetarian, practicing yoga, and educating others on methods of attaining balance and contentment.

You can contact Naomi for more information regarding our classes and events offered at True Living Yoga.


Heidi Johnsen

CRYT 550, E-RYT 500, RMT, Assistant Director of the Rahini School of Yoga & Meditation, Advanced Senior Rahini Yoga Teacher, Certified Meditation Teacher (Level 2), Reiki Master


Heidi is a certified Rahini Yoga Teacher at the 550 Hour Level (CRYT 550), 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500) since 2008, Co-Owner of True Living Yoga and Co-Head of Membership for Bön Buddhism of Long Island. She organizes and coordinates Dr. Telano’s monthly Meditation classes, helps organize workshops taught by Tibetan teachers and Buddhist healers from India as well as events and classes at True Living Yoga.

Heidi is an Advanced Senior Teacher for the Rahini Yoga School’s 550 and 200 Hour Teacher Training Certification Program. She has been practicing yoga for several years and teaches Rahini Yoga classes at True Living Yoga. She continues her studies in Bön Buddhism and is on the path to completing her 750 Hour Rahini Yoga Teacher Training Certification. 

As one of the owners of True Living Yoga, home of Bön Buddhism of Long Island and the Rahini Yoga School, Heidi is thankful for her partnership and bond with Dr. Dean Telano and Naomi Miller, treasuring this incredible journey to help those in need of a healthier mind, body and spirit… a more joyful life.


Teachers at True Living Yoga Healing Center

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Meryl Zerwitz

Certified Pilates Teacher & Certified Meditation Teacher (Level 2)


I began my interest in sports and physical excercise as a part time instructor in college, have always been a sports enthusiast. More recently I am certified in Pilates and completing my yoga sports certification. Have been teaching for 7 years.

Experienced with teens, men and women, seniors and those with injuries. Yoga style is a Vinyasa flow incorporating Pilates and core strength with emphasis on alignment and symmetry. Thanks, Meryl.


Annie Morgan

CRYT 550, E-RYT 200, RMT, Senior Rahini Yoga Teacher, Certified Meditation Teacher (Level 2), Reiki Master


I have practiced yoga for over 25 years, but it wasn’t until I found Rahini that I experienced the fullness of the practice. The unique approach of Rahini Yoga encourages self discovery and expression, which continues to grow and blossom as you practice.

Completing the 200 hour teacher training program started a brand new chapter in my life. Feeling physically stronger, spiritually awake, and mentally uplifted, I entered the advanced 500 hour training program. It has been a magnificent gift that I am blessed to share through teaching.


Aurora Bonchonsky

Senior Rahini Yoga Teacher at 550 Hour Level, E-RYT 200, RMT, Certified Meditation Teacher (Level 2), Reiki Master


Coming fram France in 1997, Aurora found her true calling in yoga, meditation and Buddhism.She is certified Rahini yoga teacher (RYT-@200), enrolled in the 550 hour Rahini Teacher training and meditation programs under the brilliant guidance of Dr Dean Telano to whom she’s deeply grateful.
Aurora believes that yoga is an Art and a way of living. Positive thoughts, breathing, alignment bring healing, harmony and happiness to one’s life.Teaching is her way to share with others the ancient gift of Yoga.


Penni Niles

Senior Rahini Yoga Teacher at 550 Hour Level, CRYT 200, CPFT, Certified Meditation Teacher (Level 1), Zumba Instructor


Penni’s career began as a fitness professional in Rockland County NY. As a “twist of fate,” a move to Long Island divinely led her to meet Dr. Dean Telano – and her aspiration to become a Certified Yoga Teacher came to fruition. Combined with her love of self- empowering movement and the unparalleled experience found at the Rahini School of Yoga and Meditation, she became certified at True Living Yoga in 2012. In addition, she is a certified group fitness instructor, personal trainer, Zumba Instructor, and  Mind of Clear Light Meditation Teacher-level 1.

Currently teaching at True Living Yoga and enrolled in the 550 Hour Yoga teacher training program, Penni finds delight in sharing her enthusiasm for Rahini Yoga–Healing, heart-felt enlightenment, regular practice, and self-transformation.


Address

Rahini Yoga
268 Larkfield Road
East Northport, NY 11731
USA

Tel: (631) 486-3843
Fax: (631) 486-3843
Email: truelivingyoga@yahoo.com

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