NZ Dance Therapist Doreen

“My vision is to relate to the whole aspect of life. I like to support and educate the understanding of the physical, mental and emotional body. I like to provide opportunities of reaching balance and your full potential.”

Introducing your Dance Therapist & Christchurch Yoga Teacher

My name is Doreen Lehmann. I am from Germany, but, after travelling the world, I have made New Zealand my home in 2001. My journey as a Christchurch yoga teacher began in 2004 when I started my studies with the International Yoga Teachers Association and qualified 2 years later. I also completed an intensive Advanced Teacher Yoga Training with Donna Farhi.

I have worked as a yoga teacher in many capacities: I have taught yoga for beginners and advanced, pregnancy, postnatal, mum & baby as well as gentle yoga at community centres and gyms. I have also been a tutor for the Teacher Training Course within International Yoga Association NZ.

My current yoga class timetable can be found here, and I also offer private yoga classes tailored to your individual needs and conditions.

During the last 10+ years, I have worked with all ages and abilities. It was when working with people facing mental challenges at the Seagar Clinic, that my yoga approach changed very much. For me, the natural progression from my work as a yoga teacher was to become a dance therapist.

In 2016, I obtained a Dance Movement Therapy Certificate from Dance Therapy NZ, which I followed up with an advanced clinical practicum in Dance Therapy. I am now a fully-qualified Dance Movement Therapist (DTAA (DMT Prof.) Reg. No. 220‐11) and, as such, have work experience with children as young as 3 years old through to mentally ill patients and clients with unbalanced minds and emotions.

In 2020, I expanded my horizon yet again by studying a postgraduate diploma in Arts Therapy at Whitecliffe College in Auckland. I found I often incorporated art making into my Dance Therapy sessions and wanted to gain a deeper understanding of Arts Therapy as an overarching concept. My studies took me on a personal journey where I found myself in a self-transformational state and my work as a Dance Movement Therapist changed into a holistic art-based therapy approach.

My work experiences with clients has led me to my website name, Alive Inside. I feel very grateful for having witnessed amazing change within people brought about through Art/Dance Therapy/Authentic Movement Therapy and also yoga. Recognising and nurturing the life inside of each of us regardless of our age or health is my aim and driving force behind my passion for my work.

What My Clients Say

I feel very privileged, having had the chance to work with people from all walks of life. Here’s what some of them said …

Home-Based Yoga Studio/Dance Therapy Space

While I do work as a yoga teacher all over Christchurch, I also have a new, purpose-built yoga studio in Woolston/Opawa. Here, I offer private yoga classes for adults and children either on an individual or small-group basis. This studio also offers me the opportunity to run individual and small-group Art/Dance Therapy sessions and Authentic Movement sessions.

Institutions I Have Worked With

As a Dance Therapist and Yoga Teacher I have worked with a range of wonderful organisations ranging from gyms through to rest homes and healthcare institutions. Here is a selection of them:
dtnz logo




my first gym

My First Gym

edith cavell

Edith Cavell Lifecare Centre


Pioneer Leisure Centre


International Yoga Teachers Association


Yoga & Qigong School of Sumner


Seagar Clinic Christchurch

Ready to start your journey?

Would you like to discover the benefits of Art or Authentic Movement Therapy? Are you thinking about offering Dance Movement Therapy at your institution? Are you keen to join a yoga class in Christchurch? I’m looking forward to take you on a journey of self-discovery.