ND, Dip Ayur (India), Dip Acup, BEd.

ND, Dip Ayur (India), Dip Acup, BEd.

The Timbs Natural Therapy Clinic was established in 1980 on the beautiful coast of Wainui Beach.  

My practice is unique because I specialise in a wide range of modalities, payment is all by Koha (an anonymous payment of what you think is a fair amount), I'm available after hours because I work from home and my intention is always to relieve clients of their discomfort in ONE appointment.

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Polarity Therapy is appropriate for mental and physical stress.


Each day, over one million spinal adjustments take place across the globe. That’s a whole lot of relief!


Yin Yoga is a cooling practice to increase mobility and calm the mind.


Spinal Manipulation.

Is appropriate for the relief of musculoskeletal pain (headaches, back and neck ache, sciatica) and the increase in the passive range of motion, through massaging the back followed by gentle manipulation of the spinal vertebrae. It can relieve pressure on joints, reduce inflammation, and improve nerve function.


Polarity Therapy.

Is appropriate and effective for mental and physical stress, pain, fatigue or low energy, overall health and well-being. Polarity Therapy is a modality using bodywork (soft pressure point manipulation), polarity yoga, diet, and self awareness  to release blocks in the body - the underlying cause of most disease.



Is a therapy based on natural remedies and the bodies ability to heal and maintain itself. Naturopathy is either a stand alone science or used in conjunction with western medicines. Treatments can include nutritional, herbal, mineral or lifestyle recommendations.



Reflexology involves massaging the feet and applying pressure on specific locations that reflex to body organs and systems.



Is the science of self healing, Ayurveda encompasses nutrition and herbs, lifestyle, exercise, rest and relaxation, mediation, and cleansing programs for healing the body, mind and spirit. It is appropriate for preventative health, treatment of common ailments and is complementary to western medical treatments.


Yin Yoga.

Is a cooling practice that creates a gentle traction of the connective tissue. Yin Yoga targets the joints to mobilize and strengthen them. It is a softer, traditional style of yoga with a meditative quality when postures are held in a relaxed manner over time. Classes are appropriate for people of all ages and all abilities.



This diagnostic method studies the irises (the flat, coloured, ring-shaped membrane behind the cornea of the eye) to observe the stages of degeneration and toxicity in the body organs and systems. Naturopathy or Ayurveda treatment methods are then applied.



Relax with a pre & post sports, relaxation, lymphatic drainage or general therapeutic massage. This is a great option for relieving muscle pain.




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"David lives and breathes Ayurveda. He has an ability to encompass the teachings, the heart and spirit of his "Science of Life" and make it available to the western mind."

Nicole Wilt Certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and nutritional consultant, USA

Academic Qualifications

  • Trained Teachers Certificate - New Zealand Department of Education, 1972
  • Philosophy, Anatomy 113, Terminology, Anatomy 240, Bio-Statistics, Applied Psychology - Palmer College of Chiropractic, USA, 1975
  • Certificate Polarity Therapy - Pierre Pannetier ND. Mexico & USA, 1978
  • Diploma of Naturopathy - Naturopathic College of N.Z. 1983
  • Certificate in Iridology - Maurice Archer DC, DO, ND. 1986
  • Diploma in Traditional Acupuncture - Chinese Acupuncture Research Centre, Hong Kong, 1998
  • Ayurveda - The Ayurvedic Institute, USA, 1991
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Ayurveda - Ayurveda Academy, India, 1995
  • B. Ed. (Adult Education) - Massey University, NZ, 2006
  • Diploma In Ayurveda and Panchakarma - School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, India, 2015

Other Qualifications

  • Emergency First Aid Certificate Unit Standard # 640

Professional Achievements

  • 1992 Presented paper - ‘Natural Medicines and their role in creating Social and Economic Change’ - based on data from '89 to '91, International Conference on Ayurveda, Pune, India 
  • 1995 Presented a paper - ‘Natural Medicines and their role in creating Social and Economic Change’ - based on data from '89 to '94, First International Seminar on Complementary Medicines Pune, India - Presided over the Felicitation Ceremony. 
  • 1996 Presented 3 papers - ‘Complementary Medicine - Rational, Philosophy and Practice’; ‘Hands on techniques in natural medicine’ and ‘The role of Complementary Medicines in Social and Economic Change’ - data from '89 to 95. Surfers Medical Association Maldives Easter, 1996 Conference, Maldives. 
  • 1998 Certified Registered Professional Member - Australasian Association of Ayurveda Inc. (renewed annually)
  • 2010 Polarity Therapy Professional - International Polarity Education Alliance

Teaching Experience

  • 1989 – 1998 Tutor in Ayurveda, Institute of Natural Medicine Ltd, Gisborne, NZ
  • 1991 – 2006 Tutor in Ayurveda, Waikato School of Herbal Medicine, Hamilton, NZ
  • 2005 Timbs Natural Therapy Clinic, Gisborne, NZ
  • 2007 Anahatta Yoga Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2007 Chiro Studio/Sunshine Yoga, Kansas, USA
  • 2007 KCFitnessLink Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2008 Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
  • 2008 Complete Body Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2009 Bodyfusion Studio, Napier, NZ
  • 2009 Taupo Yoga Studio, Taupo, NZ
  • 2009 Darling Yoga Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2009 Complete Body Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2009 Uttara Yoga Studio, Virginia, USA
  • 2010 KCFitnessLink Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2010 Darling Yoga Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2010 Mind.Body.Spirit Studio, Barbados
  • 2011 Mind.Body.Spirit Studio, Barbados
  • 2011 Stone Spirit Lodge, Kansas, USA
  • 2011 Seeking Solace Yoga Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2011 Living Yoga Studio, Taupo, NZ
  • 2012 Seeking Solace Yoga, Kansas, USA
  • 2012 Life Spring Med Spa, Kansas, USA
  • 2012 Core Balance Yoga Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2012 Mark Blanchard Progressive Power Yoga Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2012 Council of Light Studio, Kansas, USA
  • 2013 The Yoga Room, Gisborne, NZ
  • 2014 The Yoga Room, Gisborne, NZ
  • 2014 Rachel Phelps Biodynamic Craniosacral Clinic, Taupo, NZ
  • 2015 The Yoga Room, Gisborne, NZ

My Ayurveda and Polarity Therapy Teachers

  • Dr. Vasant Lad - Author, teacher, consultant and Director, The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque.
  • Dr Robert Svoboda - Prominent international speaker, author, teacher, consultant and personal guest.
  • Prof. Dr. P. H. Kulkarni - Prominent international speaker, author, teacher and physician, ex Dean, Ayurveda faculty Pune University and recognized guru in his field. 
  • Dr Pierre Pannetier ND, Successor to Dr Randolph Stone DC, DO, (founder of Polarity Therapy)
  • School of Ayurveda and Panchakarma, Kannur, Kerala, India


  • At the 1st International Conference on Complementary Medicine, Pune, India, 1995
  • International Award of Excellence, Teacher - Naturopathy
  • International Award of Excellence, Best Institute - Naturopathy - Institute of Natural Medicine Ltd.


  • 80 – Present. Manager of Timbs Natural Therapy Clinic, Gisborne
  • 89 – 98 Director of Institute of Natural Medicine Ltd
  • 07 – 10 Evening manager BW Camping, Gisborne, NZ

Private Practice in Natural Therapies

  • 80 - Present. Private Practitioner in Natural Therapies including - Ayurveda, Iridology, Reflexology, Spinal Manipulation,  Naturopathy, Acupuncture, Polarity Therapy.


  • Over 40 years of teaching experience ranging from Primary (Elementary) School to Adult Education.


  • As one who has studied at a "traditional" medical school in the United States, I have been trained to practice evidence-based medicine in my attempts to heal people and alleviate disease. I have found tremendous application of Ayurvedic medicine as a physician. In fact I see an exceptional benefit that Ayurvedic medicine offers to many chronic illnesses where more modern therapies are limited. I often find myself blending these two styles of healing on a daily basis. I have been truly inspired by your teaching. As one who has dedicated my life to the service of others, I have exceptional gratitude for the knowledge and skills you have taught me in Ayurvedic medicine. Thank you!
    — Heath Wilt, D.O. Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA
  • David promised and delivered the basic principles of Ayurveda in a fascinating and interactive 4 hour workshop. The workshop illustrated how Ayurveda could bring harmony and balance into my life, by giving me a tool to assess and enhance all the relationships in my life; with my environment, health, diet, and with others, Fantastic stuff!
    — Amanda Lowry – chef, NZ
  • David has made a difference in many of our lives who took his Ayurvedic workshop. I was immediately taken in by the amount of knowledge he has and the way all of us can apply these principles on a day to day basis. I feel Ayurveda has changed my life and how I look at foods and make decisions on what I need to consume--making the most out of my diet to keep my body in balance. There is not a day that goes by that I don't apply bits and pieces of Ayurvedic principles into my life. My gratitude goes out to you.
    — Isla Burgess,Director International College of Herbal Medicine, NZ
  • David lives and breathes Ayurveda. He has an ability to encompass the teachings, the heart and spirit of his "Science of Life" and make it available to the western mind. I have heard many students over the past years, at the end of a one or two day workshop, remark on how much they learned and how much insight they had to what could be a complex and foreign philosophy.
    — Nicole Wilt Certified personal trainer, yoga instructor and nutritional consultant, USA



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PH: 06 868 5790

PH: 021 211 8812

E-Mail: davidtimbs@hotmail.com