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THE YOGA HAVEN 
INSTRUCTORS

Since 2005, The Yoga Haven has been Galveston Island's center for yoga practice. We recognize the different needs and experience levels of each student and offer relevant practice skills to enable personal growth.

 

KATHLEEN DINATALE

Guiding students with clear and articulate instructions, anatomical insights and skillful sequencing,
Kathleen shares the benefits of her long-time practice with humor and grace. Her classes blend poetry and wisdom teachings with her understanding of the power of yoga asana to transform. She has taught yoga in Galveston since 1998.  Kathleen opened The Yoga Haven in 2005. She is experienced in several styles of yoga and is trained to teach Yin Yoga and Prenatal Yoga. She holds teaching certifications from The Yoga Institute, Prajna Yoga and Insight Yoga. Kathleen continues to study with Tias & Surya Little of Prajna Yoga and Sarah Powers of Insight Yoga. She practices and teaches mindfulness based meditation in the Vipassana tradition.

WENDY RUSSO

In 2009, Wendy was introduced to Yoga as a way of alleviating stress and shoulder pain that physical therapy could not address. For Wendy, the transformative effects of yoga have been both physical and profound. After retiring  as a Laboratory Manager in a busy oncology clinic, Wendy decided to pursue her passion for yoga by completing a 200Hr Yoga Teacher Training course. She became Nationally Certified through the Yoga Institute in January 2018.
Wendy has been a dedicated member of The Yoga Haven community for several years and is a valued and skilled member of our teaching staff, who brings a genuine warmth and enthusiasm to each class.  "The poses create tension and learning to soften and find stillness even in this self-imposed discomfort. Yoga has taught me how to maintain a sense of calm in everyday life."

MICHELLE JOHNSTON

Michelle grew up in landlocked Ohio, but has always been inspired by the ocean. As a marine biologist working with NOAA, scientific SCUBA diver, and all-around outdoor girl, it was no surprise that she was charmed by vinyasa yoga. Initially drawn to the practice for the physical challenge, she quickly discovered that yoga offered much more--a balance of mind, body and soul. Vinyasa flow became one of her passions, complimenting her enthusiasm for water activities, and she has been teaching since 2001. As a graduate student at USC, she discovered Anusara yoga and aligned to that philosophy, as weaving elemental alignment principles into an energetic flow allows students to gain the most out of their yoga practice to both open and create positive space. Michelle

leads a vibrant and engaging class that

plays to students of multiple levels.

 Michelle enjoys travels, dives, paddles,

hikes and runs on the beach with her dog

Zoe, husband Clint and son Daxton. 

JEN PEARSON

Jen has practiced yoga for over 20 years. Initially, she pursued yoga as a means to find a quiet space while living in New York City. Her practice quickly turned into a lifelong passion for a discipline that focuses on breath, mind-body connection, and body alignment. Throughout the years, her commitment grew while traveling for work, always seeking out different studios and teachers. It was a way to learn from yoga teachers in different parts of the world. "There is a common thread that runs through the practice no matter where you are," says Jen.

Jenr found her home away from home at Yogamaya studios in New York, where she completed her 200-hour certification in the Spring of 2016. Currently, Jennifer lives in Galveston, she teaches a Vinyasa flow class based on the late BKS Iyengar's teachings.

"When people tell me that they are not flexible enough for yoga, I assure them, flexibility does not matter.
There are only two things that matter: the breath and a desire to move the body, the rest comes in time."

DENISE VAUGHAN

Denise considers herself a forever student of life and initially found her love of yoga through a rigorous Bikram practice. As her interest in yoga grew, Denise began studying yoga philosophy and anatomy with a focus on asana and pranayama. Her studies have led to a deep understanding and appreciation for: hatha, vinyasa, ashtanga and yin yoga.
Denise earned her Yoga Alliance Certification through Yoga Hanalei in Kauai with Bhavani Maki as her teacher and taught level I-II vinyasa yoga for five years in Half Moon Bay, California. She has practiced at The Yoga Haven on her visits to Galveston over the past ten years and is overjoyed be a part of the Galveston yoga community.

 
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409-770-9995

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