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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.

 
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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 to transform. She has taught yoga in Galveston since 1998,   opening The Yoga Haven in 2005.  Kathleen has studied several schools of yoga and movement arts. 

Through her studies with Tias and Surya Little of Prajna Yoga  she is recognized as a senior Prajna teacher, certified to teach Satya somatics, prenatal yoga and therapeutic practices. She is certified to teach Yin Yoga through Sarah Powers' Insight Yoga. Kathleen is a member of Yoga Alliance and IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) She practices and teaches meditation in the Vipassana tradition and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  

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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."

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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."

 
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