Guiding students with clear and articulate instructions, anatomical insights and skillful sequencing, Kathleen shares the benefits of her long-time yoga 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, moving to the island from Santa Fe, NM to teach at Island Yoga. Kathleen opened The Yoga Haven in 2005. She is experienced in several styles of yoga with practice & study in Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, PreNatal Yoga and Yin 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. Since 2011, Kathleen has also operated the Oasis Juice Bar & Market with partners Dennis McFadden and Steve Hermecke, bringing healthy & conscious food options to downtown Galveston.
Kathleen DiNatale instructs the following:
A practice designed for beginners, older students or those wanting a slower pace. Class includes both dynamic and static postures sequenced to develop strength, balance and flexibility. Meditation and breathing techniques are introduced to support the release of physical and mental tension. This class is suitable for prenatal practice.
A compliment to dynamic yoga practices, an antidote to a fast-paced lifestyle, a meditative and reflective practice, offering deep stretch & release. Primarily floor work, Yin Yoga targets the connective tissues. Postures are held, muscles are invited to yield and space is opened in the joints, allowing energy to flow. Focused and reflective, this practice encourages a healthy, supple body and a cool, peaceful mind. * prenatal friendly
Yoga for Bone Health
This mixed-level class trains students in a series of yoga postures that serve to increase bone density when regularly practiced in the spine, legs and hips. The series was developed by Dr. Loren M. Fishman at Columbia University as a pilot study and the results pointed to improved posture, balance, decrease in falls and fractures. The series when practiced correctly can be done in 12-minutes and can become the basis of a daily practice for bone health. Students will receive training in the series and an outline of the postures and their benefits for reference. Suitable for beginners. Drop-ins welcome.
Yin & Yang Yoga
Find a skillful balance between dynamic (yang) and reflective (yin). Explore the interplay of these complementary energies with both vinyasa and long-held postures. Cultivating awareness of breath as a guide to both mindful action and meditative stillness, natural vitality is revealed. Mixed-level to intermediate practice.
Foundations of hatha yoga for students new to yoga or returning to practice. Fine tune basic skills that will deepen your understanding and enjoyment of the practice of yoga.
Class sequences build on weekly focus: 1st week of month:
Standing poses; 2nd week: forward bends; 3rd week: back bending; 4th week: hip opening and twists. Modifications and variations suggested as needed.
Sunrise Yoga on the Beach
Start your day with yoga on the beach! Breathe in the fresh salt air, listen to the waves, feel the wind on your skin! Enjoy a yoga practice designed for all-levels. Our beach yoga classes are in partnership with our friends at SUP Gulf Coast Tx. The class is held at 29th St. Beach. Your Yoga Haven pass can be used for yoga on the beach class. Bring a mat or towel. Pre-register online or show up & say you have a YH pass. Stay after yoga and enjoy Sunrise SUP for $10. For more info on SUP visit. www.supgulfcoasttx.com.
Candlelight Yoga Nidra
Opening with a soft flow of yoga asanas to prepare the body and mind for the deep, guided meditation of Yoga Nidra (Yogic Sleep), this practice serves to calm the restless mind and deepen conscious awareness. The combination of gentle movement, conscious relaxation and guided meditation results in feelings of lightness, ease and restfulness, like floating on the waves of an eternal ocean. Suitable for all levels, including beginners and prenatal friendly.
An Iyengar-style class utilizing props to target openings, create stability and enhance alignment. Postures are held for an extended time to increase benefits. This practice is therapeutic, rejuvenating and relaxing. Suitable for all levels and prenatal friendly.