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, 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.
Schedule a class with Kathleen today!

Svetlana Zhikareva at The Yoga Haven

Svetlana Zhikareva

Born in Russia, Svetlana experienced the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. The study of yoga was banned by the Soviets, but a wave of interest in yoga blossomed after the fall. Svetlana’s dedicated practice led to her becoming an instructor at the Iyengar Yoga Center of St. Petersburg, training with some of Europe’s finest Iyengar teachers, including Gabriella Gubillaro (Italy), Faek Biria (France), H.S. Arun (India). She developed customized individual prenatal programs at the St. Petersburg Center. Svetlana traveled to India to study with B.K.S. Iyengar at Pune in 2007. She has taught at The Yoga Haven since 2010 and became a U.S. citizen in 2011. Svetlana's teaching is precise and powerful, rooted in the teachings of BKS Iyengar. She is a licensed Massage Therapist, and an accomplished visual artist.
Schedule your class with Svetlana today!




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 an enthusiastically engaging class that plays to students of multiple levels. In her free time, Michelle travels, dives, paddles, hikes and runs on the beach with her dog Zoe.
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Dennis McFadden

Dennis is a funny guy. He is a natural yogi, amazing flexible and at times really focused, he has been known to chant in Pig Latin. As a Certified Laughter Yoga instructor, he has found his true path. Hasyayoga (laughter yoga) is a practice involving prolonged voluntary laughter. It is based on the belief that voluntary laughter provides the same physiological and psychological benefits as spontaneous laughter. Laughter Yoga was devised by Dr. Madan Kataria in India in 1995 and has spread all over the world with Laughter Yoga Clubs. Drop your cares, your stress, your ego and just laugh with Dennis.
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Lisa Bradrick

Lisa's path of yoga began in college with Hatha yoga classes at her university gym. After a few classes she realized yoga was precisely what she had been searching for all along. Her enthusiasm for her practice has deepened over the years as a path toward better health and personal enrichment. Her practice has given her all of that and much more. She delights in sharing that with her students. Lisa was certified through OM Yoga at the 200 Hr. level and has a background in social work and psychology. Her personal practice and teaching are based in Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow styles with an emphasis on maintaining
creativity and openness. In her spare time, Lisa takes every opportunity to spend time relaxing with her husband and collection of rescue animals. Relaxing often takes the form of walking the dogs on the beach, volunteering for a pet rescue organization or cooking up a new recipe for a Sunday dinner with friends.
Schedule a class with Lisa today!



Bianca Browman

Bianca Broman

Bianca's quest to learn and grow began with her first yoga class in 2011, where she developed a passion for vinyasa yoga. As her understanding of yoga grew and evolved, Bianca came to view yoga as a healing practice designed to reconnect the mind, body, and spirit. The truth of her practice serves as a guiding force in class planning.
Bianca leads Form & Flow Yoga where she places emphasis on alignment in each asana while incorporating mindful breath work. Her clear and concise cues cover basic Vinyasa techniques that challenge and strengthen the body & mind. Bianca's classes begin and end with an invitation to set daily intentions followed by a mindful meditation to ignite and empower the spirit. In addition to vinyasa, Bianca enjoys hatha, yin and restorative yoga practices.
Bianca spent 6 months living and teaching in Argentina before moving to Galveston and receiving her 200 RYT Teacher Certification from YogaOne in Houston. Bianca is currently enrolled in the Texas A&M University at Galveston Graduate Program and has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Stephen F. Austin State University.
In her free time, she enjoys travel, photography, art, dance, the beach and time with loved ones.
Schedule a class with Bianca today!




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 from work 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 we welcome her to our teaching staff as she enters this new phase of her life.

"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." – Wendy
Schedule a class with Wendy today!



Olivia B.

Olivia Bailey

In 2006 Olivia stepped foot on a yoga mat for the first time and soon found that yoga provided her with a physical balance that complemented her athletic lifestyle. The more frequently Olivia attended classes, the more she yearned to deepen her practice by becoming a yoga teacher.

Ten years later, in 2016, Olivia decided to pursue her dream of sharing yoga with others and enrolled in teacher training at Joy Yoga University, and is grateful to have the opportunity to share yoga with others.

Olivia is a certified nutritionist and a busy mother of two who is dedicated to clean living and helping others achieve a balanced lifestyle. As a true outdoors person and athlete, Olivia says, “You only live once, so do what you love!”
Schedule a class with Olivia today!



Denise Vaughn

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 Kuai 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.
Schedule a class with Denise today!

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CJ was introduced to Yoga through Public Television in the early 1990’s and developed a home practice shortly after. She initially attended yoga classes for the physical benefits but soon realized the powerful mind-body connection and the positive impact yoga was having on her health and well-being.

CJ completed her 200-hour teacher training at Sundance and started as an instructor in 2011. She went on to complete her 500-hour teacher training in 2015. CJ sees herself as a student first and foremost.

Teaching yoga has been a natural progression for CJ that developed from her personal practice. As an instructor, CJ focuses on creating a supportive environment for others to experience self-awareness and personal growth.

CJ holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and spent many years working in this capacity. She views teaching yoga as yet another way to be of service to others.

CJ teaches Gentle Yoga, Yin, Yoga Nidra and Mixed Level classes at Sundance Yoga in Friendswood & Pearland. She also teaches at Moonlight Yoga and is a frequent visitor to Kathleen's classes at The Yoga Haven. CJ remains inspired by her teachers Valerie Immore, Christy Burnette, Ali Valdez, Francis Rhodes and her very first teacher, Lilias Folan on PBS.

Schedule a class with CJ today!

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