Peaceful Body

“Your body is your temple. It’s your personal transportation. It carries you wherever you go. You are responsible for caring for your body. Body care is a daily priority. It’s not a once a week or every other day responsibility. It does not matter if you are a young adult, middle age adult or a senior, it’s up to you to take care of yourself and create peace in body.

There is no peace in a weak, sickly body.

Peace in Body comes from within. You have to make a conscious decision to maintain peace in your body.  You are either caring for your body or destroying your body unconsciously. Think about your day to day habits.

Do you consciously take care of your body? Do you make a conscious decision to exercise your body daily? Do you nourish it with what it needs to be healthy and strong? Or, are you like the majority of people who destroys their bodies daily by the lack of a healthy diet and the lack of an exercise and rest routine? Answer these questions honestly then analyze the condition of your body. The true answers are reflected in the current condition of your health.” excerpt from:



“Yoga, in its entirety, is a complete way of life. This 5,000 to 10,000-year-old discipline is a collection of teachings handed down through the ages, a means to connect mind, body, and spirit through proper breathing, meditation, and mindful, focused postures. The full practice of yoga is concerned with all aspects of living: the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of the individual and his/her relationship to the Earth and fellow creatures. It provides principles to live by and a means to reach self-actualization and enlightenment.” excerpt from Organic Lifestyle Magazine

Top 10 Physical Reasons for Yoga

  1. Stress Relief
  2. Pain Relief
  3. Better Breathing
  4. Flexibility
  5. Building strength
  6. Weight Management
  7. Improved Circulation
  8. Cardio conditioning
  9. Better body Alignment
  10. Focus on the Present


The Yoga Haven

Studio director, Kathleen DiNatale leads the staff who bring talent and enthusiasm to each class. Located on Market Street in historic downtown Galveston, The Yoga Haven has been the island’s center for yoga practice since 2005. With natural light, high ceiling, exposed brick, bamboo floor and warm inviting atmosphere, the studio provides an inspiring environment for yoga and movement classes. The Yoga Haven offers daily classes for students of all levels as well as special event workshops & events.


Texas Yoga Flow

Jim Turner is a highly experienced yoga teacher that is constantly improving his craft with workshops, conferences, and certifications. Known by many islanders for his positive attitude, he always takes into consideration the needs and limitations of his clients. He teaches yoga to beginners and advanced students, as well as senior citizens and those who are injured.


Yoga Glo

YogaGlo is the new online yoga experience in HD video that provides the experience of being in the class at your home.

YogaGlo is everyone’s yoga.  Regardless of religion, culture, age, political views, something we all have in common is the human condition.  Yoga is the lifelong process of investing in the quality of our condition.  YogaGlo’s intention is to empower people around the world to engage in this process.

Classes are taught by experienced certified teachers who embody yoga and teach with an intimate understanding of the classic yoga texts and various yoga traditions, whose devotion, lives and teachings are their art.  Classes cover the spectrum of asana styles, meditation, lectures, workshops, and special events.




“Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you have any health concerns.” excerpt from an article by the Mayo Clinic

Top Benefits of Regular Exercise

  1. Controls Weight
  2. Combats Poor Health Conditions and Disease
  3. Improves Mood
  4. Boosts Energy
  5. Better Sleep
  6. More Spark in the Sack (Sex)
  7. It’s FUN!


Urban Fitness

Offers Hammer Strength and Life Fitness Equipment; large group classes, which are included in your membership are Spin, Tae Bo, Urban Pump, Abs to Core Action and more.

Galveston’s premier downtown fitness center offering flexible memberships, personal training, nutritional counseling, supplements and large group classes.


Fit to Run

Offers nutritional, running, triathlon, and mutli-sport training


Good Eating Habits

The Healthy Eating Pyramid is a simple, trustworthy guide to choosing a healthy diet. Its foundation is daily exercise andweight control, since these two related elements strongly influence your chances of staying healthy. The Healthy Eating Pyramid builds from there, showing that you should eat more foods from the bottom part of the pyramid (vegetableswhole grains) and less from the top (red meat, refined grains, potatoes, sugary drinks, and salt).

When it’s time for dinner, most of us eat off of a plate. So think of the new Healthy Eating Plate as blueprint for a typical meal: Fill half your plate with produce—colorful vegetables, the more varied the better, and fruits. (Remember, potatoes and French fries don’t count as vegetables!) Save a quarter of your plate forwhole grains. A healthy source of protein, such as fish, poultry, beans, or nuts, can make up the rest. The glass bottle is a reminder to use healthy oils, like olive and canola, in cooking, on salad, and at the table. Complete your meal with a cup of water, or if you like, tea or coffee with little or no sugar (not the milk or other dairy products that the USDA’s MyPlate recommends; limit milk/dairy products to one to two servings per day). And that figure scampering across the bottom of the placemat? It’s your reminder that staying active is half of the secret to weight control. The other half is eating a healthy diet with modest portions that meet your calorie needs—so be sure you choose a plate that is not too large.

Copyright © 2008. For more information about The Healthy Eating Pyramid, please see The Nutrition Source, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health,, and Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy, by Walter C. Willett, M.D., and Patrick J. Skerrett (2005), Free Press/Simon & Schuster Inc.

Healthy Recipes can be found at:


Eating Organic Food

Conventional vs. organic farming

The word “organic” refers to the way farmers grow and process agricultural products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are designed to encourage soil and water conservation and reduce pollution. Farmers who grow organic produce and meat don’t use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease. For example, rather than using chemical weedkillers, organic farmers may conduct more sophisticated crop rotations and spread mulch or manure to keep weeds at bay.

Here are some key differences between conventional farming and organic farming:

Conventional Organic
Apply chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth. Apply natural fertilizers, such as manure or compost, to feed soil and plants.
Spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease. Use beneficial insects and birds, mating disruption or traps to reduce pests and disease.
Use herbicides to manage weeds. Rotate crops, till, hand weed or mulch to manage weeds.
Give animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications to prevent disease and spur growth. Give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. Use preventive measures — such as rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing — to help minimize disease.


Eating Local Food

“Talk of local food is everywhere. But what does it mean? How local is local? Local is shorthand for an idea that doesn’t have a firm definition. Unlike organic standards, which entail specific legal definitions, inspection processes, and labels, local means different things to different people, depending on where they live, how long their growing season is, and what products they are looking for.

Practically speaking, local food production can be thought of in concentric circles that start with growing food at home. The next ring out might be food grown in our immediate community – then state, region, and country. For some parts of the year or for some products that thrive in the local climate, it may be possible to buy closer to home. At other times, or for less common products, an expanded reach may be required.”

For a great list of local farms and co-ops, check out:

For a great list of local farmers’ markets and CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture) check out:



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