Our Pride of Teachers

Eric Wheeler 200 E-RYT

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Eric, President of Lucky Cat Yoga,
Specializes in All Levels Vinyasa Yoga. Eric has a extensive teaching resume and has been part of Tampa Bay’s yoga community since 2002. He is currently teaching vinyasa yoga, yoga 101, flow, chair yoga, kids yoga and bhakti vinyasa in the Tampa Bay Area. Eric creates a mood through strong, but thoughtful asana practice. In his teachings, he incorporates mindful asana, anatomical knowledge, concepts from the yoga sutras, mantras, and live music. You can find Eric at Lucky Cat Yoga Studio in Tampa Heights. Bella Prana in Hyde Park. The Dali Museum in St.Pete, on Sundays.

Experience YTT Programs:

Lead Teacher Trainer of Lucky Cat Yoga Teacher Training
@ Asana YTT, Bella Prana YTT, Yogani

Evolation Yoga YTT

Special Events Experience:

Floyd Yoga Jam 2014-17

Flow Fest 2015

Rasa Lila 2011-2013

Erin Wheeler 500 HR RYT, CRYT, PRYT

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Erin never expected to be practicing and teaching yoga at 46. 

Battling daily with food addiction, chronic TMJ, back pain and depression, in 2003, at the top of her weight, nearly 400lbs she decided to drastically change her life and have weight reduction surgery. She understood that the operation was a tool for her to jump start her on a healthy path beginning a practice of yoga and meditation to help her recover from surgery, she found that it helped her heal in more ways than just physical. 

Erin teaches to all levels of students. She and her husband Eric Wheeler founded, Lucky Cat Yoga Inc., a company that brings yoga to all ages, all levels, and all locations. They created a variety of special event yoga classes in Tampa Bay like, Glow Yoga, Acoustic Flow, House of Yoga, and Dark Wave Yoga.

 

 “I found my true passion in life as a teacher of this ancient art of wellness.  I am constantly inspired and given so much love from my students and teachers.  I am thankful for my teachers, Eric Wheeler, Michael Johnson, Lillias Folan, David Swenson, Micheline Berry, and Shiva Rea, who have helped me on my journey on and off the mat. I am honored to be able to practice yoga, and teach it to my students, as my teachers taught it to me, with love, integrity and devotion.”  

Danialle Dupree

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Danialle is an ERYT-200 teacher certified in Hatha & Vinyasa Flow for all levels. Having come to the mat in her early teens seaking peace within her own body she knew immediately that she wanted to share it's benefits with others. She is passionate about the many ways yoga can help people regain or maintain mobility in their bodies and minds. In addition to her 200hr certification she's earned certifications in Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga. 

Tammy Thompson

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Tammy began practicing yoga in the late 90s as a counterbalance to long distance running. It wasn't until she had her first child in 2001 that she began to see the calming benefits that a regular practice had on her. That was when her practice really began to evolve, eventually leading her to teach. Tammy received her 200hr certification through Lucky Cat Yoga and is currently working on her 300hr-RYT through Asheville Yoga Center.
Tammy teaches various types of yoga and always works to bring the mind, body, and breath connection to her students.

Samantha Vargas

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Samantha always knew she wanted to help people, the question was how? She moved to Florida in August, 2011 and started attending Hillsborough Community College. Overwhelmed with a full time schedule, she wanted something to help her relax. After she took a few classes she knew she wanted to spread joy, peace and love, just like her instructor did for her. She went on to get her AA in Liberal Arts and transferred to The University of South Florida in January, 2014. She completed her Yoga Alliance RYT-200hr training in April, 2014 with Yoga Loft. Once she began teaching she realized this is what she was meant to do instead of continuing out her degree in psychology. Now she is currently saving to take her 300hr in India. No matter how much time may pass, she will always continue be a student of yoga. She strives to bring peace, kindness, and ultimately love to her classes.
 

Nicholl Mikulka

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Nicholl has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and meditation for almost as long. Nicholl began a yoga practice when she was looking for a mental break from life. She kept returning to her mat because it was the only time of the week when she didn’t think outside of the present moment. Her practice has evolved over the years, at times meeting her need to move physically and at times allowing her to quiet her mind and open spiritually. Eventually, the use of essential oils during yoga and mediation became a useful tool for her. She contributes her ability to face difficult times as well as experience the joys of life to her yoga practice. Her classes are playful, challenging, and meditative in nature. During her classes you will be encouraged to breathe while you work your physical body and mind. Nicholl completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Bella Prana Yoga of Tampa in 2016 and continued her education under the instruction of David Crimi and Marley Vigdorth, in 2017. Nicholl founded MooseAsana Yoga & Meditation following training. MooseAsana combines yoga, meditation, and essential oils to assist others in meeting their health and wellness goals.

Brittany Sales

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Brittany began her yoga journey seeking a healthier lifestyle. Not long after exploring the practice did she discover it to be her true passion; dedicated to sharing the practice with others. Brittany is a Lucky Cat Yoga Graduate and a University of South Florida Alumna with a Bachelors in Psychology. She enjoys being active, spending time with friends and date nights with her fiancé

Debbie Rogers

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Debbie is an experienced yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. She teaches Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, Power and Introduction/Beginner Level classes. She currently teaches at local studios in Tampa, conducts individual private and semi-private small group sessions which include several corporate clients. Yoga has allowed her to travel internationally teaching and practicing at yoga retreats around the world.