Since founding Lucky Cat Yoga six years ago, husband and wife yogi duo Erin and Eric Wheeler have taught vinyasa (their specialty), chair, kids, yoga 101 and more in local studios, art galleries such as the Tempus Projects, libraries and offices.
On Sept. 7, they celebrate the grand opening of their own studio in Tampa Heights at 2742 N Florida Ave.
"We had been renting this space from Dark Wave Yoga and the owner told us she was going to close at the end of August. Eric and I looked at each other and thought, 'We're going to be displaced,'" Erin said. "But then I said 'I think it's the universe saying we should look into this place.'"
Located in a newly renovated building, all the studio needed was a fresh coat of white paint and a PA system.
"We try to blend live music and yoga," Eric said. "Both of us play — I play the guitar and piano and she plays the ukulele and piano — and we invite other musicians to join us. It's a whole sonic experience."
While attendees drift off into shavasana, a violinist, acoustic musician or DJ like Mr. Bongo will add tunes to the experience.
"I think we can present yoga that's accessible to everyone," Erin said.
Three years after creating Lucky Cat, the Wheelers implemented a teaching training program as well, and the new studio will allow them to give graduates jobs.
They will also use the space to host a Community Yoga and Market on the last Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., where they will host local businesses and studios in their outdoor courtyard.
In September, they will host an instructor from Jai Dee and in Oct. the owner of Kodawari Yoga.
The grand opening weekend will kick off at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 7 with free classes continuing through Friday.
For more information, visit facebook.com/luckycatyoga and visit their events page.
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