Teacher Training Director & Massage Therapist
Jenna needed yoga long before she knew it or even started to practice. She found yoga during graduate school at a time when the stresses of life, school, family and grief were overwhelming. She has watched it begin to bring balance to her physical body, mind and spirit. Yoga as a practice is always changing and has taught this practitioner to be more open to change. Jenna completed her 200-hour teacher training at Lucky Cat Yoga with teachers Eric and Erin Wheeler in 2016. With an emphasis on breath and proper alignment, her Vinyasa flow seeks to free the body as well as the mind. She is passionate about uniting and sharing the gift of yoga with people of all ages and abilities, and helping others to find more balance and peace in their lives.
Kolton found genuine yoga through a friend during an exceptionally grievous stretch of her life. Yoga helped her to face interpersonal relationships empathetically, grow physically stronger, and find a sense of peace that she never knew existed. A sense of belonging naturally manifested through the yoga community. Kolton immerses herself in the study of science and soul, psychology, and holism. She loves animals, craft beer, and of course Netflix. When not on the mat, you’ll find her behind a computer screen, designing up a storm.
John began walking the path of yoga over 10 years ago. With a background in martial arts he was well aware of the beauty and complex simplicity of Eastern philosophy. His initial foray into the asana practice was through Ashtanga. Practicing at home first , before he ever entered a yoga studio, he knew this was his path to walk. As well as being a yoga teacher, John has a background in healthcare and is a licensed massage therapist.
He has been so blessed in this life to have some amazing teachers. In no particular order, these teachers include the Universe, his past, current and future relationships, Ally Ford, David Swenson, Tony Nenov, JD Krishnamurthi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj.
Johns classes are playful, fun and at times challenging. He generally teaches a vinyasa style class with definite Ashtanga and martial arts influences. On occasion John will change it up and teach a yin yoga class, bringing a different dynamic and allowing his students to move deeper into the asana and into the mind.
Ten years after taking her first yoga class, Elaina signed up for a YTT program in the fall of 2015 with Lucky Cat Yoga. The practice of asana, breath and meditation had become an undeniable transformational tool in her life. She had been working in retail and restaurants her whole adult life, accumulating years of stress and unhealthy habits. Yoga helped her to create healthy daily rituals and routines, as well a cut down on her stress levels dramatically. As a teacher, Elaina hopes to share the immeasurable benefits of yoga with her students and to encourage their own personal transformation.
Cameron began practicing yoga to improve his posture, strengthen his body, and expand his spirituality. He completed his 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sattva Yoga in Seminole Heights. His classes combine alignment-based cues, creative sequencing, and opportunities for contemplative reflection. Modifications are offered to ensure that each student grows through a balance of effort and ease.
Amy Rust (200 RYT) came to yoga as an overworked graduate student in 2004. A former dancer, yoga scratched her itch for physical expression. With time, she discovered its mental and emotional benefits, too. A devout practitioner of first Bikram then Ashtanga and Vinyasa styles, Amy completed her 200-hour training at Sattva Yoga in Tampa, where teachers Kelly Watson, Meghan Leigh, and Carey Lewis deepened her appreciation for philosophy and meditation. As a teacher, Amy makes space for practitioners at all levels with careful sequencing and a penchant for modifications and variations. Emphasizing breath and alignment cues, her classes challenge students safely and supportively, inspiring individual bodies and minds to uncover yoga’s therapeutic potential for themselves.
Gena has possessed a life-long passion for teaching. She worked as an early childhood educator, serving young children and families for over 10 years in a variety of capacities. After taking some time away from her professional role as teacher to spend time with her own children, she rediscovered her love of teaching others through her practice of yoga. Yoga has flowed in and out of much of her adult life, but in a moment of self-realization and transformation, yoga became a meaningful and consistent part of her life. With the guidance of her teachers, Kelly Watson, Meghan Hornstrom and Carey Lewis, she discovered a renewed sense of trust in herself, and the inner strength and desire to meet new challenges, both on and off her mat. Gena has completed her RYT-200 at Sattva Yoga School in Tampa, FL in 2017. She also completed Levels One through Three of the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training Program based in New York, and is working toward her certification and RCYT to teach yoga and mindfulness practices to children and youth, ages 3-18. Gena has a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in New York City.
Paul started practicing yoga as a means to explore mediation and help relieve chronic back pain. Yoga has allowed Paul to practice finding more acceptance of himself and the world at large. Paul spent much of his young adult life using unhealthy habits to cope with the stresses of life. Yoga has assisted in his transformation to positive daily routines, healthy habits, and spiritual growth. As a teacher Paul wishes to be of service to his students; sharing tools that create space in the mind, body, and spirit. His classes include a balance of philosophy, movement, breath work, mindfulness, aromatherapy, and meditation; leaving students feeling rejuvenated and ready to flow into the stream of life. Paul is a recent graduate of Sattva Yoga's 200 hour yoga teacher training. He has a background in philosophy and sociology and is a resident of Seminole Heights. May the force be with you!
Haven began her yoga journey in college as a means to quiet the anxiety driven mind chatter that had developed through her adolescent years. As she started to fully grasp the power behind self-awareness and separating the true self from constant thoughts, it became clear that her life’s path would lead her to help others attain this peaceful way of experiencing life. Recently completing her 200-hour teacher training at Sattva Yoga in Seminole Heights, Haven wants to offer an accessible yoga practice that is welcome to all. Through breath work, setting positive intensions and creative alignment-based asana, she works to build a safe and meaningful connection to her students. Her ultimate goal is to have her students feel that they have not only learned something new by practicing on their mat, but also, once their mat is rolled up and put away, that this newly obtained knowledge continues to shine through in their day to day lives. Being an empath, with a background in hospitality and a passion for yoga, she wants to fully embody what it means to be a “safe haven” to all walks of life.
Natalia is a 200 Hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor from Sattva Yoga and comes with a background in Holistic Life Coaching. She enjoys teaching yoga for all levels, ranging from beginners to the advanced, from the young to the elderly, and always with a passion to help her students reach their goals. After struggling with anxiety for many years, Natalia fell in love with yoga as soon as she felt the immense relief that this awesome practice brings. She has received lots of inspiration from her teachers Kelly Watson, Meghan Leigh, and Carey Lewis, and brings many different styles into her classes to bring anyone to the mat. Meditation, nature, gemstones, and positivity are a part of her personal practice, as well as living with gratitude and intention. If you want to feel more relaxed, happy, and grateful, or just deepen your practice, come to class and find the magic and power within you! Don’t forget that she’ll rock your yogi senses in Spanish too! Love and Light, Namaste!
The Miami born 2017 graduate of Lucky Cat Yoga's 200hr Vinyasa training, began meditation and breathing exercises in 2012, as a method to heal years of severe Anxiety/Panic Disorder and Depression. What developed was a transformative personal practice which unveiled a natural guide within. Through breath, asana, and meditation, she works towards casting light on the tools within each of her students to access their happiness, fine tune their intuition, and call their power back.
A mystic by nature and always a student, Megan can be found reading in her neighborhood of Seminole Heights. ✌ "Is there anything braver than going into the mud itself? It's the soil most fertile. It's the teacher. It's from there that you rise."
Rachel believes that teaching yoga is truly a gift and feels honored to share what she has learned with others. She hopes to assist her students in finding Peace, Love, and Compassion in themselves and in their everyday lives. She loves watching her students grow and she loves growing right alongside her students. She hopes her light hearted spirit provides a playful, fun atmosphere for her class.
She received her (RYT-200hr) in 2011 and since continued her studies for the completion of her (RYT-500hr) with Yoga Tree in San Francisco. Studying with several notable teachers including Karuna Yoga with Annie Carpenter, and delving deeper into Feminine Powers/ Prenatal Yoga with Jane Austin & Britt Fohrman, and Sri Vidya Tantra Yoga with Chrisandra Fox Walker & Katie Silcox. She acknowledges with so much gratitude and thanks to her teachers for shaping not only her practice but her life.
When Rachel is not on her mat, you can find her near an ocean or traveling to some far off destination. She cherishes spending time with her husband Nick and their adored son, Brinsley. She feels that her greatest achievement in life is being an intuitive Mama to her child and she aspires to live life to the absolute fullest and to love with everything she's got. She truly believes in Seva (selfless service) to her community and enjoys bringing yoga to underprivileged youth and prenatal yoga to soon to be mamas in all stages of pregnancy.
“Be in a state of gratitude for everything that shows up in your life. Be thankful for the storms as well as the smooth sailing. What is the lesson or gift that you are experiencing right now? Find your joy not in what's missing in your life but in how you can serve." ~ Wayne Dyer