For the past decade, Annette Scott has taught at Yogani Studio.
"I built a good following and thought it was time to go off on my own and build my own space," Scott said.
This weekend marks the grand opening celebration of the yoga teacher and massage therapists's dream space, Kodawari Studios and Organic Cafe. Ramona Heath, wife of former University of South Florida basketball coach Stan Heath, is a co-owner.
Still in South Tampa, the new business houses three yoga practice rooms, five treatment rooms and a cafe offering high quality food and upgraded beverages that "improve mental focus, hair, skin and nails."
Wellness offerings include massages, laser hair removal, meditation, Pilates, energy workers who do Reiki and even a holistic family doctor on staff.
However, the most unique part of the studio is the 200-gallon float pod.
"There's 850 pounds of Epsom salt that's been dissolved and the water itself is shallow, 20 inches," Scott said. "You literally float because of the salt."
The water is heated to match the temperature of the floater's skin, which relaxes the muscles.
"The reduced sound and light start to change the brainwaves and move into restorative brain state," Scott said. "There's a multitude of ways in which to assist us in becoming healthier, mental clarity and focus."
At an open house from 7:30 to 9:30 tonight at 3965 S Henderson Blvd., cafe samples will be offered, as well as a chance to meet teachers, therapists and cafe personnel.
The celebration continues Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with free yoga classes, live entertainment, giveaways and studio tours.
For more information, visit kodawariyoga.com.
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