KEY LARGO -- A Key Largo mother and daughter are opening a yoga studio in the heart of town.
Kathy Shirley and daughter Samantha McCoy will begin accepting clients this week at Key Largo Yoga in the Damaron Building in the median at Mile Marker 99.6.
Shirley teaches yoga at different studios throughout the Upper Keys, but starting May 1, she will centralize her efforts in one place.
"Generally students will follow their teacher," Shirley said, noting she should already have a customer base when she opens.
Shirley has taught yoga in the Upper Keys for about five years and was trained in Costa Rica as well as at Duke University.
A unique offering at the studio will be a class for mothers and their children, called "Mommy and Me." Other classes of yoga include Vinyasa and Hatha styles.
As Shirley offers yoga classes, her daughter will serve as a holistic health coach.
McCoy, who is working toward her yoga instructor license, said she will help people who need non-physical attention. Her sessions will focus on health and nutrition goals, among other things.
"We want to teach people about healthier eating and how to live healthier lives," McCoy said. "We can do this and be affordable and give access to people."
Shirley is confident her business will thrive, despite opening at a time when snowbirds leave and tourist season is coming to a close.
"It's probably the worst time to start a business," Shirley acknowledged.
But she hopes her business is part of a health movement growing in the Upper Keys.
"There are not a lot of health options available [in Key Largo]," she said.
In addition to classes, the studio will also house a boutique with nontoxic soaps, sunscreeens and shampoos.
The studio offers private sessions, as well as six-month and yearlong memberships. They have also begun signing up businesses who offer their employees a health benefit option. Locals discounts are also offered.
For more information, visit www.keylargoyoga.com.