A Lady's Island yoga studio has entered a new phase -- with a new name -- as students and teachers pick up the torch after the death of the former owner.
Kim Cech, 54, died in January 2013 from health problems. Her sister, son and teachers kept the studio running until deciding what to do next.
"My heart is just constantly filled with joy in knowing I spent a big amount of my life with Kim," said ONE Yoga Sanctuary owner Dragana Pavic-Zappia. "I call her my yoga mother, and she's not just mine, but for many of us."
ONE Yoga has opened on the second floor of Lady's Island Marina, 73 Sea Island Parkway, where Cech previously ran Yoga Chandra Center. Pavic-Zappia said they needed time to figure out the transition, but closing the studio was never a consideration.
"We had no doubt it would continue," she said. "We didn't know how, but we knew it would."
ONE Yoga Sanctuary describes itself as a place where "all yoga traditions, all people, all faiths and abilities would be welcome." It opened Jan. 1 after some renovation.
An open house is planned for 6 p.m. Thursday, to coincide with the new moon.
"It's just absolutely perfect that's she's the one to reopen the studio, and it's a great fit to build on those roots Kim established here," said Kathy Folsom, one of the teachers at the studio.
Folsom said Pavic-Zappia calls it a "new studio with an old soul," as ONE Yoga builds on the foundation Cech established during more than 15 years of operating her studio.
The studio offers a number of styles of yoga classes, meditation, Thai yoga therapy and other services; it has nearly a dozen teachers.
The studio also will begin free/donation classes twice a week in February, and a schedule is available on its website.
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