A one-stop healing place

When Dawn Sharman was looking for a place to teach yoga classes, she ended up with far more than she bargained for. And she couldn’t be happier.

The owner of Alba Healing Arts is excited to be celebrating her studio’s first anniversary this week.

“I was looking for something unique and different, a place that could offer various healing arts to complement whatever kind of healing your body, mind or spirit were seeking,” she said.

Sharman looked at many options for a few weeks, eager to start work in a space that resonated with her. When she walked into Alba’s current space, she knew she’d found the right place. Taking a deep breath and a leap of faith, she opened the doors to Alba Healing Arts less than a week later.

When she first opened the doors, Sharman was the only person offering a healing art, when she taught yoga classes.

“The first couple of months I was hopeful for the future and scared by the big risk I had taken,” she said. “Over time, classes began filling, workshops began to be offered and in a very short amount of time, new professionals began offering various healing arts within Alba.

“Meeting the amazing people in our community who offer a wide range of healing arts has been incredible. Before Alba was opened, I had no idea this many professionally trained practitioners and teachers were in the Vernon area, and now I get to co-create and work with them.”

Nov. 17 marks the first anniversary for Alba, which now boasts a wide range of healing arts within the treatment rooms, whose practitioners offer craniosacral massage therapy, reiki, body talk, access bars, intuitive healing and reflexology. In the studio space, teachers offer Spring Forest Qigong, meditation, laughter yoga therapy, chair yoga, Anusara-inspired yoga, Wing Chun, focused group discussions and Heart Full Hatha classes. Also available during week day lunch hours is Yoga Trex, an infusion of yoga and walking that takes place outdoors.

“The first year has been exceptional and I have learned more than I could have imagined, met inspiring people and am looking forward to the upcoming events we have planned for 2013. Everyone at Alba is very grateful to the community support and involvement during this first year of being open — thank you, Vernon.”

The birthday celebration takes place Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Check out the space while meeting the teachers and practitioners. There will be mini classes and door prizes available. To see the schedule of mini classes available that day, see Alba is at 3410B-31st Ave. (behind K&K Books). Admission is by donation of a non-perishable item for the food bank.


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