Ocean Mountain Yoga owners Lorna Seldon Burd

Yoga studio to move into new Healthway building

Campbell River's Ocean Mountain Yoga is on the move

Ocean Mountain Yoga is on the move.

Owners Dawn Pomponio and Lorna Seldon Burd announced last week that their yogo studio will be re-located to an upstairs studio above the brand-new Healthyway Natural Foods.

The yoga studio and health food store are to be part of a health centre being built on the corner of Cedar Street and 11th Avenue, in the former Uptown Willie’s Cafe.

Seldon Burd says Ocean Mountain Yoga signed the lease this month and she and Pomponio are looking forward to moving into their new home over the summer.

“The idea of combining yoga and healthy food has long been an ideal of mine for the past couple of years and I have been on the look out for a suitable, affordable location for us to bring both together,” Seldon Burd says.

“This is the perfect match. Healthway Natural Foods has been the pioneers of their area of business in Campbell River and they are committed to supporting local growers and producers. Nutrition is a natural continuation of yoga practice – being aware of how you sustain and nourish your body is equally important as to how you stretch and strengthen it.”

The yoga studio will complement the health store downstairs which is expected to include a small juice bar and cafe with a seating area.

There are also plans for outdoor seating which will be contained within a cedar-framed structure adjacent to the sidewalk.

Will and Donna Pakosz, owners of Healthway, told city council last October – when they applied for a development permit for the new site – that they’re eager to move their business from their current location on Dogwood Street to 11th Avenue.

“We’re looking for a spot to grow our business concept and to create a community around that,” Will Pakosz told council in October. “Having said that, there’s room for future development on the property we own. We want to get our business moved in and then (we can) look for future possibilities down the road.”

As for Seldon Burd, she’s excited to be a part of the revitalization.

“We are looking forward to combing our areas of expertise and coming up with information sessions and fun workshops,” she said. “This will be a wonderful renaissance for the central downtown area of Campbell River.”