YYoga exterior

Looking to take things down a couple of notches after a busy period of holiday dining, I decided to visit my local YYoga for a few yoga sessions.

YYoga has eight practice centres in Vancouver, and Kitsilano’s beautiful 8,000 square foot location is the recent addition to the family. I was on hand for their opening back in early July, where a group of us were given a short tour by CEO Terry McBride. With over 700 classes a week, there’s something for everyone to try and discover.

YYoga interior

YYoga has created modern, soothing, and sacred spaces for yoga lovers to retreat to at any time of the day. As I took off my shoes near the entrance, I was greeted by the front desk for checking into my class. Past the locker area, it’s barefoot walking on polished wooden floors to the changing rooms, sauna, and yoga rooms.

child's pose

To experience the new YYoga iPhone app, I recently took YYoga for spin, using a courtesy pass given me by their PR team. Logging into the app allows users to create their own yoga schedule, find friends to share yoga practice and ideas with, learn about discount offers, earn virtual Mala Beads, and other fun features.

It’s a fully integrated social app where you can:
– Set healthy living goals and join community challenges

- Invite friends to participate in your goals

- Track details of your goals

- Follow your progress on YYoga’s motivation board

- Share your YYoga classes on Twitter and Facebook

YYoga iPhone app screens

For example, I clicked on Expanded Style in the Goals section, and found a 10 day challenge: 10 days of trying a new yoga style, class time, or teacher each day. Once you reach that goal, you earn 10 Mala Beads. If you need support, you can invite friends to join you on the challenges.

YYoga iPhone app screens

Asanas are broken down into seven categories: Arm Balances, Back Bends, Forward Bends, Inversion, Seated, Standing/Balancing, and Twists.

Each pose shows a photo along with its benefits, things not to do, and tips for achieving the correct posture, all shareable via Facebook, Twitter, or email. When I emailed the post to myself, I noticed that the explanation showed up, but not its corresponding photo.

Yyoga class

This app is the first of its kind on the yoga market, with motivation to participate in yoga classes a key factor. Terry McBride: “If you see that your friends are going to a class tonight, you’ll be more likely to go.” The YYoga app does remind me of Nike’s app in that it gets people out and running with their iPods, tracking results, and sharing results socially.

YYoga reserve and location screens

I found the app useful for reserving spots in several different yoga classes but wished that once a location is selected, that there would be a way to save it as a default. Each time the app is started, it’s back to showing all locations.

Tech and yoga now combined, YYoga remains a cell phone-free space with lockers for storing your phone and other valuables. A yoga centre is a quiet, respectful space, after all! Visit the YYoga website for locations, schedules, and pricing.

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