June 29, 2012 14:09 ET

YYoga Opening Its Biggest Centre in B.C. at TELUS Garden

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 29, 2012) - YYoga will open a new centre in TELUS Garden - a 20,000 square foot space complete with yoga studios, including hot yoga rooms, a fitness centre, a 20-metre outdoor pool and hot tub, and an outdoor terrace and amenity space with a kitchen.

The YYoga studio will be located on the third floor of the TELUS Garden residential tower, a 53-storey LEED Gold certified building located at the corner of Robson and Richards. The TELUS Garden development will also feature a 24-storey LEED Platinum signature office tower, public plaza, restaurants and amenities, and will be Vancouver's most technologically advanced and environmentally sustainable project when complete in 2014.

Residents of TELUS Garden will receive special discounts on YYoga memberships and TELUS employees will be offered preferential pricing on memberships as part of their healthcare benefits package. The general public will have access to the centre with regular memberships.

"We are incredibly excited about this initiative, and what it means for YYoga," said YYoga CEO, Terry McBride. "The decision to partner with Westbank and TELUS was simple, not only because TELUS Garden is a state of the art development, but also because we believe there is a perfect synergy between our brands' commitment to innovation, stewardship of our environment and community. The TELUS Garden YYoga partnership will encourage new ways to cultivate community and the perfect work-life balance, which matches our promise to provide an environment centered on wellness and quality and rooted in community. Additionally, being a part of this project is directly in line with the YYoga vision for growth and expansion, not only in Vancouver, but across North America. This initiative places us one step closer to our goal of bringing yoga to everyone's front door."

"The TELUS team is thrilled to welcome YYoga to the TELUS Garden development. Their guest-focused approach to yoga and goal to encourage healthy lifestyles mirrors TELUS' commitment to putting our customers first and building healthy, sustainable communities," said Andrea Goertz, senior vice-president, TELUS Strategic Initiatives. "Our employees are our greatest asset, and being able to offer them a one-of-a kind healthcare benefit to help them achieve an improved work-life balance is an incredible opportunity. We are also excited to be able to elevate the caliber of fitness amenities available to workers and residents in the Downtown Vancouver community."

According to WestBank's President, Ian Gillespie, "Westbank is known for creating innovative and cutting-edge developments, and TELUS Garden is no exception. Since we conceived the project, we envisioned that TELUS Garden amenities would support residents and employees living and working there to cultivate healthy lifestyles. The YYoga partnership is a vital element in helping us realize our vision, as they are leaders in their field, and we are so pleased to welcome them to TELUS Garden."

About YYoga

YYoga is a Vancouver-based leading Canadian yoga and wellness company, committed to providing an environment centreed on wellness and quality. Currently offering over 700 classes per week across British Columbia, the company is now expanding into the Toronto market and adding further B.C. centres. YYoga is committed to supporting healthy lifestyles and communities across the nation. www.yyoga.ca

About TELUS Garden

The $750 million, one million square foot development in the heart of Downtown Vancouver will incorporate a LEED Platinum 24-storey signature office tower, the first of its kind in Canada, a LEED Gold 53-storey residential tower with more than 425 green homes, and retail space along Robson and Georgia. When complete, TELUS Garden will use at least 30 per cent less energy than a standard development its size through the use of innovative technologies and practices, transferring excess heat from one building to another as needed, using solar panels to power some infrastructure, and capturing rainwater for toilets and garden irrigation. Located adjacent to SkyTrain, there will be facilities for bicycles and charging stations for electric cars.

TELUS Garden will create more than 500 construction jobs in Vancouver during development. The office tower is scheduled for final occupancy in June of 2014, with the residential scheduled for final occupancy May of 2015.

For more information about TELUS Garden, please visit telusgarden.com.

About Westbank

Established in 1992 and with over $12 billion of projects completed or under development, Westbank is active across Canada in a diversity of product types from luxury condominiums, rental apartment office, commercial, retail, hotel, non-market housing and industrial. Westbank's primary focus is on large mixed use projects involving highly complex entitlement processes. Westbank is best known for being the leading luxury residential developer in Canada, along with being the owner/developer of the finest hotels in Canada. Some of its best known projects include Shangri-la Vancouver, Shangri-la Toronto, Fairmont Pacific Rim and the Woodward's Redevelopment project.


TELUS (TSX:T)(TSX:T.A)(NYSE:TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.5 billion of annual revenue and 12.7 million customer connections including 7.4 million wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines and 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 550,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

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