YYoga mobilizes for community support to save the North Coast location
YYoga’s owner and staff are rallying to support the community, hoping to save one of its most popular locations.
Earlier this week, the yoga studio announced the closure of its Yaletown and North Shore Elements studios. The news comes just one month after YYoga’s permanent shutdown in West Vancouver, Whistler and Burnaby, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And while YYoga’s Yaletown and North Shore Studios are scheduled to hold their final classes in early July, the owner and staff are asking for help from the local community in an effort to save the North Vancouver location.
Terry McBride is the founder of Yoga. He says he and his team immediately struck up a conversation with their owners when the pandemic began. And while they were ultimately able to secure rental deals with the majority of them, they couldn’t come to an agreement with the District of North Vancouver (DNV), which owns the North Shore Elements studio space.
“We are fully committed [with landlords] right away because we have been closed, ”he told Daily Hive in an interview. “So we had no income to pay the rent. Each landlord was understanding but still wanted full rent. And at one point you’re like, ‘Well, how are we supposed to pay you when we have no income?’ “
McBride explains that the DNV, along with all of the other landlords, received a lease proposal as part of YYoga’s insolvency process, which would have allowed the location to continue operating. The district reportedly requested, however, another agreement in which the rent arrears would be paid over the next three years.
“What’s frustrating here is that the other owners have agreed to terms that allow us to move forward,” says McBride. “The problem is the minute we give [the arrears] for them we have to give it to the other owners and then we are bankrupt. There’s just no way out of it and we’ve explained that to them. “
According to YYoga, it was because of this disagreement that they were forced to terminate the lease of their location in North Vancouver. They also say the situation has been explained to the district by McBride, along with the trustees and the legal team, on several occasions.
“The DNV is responding to calls from our community saying YYoga declined their offer,” McBride wrote in an email to members. “It is important that our community understands that it would be impossible for us to accept this… The DNV is aware of this and yet continues to refuse it.
McBride told Daily Hive that closing the North Vancouver studio would mean employing 40 to 50 people and forcing thousands of members to look for another location. He adds that the North Shore Elements studio has been located in Lynn Valley for almost 12 years and around $ 2 million has been spent to improve the space.
It also attracts around 100,000 people a year to the complex, he says.
“This yoga studio is sort of a community space for a lot of people, where they’ll come together mentally. And now it’s taken away.
Danielle Connor is one of those members. She grew up in Lynn Valley and has been going to YYoga for over 10 years, and she says the news is devastating.
“Over the years, I have met countless amazing teachers, other students and yogis who have changed my life for the better,” she wrote in an email. “They are now my dearest friends and I really cannot imagine my life without them.”
She says she is begging the DNV to reconsider YYoga’s proposal, adding that the community needs space.
“Yoga has been a staple in the community for 12 years and Lynn Valley won’t be the same without it. It can’t.
McBride asks members of his community to send messages of support to the mayor, city councilors and staff, sharing what the studio means to them.
When asked for a media statement, the DNV told Daily Hive that YYoga served the District of North Vancouver with a Lease Termination Notice on Lynn Valley Village, effective July 17, 2021. No further comments were made. was done.