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'Yoga for Everybody and EVERY BODY'

TORONTO, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - GoodLife Fitness, Canada's largest fitness company and YogaFit, the world-wide leader in Yoga education are expanding their collaboration from coast-to-coast in Canada.

YogaFit takes a unique approach to yoga unlike any other yoga company world-wide, where they are focused on offering yoga for "everybody and every body." Everyone, from those brand new to the practice to those who are proficient in sophisticated yoga movements can have an exceptional experience in a YogaFit Class.  This approach is a great match for GoodLife's commitment to providing No Judgment Clubs where everybody is welcome. This new collaboration removes the intimidation that can be experienced by those that have never tried yoga before, while at the same time giving experienced yogis an incredible yoga experience.

YogaFit® which stands for "Yoga for the Fitness Industry"™ was originally developed in 1994 in California. In 2011, GoodLife Fitness collaborated with YogaFit to bring the inclusive and popular classes to Canada. GoodLife will now be offering YogaFit classes, which include the traditional YogaFit®, YogaFit Sweat® and YogaCore®, at more than 75 GoodLife Fitness locations across Canada. To find a YogaFit® class at a GoodLife near you, visit: www.goodlifefitness.com/findaclass.aspx.

"Everyone at YogaFit is thrilled to be expanding our offerings at GoodLife Fitness locations," says Beth.  "For 35 years, GoodLife Fitness has been the premiere health-club chain in Canada. Even though GoodLife has expanded nationally, they still cater to the individual and look after one member at a time. YogaFit shares GoodLife's approach and values, making it a very natural decision to grow our partnership."

"GoodLife Fitness is very excited to expand our offering of YogaFit classes across Canada," says Maureen Hagan, GoodLife Fitness Vice President of Operations- Group Exercise. "Beth has created one of the world's leading yoga programs which combines fitness moves with traditional yoga postures. This format is ideal for all fitness and ability levels. YogaFit® classes will allow even more GoodLife members the opportunity to improve their level of fitness, health and mental awareness."

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About GoodLife Fitness

Founded in 1979, GoodLife Fitness is the largest fitness company in Canada with over 310 clubs from coast-to-coast. With over 932,000 members, GoodLife is helping to transform the health and wellness of 1 in 37 Canadians every day. With the purpose of giving every Canadian the opportunity to live a fit and healthy good life, David Patchell-Evans, Founder & CEO, strives to develop innovative partnerships and collaborations in all areas of health, fitness and wellness and continues to play a significant role in the healthcare system in Canada. GoodLife has achieved Platinum Status Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, as well as Platinum Level Canada's 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures. www.goodlifefitness.com

About YogaFit®

YogaFit® Training Systems Worldwide was established in 1994 and has since trained more than 250,000 yoga and fitness professionals worldwide. The leader in mind body fitness education, YogaFit® is the largest training school for yoga instructors in North America with further expansion ongoing internationally. YogaFit® is the American Council on Exercise's (ACE) premier and only yoga partner. Founder and President Beth Shaw is internationally recognized as the foremost authority on yoga and fitness and has been profiled in print publications and television programs including the Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Oprah's O Magazine, CNN, The New York Times, USA Today, Entrepreneur, SELF and is currently a New Business Group Member of the New York Times. YogaFit® is committed to community service as well as supporting animals and humanitarian causes.

For more information on YogaFit®, please visit www.YogaFitcanada.com.

SOURCE GoodLife Fitness

Video with caption: "Video: Beth Shaw, YogaFit Creator, Lisa Greenbaum, Director of YogaFit Canada and Maureen Hagan, GoodLife Fitness VP of Operations - Group Exercise, were on hand at 137 Yonge Street GoodLife Fitness for a special master-class to help launch GoodLife Fitness and YogaFit's growing collaboration in Canada.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20140507_C7152_VIDEO_EN_40076.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20140507_C7152_PHOTO_EN_40076.jpg&clientName=GoodLife%20Fitness&caption=Video%3A%20Beth%20Shaw%2C%20YogaFit%20Creator%2C%20Lisa%20Greenbaum%2C%20Director%20of%20YogaFit%20Canada%20and%20Maureen%20Hagan%2C%20GoodLife%20Fitness%20VP%20of%20Operations%20%2D%20Group%20Exercise%2C%20were%20on%20hand%20at%20137%20Yonge%20Street%20GoodLife%20Fitness%20for%20a%20special%20master%2Dclass%20to%20help%20launch%20GoodLife%20Fitness%20and%20YogaFit%27s%20growing%20collaboration%20in%20Canada%2E&title=GOODLIFE%20FITNESS%20%2D%20GoodLife%20Fitness%20and%20YogaFit%20grow%20collaboration%20and%20combat%20yoga%20stereotypes&headline=GoodLife%20Fitness%20and%20YogaFit%20grow%20collaboration%20and%20combat%20yoga%20stereotypes

Image with caption: "Participants at 137 Yonge Street GoodLife Fitness hold a Yoga post during a special YogaFit class lead by YogaFit Creator Beth Shaw. (CNW Group/GoodLife Fitness)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140507_C7152_PHOTO_EN_40074.jpg

Image with caption: "YogaFit Creator Beth Shaw leads participants at 137 Yonge Street GoodLife Fitness through a special master-class to celebrate the launch of GoodLife Fitness and YogaFit's growing collaboration in Canada. (CNW Group/GoodLife Fitness)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140507_C7152_PHOTO_EN_40075.jpg

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