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180 Pender St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1T3

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“Yoga is not just fitness, it’s healing,” Emmanuelle Rousseau says, “it’s a form of expression. It can be so many different things.” Emmanuelle is the co-owner of Stretch, a cross-disciplinary studio in Vancouver’s Chinatown. On the surface, Stretch is a yoga studio, but considering Emmanuelle’s expansive definition of yoga, it’s hardly a surprise that the space offers much more than that.

Emmanuelle and her partner Boyd Thomson opened Stretch with an ambitious mandate to be a catalyst for social change and community building. Stretch’s team includes an artist-in-residence position and a researcher-in-residence, who will be designing research around the science of yoga.

According to Emmanuelle, their job in the Chinatown community is to “take care of the people who take care of people” in the community. Anyone who works in health and wellness in the Downtown Eastside gets discounted classes.

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Give the gift of good health this holiday season and treat your yoga-loving friends and family to a class at this unique studio. Inside the light-filled and airy space, instructors host restorative and energizing yoga classes for all fitness levels. Stretch is offering a special Shop The Neighbourhood deal on individual yoga classes for those who are looking to try out the funky studio in the heart of Chinatown. Receive 25 per cent off individual classes on November 28, and be sure to check out the curated selection of colourful yoga apparel and athleisure wear while you’re there.

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