the metta movement

giving without expectation

For us, sustainability is about more than working to reduce our organization’s impact on the environment. It’s also about creating a positive impact within our global communities. One way we do that is through the Metta Movement — our grassroots community philanthropy program. Each year we provide funds to our stores, our area managers, our Store Support Centre (SSC) employees and select suppliers and ambassadors to launch or support projects that contribute to social and environmental health.

Regional Giving

marathon high

austin, texas
Lululemon
Regional Giving

marathon high

austin, texas

Encouraging young people to be active is an important part of building healthy habits and a healthy community. Marathon High is a unique after-school training program that empowers and motivates underprivileged teens who otherwise wouldn’t have the coaching, resources or support needed to run the Austin Marathon. By offering middle and high school students access to serious training that helps them push their personal limits, Marathon High shows them that if they put their minds to it and work hard, they can accomplish their goals. In its second year the program changed 81 lives, instilling confidence in kids who otherwise wouldn’t have access to after-school sports.

Store Giving

metta live

houston area - texas
Store Giving

metta live

houston area - texas

Our four Houston lululemon athletica stores came together to host a sunset vinyasa yoga event and house party called #mettalive. This event benefitted In-Powered, a non-profit organization that offerers yoga curriculum to underrepresented and low income communities in Houston. For every instagram photo that was taken at the event with the hashtag #mettalive, the Houston area lululemon athletica stores donated $10 to In-Powered. With over 1300 #mettalive instagram photos taken, this event not only brought the community together for a unforgettable yoga experience, but helped to raise funds for great organization.

Store Giving

SEAK foundation, the sports bra challenge

union Square + 66th and 3rd + madison Avenue + SOHO, NYC
Store Giving

SEAK foundation, the Sports Bra Challenge

union Square + 66th and 3rd + madison Avenue + SOHO, NYC

Our New York City stores participated in The Sports Bra Challenge, an outdoor fitness event put on by the SEAK Foundation. The SEAK Foundation is committed to bringing awareness to the increasing epidemic of women who determine their self-worth based on their appearance. The Sports Bra Challenge invites women to participate in the event in their sports bras thereby empowering one another to feel comfortable in their own skin, just as they are. The day’s event really brought our our New York City team members and their ambassadors together, as they faced a series of fitness challenges, cheered each other on, and celebrated their bodies with confidence and pride.

Store Giving

Breathe to Beats - High River Flood Relief

South Centre, Calgary Alberta
Store Giving

Breathe to Beats - High River Flood Relief

South Centre, Calgary Alberta

Following the devastating June 2013 floods in southern Alberta, our South Centre Calgary team donated a portion of their metta funds to to the High River Disaster Relief Fund and held a “Sunset Karma Class" at Saskatoon Berry Farm. The donation-based yoga class, called "Breathe to Beats for High River," was held inside the greenhouse at the farm. Guests were encouraged to dress in layers, bring their yoga mats, and donate as much or as little as they would like to the High River Disaster Relief Fund. Those who attended got to sink into a soothing yoga practice in a beautiful setting, and could even help support the farm by purchasing some delicious fruits and vegetables and lattes while connecting with their friends.

Regional Giving

Africa Yoga Project

Kenya, Africa
Lululemon
Regional Giving

Africa Yoga Project

Kenya, Africa

Africa Yoga Project is a grass roots not-for-profit organization that has introduced thousands of people in Kenya to the practice of yoga. Every year, Africa Yoga Project empowers more than 250,000 Kenyans through yoga – teaching in prisons, schools, special needs centres, HIV rehab centres, schools for the deaf and the masai villages. In order to help continue this incredible mission, we helped three Kenyan yoga teachers with the Africa Yoga Project attend a level 3 training in Tulum, Mexico so they can return home to teach more people in their communities how to teach yoga.

Store Giving

AmenZone and Growing Great

Plaza El Segundo, Palm Springs, CA
Store Giving

AmenZone and Growing Great

Plaza El Segundo, Palm Springs, CA

AmenZone Fitness, a back-to-basics fitness program, took over the parking lot in front of our Plaza El Segundo store to host a fun, high-energy outdoor bootcamp class. Through their unique fitness program, AmenZone educates the community about the relationship between physical activity, overall mental health and self-esteem. AmenZone is also passionate about nutriton education and supporting the creation of edible gardens in local schools to prevent childhood obesity. Our El Segundo team also introduced the community to Growing Great, an organization based in Manhattan Beach, dedicated to inspiring families and children to adopt healthy eating habits. That day our El Segundo team donated a portion of their metta funds to each organization as a way to acknowledge and celebrate each organization’s dedication to an important cause.

Store Giving

Sustain on Main

Oakridge - Vancouver, BC
Store Giving

Sustain on Main

Oakridge - Vancouver, BC

Our Oakridge team hosted their biggest event to date, designed to connect our East Van community and initiate a conversation around sustainability on and off the mat. Ambassador Kristy Wright Schell led nearly 100 yogis through a fun and uplifting practice in the iconic setting of Main Street's Heritage Hall. We spun groovy vinyl beats in the background, provided fresh local treats, and the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) was on hand to educate guests about making the planet a little greener. We moved, we grooved and we laughed together.

Store Giving

30 Days of OM

La Jolla, CA
Store Giving

30 Days of OM

La Jolla, CA

Inspired by National Yoga month, and a fantastic organization called charity: water, our La Jolla store team began 30 days of OM, a 30 day yoga challenge, in which 7 local studios partnered with our La Jolla store team to provide 30 days of complimentary yoga classes for the community. The La Jolla team raised $2,500 for charity: water, a not-for-profit that brings clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries. On the 30th of the month the team closed out the challenge with a 200+ person sunset to candlelight yoga practice, overlooking the water with a live acoustic band; the event was called, Take Me Om.

Supplier Giving

Room to Read

Cambodia
Supplier Giving

Room to Read

Cambodia

In 2012, lululemon supported Room to Read to establish seven libraries and support ten girls in their efforts to complete secondary school and forge successful futures for themselves and their families. Through this work, lululemon has impacted the lives of over 2,160 students in Cambodia - creating opportunity and accessibility where they have not previously existed.

Store Giving

Vinyasa for Youth

vancouver, bc
Store Giving

Vinyasa Yoga for Youth

vancouver, bc

Our Vancouver stores decided to support local yoga through Vinyasa Yoga for Youth, an organization bringing Vinyasa yoga and all its lessons to kids. The organization was founded by yoga ambassador Ryan Leier. The opening event was held at one of our favourite local studios, One Yoga, and kids and parents came to practice to sweet DJ beats and eat some treats. Our team was honoured to join in the opening, sweating to represent lululemon and our commitment to growing yoga!

Store Giving

Edible Garden

West Vancouver, BC
Store Giving

Edible Garden

West Vancouver, BC

Nothing tastes sweeter than giving back. Our West Vancouver store partnered with Whole Foods to hold an event called Handstands and Pancakes to support the Edible Garden Project in its mission to provide the community with organic vegetables. At the event, our team supported a large outdoor yoga class by one of our yoga ambassadors (sparking lots of conversation in the community), made a gigantic pancake breakfast and donated our entire Metta grant to the project.

Store Giving

yoga for kids

Denver Colorado
Store Giving

yoga for kids

Denver Colorado

What could be better than bringing the practice of yoga to kids? Our Denver store was so excited to get the opportunity to support their yoga ambassador, Christen Bakken, and her program, Empowered Warriors, an organization dedicated to helping kids fall in love with yoga and dream big. The Metta grant paid for instructors to go to six schools in the Denver area and teach yoga to 200+ students for up to nine weeks. Our team was humbled to be able to give the gift of yoga without the challenge of cost and contribute to such incredible community work, all thanks to our hardworking yoga ambassador living her dream.

Store Giving

Tricycle Gardens

Richmond VA
Store Giving

Tricycle Gardens

Richmond VA

The Richmond store gave their Metta grant, time and window display to Tricycle Gardens to help the organization raise awareness around its mission to transform abandoned, overgrown urban lots into sources of food and economic opportunity in low-income neighborhoods across Richmond. Our team spent two mornings getting down and dirty at the urban farm hoeing, weeding, edging, composting — you name it, they did it. Then they worked their magic at the Tricycle Garden’s weekly farm stand, selling produce and local dairy products. They learned a lot about urban farming and their community in the process.

Store Giving

108 Monkeys

West Hartford, CT
Store Giving

108 Monkeys

West Hartford, CT

Our West Hartford team partnered with the local charity, 108 Monkeys, whose mission is “to actualize the potential of the New Haven community, from rock to rock, breath by breath, through yoga.” The organization helps to bring yoga to the vulnerable and underprivileged, so the team held a glow yoga class for 108 Monkeys in the store. Before the class started they presented the gift of 20 yoga mats and the Metta grant and the organization was thrilled. The class brought awareness to the deeper meaning of yoga — empowering others by giving without expectation.

Store Giving

Supporting our Zoo

Toronto, ON
Store Giving

Supporting our Zoo

Toronto, ON

One of our Toronto stores teamed up to support a beloved landmark, the Toronto High Park Zoo, which runs strictly on donations. Since the zoo opened in 1876, the community has supported it so our team felt it was important to build upon that legacy. Hearing stories of how much the zoo meant to guests, the team knew it was the right decision. In order to bring more awareness to the needs of the zoo, ambassador Leandra Antonutti from PYC led a group of 80 yogis through an outdoor flow class in the middle of the park, rocking to the coolest steel drums around.

Store Giving

Surfrider Clean Up

Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Store Giving

Surfrider Clean Up

Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Last summer, our Palm Beach Gardens store teamed up with two local paddleboard shops and Surfrider Foundation, a grassroots non-profit environmental organization that works to protect the world’s ocean and beaches. Together with 30 members of the community, they hit the Intracoastal Waterways, cleaning up any trash that might be floating around. They ended up collecting over 300 lbs of debris including chairs, lamps, tires and plastic. After the clean up, the team partnered with a local island-style restaurant to host a party where all proceeds from a donated keg went to the local chapter of Surfrider.

Store Giving

Supporting Childrens Health Care

Atlanta, GA
Store Giving

Supporting Childrens Health Care

Atlanta, GA

The team hosted an event called 10&Flow, a mass outdoor yoga event held in Atlanta's largest park. For every mat rolled out at the event, they donated money to Strong 4 Life, a subsidiary of Children's Health Care of Atlanta that targets childhood obesity. Despite the rain and last-minute change of venue, 250 people stepped onto their mats to support the cause. This was extremely exciting for the City of Atlanta because it was one of the first and largest yoga events the city has ever seen, an amazing achievement for our Shops Around Lennox store to be a part of.

Store Giving

Maunalua Bay clean up

oahu, hawaii
Store Giving

Maunalua Bay clean up

oahu, hawaii

Living on an island state reminds Hawaiians of the importance of the health of our ocean and its effect on our ecosystems and lifestyle. That’s why when our Oahu store had to decide where to allocate their Metta grant they chose to give it all to Malama Maunalua, a non-profit organization striving to conserve and restore the health and productivity of Maunalua Bay. Inspired by one of our ambassadors, Lehua Wright, they jumped at the chance to organize community outreach events in alignment with this mission to improve environmental awareness in the community. An ocean-side yoga party was held to raise awareness for the cause, complete with a live DJ, and an out of town beach cleanup which was so impactful their story was featured on Hawaii News Now (Hawaii’s #1 news station).