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  • Richard Freeman: Yoga Chants

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    Richard Freeman Chants - its a 2 cd set. The first CD is instructional, he explains some of the history and technique, and you sing along by repeating first a word, then a line, of each chant. I think there are 3-4 chants he teaches in this way -including the ashtanga invocation, which I've always liked. He explains things very clearly. The second cd is him chanting and playing the harmonium. He has a good voice, not a great voice, but there is something incredibly soothing about listening to him. -Jane

  • Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice

    Cindy Dollar: Yoga Your Way : Customizing Your Home Practice
    This is a great book for home practice. It's spiral bound and the pages are split so that on the left the pages are practice sequences and on the right each page is one of 44 asanas. The 31 practice sequences range from 10 to 90 minutes. On the back of each asana page are several modifications with various props. The author is an Iyengar teacher and the instructions are very detailed. What I like most about it is that the variety of sequences will prevent me from doing the same practice all the time which is what usually happens when I do yoga on my own. -Danielle

  • Andrea Olsen: Bodystories: A Guide To Experiential Anatomy

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August 23, 2006

Comments

Chris

Lianne - thanks for posting this - I have just recently become a Lulemon devotee - I'm going to rethink this.

suebella

Interesting. Lululemon has not made it's way to my neck of the woods yet, but I did go to one in Banff, in June. I find this interesting and will definitely file it in my databanks.

Sharon Frost

This information definitely pushes Lululemon out of bounds for me. As far as I know they haven't made it (physically) to this area yet but I've looked at their stuff on line. (Of course I can't afford their good anyway.)

yoga monkey

lululemon has kept their core values ever since they were the underdog. I think that they should be praised for treating their employees so well. Don't you notice what a great environment they have created. Every time i've been in their store, i've been surrounded by smiles!!!!!!!! Companies should take note on this new way on thinking

satchiyoga

I have been with Lululemon from the beginning. I love their products, and while their clothes are not cheap, they last. I still have items I bought six years ago and they look virtually new.
There are always more than one side to any story.

Tiffany

lululemon is an amazing company facing great success. They do NOT support or utilize child labor, and the statements regarding the name being hard for asian people to pronounce (that was 2 years ago and a huge mistake/taken out of context) has since either been retracted or apologized for.

lululemon isn't the only company that uses Landmark as an employee training tool, it says RIGHT in the Chatelaine article that executives at Apple Computers undergo the same training seminars...and I don't see anyone pointing any fingers at them for being strange.

The company is great to their employees (I would know since i'm one of them) we get a full benefits package, fair wages, free yoga, a great discount, and an incredibly positive work environment...a pretty far stretch from a sweat shop, don't you think? Our vendors and factories, including the overseas ones, are very closesly monitored for quality control and starting in December of 2006...the factory conditions will be a matter of public record on lululemon.com.

So either pay your 89 dollars for reverse groove pants (well worth it, I might add) or don't..but don't put down an awesome Canadian company just because they happen to be successful...especially if what's being said isn't accurate.

Joan

I agree with the above comments regarding lululemon. I am a fan of theirs. I got a huge lot of their clothes at a warehouse sale and I am thrilled with how they fit, how they move, how they make me feel. I think they are expensive and I don't buy them retail. It's my choice. The company is incredibly positive as well.
If ignorance is important to avoid why is it so easy to be critical or judgemental of things we have never experienced? In regards to landmark education I have experienced it and it has made a profound difference in my life (and my practice). There are many parallels between what landmark creates for people and what we are creating in yoga. It is a powerful combination.
Joan

lgattruth

There are lots of sites with some good resources of information on Landmark Education, and other groups with controversial tactics like "Lululemon". Start by Googling "Landmark Education", and reading some info from sites that are NOT hosted by the Landmark Education company itself. Also, Google, "Voyage to the Land of the New Gurus", for some interesting information on a French documentary (subtitled in English), that aired to 1.5 million people in France in May 2004. A month later, Landmark shut down in France!

Basically the end point of what I would say is to try and fully research these groups before getting involved with any "Large Group Awareness Training" organization. Most of them have controversial histories and tactics.

Soured by the lemon

I had a brief employment period as a Lulu. It started off so positive and full of promise. I loved the culture and how they wanted to raise the world from mediocrity to greatness and the whole emphasis on wellness and fitness. I thought I was in heaven. Finally a company with ideals I could relate with!
The reality is it is not a place for independent, critical thinkers. Under the guise of "feedback" they criticize your every move, to keep you in check. God help you if you were to deliver the same type of "feedback" to them. Customers may find the environment "positive" it's just not real and as authentic as they'll have you believe. The mind control starts early on. The ones that make it to the one year mark take the required Landmark Education course and by that time, if you've survived, you're pretty much Lulu cattle.
Great clothes...not worth getting brainwashed over!

Jay

Lately, I have personally taken an interest in Lululemon. For one, I am a sociology major who wants to study the social-psychological components of ethical consumerism and commodity fetishism. More directly, I have a deeper connection to Lululemon as my girlfriend is a fashion-marketing student who works at Lululemon and plans to shift to head office after she completes her degree. As you can see, Lululemon as a brainwashing "cult" would be reason for personal concern.

Although I am pleased that production, wage and benefits, and moral is high, I became wary of Landmark Education and implications. I have researched the academic merits of criticisms, and would like to bolster that with my personal experiences with the store.

The results have been less persuasive than the Chatelaine article would suggest, in fact it smacks of McArthur era paranoia--akin to a communist witch-hunt. Landmark Education has gone through numerous independent studies, all of which seem to refute a claim of negative impact on employees. An academic study commissioned by Werner Erhard and Associates and conducted by a team of psychology professors (mostly associated with the University of Connecticut) concluded that attending a (Landmark) Forum had minimal lasting effects, positive or negative, on participants' self-perception. This thoroughly scientific study won a 1989 American Psychological Association award. Furthermore, Charles Wayne Denison's 1994 Ph.D. research at the University of Denver involved interviewing participants in the Landmark Forum. It reported a "varied impact on participants" ranging from neutral to positive: “the observation and interview data suggest that these curricula have a varied impact on participants; some report a certain distinction as having personal impact, while other participants scarcely recall the concept”. In fact Daniel Yankelovich’s research concluded from a survey that 90% to 95% self-reported "value" in taking the course.

Yet most applicable are these findings. Dr. Norbert Nedopil, head of the department of forensic psychiatry at the University of Munich, in a 2002 study commissioned by the German state of Bavaria, excluded the possibility of classifying Landmark Education as a cult, or as cult-like in any way. In the study he reported that: "On the basis of empirical investigation, it can be said that to the largest extent, Landmark Education does not present risks to the health, free will and legal integrity of its participants. Nor is there any evidence that the Landmark Forum is harmful."

With these findings, I find it difficult to criticize Lululemon for using Landmark. 1) A company needs to structure itself around guiding principles, of which it is free to choose which are most appropriate. Lululemon has chosen Landmark. 2) Landmark, at worst, appears ineffective. Likely it benefits a few who are open to the particular method. 3) Internally, Lululemon employees may choose to participate, as in any job, in the work environment. They have the privilege to work at Lululemon and receive possible benefits of training, the right to choose not to work there.

If you like the clothes for any reason including, but not limited to, style, functionality, customer service, ethical/sustainable production, I wouldn’t consider their educating methods much of a detractor. Considering sources, of which Chatelaine can’t be considered particularly reputable, I fear that those who criticized Lululemon in this blog have been socially brainwashed to fear “cults” and corporate interests more than the average Luon clad employee. I invite any responses or criticisms, and am happy to provide references or other particulars.

Cheers & “Nameste”,

Jay.--jayf@ualberta.ca

LG

hello....Lululemon is a BRAND...of CLOTHING....neither of which have anything to do with YOGA. Why am i even writing this?

lululemon fan

I love lululemon clothes. They're pricey, but functional. This article as certainly given reason for pause though! Very good read..The scientology link creeps me out.

Molly

No wonder I've felt a creepy vibe every time i've walked into their store (the new one in New York City)...I want to like Lululemon (even though they're heinously overpriced) but it's always seemed a little too happy and friendly in there, you know? And fascinating info on Landmark Forum! An acquaintance dragged me to a Landmark Forum seminar once and I left after 20 minutes because I was so uncomfortable...that makes so much sense now that I know it has ties to Scientology!

lululemonlover

I can't say anything else but, love it... I practice Bikram yoga and I love Lululemon. When I enter the room I know my Lululelom clothes will hold up to the heat and I always use my lululemon Bikram yoga mat cover instead of a towel. I practice yoga everyday and my lululemon clothes handle the every other day washing like no other brand. I buy clothes at other places, but they ball or do not hold up to the intensive sweating or washing that is needed in hot yoga. Thanks you Lululemon...

sally

I agree with lululemonlover. Lululemon clothes for Bikram yoga is the best. It is not any more expensive than Nike products, and Nike's products are no where near as nice feeling on ones body. When I am practicing yoga in a 105 degree room, comfortable clothes is a priority. So what if they have ties to Scientology, is that so wrong? If they were Baptist or Catholic or vegetarian would they still be under attack? I am Asian and I do not have any problems pronouncing the name. And yes Lululemon is a company that makes yoga clothes, no more, no less. Some people are jealous because this company is such a phenomenal sucess.

Kelsey

I absolutley love lululemon. Yeah, it is way ver priced but totally worth it. I only have a couple of their things and I plan on buying alot more. And whoever said a "cult"? Whatever. They dont "brainwash" you r anything like that. They just want a happy staff. Would you rather walk into a pverpriced store and have horrible service? Or walk into the store and have the best service around? You choose, becuase you can have one or the other

ed

interesting comments, both pro and con. I am a stock investor considering buying shares in this company. would be interested in hearing pro and cons. also, i'm planning to attend one of the florida store grand openings on oct 27th to see the products for the first time.

Pat

It's funny how happy people are creepy all of a sudden (read comment from March 02, 2007). Just walk on the street (anywhere!!!) with a large smile on your face and you're a freak!!! I personaly find that very sad. I've done many courses at landmark Education in the past five years and I'm doing just fine thank you! I've gotten closer to my gilrfriend, my daughter, my parents and all my friends and I have never felt pressure to do anything in any way, shape or form. Landmark Education brings distinctions of integrity, responsability and making a difference in other people's lifes. If you read the Lululemon manifesto and got inspired, then you've gotten a taste of Landmark Education. I have a hard time finding something "creepy" in there. If you ask me, a lot of companies are lacking those distinctions. Lululemon was inspired by those distinctions? I SAY: I'M BUYING!

lesley

yeah Ed! thank you for adding your words. landmark offers brilliant programs. ingenious tools! wash those brains, people! important to have the personal experience of the WHOLE landmark weekend before offering impressions. my father walked out after a few hours 5 years ago, but this year he stuck with it, and now hopes the whole family can come together and get closer via the courses. soured by the lemon's research is also fascinating.

Cal Student

all their yoga pants are made in Indonesia. why?
if they are going to put a $90 on yoga pants why not make them locally or more sustainably rather than from labor in the developing parts of the world.
they shouldn't just feel good on my body, but also in my soul ;)

John

Interesting read. I am a stock market investor, considering buying lululemon shares. I heard about them for the first time this morning, and was intrigued by their stock price being down, yet, their earnings growing, and apparently very successful. As I research this company further, I continue to feel better and better about being a stock holder. I like the idea of "conditioning" their employees through the Landmark training for the better, as this not only is positive for their personal lives, but also is a very positive in the success of the company. How many times do I see a long face when in a store at the cash register? How often do I come across an employee that doesn't seem to care about the company they work for? No, this training is a very positive thing. And if a prospective employee does not agree with this philosophy, they can seek employment elsewhere. Meantime, the company continues to succeed, not only with their high quality merchandise, but through the employment of very good, positive employees!! I see no negatives here, and only positives! And this is from me, a guy that is completely unbiased, with absolutely no connections to the company, or the Landmark training! Think I'll buy shares now! Keep up the great work, Lululemon!!!

bittahlemon

Just like lagattruth above, I was an employee at Lululemon for a brief period. I too started the job with high hopes and much promise, thinking that a company that made such quality products and had such positive "core values" had to be a great place to work...boy was I ever wrong. For starters, our store manager had NO prior retail management experience and it showed. She was demeaning and most of the employees were scared to approach her. In training they stressed leaving behind a "positive legacy" with each person that one encounters- this particular manager left most people with the legacy of stress. I was also very put off by the fact that they make such a big point of being a "green" company : they supposedly use recycled or sustainable building materials to construct their store and have recycling bins for "guests" to dispose of their waste BUT our store put EVERYTHING (cardboard, bottles, plastic) in the general mall trash...so much for being green. Training was also VERY sporadic. Yes, it was a nice perk to get free yoga classes and wear the clothes at a 40 % discount (I was part-time, but they give full time people 60% which should give you an indication of their brand mark-up)but it didn't make up for trying to work for a manager that was more concerned with her Tory Burch shoes than her employees. I think that this poor hiring choice might have been a product of too rapid growth. I know that Lululemon was opening two stores in my area (Chicago suburbs) at the same time as well as about 8 other stores US wide. The corporate manager that was responsible for growth and development has since resigned due to "personal reasons" (one can only wonder). I am still a stockholder and I still wear the clothes although I am not as pro-Lulu as I once was...the facade of integrity IS just that A FACADE.

Julia

I was an employee of lululemon athletica and attended the Landmark Forum. I would NEVER recommend this 'program' to any human being. Landmark Education demeans, belittles and criticizes its participants until they emotionally break down where they can be rebuilt the Landmark way. They pressure participants to sign up for other classes and are constantly trying to get you to 'enroll' others into the program.

This program is malicious with ill-intent and uses such tactics to recruit others strictly for monetary value. It does not provide anything that is useful in the real world and I cannot believe that lululemon still 'requires' employees to take part in this. It is disgusting.

If lululemon stock price (stock price down 54% since Oct. 2007) is any indication of the 'success' of this required Landmark Education then the company is due disappear into oblivion.

Jay

I got a free Lululemon waterbottle at a 10K race I ran over 2 years ago. I realized that, while I've been using the waterbottle sporadically since then, I never knew what kind of company Lululemon was or if they were even still in business.

To say the least, this site gave me some great insight into this company and moreover, something interesting to read for the last 20 mins haha.

However, I think anything related to Scientology is ultra-creepy and should be viewed skeptically. I'm not saying they're like a cult necessarily, but their practices don't really jive with me very well.

Jo

I cannot believe how women will fall for a fad or trend. Paying 90 dollars for a pair of sweatpants is absolutley absurd. Its workout pants thats it. If you plan to wear them anywhere else reconsider your style. THEY ARE SWEAT PANTS!!!

Like they say.....A fool and his money.....

megan

I've worked at lululemon for a year and a alf now and I'm due to go to landmark over the summer, in the next couple of months.
now, basically, the store is the store and that's it. in the store, we sell clothes, we focus on goal, and if someone wants to take the recycling to a recycling area, then fine, if not, we still need to throw away our trash and keep the store and back rooms clean.
lululemon is all for cleaning and being green, we're run by bullfrog energy. however, you can't blame a company for being placed in a mall that doesn't support recycling.
The only people within the company that are 'strange' are higher management. They've all been to landmark, and in canada at least, everyone knows everyone, everyone is related, everyone was best friends their whole lives before lulu.
it's not a cult, it's a pyramid for those who ar ein on the goods by relation.
going to landmark is just my way of keeping my above minimum wage pay, my considerable discount, and my loved commission pay.

we're a business and Chip Wilson is a fucked up man,
but money is money is money.
and if you can't take landmark, put on a wig or let down your hair and get an ipod or some headphones, because it's a free trip.

I don't plan on drinking the koolaid

Nicole

Just like lagattruth about and john above. DIDO.

nina turner

I do like the clothes, however they are too overpriced for the quality. I bought an outfit and the pants are always sticking together and everything clings to it. It is a magnet for every piece of lint in sight. I wash them in cold delicate cycle and hand to dry. This outfit grows on you when you wear it. The bottom of the jacket already appears to be frayed looking, I bought another outfit and am debating if I should return it. I have work out clothes which I have paid less for and have kept their shape for over a year.

a thought

I'm an avid yogi and know several people who work at Lululemon. They actually aren't forced to go to landmark, but the company pays the tuition if the employees want to go after a year. I ended up going to landmark out of curiosity and took it with a grain of salt. Like anything else, you can either get obsessed with it and sucked in, or take it as a weekend of reflection and get what you want out of it.
In terms of Lululemon, from what I know the employees are offered tools such as landmark, goal setting materials (any goals, within the company or not), and books. The company pays for all of their fitness classes. Seems like a great workplace setting.
If you think about it, we're not used to people being happy at work, work is usually drudgery so going into a location and seeing people happy seems strange.
In terms of the clothing it is expensive but it lasts; I've had a pair of pants for just over 4 years and they're still in good shape. I would rather buy an expensive pair of pants once than cheap pairs over and over again as they fall apart.

Chai-dye

Filled out job app. on-line, e-mailed store mgr. to come to regular weekly interview session, went and got Interviewed in the group setting, both of us applicants were then asked to fill out paperwork/goals ect.,
I got home 5 mins. later and logged on to dash off a quick thanks/nice to meet you guys e-mail store mgr.
and already had received a 'no thanks' email from "do not reply/lulu)
and it was written and sent before I had finished the writing part.

Que Unda? I thought. How super efficient! How very harsh. Really left a bad feeling in my heart, but surely it's for the best-yes?
I sent a quick thank-you for the opportunity to meet you all e-mail to the store mgr., ..asked her for any constructive feedback-that could help me reach my goals blah blah blah... if they felt comfortable sharing (meaning of course if this was allowed from their end)-...got no response at all. Nada! Ouch! and not in a good stretching way really. Think they lost a potential customer and not sure why that's a good thing for a business to do?

did right away get "store news" on new merchandise..Not so welcomeing lulu.
Feeling very spooked- all the talk of feedback, caring in community - helping folks reach goals...don't really think so...

as for this concept of "placed in a mall that doesn't care about recycling?"
Stores place themselves where they will make money- stores pay to be in malls- stores can negotiate a lease that includes access to recycling services...
a REALLY Great (non-mediocre chain) could actually insure that all the mall can recycles- or not..Not feeling the 'greatness' I must say- sour lemon-like

ravi shanker

can u tell me plzzz
does lululemon has any store in france? if yes how big it is?
also update me how many people in france are involved with yoga?

Jodie

Just because Landmark has links to Erhard doesn't make it scientology- for better or worse. My daughter has worked part time at lulu for 2 years. She just went thru the Landmark course. She was not necessarily looking forward to it, but it ended up being a positive experience. They do look to the participants for new recruits but my daughter felt no pressure to bring someone in. She has opted not to go to the follow up sessions, no pressure there either.
As for lulu, this has been the best job she's ever had. She's an average suburban college student living in the city and there is so much opportunity for growth at lulu. Employees are encouraged to give suggestions and are put in charge of projects if they feel ready for it. She has been exposed to volunteer opportunities thru lulu as well. Then there are also the free yoga classes. It is so much more satisfying for her than a traditional retail job. No company is perfect, but the way they nurture their employees could be a model for small retail.

Anon

I recently worked for Lululemon and have nothing positive to say about my experience. They manipulate their employees and the customers to deflect responsibility from themselves. They claim they are environmentally concious and integeral in one sentence but in the next you find out they make clothes in Asia to remain competitive. Lets be honest, $96 for a pair of pants that will pill in a few months no matter how you wash them is not competitive. Then they advise you to tell people who are concerned about this issue that the clothes are also made ìn Asia because Asian`s like to work in factories where as we don`t." They treat their employees terrible and expect way too much of them for a retail store. They are manipulative, talk down to their employees and all their theories are fluffy so if there is an issue you cannot even talk rationally with them. The only reason I was ever smiling or happy when I worked there was because I like helping people and enjoyed the conversation with the customers. So dont think that just because you do not see a long face, everyone is happy and loves the company. Only the easily manipulated people with no backbones can buy into it. These feelings are being felt from the bottom levels to employees in the corporate level, most of these thoughts are a common feeling among people in all levels of this company.

They have devalued the brand so much to me I will never shop there again because I do not want to support how they treat their employees. The managers and employees at store level get a cut of the sales so my money is no longer going into their pockets. And in response to someone elses comment, when you have been treated so unethically it is impossible to just have fun.

Anon

I used to work as parttimer at Lululemon. The only thing I wish is more appreciation from the store management. The store management treated the employees like second class citizen. They yelled at us. I thought living in yoga principle is to treat others as how you want to be treated by others. This is not the case. The management rather have the store in good order instead of helping customers.

selina

Landmark Forum is dangerous! I participated in the Landmark programs years ago and have suffered from anxiety attacks ever since. It is a psycological mind fuck! Be careful

Yo

sooooooooooo....how do i keep my lululemon pants in good shape? how do i wash them? and what can i do to make them last longer and keep them looking a nice black?

emd

How to care for luon: no fabric softner, cold water and don't put 'em in with anything fuzzy (wash them with other lycra or beed sheets etc) and don't wash too often, which I know is hard to do.

To address comments from past employees regarding how they were unethically treated by their managers. If you were expected to work for less than minimum wage then you were unethically treated. If you were forced to work more than 44hrs in the week (according to Canadian law) then you were unethically treated. If you were subjected to dangerous work conditions that could be cause for short term or long term ailments or injuries then yes, you were unethically treated. If this was the case then there are government bodies that will help you stick it to your employers. The better business burreau has no listed complaints for lululemon and if they are infact unethically treating their employees then someone needs to know...

In life we all have shitty managers and wonderful ones. For every person what a great boss is, is something completely different. For me it is someone who challenges me and after all the hard work is done someone who will go out for a beer with you. For someone else its being lax on rules and makes allowances as the situation calls. Fact is, you will always encounter a bad boss and the fact that it had to be at lululemon is irrelevant to the structuring of the company and corporate office's sentiment. Feedback is important for growth and its up to the individual how they receive it. You can receive a negative feedback as an attack on your person, or you can see it as an opportunity for personal growth and something to improve on.

The pants are $96 because of the technical fabric used and moreover the wages paid to employees in indonesia. If they were to be made in North America, due to fantastic minimum wages and quality of life we enjoy the pants would be closer to $296 and not many of us yoga-fantatics would purchase them then. Just a fact the cost of living in other countries is much different than here. If you'd like to know exactly how much someone needs to make per day to have an average life for their country I suggest exercising your fingers and googling a little harder. Their products are more expensive because they are partnering with factories that don't use child labour etc. In the garment production industry its difficult to have "clean hands" at least lulu is acknowledging the issue.... we are still waiting for the GAP or Nike to clean their acts up.

As for mark ups.... 60% isn't unheard of. Your snowboarding gear you buy is all sold at a 60% margin. If you do the crunch of numbers in order for stores to break even thats generally the percentage of margin goods need to be sold at. Generally in a clothing/soft good based store the margin is 50%. If this is the margin at Lululemon, it is no different than other retailers. Do you expect to be able to walk into a store and buy at cost?? There are expenses that need to be paid for, time for the educators to assist and stock the floor and ring you through etc., not to mention the free activities and the ambassadors time. It is a business people!! They want to make money and there is nothing wrong with it!!

Natasha

I worked for Lululemon for approximately 6 months. When I refused to participate in Landmark Forum (after doing my own research) and was open for my reasons for doing so, I was terminated. The Regional Manager told me the reason for my termination was that I refused to participate in Landmark Forum and my attitude towards it was not acceptable as it was causing others to think twice and was therefore making me difficult to manage!!!

I find it really interesting how Lululemon somehow has full access to the factories in China where their things are manufactured, wheras China doesn't give that kind of access to it's political partners?!?! But of course, the claim is that there are cameras with a live 24 hour feed in each factory to ensure that there is no child labour or slave labour going on? Isn't all labour in China considered slave labour when you compare their hourly wages with ours?

Don't kid yourselves in thinking that Lululemon is about making the world a better place. Someone is profiting BIGTIME from the $89 groove pants you just bought and have a markup value of 10x their manufacture price!

Oh and one of the things I remember being told during training was that the founder of Lululemon chose the name Lululemon cause it was hard for Asians to pronounce and sounded like WuwuWemon which he found pretty funny. Pretty racist if you ask me.......

Yaz

I always encourage people to live consciously and not self-indulgently; from the food we eat to the retailers we choose to purchase from, it's important to devote some time to thinking about where these things come from -- at what or to who's cost, and to what or to who's benefit. The founder and CEO of Lululemon openly supports child labor because he claims that it's economically beneficial for the children's families. But at what cost? If Chinese children are working in Lululemon factories to earn money for their families, when do they have time to go to school? Are they going to school at all? How much time do they have to devote to their homework? Chip (the founder of Lulu) has conveniently chosen to omit this information from his various comments regarding child labor. It is, therefore, imperative that we as Western consumers do not fall into the trap of tacitly advancing the cause of child labor by purchasing this company's products.

Sandra Maniago

have a look at my Canadian made activewear line, Loko Sport: www.lokosport.ca
It is excellent quality, stylish well cut. Loko Sport and Loko Plus accomodate women sized 4-24

Johanna gonzales

Lululemon is RACIST. My name is Johanna and I am latina and I went to their showroom and they were super racist towards me. One employee called me "maria" and they take issue if you return stuff you buy online. Of course I was no the 85 year old rich lady who they bend over backwards to take care off, instead I am latina instructor and I see in their attitude "where does this wetback get money to get this?". They ARE RUDE, and they asked me several time "are you returning this many? this many? this many?" awful experience

Johanna gonzales

I agree their products are amazing durable, but if I have to pay 130 dollars to get a yoga pant, then the whole reason I do yoga is gone...yoga is not about CAPITALISM AND GETTTING MATERIALS THINGS, it is about your soul. So you can buy a 1000000 dress to go out, but for yoga... you do not need to look like you are on a strip club! it is all about T&A! Plus my best friend is from India and he said to me "That company is all wrong, in India we do not need to BUY expensive clothes to do yoga....".

dan james

how come none of your links work anymore :(

Star

I love lululemon <3 the price is worth the excellent quality of clothes.THe clothes are very cute and trendy as well. Wearing lululemon makes me feel motivated to live an active lifestyle.

Joe

so true! I have been looking for smaller retailers for my yoga clothes. I really enjoy http://www.mikayogawear.com. Has anyone else bought their clothes? Cheaper and really good quality

A

I'm so happy to see this posted. I was also a former lululemon employee. Don't let the smiles of these employees fool you. We HAVE to be that way. We are reprimanded for having a bad day, and I know people who have been written up at work for not being that bubbly, joyful, excited person that's ready to sell Made In China stretchy black pants to people. They preach an overall yogic calmness and way of life, but they bully their employees to the point of them wanting to quit, or being miserable in their job. They bully through feedback, and do not listen to their employees. They do not handle people in a professional way, and I think it will be their greatest downfall. Hardworking people are NOT expendable, but this company seems to think so. It's just like any other corporation. You're just a number when you work for lulu, and if you don't intend or want to move up in the company, or aren't persuaded by their brainwashing, they'll filter you out. They do not like strong people.

Their practices are odd, and it seems that they've taken a lot of their company cult(ure) from information from Landmark Forums. From the outside, the lululemon team may look like happy individuals, ready to sell you a $100 pair of black spandex pants, but from what I've experienced and seen, they're actually bullied into cheering for you at races and community events, and forced to smile and give you a good experience in the store. If not, their job is in jeopardy. I have friends that are former managers that have attested to being coached to dispose of staff that had any type of problem with they way things are being handled, by any means necessary. They might give the staff free yoga classes and a sweet discount, but they really need to re-evaluate their way of managing people.

Daniela

As a yoga instructor who worked for LuLulemon I can tell you this company is so far from yoga and it's sad that they are aligned with yoga. It's all about the LANDMARK forum and when you question / challenge the Landmark forum you will be speared.. They have created an incestuous relationship with Equinox and other trendy studios that they think are upscale.. They propogate like rabbits in the gyms/studios rabbits pretending to create relationships and offer free classes in the stores but it's all about what they can get out of people.. THat's their goal.

Speaking of goals - they demand you give them your goals and read books that circle around dianetics/landmark propaganda. Why should an employee share personal things like this?
Their sales tactics are beyond creepy.. when you see a customer looking at something you have to RUN over and say something educational like, "This jacket has an inside pocket for your IPOD".. In NYC people want to be left alone.. Maybe 1 or 2 times - but the Management of Lulu will ride you if you leave the person alone.. They are not open to discussion that we as adults know it's not pleasant to be followed around a store..

They are top heavy in Management and I never met anyone from the district, corporate offices, etc that was genuinely nie. They all had a transparency about them - kind of like a robot stepford wife.

LuLus in store are smiling and happy b/c they are genuinely nice people and it has nothing to do what that company is doing for them.. At the end of the day the LuLus are slave labor for mgmt and uppers to pocket.

Managers sit in an office all day on conference calls discussing "goals" - very landmark-y..

The second anyone in Management sees that you are a critical thinker and sees that you can suggest other viable marketing plans, programs, sponosors etc is the second your days will be numbered.. Their plans are all landmark based and they don't think out of the box at all..

The quality has gone downhill. The tops are for women who are really large chested or really small chested.. Their pants are not what they used to be.. Go to LUCY - better quality, cheaper pricing and no stepford wife landmark cult people.

The turnover is high.. All I see is job postings.. If it was such a GREAT company you wouldn't see them hiring left and right.. It doesn't take a rocket scientist Human Resources Guru to see that.. And if HR is reading this - take a look at your turnover - it's costing you an arm and a leg..

Kiah

my now exboyfriend and his roomate both got jobs at lululemon in ottawa. they were told to rethink their lifestyle and rid of all the negativity. one of the 'negative aspects' in my ex boyfriends life apparently was our 1 year strong long distance relationship. lulu lemon has taken over his mind and convinced him to eat sleep and bretahe lulu. i constantly heard stories about him partying with the 'lemons' as they call them..not a problem but soon he became so absorbed in going to yoga all the time, working 50+ hour work weeks and neglecting his family, other friends and his then girlfriend that he has not realized his repercussions. lulu does treat their employees exceptionally well, with their pay, their free yoga and massage treatment and their 5 items/month policy. but when it comes to relationships and valuing things OUTSIDE lululemon..do they REALLY support that?
i'm not convinced.
i still occasionally buy lulu lemon because of the great quality and fit, i still enjoy yoga everyday, so by no means am i a lulu hater..but like i said..they should probably see how much they consume their employees. i, by no means, 'blame' lulu for my breakup either...but i do think they have some cult like aspects in their company. my ex boyfriend told me he was to compliment everyone who tried on pants (he worked in the pants section) no matter what their body type. they were to sell the culture and make the 'guests' want to be like them so they'd buy the culture, therefore buy the clothes. what happen to individuality i wonder? my ex couldn't have his long shaggy hair or his cute scruffy beard, lulu prevented anything that was considered 'unclean' and 'neat' from entering their store employees, yet plenty of vodka flowed in and out of the employees hands at their weekly bar hops in downtown ottawa. so really, why is the clothing still so expensive? next time you buy a pair of groove pants really consider how MUCH it takes to make these pants? we all know jeans take pennies to make because denim is inexpensive yet we still pay over $100 for a good pair of levi's. same thing goes for lulu products.
just a thought to leave all the readers with...

Joe

I appreciated the reality check provided by the person who pointed out that it doesn't really matter what you wear to do yoga. Old track pants are fine by me. What about yoga and meditation?

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