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We are proud to be a lululemon non-profit Here to Be partner.

Here to Be is lululemon’s global community-based well-being program providing resources to non-profit partners who use yoga and meditation as a means to manage stress and trauma

Together as  a non-profit partner, we aim to disrupt inequity in wellbeing through movement, mindfulness, and advocacy. ​​​​​​​

 

Why does Here to Be exist?

We believe everyone has the right to be well. We recognize that trauma takes a heavy toll and know that movement and mindfulness practices have the power to support mental, physical, and social wellbeing. Yet, systemic inequities create barriers to access. Here to Be exists to help ensure movement and mindfulness practices are available to those who need it most, and advocates for systemic change to ensure that everyone can be well. 

 

Practices of Impact

The Practices of Impact are the guiding principles of Here to Be that anchor how we operate as a team. They create a foundation for our team and our community that keeps actions and relationships generative and rooted in integrity. ​

 

These essential practices were co-created with our community including leaders who serve at the intersection of wellbeing and social justice and lululemon employees that represent a range of perspectives.  They are both individual and relational, meaning no one else can do this work for us but we cannot do it alone. Engaging with the Practices of Impact is an ongoing body of work - something we know will never be “finished."

 

We hope you’ll join us in creating change from the inside out and a developing a culture of impact that is rooted in compassion, right action, discernment, justice, and love. ​​​​​​​​

The foundation on which we do the work.

 

  • We acknowledge that we are not all starting from the same place and therefore need to strive for equity not equality. 

  • We need to be both critical and compassionate in this work. Critical in how we are curious about what we are assuming and what we don’t know. Compassionate in how we meet ourselves as we grow.

  • How we do the work matters and is as important as what we do. Can we commit to doing this work in a way that creates growth, reduces harm and allows for new ideas to emerge? 

  • Whenever we talk about issues of inequality and equity, it can bring up healthy discomfort. The same way that meeting tension in our yoga practice invites us to feel the discomfort, the same goes here. Let it be a teacher. 

  • Non-closure. There is nothing neat and tidy about this work. And you’re not expected to have it all figured out at the end of the day. Be ok with it being a work in progress. ​​​​​​​

 

 

The Practices of Impact: Our Guiding Principals.

 

Courageous naming

  • State what is missing, invisible or unacknowledged in the room.  

  • Be a stand for representation so more diverse perspectives can be heard. 

Shared responsibility 

  • Acknowledge our responsibility to each other and to the whole of society.

  • Recognize that our roles and responsibilities are different based on social location.

Resilient relationship

  • Cultivate relationships rooted in reciprocity. 

  • Celebrate the learning that emerges out of difference, vulnerability and courage. 

Conscious response 

  • Respond to the needs determined by the communities who are most impacted.  

  • Engage in a way that reflects your values and checks your privilege.

Lead by following 

  • Trust those who are closest to the problem to lead. 

  • Listen for understanding: you don’t know what you don’t know. ​​​​​​​