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The man in Warrior in the photo below is Dennis Wilson, the father of lululemon's founder, Chip. Read on to learn more about Dennis, Chip, and their thoughts on fatherhood.

chip's dad doing yoga

chip's thoughts on fatherhood

A parent is someone who every child models themselves off of. Either they want to be the same or the opposite. In most cases it is a combination or more likely a rejection as a teenager with acceptance at 30 and then idolization after children. This is what my father was to me. A nutball and a hero.

Fatherhood is about mentoring and being a model for children to grow into. It is about patience and listening and not getting wrapped up in the emotion that naturally occurs.

My relationship to my dad is excellent. We both change as we age so we both know life is short and our relationship with each other is the most important there is. I love the relationship and learning that my children get from a more mature, mellow grandfather. Their relationship inspires me to be a granddad (some day).

We did not invent the manifesto together but many of the sayings originated with my dad. Most notably anything to do with living in the moment. He always said the meaning of life is in the moment and nothing else.

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Looking good Dennis! Give Maia a big hug and kiss for me! We miss you guys in La Jolla!!

Comment by Whitney — June 17, 2010 @ 10:21 am

Dennis reminds me of my Dad who started yoga at 60 years old when I became a teacher. He’s started doing vinyasa classes now and yoga has helped him through physical and emotional challenges in life. What a gift yoga can be for people of any age. Thanks for sharing this Chip!

Comment by Monique — June 17, 2010 @ 1:14 pm

Highlight of my day! I want to recruit people who are equally awe-struck with life as Dennis! Happy Father’s Day, XO.

Comment by Steph Corker Irwin — June 18, 2010 @ 10:10 am


Comment by Joshua — June 18, 2010 @ 10:22 am

What a great video! Thanks for posting and sharing this. I had the opportunity to teach my dad yoga for the first time this year and it was amazing. No matter what age :: it’s for EVERYONE!!!!! Keep inspiring and sharing your light. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Lululemon!

Comment by Malia Scott — June 19, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

What a great video!!! You’re the best Dad around :-)

Comment by Vanessa Rothbard — June 21, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

What a wonderful video. You’re a pretty inspiring guy and your support cast are great as well. Awestruck by life. What a great way to live!

Comment by Shannon Mouck — June 22, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

Watching this put a BIG smile on my face!


Comment by Robyn Gray — June 22, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

Love this story! My father passed away over 20 years ago, but I know he would have loved yoga and I would have loved practicing with him.

Comment by Maria Santoferraro — June 23, 2010 @ 11:31 am

I love Dennis’s spirit for Love – always young at heart!
My dad passed away 3 yrs ago.. i would loved to teach him yoga if he is still around.

Stay healthy Dennis!

Comment by Kelly — July 8, 2010 @ 7:17 am

Thank you for showing the true spirit of yoga – Love how he embrasses each moment, each day, and lives it to it’s fullest.

Comment by Donna Freeman — September 15, 2010 @ 5:25 am

Dennis,,,hello! you are looking wonderful…happy and healthy…I think of you often with fond memories!

Comment by millie engel — April 15, 2013 @ 8:40 am

Why are you bringing back Chip? He may be the founder but there was a reason he stepped down in the first place. No more Chip Wilson! Look him up on google.

Comment by Claire Roberts — June 10, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

Hey Claire,
Since being the head of the lululemon, Chip transitioned out of that role and became one of our board of directors. At present, Chip is focused on his responsibilities as the chairman of the board, and particularly on leading the selection process for the next CEO.

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — June 11, 2013 @ 3:46 pm

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