coffee, yoga, and greatness

Coffee, yoga, Muhammad Ali - just your average Friday morning at the Store Support Centre (SSC). Er, excuse me? Which of the above just don’t seem to fit? Yes, you read it right. Muhammad Ali stopped by this morning for a visit at the SSC.

yoga outside the lululemon ssc

We held an outdoor yoga class outside our office to welcome Muhammad Ali with sun salutations and warrior poses.

In town promoting a new documentary called Facing Ali, the Greatest himself graced us with his powerful presence at 10:30 am this morning. Through a personal connection with our founder Chip, Muhammad and his wife Lonnie were generous enough to join the SSC, Distribution Centre, Guest Education Centre, and store lululemons for an impromptu visit.

allison laughing

Allison, our elite athlete coordinator (and the author of this post!) relaxing at the SSC while we wait for Muhammad to arrive.

Well, on the grand scale, we believe that receiving confirmation Wednesday afternoon is impromptu. In this short period of time, the company pulled together as a team. In 48 hours we created the ceremony space, had a member of each department and each store honored with a photo op, and even had a Game Over hoodie made for Ali that read "The Greatest" on the back. As I sit here three hours later, I struggle to put the experience in words and the tears keep creeping back up.

We are a company that believes in the greatness of our people, and to have such an amazing person come share an hour with us truly elevated us all to a new level of greatness. The only point of sadness was the inability to have every employee with us in person.


Today was a day full of greatness.

Among many memorable moments, a true highlight for us all was when one of our leaders, Jenna Hills, placed her new son Ryder in Ali’s lap for a photo. Muhammad smiled at the future lululemon-leader and there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd.

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It was a surreal morning! Thanks for sharing this Allison!

Comment by Janice — October 9, 2009 @ 9:54 pm

Alison, this was wonderful to read and you captured what we were all feeling that morning. This truly was an amazing morning – the love, respect and spirit in the air was unreal.

Comment by Shawna — October 10, 2009 @ 8:52 am

yoga mats…

Your topic Busking for ballet lessons: Meet the Hoffman four-kid string … was interesting when I found it on Wednesday searching for yoga mats…

Trackback by yoga mats — October 28, 2009 @ 8:10 am

Wonderful post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this topic?
I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!

Comment by — June 1, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

Hi there,
Thanks for the love on this post. It was a super fun read! What elaboration where you specifically looking for? I’m sure I can track down someone who was lucky enough to be there on the day and ask them on your behalf.

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — June 1, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

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