When Dharma Finds You

I made a promise to myself many years ago to follow my heart in all things that I do. It hasn’t always been the most successful avenue for me, but I can say by following this rule I have always been happy. On the few occasions where I let my head rule for the more responsible thing to do, like taking an office job for steady hours and income, I found myself miserable – forcing and pushing myself through a life I didn’t enjoy. Though most people around me would probably say I am a workaholic, and I’m not really denying that fact. The truth is I never really feel like I’m working! This is my dharma. By following my heart, I have found my true calling, what I am supposed to do in my life. The funny thing is even if we deny it, dharma will often just find us if we let it.

I have been traveling to attend conferences and lead trainings nearly every weekend of the year except holidays. I spend my weekdays on my computer and running between meetings and teaching classes, and I am currently sitting on a plane on my way to Vancouver from LA where I just spent the last nine days at IHRSA, the largest fitness conference in North America and attending high level meetings working to source the new merchandise line for YogaFit. OK – yes I am a workaholic. What my point is, is that I did have this past weekend off, could do anything I wanted and what I really wanted to do was drive to San Diego to hang out with my very dear friend Robin Perkins, a fellow trainer with YogaFit and hang out at the Level 2 training she was leading. I seriously had a good laugh at myself as I dragged myself out of bed at 6:30am on Sunday morning to head out to the training. And then had a moment of quietness when I realized how very blessed I am.

After I left my office job, over 7 years ago now to come into the fitness industry full time, I had also recently began my own business designing a women’s clothing line; two very different industries, but also the two things I really loved – fashion and fitness. At times very rewarding, at others extremely difficult to balance both worlds and after struggling through the feeling of being pulled in different directions I decided to close my business two years ago and devote my life entirely to fitness and namely Yoga with new opportunities I was being offered with YogaFit. I missed the design world, but in an effort to take financial responsibility my head told my heart it was the right thing, considering I truly love Yoga in all its forms it really wasn’t that difficult of a decision. Yet once again, I find dharma shining it’s light with an opportunity to bring my design background to the world of YogaFit by designing the latest Spring 2012 line.

Once again I find myself in both the fitness and fashion worlds and I couldn’t be happier. Loving the irony of my life as I spent my teenage years a competitive dancer and pouring through fashion magazines, my 20s and early 30s teaching fitness classes and designing a clothing line, to now, running the largest Yoga school in Canada and designing it’s main collection. I am so full of gratitude every day, in complete awe of the opportunities that have come into my life, and also proud that my achievements have come by being true to myself, by following my heart. I’m not entirely sure if I found my dharma or it found me but the only thing that matters in the end is that I live it everyday.

In love and light,

Lisa xo

0 thoughts on “When Dharma Finds You”

  1. I was so sad when you decided to leave the fashion world but so happy for you Lisa when you were offered the YOGAFIT CANADA director position. And now that you are able to merge fashion and fitness, it is so rewarding to be able to do what we are passionate about. LONG LIVE TO LISA and looking forward to be able to wear your clothing line again, you are my best designer.
    Thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you.

    Louyse E. Vigneault

  2. Reading that put a huge smile on my face. I am so happy for you. I’ve watched you struggle and I’m so proud if who you have become.

    Heck, let’s call a spade a spade a spade… I’m so proud AND envious of you, greenBUM x

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