Sisters Karen and Jey Wyder were the first to bring The Dailey Method® to Canada. Together they own two studios – one in Dunbar Village and the other in Kitsilano. These two women are living proof that there is no time like the present to look forward and use our past experiences to build an amazing future.
Karen worked at Lululemon for eight years and as Senior Manager for five of those years. She launched the second Lululemon store in Toronto in 2002 and helped expand the Lululemon brand to over 100 locations during her time there.
Jey is Vancouver and Canada’s first certified master instructor of The Dailey Method®, having trained with The Dailey Method founder Jill Dailey.
BLUSHVancouver thanks the Wyder sisters for being our first ZEST Women!
What ignited the spark in you to live a life with zest?
Karen: I worked as a Senior Manager at Lululemon and was so inspired working with Chip Wilson and Darrell Kopke. Chip gave me Brian Tracy cassette tapes (tells you how long ago that was) which also really inspired me at the time. The core values of the company along with the opportunities within Lululemon really lit a spark within me. I am the youngest in my family and my sisters and my mom also ignited a spark in me. They are such wise, loving and courageous women who always believed in me, inspired me and been examples of who I want to be in the world.
What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from
Jey: I failed to market my life coaching business and I learned from my sister’s leadership working together at The Dailey Method®. She taught me marketing how-to’s and the rigorous work required to get the word out to the community. Failure has always motivated me to make change. When my intentions and actions are not matching up something is out of alignment and needs to shift. At The Dailey Method® the exercises I struggle the most with are also the ones I have learned the most from.
How do you generate new ideas?
Karen: I love collaboration for idea generation. When I worked at Lululemon I witnessed how some of the greatest ideas came from working in groups and teams and also by listening to the customer. I have found the same to be true in our business at The Dailey Method® – listening to clients, asking our teachers, bouncing ideas off mentors, brainstorming with my sister and staff always brings forth new and better ideas. I believe in surrounding yourself with people smarter than you!
Do you live a compassionate life? How?
Karen: Compassion is one of my top personal values and one of our key company values. When Jey and I sat down and wrote our company values this was top of the list. We often talk about the importance of sending compassion to ourselves first and then extending it outwards. It may sound selfish but in fact I have found the more I can send kindness to myself the stronger my ability to extend it outwards. To be of service in our community was our key motivation when we opened The Dailey Method® and still is to this day.
Jey: I am still learning the importance of turning a compassionate heart towards myself. The more I can do that the more I can extend it out to others. I can be my own worst critic and if I get lost in that it can really take me down and then I am of no use to anyone. I try to be aware of my ‘self talk’ when I find myself feeling down. What am I telling myself? Would I say that to my daughter, husband, sister, friend or student? Never!
Who has been your greatest inspiration?
Jey: That is so hard – so many people. I guess the single most inspirational person is my Mom, who has overcome so much and who started me on the path towards healing and wholeness and believes in me.
Karen: My Mom has been the greatest inspiration. She has been through so much; things people would find unbearable but she continues to walk with such dignity and grace and kindness. She is so strong – she had 7 kids – and I am the baby! She is also the most giving and kind person I know. She encouraged me to follow my heart which was the best advice and led me to choose Lululemon over another job offer which at the time was greater pay. I am so grateful I listened. Thanks Mom!
WHO ARE KAREN & JEY WYDER?
For over 15 years, Jey studied Pilates and yoga and taught as a certified Pilates instructor throughout Vancouver. Jey lives in Burnaby with her husband of 33 years. She has three adult children and when she is not at the studio she loves to be at home cooking and spending time with her family and 2 cats.
Karen has previously served as President of Board of Directors for Avalon Recovery Society. She has also sat on the DVBA board of directors, and served as the President for Dunbar Village BIA.
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BLUSHVancouver is excited to sisters Karen and Jey’s views on life and love with our readers. If you know a woman who has ZEST and who should be honoured with a spotlight, let us know!