Creative Ritualist

“If you’re a spiritual entrepreneur, every part of your business is your spiritual work. And the minute it’s not, that’s when it gets sticky and hard.”

“The biggest thing that I learned is that you have to be willing to fail.”

“It’s not comfortable to be complacent; it’s actually even worse than fighting for what you really believe. When I wasn’t fighting, that’s when I was in my funk. Rallying for the cause is where I get off.”

The ‘Moto Is Breathe

Kimiko Fujimoto is an entrepreneur, Yoga instructor, Yoga Teacher Training Instructor, and the founder of Temple Mile-End. On March 28th, she will leading a special, Kundalini and musically inspired event titled “Ceremony of Yoga.”

Creator of Value

Years ago, when I was searching to transform my Yoga Teacher Training into a job, Kimiko gave me my first interview. I had never met her personally, but knew of her as she was the cornerstone of popular Montreal yoga hub, Studio Breathe.

I didn’t get the job. But Kimiko gave me advice then that not only helped me eventually find one, but that I still follow to this day.

It’s a signature Kimiko move: exceeding what is expected from a moment, a class, an encounter, and revealing hidden value.

Entrepreneur For Life

Kimiko moved on from Studio Breathe in 2017 and has since founded Temple Mile-End. This new space speaks to many of Kimiko’s personal passions: finding and revealing the sacred and personal aspects of practice, developing meaningful rituals, and uniting the intangible with the functional.

A California Girl With A French-Canadian Twist

In our sit-down together, she guided us through her journey from Cali girl to Montreal Yogini. She also shared stories of entrepreneurship, of meeting her biological father for the first time in her 20s, and of random encounters on spiritual pilgrimages.

We talked yoga, about discerning when it’s time for more dedication versus when it’s time to say fuck the practice, about the finances of being a yoga professional, and on what kind of preparation goes into leading an event for 200+ people.

Kimiko Fujimoto on The SpiritBros Podcast!

TIME MARKERS

  • [3:22] Kimiko on flute players playing over energy vortexes.

  • [9:17] On the source of her entrepreneurial drive and early experiences in the film industry.

  • [11:17] On how the search for her biological father was one of the key factors that brought her to Montreal.

  • [17:37] On identifying with spiritual traditions other than those she had grown up with.

  • [22:37] On joining the leadership team of Studio Breathe in 2006 and how the business has evolved over the years. On selling the studio to Modo in 2017. On developing community and being one of the first yoga spaces in Montreal to embrace cross-training.

  • [31:57] “I know that that’s part of something that I love to do: holding space, holding rituals, bringing people together in this magical experience, and then offering them my practice, which comes from so much dedication. But also, realistic dedication, in a sense that it’s OK to say ‘fuck yoga.’”

  • [33:27] On walking the fine line of running a business and having a dedicated, personal practice of yoga.

  • [34:57] “If you’re a spiritual entrepreneur every part of your business is your spiritual work. And the minute it’s not, that’s when it gets sticky and hard.”

  • [41:27] On the vision behind ‘Ceremony of Yoga.’

  • [42:37] On how she began planning her new space, ‘Temple Mile-End,’ in 2013.

  • [43:07] “And Temple was called ‘Temple’ because I wanted to reclaim sacred space.”

  • [48:47] Discussing money and spirituality.

  • [1:01:37] On making time for yourself and the power of rituals.

  • [1:05:17] What is Kundalini Yoga?

  • [1:09:07] On how Kundalini is especially relevant today.

  • [1:11:37] On how to get through hard times: “The biggest thing that I learned is that you have to be willing to fail.”

  • [1:15:57] Kimiko on facing doubts, specifically through the entrepreneurial lens.

  • [1:19:11] On her definition of success.

  • [1:21:02] “It’s not comfortable to be complacent, it’s actually even worse than fighting for what you really believe. When I wasn’t fighting, that’s when I was in my funk. Rallying for the cause is where I get off.”

  • [1:21:19] What does Kimiko’s practice look like today?

  • [1:24:27] On pilgrimages.

  • [1:28:27] What’s the recipe for a great ritual?

  • [1:35:10] Kimiko on the advice she would give herself as a young entrepreneur.

  • [1:43:57] On professional collaborations.

  • [1:51:17] En-Lightning Round

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