Bringing Health and Happiness to the Community Since 2011
Phone: (315) 314-7915
Email: info@lotuslifeyogacenter.com
4467 East Genesee St. DeWitt, NY 13214 ‎

About Lotus Life

About ten years ago I began my long and exhausting career within retail. I worked my way from assistant manager to department manager, and eventually to store manager. This was an exciting time in my life, no doubt. I mean who wouldn’t love to run their own clothing store? What I was about to find out, turned my whole life upside down.

I motivated my staff with fear and micro-managing, I ate pretzels and Taco Bell just about everyday and drank my self dizzy with caffeinated beverages from Starbucks (got to love working at the mall). I began clenching my jaw throughout the day, smoking cigarettes (which exasperated my mitro-valve prolapse, a heart condition) and crying at night. What was happening to me? I was turning into this horrible mean person who was making such bad, toxic decisions. My love life, my professional life, and my health were spiraling downward at an alarming rate.

Luckily all along, throughout this poisonous lifestyle, I had been practicing yoga. Someone else who hadn’t been practicing self -awareness, would have been beating themselves up over the stupid choices they were making, I knew that approach wouldn’t help. Love and compassion towards myself, was the only was to heal and move forward. I stopped smoking along with my Dad (its been 9 years now), began a vegetarian diet, ditched the strong caffeine, and surrendered my guilt, sadness, and ego. I made the decision, with help from a close friend and a teacher, that I needed to follow my true heart’s path. I needed to teach yoga. But first I needed to heal myself.

I quickly, in the usual Kim fashion, rocked the boat. I quit my management job, broke up with my boyfriend of 4 years, moved out into my own one bedroom apartment, and signed myself up for a month-long training at the beautiful Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, located in Lenox Mass. Everyone, minus a few close allies, thought I went crazy! I don’t blame them. From an outsider looking in it must have appeared that I lost my marbles and had totally lost touch with society. But, like I knew all along, I was going to be just fine.

But then, some more road bumps……. oh how life tests you,( sigh)

After 4 years of trying, failing, going to banks and being denied for a business loan, I was exhausted and gave up on my dream of owning a yoga studio. I figured this was the Universe’s way of telling me that my dream was a flop. So I started down the path towards Nursing. I eventually got into Crouse hospital’s program and achieved excellent grades and with that a new sense of confidence. I loved nursing and especially being in the student role again. However, I quickly discovered that like my retail experience, I wasn’t happy here either. The further I dove into nursing, the louder my heart screamed for Lotus Life Yoga! The dream wasn’t dead, it was just the opposite, a feeling within my very marrow was present, to begin this business, now! I had no choice but to answer this call.

So, I tried one more time and sent my application to a place in Rochester called, PathStone Enterprise. And after waiting for two months I finally got a call to meet with the board of directors to discuss my business plan. I showed up on 6/10 at 10am (some dates you’ll never forget) only to be greeted by 12 individuals! My heart sank and my knees began to shake. How could I do this? Could I convince this panel that my dream is worth it? I considered dropping to my knees and begging for mercy, but then thought again. The first few words out of my mouth were shaky and weak, but then as I listened to myself take a nose dive into the canyon I heard a voice say, “Stop it! Get yourself together and tell them your dream as you see it. you deserve to be here and they need to hear you, now!” I realized that this was it, what may be my last chance to make this work.

I cleared my throat and with confidence and conviction, delivered a clear description of my heart’s dream. And to make a long story short, as they say, I got the loan. Which brings us into the present moment. Lotus Life Yoga Center will be opening in just a few, short 4 weeks. I really can’t believe it, but I also can’t say I’m surprised. I learned a long time ago, that with perseverance, forgiveness, confidence and a little bit of crazy, you can achieve your dreams and goals. I want to leave you with my favorite quote form Howard Thurman, theologian, educator, and civil right leader. He said, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs are people who have come alive.”

Thank you for reading my story.

With Love,

Kim Fischer
Kim Fischer is an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor (E-RYT), in the Kripalu tradition with over 2,000 hours of teaching experience. She is the Owner/Director of Lotus Life Yoga Center, LLC, and a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. She discovered yoga when she was 16 years old as a form of exercise, but quickly began to experience a deeper meaning and connection to herself as well as life around her. This feeling of oneness empowered her to become a teacher and share this gift with those around her. Kim’s mission, as well as Lotus Life Yoga’s, is to bring health and happiness to the community, through the practice of yoga and meditation.