The Well Work Yoga Story
From Burnout to Balance
Looking back, workplace yoga was an obvious meeting point for my love of people development, effective leadership and wellbeing.
In 20 years as an employee, manager and director in start-up, mid-size and multi-national organisations, I experienced a huge variety of working cultures. Since I always had sales targets and clearly defined goals it was easy to see the connection between how I felt at work and my performance. So when I experienced burnout, I could clearly see the impact on my work and on the people I managed.
My experience led me to explore how current ways of measuring business success might be contributing negatively to our experience of work. I wanted to find better ways of managing my own resources to be a more resilient manager, while still driving growth. I already knew that when I felt valued, had a great relationship with my boss and closest colleagues and connected with the purpose of the company, I loved my work and did it well.
First I trained as a yoga teacher, specialising in workplace yoga and stress management. Then I studied Positive Psychology, the science behind human flourishing. I looked in depth at the impact of posture on wellbeing, particularly on how we feel and manage stress. Studying the relaxation response gave scientific evidence to back up what I’d already learned by moving past burnout myself.
Well Work Yoga brings together two decades of work and leadership experience with the ancient practice of yoga and the emerging science of happiness. We’ve navigated the Covid-19 pandemic, the ‘Great Resignation’, ‘Quiet Quitting’ and the continued emergence of new technologies threatening to upend the way we work. One thing has remained constant throughout – the most innovative, resilient and happy teams commit fiercely to regular rest.
We bring workplace yoga and stress reduction classes tailored to the corporate market. Our teachers are familiar with high-pressure office environments and trained in the nuances of workplace yoga. We’d love to talk to you about your upcoming wellbeing initiatives – from mindful movement sessions for your next team event to wellness ‘happy hours’ at the monthly team social – contact us today!