Winners: Prestige Award: 2020 Workplace Yoga Specialists of The Year:Learn and experience some simple ways to regulate and bring you back to relaxed at the desk and get the best out of you and your employees with Ella Mesma and her team
Business Yoga put wellbeing at the heart of the workplace.
My name is Ella and I am a dancer and a yoga teacher. I trained with the Karam Kriya School, Embodied Dancer (Yoga Alliance Certified) and at the London School of Contemporary Dance. Business Yoga is a project close to my heart, which is about bringing wellbeing into the office.
Business Yoga was the result of a brainwave I had while working in an office as I realised that my productivity dropped as the day went on and as work stress took its toll. In offices we inhibit natural movement of the spine, making this a primary problem area, and also reducing the blood and oxygen pumped to the brain thus affecting our mood, concentration and stress levels. As someone who has suffered with back pain and scoliosis, I really know how important a supple spine is to a healthy body and so I began developing exciting new health and wellness concept of ‘at desk’ workouts and I am struck by how transformational they are.
I saw first-hand the positive impact on my colleagues’ stress and energy levels during the working day when their personal wellbeing was valued. I began developing specific sequences and designing my own program of at-desk workouts for the office. These have now become key elements of the Business Yoga concept.
As someone who has suffered with back pain, I really know how important a supple spine is to a healthy body. In offices we inhibit natural movement of the spine, making this a primary problem area!
Experiencing the impact that sitting at a desk was having on myself and colleagues and the difference that yoga made to body and mind, I recognised the potential of Business Yoga.
Business Yoga has not only solved my own issues but we have helped other companies in the UK and Portugal to reduce absenteeism. I cannot begin to stress how much meditation, movement and yoga have changed my life for the better, helping me to combat those stresses, and in the places where my sessions have been implemented, how much they have helped transform office life: making the office a place that everyone can love going to.
I have made it my personal mission to support companies to put wellbeing at the heart of their ethos, and I would love to help your office to do the same.
I would LOVE to see yoga and wellbeing be at the heart of office life.
In each workplace that myself and my team have had the opportunity to practise, we have seen improvements in happiness and productivity along with reduced time off due to sickness.