• Shifting the Health Paradigm

    Workplace Wellness

  • About Bija

    Break the cycle of stress, Transform your business!

    Our Mission

    Welcome to Bija Initiative! We are a group of former corporate employees turned yoginis whose mission is to break the cycle of stress in the workplace. We spent more than four decades in Corporate environments and know all too well the issues you face.


    Our vision is to transform your place of business into a positive, creative place, where employees love to go. By sharing the tools of meditation and the technology of yoga and breathing practice, our wellness coaches help employees care for themselves. As a side benefit, you’ll find your team (and your business) is more happy, creative, AND productive.

    The Workplace Epidemic

    Ever since the financial crisis, everyone in our fast-paced business world is being asked to do more with less. We get it, we have been there. In the name of speed, CEOs rush their way through meetings, one more thing is added to your workload, and sometimes, employees crumble emotionally under pressure. Some workers even turn to violence. The state of the American workplace has many side effects, but perhaps the most damaging is stress. Deepak Chopra calls stress the number one epidemic of our civilization, causing people to fall victim to mental and physical disease.

    A Solution: Upgrade the Nervous System

    When an employee is facing a challenge, his nervous system and mind instantly go into a stress reaction of “fight or flight.” It has been shown that an average person goes through this cycle 12 times each day. This reactive stress cycle affects digestion, heart rate, the immune system, and an employee’s overall well-being. We have an ancient solution to this epidemic: upgrade the nervous system! The tools of meditation, breathing, and yoga stop this process before it begins, so the person is able to respond rather than react. In addition, they are able to do so from a clear, focused state of mind. As you practice meditation, you might find you communicate more effectively, you are more productive, and you begin to reap the benefits of happiness and health.

    You Can Make a Difference

    Here's the good news: You can make a difference! Together, we can address the stress epidemic head on. Since Americans spend the majority of their waking hours at work, we believe that every business is an agent of change. Your employees can learn to manage stress in a productive way under any circumstance. As a start, they can learn simple tools for profound self care. Sign up below for our latest publication, "10 Principles from Yoga to keep employees passionate, engaged, and content."


    **The Sanskrit term Bija means “seed” and is used as a metaphor for the origin or cause of things. Our mission is to address the origin or cause of an epidemic we all face: stress in the workplace.

  • Testimonials

    We've got top notch clients!

    - Blaik Westhoff

    Phoebe Richland

    “I have experienced a reduction in stress levels in all areas of my life. I am breathing

    and stretching before bed and I am sleeping much better.”

    - Jamie Moyer

    Phoebe Richland

    “It helped me to relax and make the transition between work and home easier… I leave work on time now on
    Mondays and am not staying as long on other days. I can pretty well let stress slide off due to meditation.”

  • Join us and get FREE

    Bija's new report "10 Principles of Yoga to keep employees content, passionate, and engaged

  • Benefits of Stress Management

    When you care deeply for the health and wellness of each valued employee,
    you practice sustainability at its core."


    - Leah Crescenzo, Bija Initiative Founder

    Benefits for your Business

    Looking at the Big Picture

    • Reduced health care costs
    • Decreased absenteeism due to illness, anxiety and depression

    • Decreased organizational risk
    • Reduction in Workers’ Compensation and Disability Management claims

    • Increased productivity, profits and a healthier bottom line

    • Increased employee loyalty and retention

    • A more positive company culture

    • Increased morale

    Benefits for the Individual

    Healthy Individuals Make a Healthy Organization

    • Reduction in heart disease, ulcers, digestive problems, migraines, anxiety, obesity, substance abuse and depression (all mainly caused by chronic stress)
    • Clarity and focus

    • Resiliency and boundless energy

    • Improved communication

    • Improved overall health and well-being

    • Resiliency from within

    • Increased morale
  • Stress Management Tools for Your Business

    It's not just Health Care, it's Self Care

    Mindfulness Meditation

    Shifting Reactivity to Responsiveness

    Workshops teach the power of imagination/visualization to help the body and mind relax, decompress and heal itself. In ongoing classes, participants are led through breathing exercises, guided imagery, and the use of a mantra.


    These classes are scheduled twice weekly or weekly for optimal effect.

    Yoga Interlude

    Becoming Stronger & More Flexible

    Yoga at Your Desk and breathing practices include a gentle series of movement, based on ancient yoga postures that can easily be done at a desk, in a boardroom, or on the yoga mat, depending on the space available. Breathing practices include breath regulation, breath retention and other ancient practices that aid in promoting the relaxation response.

    Integrative Nutrition

    Cultivating Health through Food

    Workplace nutrition habits have a major impact on physical, psychological and emotional health. We see food as building blocks for the construct of a healthy individual. Our ongoing nutritional coaching, lunch-and-learn programs, and workshops are designed to teach the employee how to have a healthier relationship with food.

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    Yoga Benefits

    Watch this short video to find out what Yoga can do for you.

    How Stress Affects your Brain

    Don't let your employee's brain shrink! Learn how to manage stress with our Tools today.

  • News

    Bija Media Center

    Wellness Startup Company Bija Initiative Expands to the Lehigh Valley

    Offering tools such as meditation, yoga and functional nutrition, Bija Initiative empowers organizations to address the job stress epidemic and improve the wellbeing of their employees and business


    May 31, 2016 – Lehigh Valley, Pa. – Bija Initiative, a startup committed to helping organizations grow stronger and more resilient by addressing job-related stress, has expanded to the Lehigh Valley region, thanks to a collaboration with entrepreneur/yoga instructor Kelly Prentice.


    “I am thrilled to collaborate with Bija Initiative founder Leah Crescenzo to help business owners take a closer look at the wellbeing of their employees, and their own quality of life, hence the strength and vitality of their entire organization,” says Prentice, who teaches yoga and mindfulness at Lehigh Valley yoga studios and at Lafayette College.


    Full Press Release

  • Who We Are

    We are Driven to Break the Vicious Cycle of Stress

    Kelly Prentice

    Wellness Coach

    Kelly holds a BA in Communications and started her career in writing and public relations more than 15 years ago. In 2003, she completed a 200+ hour yoga teacher training and left hospital PR work to become a freelance writer and yoga instructor. In 2008, she started a family and returned to her love of ballet. To deepen her practice in the ancient traditions of yoga, Kelly adopted a daily meditation practice and studies ancient yogic texts at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulum in the Pocono Mountains. Kelly is thrilled to join Bija Initiative and bring ancient practices to cubicles everywhere.


    Contact at Kelly@BijaInitiative.com


    photo credit: Adam Atkinson


    Leah Crescenzo

    Health & Wellness Coach

    Leah holds a BA in Communications and Graphic Design. She is a 500+ hour trained Yoga Teacher, Board Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, and an Ericksonian Hypnosis Master Practitioner recognized by the National Guild of Hypnotists. She believes stress has become an epidemic that can be managed in a productive way using self care practices such as yoga, meditation, nutrition and mindfulness.

    Leah enjoys a twice daily Vedic Meditation practice and is frequently trying to convince her 7 year old daughter to take part. In the end she believes in leading by example.


    Contact at Leah@BijaInitiative.com

    Susan Lugo

    Managing Partner

    For the last 15 years Susan managed accounts and developed projects, involving B2B and B2C sales, retail design services, and startup expertise. She was the cofounder and managing partner of a retail design firm, which consulted to The Mills Corporation (acquired by Simon Properties). The global projects were $100MM+ fast-paced and complex. When Susan started her career, she was an architectural project coordinator for 10 years, following a rigorous education from UC Berkeley, and Marymount H.S. Susan is known as a lover of fresh food, yoga, hiking, rollerblading, beach volleyball and most of all sleep!


    Contact at: Info@BijaInitiative.com

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