Break the cycle of stress. Transform your business!
Welcome to Bija Initiative!
We're so glad you found us. We are a group of corporate employees who got sick and tired of what we saw in the workplace. Literally. We were getting sick. We were depleted. The one thing that saved us? A consistent yoga and meditation practice that empowered us to make choices and helped us to thrive in our career—and in our lives.
Today we’re looking to help you break the vicious cycle of stress at work. Even more, to help you make a difference in Corporate America, where an epidemic of stress is making people sick. Our passion is to help your employees—and the coworkers you care about—find the same kind of passion and purpose that we found, using the tools and technology of yoga and meditation.
Here's the story...
All combined, we spent more than four decades in corporate environments and know all too well the issues you face. One day, I walked into the office and felt so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work, I was frozen. But I jumped right in and worked day into night, trying to do the job of three people. After a year on this hamster wheel, digestive troubles bubbled up. It became a real problem when every time I ate something, I'd have to run to the restroom. Three diagnoses and tons of research, and I finally got to the bottom of the digestive issues, which had flared up due to stress.
In another job, a boss who had seemed fair and appropriate began to make inappropriate comments. As I felt more and more uncomfortable working alone with this person, it became almost impossible to do the job he was asking for. I was in a bind, with no human resources person to turn to in this small startup environment. Then, when something went wrong, he blamed me as if I was the one who made a misstep.
Ever since the financial crisis, everyone in our business world is being asked to do more with less. We get it, we have been there. But, have you noticed employees crumbling emotionally under this pressure? Some workers even turn to violence. In our friend's office, a coworker threw a bottle at another coworker in a fit of rage. How can we address this state of stress, hostility, and discontent in workplaces across America?
A Solution: Upgrade the Nervous System
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.
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 the tools for profound self care.
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**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.