With BlackBerries buzzing and cell phones ringing, not to mention soccer mom responsibilities and planes to catch for business travel, trying to balance one's personal life with work is becoming harder and more pressured.
With BlackBerries buzzing and cell phones ringing, not to mention soccer mom responsibilities and planes to catch for business travel, trying to balance one's personal life with work is becoming harder and more pressured. No downtime for relaxation? Think again.
Tevis Gale integrated her love of yoga and meditation with her experiences in business and corporate culture to create Balance Integration, which offers relaxation and centering practices and tools to corporations throughout the country to help employees balance their work and personal lives. WWD spoke to Gale about her company, its beginnings and how what she teaches impacts the work life of her clients' employees.
WWD: What is Balance Integration?
Tevis Gale: Balance Integration offers on-site workshops that address employee engagement so they feel better, think better and lead better. The workshops range from business creativity to on-site yoga and meditation. They emphasize employee engagement and contribution with practical tools to immediately enhance work and life. Our clients include Google, Yahoo, MTV, Disney, White & Case, AOL, Viacom, Deutsche Bank and Chanel, and our programs fit into any corporate culture. Some clients put us into action à la carte to complement a specific initiative or support a specific team, while others use our programs as an ongoing work-effectiveness tool. -Carla O' Connor
WWD: How did the idea for the business come about?
T.G.: In the fall of 2001, after 13 years of working in corporate America, I started to wonder why so many people hate their jobs. Looking around me, it was clear who overengaged to the point of burnout and who had difficulty engaging at all.
In both cases, I saw there lacked a sense of centeredness in the midst of daily mayhem. I wondered how we can succeed, and [still] have a great day at work. I wasn't sure that there was any one answer for everyone, but I knew a couple of tools that would help. There was no doubt that my own yoga, meditation and self-growth efforts had made my success sustainable.
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