YIN YAN, A LIVERPOOL COMPANY WHOSE MISSION TO TAKE WELLBEING INTO THE HEART OF THE WORKPLACE BY PUTTING EMPTY SPACES TO GOOD USE, ARE CELEBRATING WELCOMING THEIR 10,000th PERSON TO ONE OF THEIR CLASSES IN YOGA AND PILATES.
In 2015 a chartered surveyor/yoga teacher had a eureka moment standing in an empty office. Having spent nearly 20 years marketing and letting offices, Robin Ellis realised that it was possible to use these empty spaces to help landlords, employers – and most importantly the people who live or work nearby.
10 years earlier after a fall on ice, Robin started to experience back pain. Having tried all the recommended treatments and undergone surgery through his abdomen to insert an artificial disc in his lower spine, there was little improvement and he decided he had to take control rather than relying on a medical system that had failed to help.
“My mental & physical health was spiralling downwards when I started to practice yoga, pilates and meditation. I was depressed, in constant pain that wasn’t responding to treatment and hadn’t sat down for 3 years. I was surprised to discover that not only were they the most effective way of getting my life back on track and managing my problems, instead of the negative side effects associated with popping pills and surgery, there were surprising benefits; I was better able to deal with stress in and out of work, my performance and productivity jumped, and I was a lot happier – not just back to my old self but a better version of my old self.
It’s been life changing and I wouldn’t change anything I’ve been through because of what I’ve gained and the people we’ve helped so far. There’s stress, depression, anxiety and pain in virtually every office in the country, that’s why Yin Yan exists – everybody can benefit and that’s what excites me.”
Today Yin Yan have filled an impressive 10,000 places at their sessions, giving many people their first taste of looking after their own mental & physical health. They hold over a dozen classes a week across the city centre that are open to all, mostly Yoga and Pilates, but also things like Karate and Spinal Health Workshops in some impressive buildings including The Port of Liverpool Building, Exchange Station, Exchange Flags & Tempest where they even use a secret roof garden.
From his own experience and the strain on the NHS, Robin knows there’s a need for innovative new ways for people to improve their mental and physical health. “Today we all lead very busy lives and need convenience, that’s why we go to where people work and classes fit around your working day. We’re proud to work with the best teachers and our aim is to make everyone, no matter how nervous or unfit, feel comfortable so they can start feeling good, whether they want to tone up, de-stress or just start looking after themselves better.”
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