MEET BIJA BENNETT

Bija promotes wellness in everything she does; from mind-body innovation to social projects and mental health awareness

Bija Bennett is an internationally respected author, speaker, consultant and business leader whose practice focuses on the tenets of mind-body health, a discipline she teaches through the use of accessible and engaging strategies. An innovator and thought-leader in the global wellness world, she has developed pioneering programs for Fortune 500 companies and major medical institutions, and written four influential books and numerous articles on health, healing, and personal growth.

Her innovative teachings are derived from ancient yoga traditions used as a form of complementary and integrative medicine that fosters healing. As the National Institutes of Health notes, yoga has been long overlooked as a powerful strategy for wellness in the modern world.

Bija’s underlying goal and the focus of her consulting work is to develop programs that help today’s workforce—especially Millennials and students compromised by anxiety and stress — embrace a healthier, happier, more productive life. Her unique approach to promoting wellness stems from a diverse educational background and professional journey.

After earning a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and Dance from UCLA, where she received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Bija traveled to India to study with pioneers in the health, wellness and healing arena, including renowned yoga master T.K.V. Desikachar, son of legendary T. Krishnamacharya, and dance innovator Mrinalini Sarabhai. Her formal training spans decades, from studying yoga therapy and the science of breathing, to meditation, Vedic chanting, Ayurveda and holistic self-care.

Under her own international wellness company, YogaAway, LLC, Bija provided programs, products and consulting services to over 3000 hotels worldwide ranging from Hyatt Hotels Corporation to the American Express Fine Hotels Group. Most recently, she has been an advocate of merging wellness and real estate for the Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Bija has also used these principles to develop a range of seminars and programs that help people fight stress, develop character and move to the next level of healing. As program director at the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Health Center for Behavioral Medicine and Stress Management, she created in-residence and outpatient therapy programs for patients.

As a lifelong learner, Bija is as much an inspired student as an inspirational teacher and continues to study the applications of ancient healing traditions, finding new ways to apply them to today’s complicated, quickly evolving lifestyles.