Be well

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - PURSUITS - – RANDI BERGMAN

Werk­lab’s Christina Disler brings mind­ful­ness into the of­fice

Over the past few years, the trend to­ward mind­ful­ness has gone from be­ing con­sid­ered a wel­come respite from our in­creas­ingly fre­netic sched­ules to a down­right ne­ces­sity in com­pli­cated times. So much so that an in­flux of spots ded­i­cated to meditation and sim­i­lar prac­tices have ap­peared across the coun­try, from Toronto’s Mind­set Brain Gym, Hoame and The Quiet Com­pany, to Van­cou­ver’s Werk­lab, a co-work­ing space equipped with a well­ness stu­dio.

Werk­lab started as a co-work­ing space for free­lancers and en­trepreneurs, but a year af­ter launch­ing the busi­ness, founder Christina Disler de­cided to add the well­ness stu­dio, of­fer­ing a space for ac­tiv­i­ties such as meditation, en­ergy heal­ing and aro­mather­apy.

“In my first year of open­ing Werk­lab, I had my head down, work­ing in­tense long hours and not tak­ing the time to check in with my­self and what I needed,” she says. By the com­pany’s first an­niver­sary, Disler reached the point where, feel­ing over­whelmed, she was con­sid­er­ing clos­ing the busi­ness. That’s when she de­cided to slow down and find bal­ance through holis­tic heal­ing and mind­ful prac­tices. Even­tu­ally, that mind­set found its way into Werk­lab.

“A year later we started con­struc­tion on cre­at­ing a brand-new ex­panded space that would fa­cil­i­tate and re­flect what fo­cus­ing on health and well­ness had done for me,” she says.

Here, Disler shares that wis­dom with a se­lec­tion of items that can help you cre­ate your own mind­ful workspace, any­where.

PHO­TO­GRAPH BY JOSEPH SARA­CENO; STYLING BY WIL­SON WONG; IL­LUS­TRA­TION BY MU­RAT YÜKSELIR.

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