LYDIA CHANG Founder, Yoga Teacher, Creative Director Hi, I’m Lydia. I was born in Taipei, Taiwan, but spent most of my life in Canada. I began my career as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CA, CPA) and worked in the finance industry for 10 years. With a highly demanding workload, I first turned to yoga to help manage stress. Surprisingly, yoga not only improved my physical and mental health, it also became a source of love and strength. As I began to feel the transformations yoga had on my life, I was inspired to share the gift of yoga with others.
On a quest for authentic knowledge, I travelled to India to learn traditional Hatha Yoga, Ayurveda, and received teaching certification with Patanjali International Yoga Foundation. Upon returning home, I saw many of my friends and colleague struggling to find work life balance. They suffered from severe anxiety, fatigue, and stress as a result of intense work environments. These mental illnesses translated to painful physical symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart disease, back strain, and headaches. I knew I could help. By leveraging my knowledge of yoga and experience in the business world, I established Mindfulness at Work, a charity program to incorporate yoga and meditation at the office. The program took off immediately, more and more people were eager to learn how to achieve a peaceful mind and body! I devoted all my free time to teaching yoga, leading team building events, mindfulness leadership workshops, retreats and classes. I am so grateful for these incredible opportunities, they made me a better teacher and a better student.
In 2016, I realized it was time to follow my heart and pursue my passion as a spiritual entrepreneur. I took a leap of faith and left my corporate job. Returning to my hometown of Baishawan in Taiwan, I team up with my brother to convert our childhood home into Origin Yoga & Wellness, a sanctuary where people from all over the world can come to connect with their natural selves, with others, and with nature. It’s been an absolute pleasure to build a business that inspires your inner peace and serenity. Thank you for making our dream come true!