Cheyenne Virginia Ellis
Chief Mover & Shaker
My idea to build Make Movements came from the belief that your office can and should be a place where you feel valued, a place that ignites your energy and inspires you to do great work.
Throughout my professional career, I’ve been fortunate enough to have valuable work experiences in various types of company structure, from the US Federal Government in Washington, DC to working in an international setting in Copenhagen, Denmark, to public, private organizations, and non-profits in New Orleans. No matter the company structure, the health of the workplace culture wove throughout each office, each cubicle, and impacted each organization’s overall growth and success.
In previous roles with the New Orleans Business Alliance and YouthForce NOLA, I worked directly to build workforce development programs, spent quality time with local HR leaders, and learned about the people side to building great organizations. The question that continued to swirl was how to best support staff growth, retain top talent, and promote positive work-life balance in our constantly changing workplaces.
While movement and mindfulness are not the magic wand to simply solve all office challenges, I do believe the workplace landscape is changing, and this shift calls for a new set of tools to better manage these challenges in the evolving world of work.
I was first drawn to yoga while working at the US. Department of State in Washington, DC at the Office of Children’s Issues on cases of International Parental Child Abduction. This was a highly stressful role that drove me straight to the yoga studio after work to release the stress of the day. Movement allowed me to show up strong the next day, and avoid burnout that was so common on our team.
Scientific evidence on the positive benefits of yoga and meditation continue to grow, so why not move these benefits into the office, the space and the people whom with we spend the majority of our time.
I founded Make Movements to provide companies a new set of tools to enhance our ability to thrive, not only as an individual but as collective organizations in the modern workplace.
Join me to spread this movement!
Cheyenne completed her 200 RYT training with Free To Be Power Yoga in 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She continues to learn through completion of recent trainings with Jason Crandell in Copenhagen, Denmark, Sean Corn, Hala Khouri, Suzanne Sterling in Dallas, Texas, and through Neuroscience Mind+ Body Training in Como, Italy.
Most recently, she completed the trauma-informed, mindfulness-based training with the Prison Yoga Project.
She received her BA in Public Policy, Economics and Human Rights at Southern Methodist University, and currently resides in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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