How We Came to {be}

A Personal Problem

After many years of meditation, Julia stopped using her traditional round zafu due to sciatic pain. She began sitting in a chair with cushions for meditation.

When one of her kids, Corey, was 16 she was suffering from a debilitating illness. Julia knew mindful meditation would help her with her physical and emotional symptoms, but the traditional cushion was once again too hard and Corey felt unstable on it.

Corey meditating in a garden, sitting on a cushion and a mat ontop of a concrete bench

A DIY Solution

In 2012, Julia began experimenting and modifying other cushions. After a year of trial and error, she finalized her own design. The mello{be} was born. Its tapered foam insert encourages the body to sit in an upright position on the floor with comfort and stability. Interchangeable covers and a modern aesthetic meant it could stay in the family room at all times. As Julia began using it for meditation she noticed her sciatic pain was going away. Now she uses it as an every day seat, increasing her hip flexibility, balance and leg strength.

Julia created the first mello{be} to alleviate pain in her family and herself. As she felt her posture straighten, her meditation practice improve, and the joy of a beautiful furnishing, she realized this had to be shared.

The original mello{be} that Julia made for Corey
Consulting with an early manufacturer
Julia's home filled with materials to assemble

Going Pro

In 2017, Julia took an impromptu trip to a 54-hour business development workshop hosted by a local co-working space. Her pitch for mello{be} earned her third place in the contest and a network of supportive entrepreneurs. She then began to move forward manufacturing the cushions at a larger scale, and growing the business.

The next year, she entered Geekdom’s Pre-Accelerator program, a six-week preparation initiative for local companies in their early stages. At the end of the program, mello{be} won the Geekdom Community Fund award – a $10,000 grant to help promising business grow.

Learn more about how mello{be} grew at Geekdom in the video below:

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Made by popular demand

It is well known our society is spending far to much time sitting in chairs. Often, furniture does not support our bodies in a healthy way. The chairs at the office or school, the poor support in “comfy” couches and our sedentary lifestyle, is causing an increase in disability due to back pain.

After the mello{be} launched, our customers began to realize this more and more as they felt the difference between sitting on their mello{be} and sitting in chairs. They began to ask for a smaller, more compact version that they could bring on-the-go and fit on any chair. In response, Julia created the worker{be}. It small enough to fit on chairs and car seats and light enough to carry with you, but durable enough to be used throughout the work day.

Our Mission

Our dream is simple: enable mindfulness and wellness in your everyday and increase connection with yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you.

The mello{be} and the worker{be} promote upright posture that allows for better circulation and alignment. A meditation cushion that provides comfort allows you to direct your focus on meditating, rather than constant readjustment of the body. You’ll be surprised by how many experiences can be improved by sitting more comfortably: meditation, picnics, watching movies, reading in bed…the list goes on. The worker{be} helps you maintain focus at work, while driving and wherever you sit on a chair. Try one to feel your posture improve, your mind relax, and smile.

We further our mission by offering guided meditation sessions in the greater San Antonio area. Learning to meditate can reduce stress, ease pain, improve focus, and improve your mood.

Meet Julia

Julia for the website

Julia is a registered nurse, certified mindfulness coach, and mother to all! She is passionate about improving people’s lives through education, mindfulness, and stress reduction. Want to learn more about mindful meditation? Check out her mindfulness teaching blog. Julia started mello{be} after creating a sitting cushion for herself and her daughter, who both suffer from chronic pain. The cushion helped them immensely, and she decided to open it to the world! When not building mello{be} and teaching meditation, Julia lives in San Antonio, TX and spends time with her greatest joys:

her two kids. 🙂

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out!