Mark your calendars and prepare to be zen. Global Wellness Day is back on June 12th with events held in 170 countries across the globe.
Celebrating its 10th year, Global Wellness Day aims to connect citizens of the world through a free 12-hour livestreamed event that will be run in tandem with COVID safe in person events and complimentary wellness offerings.
Belgin Aksoy, the Istanbul-based Founder of Global Wellness Day, said, “In a world where 1 in 10 people live with a mental health disorder, necessary steps to protect our minds and soul must be taken. Young people are more vulnerable than adults; according to a study, those aged 16 to 24 are the group most likely to report feeling lonely, especially those who are shy and introverted, and COVID-19 has only exacerbated the situation. Never has Global Wellness Day’s message of One Day Can Change Your Whole Life been more meaningful.”
An impressive line-up of 65 speakers and GWD ambassadors will lead sessions including dance classes, workouts and yoga to meditation, spirituality, and mental health. Some standouts include:
Said Taghmaoui; UK’s Youth Mental Health Ambassador within the Department for Education
Dr. Alex George; Humanitarian, Spiritual Leader & an Ambassador of Peace
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who will lead the global meditation session; Award-Winning Cinematographer, Director and Producer of Moving Art, which airs its third season on Netflix
Louie Schwartzberg; 99-year-old philanthropist, co-Founder of Rancho la Puerta and the “Godmother of Wellness”
Deborah Szekely; Headmaster of Shaolin Temple Europe
Closer to home, GWD Ambassador for New Zealand, Ana Crawford, is excited to bring her passion for wellbeing to a wider global audience for another year.
“Whilst a large majority of my experience is in the luxury sector, my passion lies in really making wellness accessible to everyone with the ultimate goal of shining a light on the importance of wellness both in New Zealand and abroad,” shares Ana.
“With thousands of incredible events happening across the globe there really is something for everyone. I truly believe that this day has the power to change your life.
“Even if you find one thing that makes you feel good or happy just for that moment, it has the potential to become a habit or interest and that in itself is the power of the day.”
Some key events from around the globe include:
Barbados– A socially distant celebration will consist of a nature walk, an hour of yoga, healthy food cooking demonstrations and free chair massages, and a fun family dance exercise.
Brazil– Will utilize the GWD 7 Step Manifesto with activities such as healthy cooking classes, building organic vegetable gardens, a recycling seminar, bottle collection and doing good deeds by those affected by the pandemic.
Macau– The GWD Macau team has organised a day filled with fun activities such as Zumba, tabata, breakletics, kickboxing, morning and sunset stretching, and much more at the Macau Tower Outdoor Plaza.
New Zealand– Online and physical activities will take place across the country, such as sunset yoga, a house dance competition, group fitness classes, online dancing classes, aqua exercises and more.
Sweden– An online celebration featuring webinars on protecting mental well-being, giving your body the right fuel, boosting self-esteem and exercise, as well as workshops on yoga and meditation, focused on the younger generations.
Thailand – Expert advisors and practitioners from Chiva-Som in Thailand and the soon-to-launch Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som in Qatar, will be streaming a series of complimentary educational activities such as talks, training exercises and wellness workshops throughout the day.
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