The Wellness Week aimed at bringing people together through yoga.
Celebrating Wellness Week to promote yoga
Sleepwell Foundation and NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council) came together with a first-of-its-kind concept of celebrating Yoga Day that signifies Holistic Wellness, for one full week. The seven-day celebration was packed with vibrant programs, workshops, dialogue and cultural events and aimed at fostering a sense of ownership among citizens and all stakeholders to sensitize them towards responsible civic behaviour, thereby improving community wellness. The ‘Street Art’ project at Shahjahan Road inaugurated by Padmashri Anjolie Ela Menon and a ‘Flash Mob’ at India Gate by young girls amidst the ‘Military Band’ set the tone for the week-long programme. The subsequent days witnessed a seminar titled ‘NDMC Dialogue’ between NDMC and stake holders, a workshop on ‘Building Emotionally Safe Spaces for our Children’ for heads of schools and teachers , ‘Examination Stress Management’ workshop for students, and a mega ‘Yoga Day Celebration’ at Rajpath for over 2,000 people.
Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, Naresh Kumar, IAS, Chairman, NDMC, Rashmi Singh, Secretary, NDMC, Namita Gautam, Chairperson, Sleepwell Foundation, senior officers of NDMC and several other dignitaries were present during the event. The grand finale ‘The Wellness Conclave’ was inaugurated by Rashmi Singh in the presence of prominent dignitaries, decision makers, influencers, students, media and a varied audience. The Conclave covered all aspects of community wellness – physical, emotional, creative, intellectual and spiritual. Singh emphasized on ‘ownership among public’ and said that when people from all classes have a greater sense of belonging, it creates vitality, wellness and happiness. The daylong power-packed event saw a galaxy of celebrated speakers like Vesna Pericevic Jacob, lifestyle coach, Ishi Khosla, clinical nutritionist, Manvir Bhatia, sleep specialist, Shelja Sen, child and adolescent psychologist, Arvinder Singh, psychotherapist and corporate trainer, Ritish Nanda, Director, Aga Khan Trust, and Afroz Shah, environmentalist, motivate the audience. Labelled by the UN as the ‘Biggest Beach Clean-Up in World History’, Afroz has received the highest UN Environment award – ‘Champions Of The Earth’ equivalent to the Nobel prize in the field of environment protection. Namita Gautam, in a press briefing, said that the Wellness Conclave and the Wellness Week is a model private public partnership event. This PPP way can be a way to foster a sense of ownership in the people and inspire responsible behaviour at public places for holistic community wellness. The conclave ended with a soulful sufi music and dance performance by Rene Singh and Avni Sethi.
The endeavour focused on spreading the message of proactive wellness among all NDMC stake holders.
Namita Gautam, Managing Trustee, Sleepwell Foundation