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The Well­ness Week aimed at bring­ing peo­ple to­gether through yoga.

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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

Afroz Shah

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