Wellness is having a moment. Wherever we look, it’s ascribed to a purpose, product or pursuit. There’s wellness travel, wellness tech, wellness foods, wellness journeys, wellness resolutions, wellness real estate and more. Yet wellness, which became an English word in the 1650s to express the opposite of illness, is an ancient and expansive concept that has its roots in a rich and comprehensive body of 5,000-year-old Vedic texts.
Why should you care? It’s so much more than a mere trend. The Global Wellness Institute, which this spring made me an ambassador and chair of their Yoga Therapy Initiative, defines wellness as the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health. And it impacts everything about your existence.
What’s in it for you? Who doesn’t want to live and be well, in every sense of the word? We all hope to be healthy, happy and deeply fulfilled—integral parts of the wellness equation. Yet the way to achieve these goals will be different for each of us.
So what’s the point? At the start of a new decade, optimism reigns supreme and everything seems more possible. As an author, teacher and wellness advocate, everything I do is focused on being well. That’s why I welcome you to my new newsletter, where I’ll bring you strategies to inform your wellness efforts in the coming decade. Use these resources as your toolbox to stay healthy and thrive.
Here’s to new discoveries and personal transformation in 2020!