Bija Bennett Chairs the Yoga Therapy Initiative for the Global Wellness Institute (GWI). The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is a non-profit research organization with a mission to empower wellness worldwide by educating the public and private sectors about preventative health and wellness. GWI’s research, programs and initiatives have been instrumental in the growth of the $4.7 trillion global wellness economy — and in uniting the health and wellness industries worldwide.
GWI facilitates collaboration, provides global research and insight, triggers innovation, and advocates for growth and sustainability. Through its four foundational pillars: research, industry initiatives, roundtable discussions and wellnessevidence.com, the GWI serves as a hub that informs and connects key stakeholders capable of impacting the overall wellness of our planet and its citizens.
The GWI Yoga Therapy Initiative plans to define the ancient and evolving, multidimensional science of Yoga Therapy as a legitimate wellness modality for the 21st century. Bija and other prestigious thought-leaders in the field of Yoga and Yoga Therapy, will work together to clarify the difference between yoga as it is understood in modern society and the application of yoga therapy as a sophisticated wellness modality that can help restore health for the lifestyle-related conditions of our modern age — and alleviate the unprecedented imbalance in the social causes of health that have an impact across generations.
Its mission is to bring greater awareness of the wealth of evidence based research in the field, and educate people worldwide — regardless of age, gender, culture or socio-economic status — about the extraordinary holistic benefits of a science the can help restore health for the lifestyle related conditions of our modern age, and alleviate the unprecedented social symptoms that have impact across generations.