Global Wellness Day (GWD), a non-profit initiative dedicated to the concept of living well, was celebrated throughout the world on 13 June and streamed live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Over a period of 24 hours, the ninth annual GWD presented non-stop talks and classes on a variety of wellness topics, such as health, meditation, spiritual, mental and emotional wellbeing, physical fitness, nutrition, plant-based cooking, yoga, energy healing, skin science and lifestyle, as well as Thai traditional medicine. Speakers and presenters, all experts in their respective fields, were drawn from across the globe.
In a particularly exciting session, Turkish wingsuit base jump world record holder, Cengiz Kocak, performed a live wingsuit base jump in honour of GWD, with cameras following his spectacular flight.
GWD South Africa ambassador, Celeste Peters, served as one of the presenters on the day, introducing several sessions, among them a yoga class hosted by fellow South African, Kirsty Mawhinney Hodgskin. Said Mawhinney Hodgskin: “What a fabulous day. The insights and inspirational speakers and presenters were mind-blowing. Thank you. I cannot wait for #gwd2020 – counting down already for next year.”
With the mantra of ‘One day can change your whole life!’ GWD was initiated in 2012 by Turkish spa professional, Belgin Aksoy. For almost a decade, GWD has been reminding people around the world the value of taking care of their physical and mental health. Never before has its message been more meaningful than now during a global pandemic — when people of all races, religions and cultures are actively seeking ways to stay well and positive.
The GWD 2020 event focused on mental health, stress, immunity, nutrition, indoor exercises, love and compassion. (Report by Joanna Sterkowicz)