Wellness and Meditation Festival by Heartulness Atlanta
(Left) Chair yoga was demonstrated at the Wellness and Meditation Festival.
A Wellness and Meditation Festival was organized by Heartfulness Atlanta in partnership with Greater Atlanta Tamil Sangam (GATS), a cultural organization designed to benefit their members and also the general public including abhyasis (practitioners or spiritual seekers). It was held in Brookwood Elementary School, Cumming, Georgia, on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 4pm to 7pm.
A volunteer team organized the event in record time: less than two weeks from inception to finish. The program emcees were young meditators Suraj Sehgal and Charishma, who did a wonderful job and connected well with the audience.
Chief guests were Dennis T. Brown, Commissioner of Forsyth County; Madhu Kota, president of Sai Temple, Suwanee; Sendil Karpanna, GATS chairman; Kumaresh Nataraj, GATS president; and a representative from the Consulate General of India in Atlanta. The book Designing Destiny by Kamlesh Patel (Daaji) was unveiled by the invited guests.
The program began with a Wellness talk by Dr. Aarthi Sridhar, an abhyasi herself, on medical benefits of Heartfulness Meditation: stress relief, balanced immune system, better quality of sleep, concentration, and inner peace. She shared the research done by Heartfulness and also shared the testimonials from various doctors. Attendees listened in rapt attention and showed a lot of interest with Q & A . This lasted for about 40 mins.
Then Br. Sanjay Sehgal explained further about Heartfulness and its practice, followed by a session of relaxation and meditation session for 30 minutes. It was well received by the attendees and one could feel the peace and calmness in the room.
After the meditation a trained yoga teacher, Apporva, conducted chair yoga—which was very entertaining for the crowd. It lasted for about 20 mins.
(Left) A Brighter Mind demonstration was led by Lakshman and 4 other children. This program was so much appreciated that many started asking how their children could be trained in this.
Finally a brief Question and Answer session was conducted, after which light, healthy snacks—sundal (a Tamil salad made by the Heartfulness team), coconut water, green tea, and a mango drink sponsored by Patel Bros and Suvidha groceries stores—were enjoyed by all.
After the 2-hour event, organizers received phone calls and emails from attendees who appreciated the timely conclusion and crispness of the program. The next day in Sunday satsang, several people started the practice, and a few others joined during Facebook and YouTube live for a second and third session.
Heartfulness Meditation presents scientific evidence that it helps people achieve calmness, peace, and a stress-free life. It is practiced by millions in over 130 countries. It is offered free of cost to everyone. Heartfulness has over 50 trainers in the metro Atlanta area; contact Atlanta@heartfulness.org or facebook.com/HeartfulnessAtlanta, or twitter.com/heartfulnessatl
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