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12 Jul 2018
David Lynch Foundation CEO to keynote at GWS

Bob Roth, CEO of the nonprofit David Lynch Foundation and an expert on Transcendental Meditation, will keynote at the Global Wellness Summit taking place 6-8 October at Technogym Village in Cesena, Italy.

Over the past 45 years, Roth has taught Transcendental Meditation (TM), a technique that utilises a mantra to calm the mind, to many thousands of people: from at-risk youth and inmates, to CEOs and military leaders, to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres, J Lo, Dr Oz, Jerry Seinfeld and George Stephanopoulos.

For more on the David Lynch Foundation, read our feature from Spa Business 2015 issue 1 here.

Transcendental Meditation is a natural technique that involves silently thinking a mantra (a word or sound with no meaning) for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably in a chair with the eyes closed. Over ten million people worldwide have been trained in Transcendental Meditation, which was introduced in the 1950s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, an Indian physicist turned meditation teacher who gained popularity in the 60s when he worked with the Beatles.

The David Lynch Foundation that Roth heads up (founded by filmmaker David Lynch) has brought Transcendental Meditation at no cost to over one million inner-city youth in schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence.

“I’m thrilled that Bob Roth–one of the most experienced meditation teachers in the world–will help lead what I think will be industry-changing conversations about paths to mental wellness at this year’s Summit,” said Susie Ellis, GWS chair and CEO. “There’s so much momentum for TM right now because of the rising need for what this tangible skill can accomplish: stress-reduction, mental focus and greater resilience. I’ve just gone through the training myself, and it’s the quickest way to reduce stress that I’ve ever experienced.”

Roth is the author of the 2018 New York Times Bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.” His insights at the conference will focus on the need for effective new approaches to mental wellness. He also directs the nonprofit Center for Leadership Performance, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organisations, and nonprofit charities.

“We have a dangerously escalating crisis of stress-related disorders, including anxiety, depression and substance use,” Roth said. “In addition to traditional drugs and psychotherapy, we desperately need to include more practical, evidence-based approaches into everyone’s tool box that improve mental wellness and behavior. I’m excited to share new research findings and insights into why meditation needs to come out of the realm of philosophy and be categorised as serious and scientific medicine for the 21st century. And to help lead a discussion about how the wellness industry can start doing as powerful a job promoting wellbeing from ‘the neck up’ as it has done fostering wellness from the ‘neck down.’”




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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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