Chopra is also involved in another interesting initiative: Lake Nona in Orlando, designed to be a model community of well-being in every aspect of the word.
“Well-being today has many components,” Chopra said, pointing to physical well-being, including good sleep, stress management, daily movement, nutrition and emotional contentment, along with career, social, financial and community well-being.
Lake Nona recently staged the Impact Forum, a gathering of thought leaders in the topics of medicine and wellness, including Chopra, who presented two sessions: The Future of Well-Being and the Internet of Well-Being. Guests of the conference and residents of Lake Nona were also treated to an outdoor guided meditation by Chopra, and he announced a customized Lake Nona version of his popular well-being platform, Jiyo. The app is a personalized companion that encourages lifestyle modification and offers expert insights on topics such as exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress. It has intuitive technology to analyze users’ behavior and make healthy suggestions.
Center of Attention
Meanwhile, Chopra’s trademark brand of wellness can be customized for corporate groups at The Chopra Center at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
The renowned center is dedicated to increasing awareness and education of the traditions of meditation, Ayurveda and yoga to improve the health and well-being of body, mind and spirit.
Its customized approach to supporting corporate groups is what makes the programs unique, according to Chopra. The Chopra Center designs programs and education specific to the needs of each workplace and organization, incorporating meditation, yoga and other mind-body balancing techniques. Teams and groups can also be easily integrated into the larger live events, such as Weekend Within and Journey Into Healing.
“Participants have reported decreased stress and anxiety and increased creativity, self-awareness, productivity and mental strength and focus,” Chopra said.
Additionally, a recent study done at The Chopra Center suggests that regular meditation offers the same health benefits of taking a vacation, known as the “vacation effect”—increased feelings of relaxation and well-being, a meaningful lift in mood and decreased levels of stress, with long-term results.
That would make anyone, meeting planners and attendees included, smile from ear to ear, which leads Chopra to another important point of well-being.
“Joy is our natural state and the experience of laughter is biologically very good for you,” he said. “You secrete a lot of oxytocin and dopamine, and these are not only molecules that create euphoria, but they also modulate and fine-tune the immune system.”
We can probably all “om” to that.