South Asians and well-being. Two terms that aren’t as well-connected as they should be. The weight of impossible cultural expectations, an underestimation of the effect of mental health on physical well-being, and enduring notions about well-being as indulgence, all combine to make South Asians – particularly women – prone to high levels of ill-health and depression.
There is still very little understanding amongst us as individuals and communities about what makes an emotionally well person, how we can address some of the particular challenges we face as a community, and how we can nurture our own and each others’ mental and physical health.
Timely and welcome then is the British Pakistan Foundation’s upcoming panel discussion on Inside Out Wellbeing, specifically the importance of nutrition, yoga and skin health.
We caught up with one of the panellists, nutritionist Shakiba Rangoonwala, who said: “We hope it’ll be an evening to inspire positive change in people’s lives, discover and implement new ways of living and change current habits that are holding you back”. In her practice, Shakiba emphasises the importance of healing both the mind and the body. “Critical to this is managing stress levels. You have to give your adrenal glands a chance to relax, otherwise they can become overloaded and fatigued and this can have profound consequences for the body as a whole.”
There are various nutrition, movement and medicine-related practices – both traditional and contemporary – which can help with this. We’re looking forward to hearing from Shakiba and the other panellists – Neeta Naidoo who is an expert and teacher of Iyengar, Kundalini and Vinyasa forms of yoga, and Dr Rabia Malik who specialises in effective skincare and anti-ageing nutrition – about how these can complement one another, and perhaps be integrated holistically into our lives.
When: 23 March 2017, 6.30pm
Where: The Lansdowne Club, 9 Fitzmaurice Place , London W1J 5JD
Tickets: £15 (+ £1.55 booking fee), concessions available for students
Posted on 19 March 2017