Plant Based Food for Personal and Planetary Health – Ramesh Bjonnes
Nutritional science has recently confirmed that the pandemic of heart disease and diabetes are primarily caused by a lack of two main dietary ingredients: antioxidants and nutrient density. Both of these sources are plentiful in plants in the form of fruits and green vegetables while scarcely found in animal foods such as meat and dairy. We humans therefore need to primarily consume kale and apples, not beef and butter, to be healthy.
Similarly, the planet is also in chronic distress due to our overconsumption of meat, dairy and fish. From land use, to water supply, to greenhouse gas emissions, what we eat every day has severe repercussions for the environment. Animal food production is the single largest cause of habitat loss, and it takes over 1800 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef while only 39 gallons to produce one pound of vegetables.
In this presentation, wellness coach and eco-economist Ramesh Bjonnes will juxtapose the health of the human and planetary bodies and demonstrate how the health of one depends on the health of the other.
Yogic Diet for Body and Mind – Clayton Keshava Horton
The subtle relationship between diet and consciousness is shrouded in mystery. Join Clayton Keshava Horton as he explains how we can “taste the fruit of our practice” by simply experimenting with our diet. Taking guidance from ancient scriptures and health gurus of modern times, Keshava explains it is possible to make adjustments to our diet to help us refine our perceptions of reality, feel better, be more productive and fulfill our life’s purpose with inspiration. Clayton’s experience in the Health and Wellness industry allows him to uniquely remind us that by taking just a few nutritional steps, we can all be on the path to feeling great and becoming the master of our own health.
Ramesh Bjonnes is an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic lifestyle coach and the Director of the Prama Wellness Center, where a plant-based lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Bjonnes studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified naturopathic detox therapist from the Ananda Marga Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld), A Brief History of Yoga (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).
Bjonnes is also a writer and researcher on alternative economics, in particular P. R. Sarkar’s Progressive Utilization Theory (PROUT), and how this model provides an alternative to the crisis prone system of corporate capitalism. Using PROUT as a framework to analyze the current market system, while also outlining a more sustainable economy, his book Growing a New Economy, co-authored with Caroline Hargreaves, is a “hopeful account of the possibilities contained in our current crisis,” according to world-renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben. He is also the co-founder of Systems Change Alliance, a platform and network for organizations working towards deeper systems changes in economics, science, culture, and ecology. Website: www.prama.org www.systemschangealliance.org
Clayton Keshava Horton
Keshava is an experienced and internationally recognised KPJAYI Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher who was born in Oklahoma, USA. He discovered yoga at age 21 whilst living in San Francisco, California, when his mother took him to a pranayama class. After several years of practice and a long trip to India, he began teaching yoga in 1996.
As a student of Dada Dharmavedananda, he completed the Natural Therapy Training Course at the Ananda Marga Yoga Wellness Centre in Cebu, Philippines in 2016. To Keshava, yoga is a healing path back to the Self, allowing us to experience true peace and happiness. Being kind and living in balance with nature are qualities that continue to guide his life.
Currently, Keshava is Bioresonance therapist at the Waveworks clinic in Hong Kong, guiding clients back to sustainable health by administering appropriate subtle frequencies. He also teaches daily Ashtanga yoga classes in Hong Kong at Pure Yoga. He teaches workshops, retreats, courses and presents at yoga conferences internationally. His favourite hobbies are surfing, swimming, traveling, singing and playing guitar. He is committed to making the world a better place by living with eco-awareness, teaching yoga and meditation, and serving others.