In the month of June, many Body & Brain Yoga and Tai Chi centers in the United States, which teach a style of yoga that Ilchi Lee developed, held community events called Healthy Living events. These events contributed to the Earth Citizens Organization's SEED for Health national campaign and were based on Ilchi Lee's book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years: The Ancient Secret to Longevity, Vitality, and Life Transformation.
The twenty-three events included talks by Body & Brain instructors and other health professionals about healthy living tips and guided exercises that the audience participated in. Many also had vendors with health information, services like massage, chakra readings, and aura readings, and fun such as face painting and raffles. Performances rounded out the events, demonstrating tai chi forms and inspirational music. Copies of I've Decided to Live 120 Years were included in the entrance fees for many of the events. Some Body & Brain centers also raised money at the events to donate to local charities.
Almost 2,000 people attended the Healthy Living events and learned simple ways to manage their SEED: Stress, Exercise, Emotions, and Diet . . . the keys to a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Some of the attendees included local government officials such as New Mexico State Senator Linda Lopez and New Mexico State Representative Linda Trujillo and their families, Greenburgh, New York Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, and Mayor of Oradell, New Jersey Dianne Dido.
The non-profit ECO began the SEED for Health campaign as a way to empower people and communities to take care of their health naturally. According to ECO, the SEED for Health campaign "proposes to take back our natural right to health, get connected in the spirit of care, and share wisdom, tips and resources to get naturally healthier together." ECO suggests that small, simple actions are enough to plant the seeds of health: reducing stress, exercising more, changing emotions from negative to positive, and eating a balanced and modest diet.
Body & Brain Yoga centers chose to distribute Ilchi Lee's book, I've Decided to Live 120 Years, as part of this campaign because the book's philosophy and practical tips for living 120 years feed your SEED. In it, “Ilchi lays out how the development of self-reliance, meaning, compassion, connectedness to nature, physical fitness, and healthy diet are all essential ingredients to a healthy, fulfilling life.” writes Dr. Emeran Mayer, bestsellng author of The Mind-Gut Connection.
Many Body & Brain members donated copies of the book to ECO and are helping to distribute them to individuals and community non-profit and governmental organizations related to healthy living. Hundreds of books have been donated to date.
Here are some highlights from the events.