About Ram Chatterjee
Coming from humble beginnings, today Ram Chatterjee with his professional experience of over 20 years, has made a mark in the global hospitality, health and wellness industry. He believes that through wellness practice our world can be a better place to live in harmony and many internal conflicts can be reduced by developing consciousness through regular practice. He is an experienced Spa & Wellness Director in wellness, spa, salon, health cuisine and recreational activities. His expertise lies in managing comprehensive responsibilities encompassing operations, team leadership, and customer service.
Tell us about your involvement in Global Wellness Day?
I have been involved with the GWD movement since 2015 and celebrated this event in India, Azerbaijan and the Grand Cayman Islands. Global Wellness Day is close to the vision of wellness I perceive. I am fortunate to be associated with this global initiative since I share the same idea that through our wellness practices, we can turn the world into a better place in which to live.
What makes you smile or brings you joy and why?
Smiles and happiness come in many forms and from many things. Everyone has times in their life that are not so happy. I am lucky to have my family, colleagues and friends, who not only cheer me up when I am down but are my sources of inspiration. I also create a surrounding that is vibrant and full of positivity. I find happiness even in little things like being certain about my actions but enjoying the uncertainty about the results. It brings a smile when I see a dog and a cat together sharing their moments without any fight. I also feel immense joy when I see people with good health and living life with a purpose.
What is your daily wellness routine?
Apart from my daily routine which starts at 6 AM with Jal neti, kunjal kriya followed by yoga practices, I believe that sharing quality time with friends and family is also a great way to relax and get energized. Those are the vital essential components of my ‘dincharya’.
I take my family on nature walks, practice physical activities with them and meditation followed by breakfast. It gives me immense joy to connect with nature.
I am a Black belt from Kyokushin Karate, Certified Yoga and wellness teacher (from Morarji Desai National Institute) and a Kriya yog practitioner.
What is your favourite quote or affirmation?
There is more to life.
Describe how you achieve mindfulness
I achieve my mindfulness through my work, daily meditation and organizing community wellness programmes, such as yoga camps, meditation events, cycling etc.
What does wellness mean to you?
Wellness for me is a state of happy mind, calm behaviour and a non-reactive approach.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in people, nature, animals, by reading books and movies.
What are your go-to wellness apps and/or podcasts? Why?
I use the App of Sri Sri Ravishankar ji (Indian spiritual leader) because it has everything that I need for spirituality.
Books that changed your wellness perspective and why?
Autobiography of a Yogi changed my perspective towards wellness because it speaks about determination, sacrifice and achievements.
Name three things for which you are grateful
I am grateful because I was born in India and had the opportunity to learn about kindness and spirituality.
I am grateful to my friends who encourage me at all times.
I am grateful to my wife who supports me and encourages me unconditionally.
Finally, what words of wisdom can you pass on?
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “It is health which is real wealth, and not pieces of gold and silver”. If you have good health, nobody can stop you from achieving all the gold or silver or whatever it is that you are after.