GLOW stands for ‘Genuine Loving Outstanding Women’, an initiative by the Heartfulness Institute, is a series of monthly webinars for women, who can login from any corner of the world and participate, learn and benefit from its offerings.

Every webinar focuses on a topic of interest where expert speakers, chosen from women, who are outstanding in their fields, or are influencers and change makers, share their views and perspectives. The loving guidance and nudges received in the positive direction helps women achieve their best in personal, professional lives, with a deep sense of fulfilment and contentment in all aspects of life.

We have had distinguished speakers like Miss World Africa, Senior Director of Communications from The United Nations Foundation, Venture Capitalists, Life Coaches, Artists, Published Authors, Directors from United Nations School, Eminent Mindfulness Coaches, Parenting Coaches, Neurologists, Paediatricians, Physiotherapists, Olympic Gold Medallists, Paediatric speech therapists, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, Psychiatrists, Dieticians, etc. speak on this program.

These webinars also cater to certain SDGs of the UN like Mental Wellness, Physical Well Being, Women’s Equality, Education, and Economic Freedom (SDG #3, #4, #5, #10, #16, #17).

Each webinar also offers an introduction to Heartfulness relaxation and meditation with follow on instructions, if the participants were interested in continuing to learn the system of Heartfulness meditation. For those women who prefer personal interaction, they can get in touch with a Heartfulness Trainer on request.

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Purnima Ramakrishnan

Purnima is a UN award winning writer and blogger. She is the editor of World Moms Network, a website for women featuring writers from 30 countries. She is a practitioner and trainer of Heartfulness Meditation, and through this has found balance, peace and contentment in her everyday life.


“Youth, Peace, and Climate Change – A conversation with Gen-Z Filmmaker” by Kasha Sequoia Slavner, Documentary Filmmaker, Photographer, Founder of The Global Sunrise Project #Heartfulness #SDG13 #GlobalGoals #SDG16

Youth, Peace, and Climate Change – A conversation with Gen-Z Filmmaker

Kasha Sequoia Slavner, shares her journey of using filmmaking as a means to express her activism. Her new documentary, 1.5 Degrees of Peace will highlight the interconnectedness between peace, conflict, and disarmament, and how they are linked to climate justice. She shares her insights as a youth activist, looking to share the work of other young changemakers who are bridging the gaps to unify and strengthen the intersectionality between climate and peace, and with relevance to the other SDGs.

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“Womanhood and Everyday Spirituality”, by Mirabai Bush
Co-founder of the Centre for Contemplative Mind in Society,#Heartfulness #Meditation #InternationalWomensDay #IWD #IWD2021 #SDG5 #GlobalGoals

Womanhood and Everyday Spirituality – International Women’s Day 2021

This webinar commemorates the International Women’s Day of 8th March. The theme this year is to achieve a more equal future and encouraging women to pursue leadership roles. We believe that a core spiritual well-being, and a practice to sustain our everyday life, and a spiritual lifestyle helps in developing true inner altruistic leadership qualities for all. Mirabai Bush speaks about the unique challenge and opportunities for a woman on the spiritual path, prioritizing and balancing the various roles that women have throughout their life and finding the exact balance between exuding confidence and feeling content. She also talks about women’s role in shaping a more advanced spiritual human race or an advanced humanity.

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“Power of Pause” by Rachael O’Meara #Heartfulness #SDG3 #SDG5 #pause #meditation

Power of Pause” by Rachael O’Meara

Rachael O’Meara is a transformation and leadership coach who empowers professionals to learn and build emotional intelligence skills to thrive at work and beyond. In this webinar, she helps us discover the power of pause and why it matters. We also learn what pausing really means and how to create a “pause” mindset to navigate overwhelm and expand one’s capacity. We learn and use the EI (Emotional Intelligence) based tools to navigate challenges and expand one’s capacity and thrive.
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“Create a Happier Life by Practicing Gratitude, Compassion and Purpose” by Stacey Thompson, Certified Life Coach & Founder of Virtues for Life #Heartfulness #meditation #GlobalGoals #SDG3 #SDG5

Create a Happier Life by Practicing Gratitude, Compassion and Purpose

In this webinar Stacey Thompson explores the virtues of gratitude, compassion and purpose―what they are, and how the practicing of them can help increase your happiness. She shares ways to practice gratitude, compassion and purpose to elevate these virtues in your life. You also walk away with a mini-workbook that will reinforce the material and provide specific practices for you on gratitude, compassion and purpose to help increase your happiness.
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“On the Other Side of Childhood – Rights for Children in Difficult Circumstances” by Dr. Priti P. Desai, India’s first certified child life specialist and Nikita Patodia, Trained Social Worker, #Heartfulness #Meditation #children #SDG3 #SDG5 #SDG10

On the Other Side of Childhood – Rights for Children in Difficult Circumstances

Dr. Priti Desai – a child life specialist and Ms. Nikita Patodia – a feminist activist discuss the need for extra care and support for children facing abuse, those who are child laborers, and children coping with healthcare needs. Among the many discussion points, we learnt about children’s experiences in abusive situations, their rights to enhance their wellbeing, and also a brief overview of child life services to promote children’s coping in healthcare settings.
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“Human Rights Day, Womanhood, and Peace – A fireside chat with Amandine Roche United Nations Human Rights Lawyer, #Heartfulness #Mindfulness, #meditation # SDG5 #SDG10 #SDG16 #SDG17 #Peace #HumanRights

Human Rights Day, Womanhood, and Peace – A fireside chat with Amandine Roche

This webinar commemorates the United Nations International Day of Human Rights (which falls on December 10th). Amandine Roche would chat about human rights, womanhood, peace, efforts towards peacebuilding, and our attitudes and actions towards the same. A true path towards human rights and refining our understanding and approach to establish peace is through refining and fine-tuning the nature of our heart’s qualities.
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“Neuro-behavioural Disorders of Childhood from a Neurodevelopmental Perspective”, by Dr. Elisabeth Bouderlique, and Dr. Birgit Dürr, MD, Developmental Functional Neurology #Heartfulness, #meditation, #SDG3, #SDG5 #childhood

Neuro-behavioural Disorders of Childhood from a Neurodevelopmental Perspective

Dr. Elisabeth Bouderlique from France and Dr. Birgit Dürr from Germany discuss about brain imbalance/functional disconnection. They explain also about normal schedule of brain development, brain imbalance, their causes, correction, and issues associated with a brain imbalance. They also discuss about primitive reflexes and the effect of all of this on overall health.

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“How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change” by Harriet Shugarman, Executive Director – Climate Mama, #Heartfulness #Climate #SDG13 #SDG5 #GlobalGoals

How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change

With catastrophic global warming already baked into the climate system, today’s children face a future that in so many ways will be very different than ours. Harriet Shugarman – the Climate Mama and trusted advisor to parents and author of the 2020 book, How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change –provides tools and shares strategies for parents to explain the climate emergency to their children – our youngest ones, and even those with children of their own – as together we can and will galvanize & create positive action and build and grow active climate hope in the face of our climate emergency.

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“My voice, our equal future – International Day of the Girl Child 2020” by Cynthia Changyit Levin, Global Health & Education Activist, #SDG5 #GlobalGoals #DayOfTheGirl

My voice, our equal future – International Day of the Girl Child 2020

The United Nations International Day of Girl Child’s theme is – “My Voice, Our Equal Future”. Let’s seize the opportunity to be inspired by what adolescent girls see as the change that they are demanding across the globe. In this webinar, a few young adolescent girls and boys from India and the USA join Cynthia to discuss the various advocacies they have been part of, to assert their power as change-makers, to inspire us.

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“Peace and Prejudice” by LaShaun Martin, VP – Mocha Moms Inc, and Jennifer Burden, CEO – World Moms Network, #SDG10 #SDG16 #SDG17 #SDG4 #SDG5 #Heartfulness #PeaceDay #GlobalGoals

Peace and Prejudice

In these difficult times of physical distancing, this International Day of Peace will be dedicated to fostering dialogue and collecting ideas. The 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace by the UN is “Shaping Peace Together.” Amidst the pandemic, the racial disturbance, prejudice, we at Heartfulness Institute, are celebrating the day by spreading compassion, kindness, and hope in the face of the pandemic. We stand together with the UN against attempts to use the virus to promote discrimination or hatred.
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“The Role of Compassion for Inclusive Physical Education and Sports” by Aisling Clardy UNESCO Chair Researcher, #SDG1 #SDG3 #SDG4 #SDG5 #SDG8 #SDG9 #SDG10 #SDG11 #SDG16 #SDG17 #Sports #Compassion #Heartfulness #Mindfulness

The Role of Compassion for Inclusive Physical Education and Sports

For many years sport, sports have been used as a tool for development and peace, promoting tolerance and respect, and contributing to the empowerment of women, young people, people with disabilities, other marginalized groups and their and communities. Sport is recognized by the UN as a powerful enabler for the sustainable development goals, and in this webinar Aisling Clardy from the UNESCO would talk about the development of a suite of blended learning ‘train-the-trainer’ resources called iPEPAS.
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“Youth Engagement for Global Action” by Nancy Sumari, Ms World Africa 2005, Social Entrepreneur, #YouthDay #Youth #SDG4 #SDG5 #SDG8 #SDG10 #SDG17 #Heartfulness #Mindfulness

Youth Engagement for Global Action

As we commemorate the United Nations International Youth Day, we have two young women from the Heartfulness Institute, who are learning and being inspired by Nancy Sumari. We come together to celebrate young peoples’ voices, actions and initiatives, as well as their meaningful, universal engagement. Nancy Sumari talks about how young women and men can be guided in achieving their aspirations and passion and dreams, and also about the concept of Social Entrepreneur. She gave tips on building confidence, motivation, inspiration, productivity and solutions to challenges.
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“Storytelling: Fueling Imagination. Birthing Wonder” by Deepa Kiran, Storyteller, Educationalist, TEDx Speaker, #SDG4 #SDG3

Storytelling: Fueling Imagination. Birthing Wonder

Oral Storytelling – A powerful tool for impactful communication and reflection. This webinar will bring alive a conscious study and will offer an experiential understanding of not only the magic of this simple human interaction but also on the infinite possibilities it holds for creativity, self-expression, communication, and critical thinking in a natural and joyful manner.

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“Adaptability to New Changes” by Dr. Elizabeth Denley, Editor-in-Chief, Heartfulness Magazine, #SDG3 #SDG4 #SDG16 #SDG17

Adaptability to New Changes

Times of change and transitions are very stressful. It presents us with the possibility to eradicate an unhealthy mental and emotional lifestyle and realign our priorities, create new practices and routines which are positive and healthy.

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“Why Kindness is Key to Resilience” by Audrey Lin, Laddership Visionary & Generosity Entrepreneur, #SDG3 #SDG16 #SDG17

Why Kindness is Key to Resilience

Can you recall a time someone made your day? What was it that spilled your cup of gratitude over? It’s likely that it wasn’t anything big. A stranger’s smile on the street. Someone opens the door for you on a rainy day.

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“Creating a More Peaceful, Joyful Family During Lockdown and Beyond” by Terran Daily, Registered & Licensed Occupational Therapist, #SDG3 #SDG4

Creating a More Peaceful, Joyful Family During Lockdown and Beyond

This webinar will focus on some practical ways to increase quality of life for families during lockdown. It will help parents understand how, despite their best efforts at good parenting, some of their children’s basic needs may be compromised during lockdown, and what they can do to help.

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“COVID-19: Tales of 3 Countries – United States – India – South Africa” by Dr. Swati Kannan, MD, Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatologist and Mia Malan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, South Africa, #SDG3, #SDG4, #SDG11

COVID-19: Tales of 3 Countries – United States – India – South Africa

The worldwide deaths because of COVID-19 is increasing multifold in an unprecedented manner and the world seems to have come together to fight this virus. It is a time of fear, anxiety, confusion, alarm, and a lot of negativity.

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“Compassion on the Spiritual Way” by Helle Laursen, Mindfulness Trainer & Heartfulness Trainer, #SDG3 #SDG4 #SDG16 #SDG17

Compassion on the Spiritual Way

In this webinar, Helle will share how compassion is inherent in Heartfulness, and how we as heartfulness practitioners can benefit from using it more explicit on the spiritual path. Compassion can be very supportive in calming down our mind and our emotional reactivity, and in moving toward self-acceptance.

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“Role of the Guide in one’s spiritual path for personal transformation and evolution” by Mirabai Bush, Co-founder of the Centre for Contemplative Mind and Society, #SDG16 #SDG17

Role of the Guide in one’s spiritual path for personal transformation and evolution

This webinar will focus on the role of a guide in human evolution and how spiritual practices and techniques serve as tools for our own personal transformation. This webinar will enhance our understanding of how a teacher and a practice compliment each other and show the possibilities of what it means to be a human.

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“The Heart of Our Youth – Understanding the Transformation Processes” by Dr. Rosalind Pearmain, Course Director & Senior Lecturer for Integrative Psychotherapy, Regents University, London, #SDG3, #SDG4, #SDG10

The Heart of Our Youth – Understanding the Transformation Processes

How do we support growth and change in ourselves and others? At present, all over the world, many young people are struggling with loneliness and anxiety. How can we help?

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“Touch – the language of learning and becoming: To New Mothers with Love!” By Dr. Snehal Deshpande, Developmental Therapist and Wellness Coach, #SDG3, #SDG4, #SDG10

Touch – the language of learning and becoming: To New Mothers with Love!

The world knows of people with the utmost physical disability to rise and contribute to humanity like Helen Keller and Stephen Hawking. How was it possible? Does a greater mental power unleash by taking take care of physical disability with loving touch and physiotherapy?

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“Pathways to Heart Health – Perspective of Medical and Behavioral Sciences” by Dr. Marilyn Cornelius, Founder – Alchemus Prime, & Dr. Margaret Cornelius, MD, Diabetes Specialist, Fiji, #SDG3, #SDG4

Pathways to Heart Health – Perspective of Medical and Behavioral Sciences

Although lifestyles and family roles continue to evolve, women still tend to have significant influence over what we eat as a family. Whether as a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, or even as a professional, women make daily choices involving foods that either help or hinder their health and that of those around them.

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“Drawing on Generational Wisdom for Emotional Wellness” by Chrysula Winegar, Senior Director, United Nations Foundations, New York, USA. #SDG3

Drawing on Generational Wisdom for Emotional Wellness

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organization. Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability and it contributes to 800,000 suicides per year, the majority of which occur in developing countries.

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“Self-Love: A Foundation for Your Career, Relationships, and Service” by Dr. Marilyn Cornelius, Founder – Alchemus Prime, Suva, Fiji. #SDG3 #SDG5

Self-Love: A Foundation for Your Career, Relationships, and Service

Most of us, women especially, are conditioned to take care of others first. Whether as a mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, or even as a professional, we often put others’ needs before our own. We are not taught about self-love as children, teenagers, or even adults.

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“Inner Transformation and Service” by Meghna Banker, Filmmaker, Visionary, ServiceSpace, Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad (India). #SDG17

Inner Transformation and Service

Each one’s journey of transformation is very personal and contextual. However, the process of transformation is inevitable. I continue to find myself expanding with its wisdom every waking moment. With that in mind, this topic on inner transformation and service is a very humble and sincere effort of sharing from my own personal experiences and limited understanding around the same.

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“Effective Communication for Heartful Parenting” by Jody Johnston Pawel, LSW, CFLE, Parenting Expert, Ohio, USA. #SDG4

Effective Communication for Heartful Parenting

What you say and how you say it are important in parenting. Miscommunications can easily occur through unintentional hidden, conflicting, or unclear messages. It’s common to assume you are understanding others clearly and they are understanding you, but actually aren’t, which then causes problems.

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“#BalanceforBetter on #InternationalWomensDay” by Dr. Nivedita Shreyans, Director of Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Pillai Group of Institutions, University of Mumbai, India. #SDG5

#BalanceforBetter on #InternationalWomensDay

Webinar will guide woman on how to optimize the ‘all-in-one’, god-gifted extraordinary qualities in her day-to-day life: personally, professionally and socially, so that she can achieve bigger and better things in life with ease. Nivedita hopes to kindle a spark within women, so that they attain the perfect balance of the inner and outer self.

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“Coping with depression, anxiety and stress that comes with the pursuit of higher education #worldmentalhealthday” by Dr. Swati Kannan, M.D.,Kaiser Permanente, Califronia, USA. #SDG3 #SDG4

Coping with depression, anxiety and stress that comes with the pursuit of higher education #worldmentalhealthday

Learn to recognize the signs/symptoms of depression, anxiety or stress as graduate students more than 6x as likely to experience depression and anxiety as compared to general population

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“First Five – Best Five (Early Years of Childhood Development)” by Ibtisam Al Wardi, Speech Therapist & Lecturer, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. #SDG4

First Five – Best Five

Ibtisam would discuss the importance of the first five years of a child’s life in shaping all his life. Her favorite question during such sessions is – “When discussing another person’s life, we generally say – He had a tough childhood but you see, it never affected him. Is that true?”

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“Achieve Total Fitness and Maximum Health” by Dr.Ruth Heidrich, Ph.D., One of the Ten Fittest Women in North America, 8 times gold medal winner, Senior Olympics, Hawaii, USA. #SDG5 #SDG3

Achieve Total Fitness and Maximum Health

Dr. Ruth reversed a shocking diagnosis of Stage 4 breast cancer, changed her diet and went on to win hundreds of gold medals in races ranging from the Ironman Triathlon, dozens of marathons, to eight gold medals in the Senior Olympics. She will cover the benefits of daily exercise, how it helps the heart, lungs, muscles, bones, and even the brain.

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“The Psychology of Happiness” by Ruby Jane Carmen, Member of the British Psychology Society, London, USA. #SDG3

The Psychology of Happiness

In this webinar, Ruby will share some insights on the psychological aspects of happiness, exploring some of the research conducted in the area. The nature and definition of happiness will be examined along with the universal nature of this emotion. The question of whether happiness is an emotion or a state of being will be considered, along with the hypothesis that happiness can be a ‘choice’.

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“Heart Based Learning Outcomes for the Modern Youth” by Nancy Sumari, former Miss Tanzania and Miss World Africa, MD, Bongo5 Media Group, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. #SDG4

Heart Based Learning Outcomes for the Modern Youth

In this webinar, Nancy would share how she creates and manages educational programs to greatly enhance the learning outcomes for youth and children. In this context she would explore the use of literature, technology and agriculture as educative initiatives. She would also emphasize on the role of mentoring children in providing a superior quality of education.

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“Neuroscientific Perspective to Parenting” By Dr. Meghna Manocha, Pediatrician, Bangalore, India. #SDG3 #SDG4

Neuroscientific Perspective to Parenting

In this webinar Dr. Meghna Manocha would explain how the ability to learn doesn’t just depend on the genetic download from parents but also on the enriched learning environment provided to the child. She would elaborate on how the most crucial aspect is the willingness of the child to learn, without which the smartest parents and the best learning environments may yet fail to produce the smartest kid.
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“Motherhood in Modern Age” by Chrysula Winegar, Senior Director, United Nations Foundations, New York, USA.

Motherhood in Modern Age

In today’s modern world, as parents, we face a lot of trials and hardships, as we balance our work, home, relationships and parenting. At this juncture, this webinar would focus on enthusiastic parenting in the modern age.
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“Importance of an Alkaline Diet” by Simonne Holm, Alkaline coach and plant-based cook, Silkeborg, Denmark. #SDG1 #SDG2

Importance of an Alkaline Diet

In this webinar, Simonne Holm would share the benefits of an Alkaline Lifestyle through an alkaline diet.

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“Nourishment for the Autism Family” by Kirsten Doyle, Toronto’s top thirty parenting bloggers, Toronto, Canada. #SDG3 #SDG10

Nourishment for the Autism Family

In the webinar Nourishment for the Autism Family, Kirsten will be talking about how families of children with autism can create an environment in which everyone can thrive.
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