Wellness Program

TimeScheduleSpeaker ModeratorRoom 214 A is Reflexology
Thursday, June 23, 2022
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmWelcome Dr Akil Taher Dr Hetal Nayak
Dr Subhashini Valavalkar
214 BC and Aum Ashram

Friday, June 24, 2022
6:30am – 7:30amYoga & MeditationEddie Stern 214
8:00am – 9:00amA Book talk with Yog guru Sharath JoisSharath Jois , Eddie Stern Eddie / Intro by Maggie 214-BC
8:00am – 10:00amReflexology Private sessionDr. Koushik Reddy 214-A
10:15 am - 11:00 amHeart to Heart- I have a carrot and a stent , you pick !Dr. Koushik Reddy 214-BC
10:15 am – 11:00amYoga for spine healthDr. Ajeya Joshi214-D
11:15am - 12:30pm"Inauguration & Ribbon Cutting
Proclamation of AAPI Day & International Day of Yoga
Ron Nirenberg (Mayor), Aseem Mahajan (CGI),
Yoga Demonstration"
Sadhavi ji Key note ,Eddie Ganesh Pooja CC Hemisfair Ballroom
11:30am - 5:30pmReflexology Private session214-A
2:00pm – 4:00pmLifeStyle medicine CMEDr. Pankaj Vij and Dr. Param Dedhia Dr Ajeya Joshi214-BC
7:30pm.Heritage night : Keynote Sadhavi ji
Message by Pujya Bramhavihari swami

Saturday, June 25, 2022
6:30am – 7:30 am Yoga & MeditationEddie Stern 214
8:00 am - 9:30 amWellness Talk - Spiritual well-being and healthSadhavi Saraswati ji 214-BC
8:30am - 10:30 amReflexology Private session214-A
10:30 am – 11:30 amHealthy Self-Care Routine Dr. Dilip Sarkar214-BC
11:30 am – 12:30 pmYoga for Heart disease Eddie Stern 214-BC
11:30 am - 12:30pmYoga for pelvic floor health (panel)Dr. Smita Mehta214-D
11:30 am - 6:00 pmReflexology Private session214-A
2:00pm – 4:00pmYoga CMEDr. Sat Bir Dr Dharam Kaushik 214-BC
4:30pm - 5:30pmRiver Boat Ride
5:30pm - 7:00 pmFeatured Yoga ClassSharath Jois , Eddie Stern , Sadhavi Saraswati ji Dr. Hetal NayakThe Shops at Rivercenter

Sunday, June 26, 2022
6:30am – 7:30amYoga & MeditationEddie Stern 214
8:30amVisit to the Aum ashram ( Tentitive )

Valued $750 OFFERED FOR – $250

Our wellness package prepared with love and care includes:

  • Workshop on Spiritual well-being
  • Book talk with Yoga Gurus
  • Talks on the science of Yoga & Lifestyle medicine
  • An opportunity to visit first of its kind in San Antonio – Aum Ashram
  • Yoga and meditation practices
  • Welcome kit with books & self-care supplies
  • A Personal Reflexology Session
  • Take home wellness routine
  • Ailment based yoga therapy sessions


 “Physician, heal thyself,” especially when there are growing signs of burn out among physicians, by offering positive remedial resources as part of a first ever Wellness Program being offered to participants at the 40th annual Convention of AAPI to be held in san Antonio from June 23rd to 26th, 2021.

The Covid pandemic has impacted all aspects of human life as never been before. The past two years have been challenging to everyone, particularly those are assigned with the responsibility of caring for the sick, especially as Hundreds of Millions were affected by the big pandemic. Over 115,000 health care workers died from Covid-19 from January 2020 to May of this year, according to a new World Health Organization estimate. 

“The backbone of every health system is its workforce — the people who deliver the services on which we rely at some point in our lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “The pandemic is a powerful demonstration of just how much we rely on health workers and how vulnerable we all are when the people who protect our health are themselves unprotected.”

Some have argued that governments have forsaken their duty to protect health care workers and warned that pandemic would have long tail effects, with many healthcare professionals considering leaving the workforce. At this critical juncture in human history, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) the largest ethnic medical organization in the country, representing the interests of over 100,000 physicians of Indian origin, is focusing on themes such as how to take care of self and find satisfaction and happiness in the challenging situations they are in, while serving hundreds of patients everyday of their dedicated and noble profession, Dr. Anupama Gotimukula, President of AAPI said.  

“This year AAPI Convention team from San Antonio is very much motivated on focusing on addressing Physician burnout and we have planned these wellness packages as we see in our daily lives the physician burnout has increased significantly,” the Pediatric Anesthesiology, San Antonio said. “We do acknowledge that these are challenging times, more than ever for us, physicians, who are on the frontline to assess, diagnose and treat people who are affected by this deadly pandemic, COVID-19. Many of our colleagues have sacrificed their lives in order to save those impacted by this pandemic around the world,” Dr. Gotimukula added. 

Accordingly, some of the major themes at the convention include: Yoga and Meditation practices, Welcome kit with books & self-care supplies, A Personal Reflexology Session, Take home wellness routine, Ailment based yoga therapy sessions, Workshop on Spiritual well-being, Book talk with Yoga Gurus, including on the science of Yoga & Lifestyle medicine, as well as a unique opportunity to visit first of its kind in San Antonio, Aum Ashram as part of the Wellness session.

Esteemed yoga gurus and experts, who are planned to share their wisdom and leading the Wellness Sessions include: Paramguru Sharath Jois, Sadhvi Bhagawati, Saraswati Eddie Stern,  Dr. Sat Bir Khalsa, Dr. Dilip Sarkar, Dr. Pankaj Vij, and  Dr. Param Dedhia.

 “Our physician members have worked very hard during the covid 19 pandemic as the 2022 convention is a perfect time to heal the healers with a special focus on wellness,” said Dr. Dr Jayesh Shah, Chair of AAPI Convention 2022.

In her welcome note, Dr. Hetal Nayak said, “With great enthusiasm we invite you to participate in our AAPI convention wellness package themed ‘Heal the Healers.’ This is the first time in the AAPI convention we offer these exclusive wellness packages geared towards the well-being of Physicians and their families by bringing the essence of science and spirituality of yoga and lifestyle medicine into our self-care routine. As we all aware, a calm mind and a refined intellect are essential for making right choices. We promise to leave you empowered with the tools required.” 

Dr. Kusum Punjabi, Chair of AAPI BOT said, “At AAPI, the largest ethnic medical association in the nation, we are proud, we have been able to serve every 7th patient in the country. We serve in large cities, smaller towns and rural areas, sharing our skills, knowledge, compassion and expertise and caring millions of people.”

Acknowledging the need for this much needed program as part of the convention, Dr. Ravi Kolli, Vice President of AAPI elaborated, “Healthcare today is more complex than ever. With more advancements, tools and information at our fingertips physicians have an overwhelming job to diagnose and treat our patients every day, 24/ 7/ 365 days a year. In every city and hospital, in our military and in our rural communities, we, the doctors pave the way to provide better healthcare to our patients.” 

“A huge thank you to all of the doctors, physicians, and other healthcare professionals for your dedication and commitment to service during this uncertain time,” Dr. Anjana Samadder, Vice President of AAPI said. “This is a unique opportunity for All of us, the front-line physicians who are putting our lives at risk to the save the lives of others,” Dr. Satheesh Kathula, Secretary of AAPI said. “Thank you for fighting selflessly against this virus and helping keep everyone healthy and safe,” Dr. Krishan Kumar, Treasurer of AAPI added.

During the annual convention, physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country and internationally will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year.

Planned to have a limited number of attendance due to the ongoing Covid pandemic and the taking into account the safety of the participants, including Physicians, Healthcare Leaders, Academicians, Researchers and Medical Students, “the annual convention offers extensive academic presentations, recognition of achievements and achievers, and professional networking at the alumni and evening social events,” Dr. Gotimukula added.