As this year marks the 10th edition of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia’s reader’s choice India’s Best Awards, we are elated to introduce IBA Icons—an editorial-led category that felicitates 10 changemakers and trendsetters across hospitality and lifestyle industries. Presenting the Wellness Champion, Malaika Arora.
Actor, Model, Entrepreneur
Many Bollywood actors love posting gym selfies of their toned bodies, but few encourage their followers to pursue holistic well-being. For Malaika Arora, however, “wellness is a way of life.” For the past few years, she has been looking at investing in relevant brands, and now Arora has decided to bring them all under one roof: Malaika Arora Ventures. “The past two years have taught us to not put wellness on the back burner,” Arora points out. “The current boom [in the wellness industry] is a result of gradual awareness among people,” she adds. Among her entrepreneurial ventures, Nude Bowls is a pan-India delivery-only restaurant that facilitates clean eating for its patrons. “Just working out and eating unhealthy is a journey to nowhere,” says the actor. With SARVA, a yoga and mindfulness app that Arora co-founded, she has reasserted her belief that “yoga can be done even when travelling” and that it is a “functional and efficient” fitness regime. Arora is also a firm believer in the power of meditation, especially in the midst of a global pandemic. “It is the ultimate tool to cope with mental stress,” she says. “Don’t forget to take care of yourself! Self-love and self-care are extremely important to achieve mental well-being.” Consider us onboard!
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