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CYTER Activities since 2010: History and achivements

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Modern medical advancements provide the rationale for the integration of various traditional healing techniques like Yoga to promote healing, health, and longevity. Thanks to the foresight of Chairman and management of SBVU and MGMCRI, the CENTRE FOR YOGA THERAPY, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH (CYTER) was started on 1 November 2010 and was functioning adjacent to Blood bank in Hospital Block. Currently functioning in 1st floor, I block, adjacent to the main Hospital block, MGMCRI since December 2013.

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CYTER Activities since 2010: History and achivements

  1. 1. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 1 THE INNOVATIVE ASPECTS OF CYTER Modern medical advancements provide rationale for integration of various traditional healing techniques like Yoga to promote healing, health, and longevity. Thanks to the foresight of Chairman and management of SBVU and MGMCRI, CYTER, the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and research was started on 1 November 2010 and is functioning in 1st floor, I block, adjacent to the main Hospital block, MGMCRI. “There are many centers where you can get a Yoga degree, attend a Yoga therapy session or find Yoga research being undertaken. However, to have all three happening in one place is surely innovative. This center is indeed a role-model that combines the best of the East with that of the West.” - Joseph le Page, Integrative Yoga Therapy, USA At CYTER we have an integrated set up where we are educating future Yoga therapists while simultaneously helping patients recover from illnesses and at the same time developing an understanding through scientific research. Whereas Yoga is usually found in departments of Physical Education and Sports in most universities, we at CYTER have it in a medical institution thus enhancing the learning curve of our trainees. This also enables us to offer integrative and holistic therapeutic benefits for patients in our hospital as many departments refer patients for Yoga therapy regularly.
  2. 2. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 2 IMPORTANCE OF CYTER: The Govt of India, Ministry of Health & FW is currently promoting indigenous systems of health in a strong manner through AYUSH. The limitations of modern medicine in managing stress induced psychosomatic, chronic illnesses are the strength of Yoga and hence a holistic integration of both systems enables best quality of patient care. CYTER can be projected a nodal center to train medical educators and administrators for setting up such integrative health centers in our country as we have the necessary infrastructure and man power. We can proudly state that it is only in the supportive and innovative milieu of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth that the holistic art and science of Yoga, our cultural heritage, has been able to reach both the classes and the masses of our society optimally, effectively and holistically. VISION:  The innovative integration of traditional Yoga therapy with modern medical science, through a conscious focus on salutogenesis, thus enhancing holistic health and wellness. MISSION:  Promotion of positive health through application of rationale Yoga therapy for patients of various medical conditions.  Education of qualified and competent Yoga therapists capable of practicing integrative medicine.  Creation of qualitative and quantitative research evidence for rationale application of Yoga as a preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative therapy.  Investigation of the role of Yoga therapy as complementary medicine in addition to modern medicine or in situations where modern medicine has no definite cure or palliation.  Investigation of the role of Yoga therapy in association with other methods of complementary medicine. FACULTY MEMBERS OF CYTER: DIRECTOR: Yogacharya Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (AM), FIAY, C-IAYT DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Yogachemmal Dr. MEENA RAMANATHAN BSc, MA, CYT, DYNS, PGDY, MSc, PhD, C-IAYT YOGA LECTURER: Yogachemmal G DAYANIDY BSc, CYT, PGDYE, DRAY, MCA, MSc (Yoga), PGDYT YOGA INSTRUCTORS: Sri P DANUSHAPNADEESH, BSc, MCA, DYEd, PGDYT Smt G SARULATHA, Diploma Yoga and Bharatanatyam
  3. 3. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 3 YOGA THERAPY: CYTER is conducting a scientifically sound Yoga therapy programme through its Yoga Therapy OPD in I Block from 9 am to 1 pm, Monday-Saturday. Consultations are offered by Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Director CYTER and Dr Meena Ramanathan, Deputy Director. Qualified Yoga instructors are imparting the schedules daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Individualised and group Yoga therapy sessions are being conducted for various medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, musculoskeletal and psychiatric disorders with excellent feedback from participants. Yoga therapy and lifestyle consultations are offered daily as part of Basic, Superior, Complete Cardiac and Deluxe Health Check packages of Master Heath Check-up in the Corporate Services Wing of the hospital since October 2013. We are also offering non-therapeutic general sessions for faculty, staff and students of SBVU from 6 to 7am and 4.30 to 5.30pm on all working days. Male Female TG Total 2010 (from Nov) 28 30 - 58 2011 440 776 26 1242 2012 211 544 10 765 2013 544 788 2 1334 2014 2047 2276 122 4445 2015 2942 5769 42 8753 2016 5607 9357 89 15053 2017 (till September) 3940 4942 - 8882 Grand total (Since 2010) 40,532 YOGA EDUCATION: Holistic health, integrative treatment and mind–body medicine are now buzz words. Integrating Yoga with modern medicine will enable us to produce holistic physicians for health delivery of tomorrow as integrative medicine becomes popular. Our PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) is one of the innovative courses in the world as it is offered through a medical institution and brings together the ancient wisdom of Yoga with the evidence based approach of modern medicine. The course is conducted by experienced faculties who have Yoga and modern medical training as well as a wealth of therapeutic and research experience with more than 200 publications to their credit.
  4. 4. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 4 Three batches of students have graduated from our PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) and Fourth batch of students are awaiting their results. We are very proud that they are the first set of Yoga Therapists graduating from a modern medical university. Currently 7 students are undergoing the certificate program (CFY), 3 PGDYT students and 3 students for the MPhil in Yoga Therapy. Two candidates have been selected for PhD in Yoga Therapy program. Inspired by the success of this course, and to provide a new pathway for the aspiring healers across health profession, credit based programs were started with the following options: 1. Pursue Certificate Courses in Yoga Therapy of three months duration (total four courses of 8 Credit points, each), with options for exit after any course, thus obtaining a course completion certificate. (8 x 4 = 32 Credits) 2. Appear for PGDYT comprehensive examination, based on the four courses of study (8 x 4 = 32 + 2Cr for portfolio = 34 Credits) 3. Continue further to M. Phil. program of one year (38 credits), subject to the candidate holding a Master’s Degree (science graduates will be given preference). 4. This program eventually leads to PhD Program in Yoga therapy that has been introduced in academic year 2017-18. Fig.1: Courses and milestones in Yoga Therapy Programs- Four2One Model C1, C2, C3 and C4 are Core Certificate courses leading to PGDYT. The two Electives E1 and E2 are to be chosen from 12 topics related to Yoga Therapy and its clinical applications, which then culminates in one Major Research Project in M Phil. To further facilitate ease of student progression, we have introduced both lateral entry and exit provisions in the courses. Students can leave after completing the certificate courses or continue in the PGDYT. Those students who have a Master’s degree (science graduates will be given preference) can join the M Phil program if they have completed PGDYT from SBV earlier. This provision for lateral entry and exit is summarized in Fig.2 CERTIFICATE COURSES PGDYT M. Phil
  5. 5. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 5 Fig.2: Career Pathway in Yoga Therapy (YT) with provisions for lateral entry and exit. The major highlight of the new programs is adoption of Credit Based Choice System (CBCS) recommended by the NAAC and UGC as a major reform in higher education. As a corollary to this system, a competency based approach has been proposed for the new programs. Advantages of the Credit System To the learners Focus from teacher-centric to learner-centric education Flexibility to choose courses according to their interest Flexibility to work according to their own pace and style of learning Facilitates learners’ mobility across the courses, programs, institutes It accounts for the self-learning efforts made by the student Linked with Grading, which is fair to the students, compared with marks To the Institutes Provides scope for fixing, and assessing learning outcomes in an objective and transparent manner. Credit calculations are based on competencies and linked with study hours, rather than routine time table approach. Possibility to optimize the teaching workload, and respect teachers’ Lateral Exit Lateral Entry Lateral Exit
  6. 6. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 6 expertise, interest and preference Twinning mechanisms can be developed with other institutes, to allow credit transfers To the System, Parents, Society To ensure uniformity in standards across the States, nation Facilitates issues of recognition and accreditation To move towards international standards Ultimately, it promotes quality assurance to the society Competency Based Approach Competency based approach is the haul mark of a progressive curriculum. Knowledge and skills are of no significance, unless they are used by the professionals for the benefit of communities. Considering the present scenario of health professions education in the country and based on future projections it is possible to identify the following core competencies, expected out of the future health professions educators. Core Competencies expected at the end of Yoga Therapy Programs The above core competencies are the main essence of the programs. However, the way in which they are learnt and assessed varies at different levels. For instance, a student may be taught and assessed for the ‘knowledge of facts and concepts’ at the certificate level, ‘understanding of concepts’ at the Diploma level and ‘application of concepts’ in a real life or simulated situation at the M.Phil level. In summary, the proposed program gives immense flexibility for learners to pursue diverse careers as Yoga Therapists and enables creation of a pool of trained Yoga therapists possessing requisite skills and competence to impart sound Yoga therapy in different medical conditions. The system provides ample opportunities for self-directed learning, guided by extensive mentoring, small group learning and reflective practice within the campus as well as in their work places. It provides a new career pathway for the students and teachers to synergize the capacity building in Yoga Therapy education. The program ultimately aims to create human resource capable of cutting edge research into fundamental aspects of Yoga as well as its applications in different medical conditions.
  7. 7. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 7 COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE FOR CERTIFICATE AND PGDYT PROGRAMS Course 1 Course 2 1st Semester Exam Course 3 Course 4 2nd Semester Exam July - Sept Oct – Dec Jan – March April-June Foundations of Yoga (CFY) Foundations of Yoga Therapy (CFYT) 3 written theory papers and 1 practicum 4 x 100= 400 marks Applications of Yoga (CAY) Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy (CAYT) 3 written theory papers and 1 practicum 4 x 100= 400 marks Lectures/ seminars of 2.5 hr/wk x12 wks = 30 hr Lectures / seminars of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Lectures/ seminars of 2.5 hr/wk x12 wks = 30 hr Lectures/ seminars of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr 2Cr 4 Cr 2Cr 4 Cr Practicum training of 10 hr /wk x12 wks = 120 hr Practicum training of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Practicum training of 10 hr/wk x12 wks = 120 hr Practicum training of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr 4 Cr 2 Cr 4 Cr 2 Cr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Total marks =800 Portfolio 2 Cr 2 Cr 2 Cr 2 Cr 2 Cr Total = 8 Total = 8 Total = 8 Total = 8 Total Credits=34 Note: Credit Calculation. One credit is gained by engaging in 15 hours of direct instruction, or 30 hours of self-study; Marks of each Semester Examination are converted into Grade Points and SGPA computed as per UGC norms. CGPA is computed for the total of both semesters as per UGC norms
  8. 8. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 8 These courses are designed to assist participants to develop a broad understanding of the foundation of Yoga, Yoga therapy as well as the applications of Yoga and clinical applications of Yoga therapy in different medical conditions. It will enable them to obtain requisite skills to function independently as a Yoga therapist upon completion of the course. Four courses are being offered. a) Certificate in Foundation of Yoga (CFY) b) Certificate in Foundations of Yoga therapy (CFYT) c) Certificate in Applications of Yoga (CAY) d) Certificate in Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy (CCAYT) SEMESTER I COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF FIRST SEMESTER i. Ability to define yoga and yoga therapy with an expressed understanding of the limitations and strengths of the system with reference to traditional literature and modern research. ii. Ability to explain integrated functioning of the human body with reference to different systems and the effects of yoga techniques as appropriate. iii. Should be able to perform and teach different yoga techniques while expressing significance, benefits, contraindications and step-by-step procedure for each one. iv. Ability to express and demonstrate diagnostic methodology of yoga chikitsa with reference to panchakosha, pranavayu, vyuha&dwadasharogalakshanam models. v. Should be able to express concepts of yoga as a healthy lifestyle and as an adjunct/ complementary integrative therapy with other systems of healing such as allopathy and the AYUSH systems. vi. Ability to express the important strengths, limitations, opportunities and challenges of modern yoga research. 1. FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA UNIT 1: Meaning and definition of the term Yoga. Yoga as “goal” as well as the “means”.Different connotations and meanings of Yoga.Misconceptions about Yoga.Comprehensive nature and scope of Yoga.Aims and objectives of Yoga.A brief outline of the history of Yoga from ancient to modern times.Modern developments and trends in Yoga.A brief introduction to the vast literature on Yoga.Yoga as a lifestyle. UNIT 2: Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga. Ethical basis of Yoga.Different traditions and schools of Yoga.Yogic concepts of panchakosha, pranavayu, tattva, triguna, tridosha, klesha and antaraya.Application of Yoga in various human activities like therapeutics, physical culture, education and sports.
  9. 9. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 9 UNIT 3: Introduction to and scientific perspective of important Yogic techniques like asana, pranayama, kriya, mudra, bandha, jathis and surya namaskar. UNIT 4: Spanda-nishpanda concept of relaxation in Yoga. Dharana-dhyana (concentration and meditation) in the yogic context.A scientific perspective of these techniques. UNIT 5: Similarities and dissimilarities between Yogic practices and physical exercises. Asanas vs. muscular exercises. Pranayama vs. deep breathing exercises. Role of various yogic techniques in purification and fortification of the body-mind-spirit complex.Role of Yoga in management of stress and maintenance of homeostasis. 2. FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN MEDICINE UNIT 1: Human body as an integrated whole. Homeostasis and milieu interieur.Cells, tissues, organs and systems of human body.Their mutually supportive and harmonious working relationships in health and breakdown of these natural mechanisms in disease. UNIT 2: Introduction to of anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Regulation of CVS, RS and body temperature.Bridging the autonomic and conscious activities through Yoga and other mind-body therapies. UNIT 3: Introduction to anatomy and physiology of musculo-skeletal and nervous systems. Biomechanics of movement and important muscles used in Yoga practices.Introduction to the functional areas of cerebral cortex.Neurophysiology of sleep-wakefulness and EEG.Limbic system, pre-frontal lobe and physiology of emotions.Positive emotions. UNIT 4: Introduction to anatomy and physiology of the endocrine, digestive and excretory systems. Important aspects related to the shat kriyas (cleaning practices of Yoga). UNIT 5: Homeostasis and stress: Psycho-neuro-endocrine and psycho- neuro-immune correlates. Autonomic nervous system and its role in health and disease.Balancing the opposites (right and left) energies through loma-viloma, ha-tha and surya- chandra.Balancing the right & left brain by Yoga. UNIT 6: Integrative physiology. Physiological responses to muscular exercise, gravity and acceleration, high altitude hot and cold environment.Physiological effects of yogic practices. 3. FOUNDATIONS OF YOGA CHIKITSA (APPLICATION OF YOGA AS A THERAPY) UNIT 1: Yoga defined as samatvam (integration and harmony). Different aspects and meanings of Yoga as related to health. Meaning of the term “positive health”.Yoga as a system that fosters positive health.Cultivation of desirable psychological attitudes and reconditioning of the psycho-physiological apparatus for positive health.Concepts of pancha-kosha and tri-sharira and their special relationship to health and disease (adi- vyadhi). Yogic perspective of health and disease: integration vs disintegration, sukhavsduhkha. UNIT 2: Yoga as a therapy: its need and application in modern health care. Principles, mechanisms and modalities of Yoga chikitsa.Vyuha model (heya-hetu,hana-upaya). Diagnostic methods of yoga chikitsa.Relationship of Yoga with the AYUSH and CAM systems of medicine with emphasis on ayurveda, siddha and naturopathy. Yoga chikitsa vsyogopathy: tracing the root cause of disease and applying the remedy, rather than symptomatic management.
  10. 10. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 10 UNIT 3: Yoga as the original body mind medicine and ideal lifestyle. Concepts of ahar, vihar, achar and vichar.Yogic principles of diet in relation to the dosha and guna concepts. Role and importance attached to the mind in Yoga. Importance of right attitude (pratipakshabhavanam) in tackling common conflicts and frustrations.Role of yama- niyama (restraints and regulations) and correct psychological attitudes (maitri-karuna et al) for psycho-somatic health. UNIT 4: Importance of various techniques of hatha and jnana Yoga in the promotion of physical health, mental clarity and emotional wellbeing. Role of mantra, japa, bhajan, chanting, yantra and yatra in healing.Importance of faith and prayer in healing.Karma and its role in health and disease.Role of music (nada yoga) and other alternative therapies. UNIT 5: Research as the “central feeder” aspect of modern, evidence- based Yoga therapy. Modern research findings and their applications in Yoga therapy. Need for modern methods of research in understanding and evaluation of Yogic phenomena. PRACTICUM UNIT 1: Jathis and vyayama, surya namaskar, talasana, trikonasana, ardhakatichakrasana, ardhautkat and utkatasana, sukhasana, vajrasana, padmasana, baddhakonasana, vakrasana, ardhamatsyendrasana, paschimottanasana. UNIT 2: Shavasana, navasana, uttanpadasana, pavanmuktasana, sarvangasana, halasana, matsyasana, shalabhasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, makarasana. UNIT 3: Kriyas and Mudras: Jalaneti, vamanadhauti, brahma mudra. Moola, uddiyana and jalandharabandha.Sethu, kaya and marmanasthanamkriyas. UNIT 4: Vyagraha, vibhaga pranayama, pranava pranayama, nadishuddhi, surya and chandra nadi and bhedana, ujjai and bhramari pranayama. UNIT 5: Submission of 10 lesson plans as per assignments by each student that will consist of lessons on one mudra, one bandha, two kriyas, four asanas and two pranayamas. Each student to conduct 10 Yoga sessions in the classroom environment on the basis of their Lesson Plans. * Students must come thrice weekly for self-practice during morning/evening sessions at CYTER. SEMESTER II COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF SECOND SEMESTER i. Ability to express in detail various applications of yoga in different fields of human activity such as the care of special children, geriatric society, transgender population, rehabilitation, corporate sector and in field of sports. ii. Expressed understanding of therapeutic potential of different yoga techniques in various medical conditions with reference to their underlying mechanisms. iii. Ability to demonstrate yoga practices appropriate for different medical conditions along with expressed advice on the precautions, limitations and contraindications. iv. Ability to conduct personalized yoga consultation and reach an integrative
  11. 11. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 11 diagnosis using modern medical as well as yogic concepts and techniques. v. Should be able to prepare appropriate yoga therapy protocol for patients of different conditions including suggestions for lifestyle modifications. vi. Should be able to conduct integrated yoga therapy sessions for individual patients of different disorders as well as groups of patients with similar conditions. vii. Ability to document and report short and long term changes in normal volunteers and patients before and after undergoing yoga therapy. 1. APPLICATION OF YOGA IN DIFFERENT FIELDS OF HUMAN ENDEAVOR UNIT 1: “Spiritual Yoga” (adhyatmayoga) and “applied Yoga” (loukika Yoga). Scope and limitations of applied Yoga. Introduction to the application of Yoga in different fields of human activity.Empowering the individual through Yoga. UNIT 2: Role of Yoga in enhancing quality of life of senior citizens and in the management of various degenerative aspects of aging. Yoga for people with special needs, especially in children with mental and physical disabilities. UNIT 3: Yoga in rehabilitation. Role of Yoga in various addictions and in tackling social problems (interpersonal and intrapersonal).Psycho-physiological improvements through Yoga in sporting activities, both recreational and professional. Yoga sport competitions: benefits and drawbacks. UNIT 4: Role of Yoga in enhancing productivity in the corporate sector. Stresses and strains of executive jobs and their Yogic remedy. Yoga for self development, self motivation, to reduce monotony and stress and enhance capacity of the individual as well as the corporate. UNIT 5: Personality development through Yoga and its role in enhancing personal efficiency. Managing the hectic lifestyle of medical and paramedical professionals. Regaining the “art of medicine”, a healthy interpersonal doctor-patient relationship through Yoga. Code of conduct for Yoga therapists. 2. ROLE OF YOGA IN CARDIOVASCULAR, RESPIRATORY, MUSCULOSKELETAL AND DIGESTIVE DISORDERS UNIT 1: Cardiovascular disorders: hypertension, atherosclerosis, CAD, stroke, heart failure, arrhythmias. Yoga in a cardiac rehabilitation programme. UNIT 2: Respiratory disorders: chronic obstructive airway diseases with emphasis on bronchial asthma and bronchitis. Hathenas and shat kriyas in the managements of breathing disorders. UNIT 3: Musculoskeletal conditions: lumbago, cervical spondylitis, arthritis, repetitive strain injuries. UNIT 4: Digestive disorders: peptic ulcer, IBS, liver disease, chronic constipation, hemorrhoids. UNIT 5: Role of Yoga in management of cancer: adjunct and palliative role of Yoga. Pain and fatigue relief.Improvement in QoL.Dealing with end life crisis. Care of the caregiver.
  12. 12. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 12 3. YOGA AS A THERAPY FOR NEUROLOGICAL, ENDOCRINE, METABOLIC, PSYCHIATRIC AND OTHER DISORDERS UNIT 1: Neurological: central, autonomic and peripheral neuropathies, Parkinsons disease, dementia. Management of chronic pain. UNIT 2: Endocrine: growth disorders, thyroid, reproductive disorders UNIT 3: Metabolic: obesity, diabetes mellitus, and metabolic syndrome UNIT 4: Health issues in women and children, menarche, antenatal and postnatal care, menopause. UNIT 5: Psychiatric disorders: BPAD, anxiety, depression. immune disorders. PRACTICUM UNIT 1: Ushtrasana, balasana, maha mudra 1&2, gomukhasana, mandukasana, pashchimottanasana, purvottanasana. Trataka, kapalabhati, agnisara, nauli, viparitakarani, ashwini mudra. Sitkari, sheetali, savitri and bhastrika pranayama. UNIT 2 : Yoga schedules for musculoskeletal and digestive disorders. UNIT 3 : Yoga schedules for cardiovascular and respiratory disorders. UNIT 4: Yoga schedules for neurological, endocrine, metabolic, and other disorders. UNIT 5: Submission of 10 complete Yoga therapy patient records of 5 different conditions. “Hands on” evaluation in the class room of simulated “mock” Yoga therapy situations. * Students must attend practical training sessions thrice weekly for self-practice during morning/evening sessions at CYTER. SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT SEMESTER I Subject Paper 1: Foundations of yoga Paper 2: Foundations of modern medicine Paper 3: Foundations of yoga chikitsa (application of yoga as a therapy) Practicum (4 credits for lec-dem sessions and 2 credits for self-practice at CYTER) Self-learning (assignments, reading, record work, audiovisual media inputs) SEMESTER II Subject Paper 1: Application of yoga in different fields of human endeavor Paper 2: Yoga as a therapy for cardio-vascular, respiratory, musculo-skeletal and digestive disorders Paper 3: Yoga as a therapy for neurological, endocrine, metabolic and psychiatric and others Disorders Practicum (4 credits for lec-dem sessions and 2 credits for self-practice at CYTER) Self-learning (assignments, reading, record work, audiovisual media inputs)
  13. 13. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 13 Theory papers (one paper for each subject): Duration 3 hours, Max marks 80 Structured essay (10 questions with 2 choices) - 8 x 10 marks = 80 marks Internal assessment = 20 marks Grand Total for each paper = 100 marks Practicum: 4 practicums based on unit 1-4 = 40 marks Lesson plan based on unit 5 = 10 marks Micro teaching/therapy session = 10 marks Viva & evaluation of assignments = 20 marks Total = 80 marks Internal assessment = 20 marks Grand Total = 100 marks Eligibility for appearing for the examination: Attendance : 80 %; internal assessment: 50%. Passing minimum: 50% marks in each of the theory papers (internal assessment + final exam) as well as in practicum (internal assessment + final exam). For practicum as well as theory papers, final marks will be the average of marks allotted by internal and external examiners (double evaluation system). Each theory paper is a ‘stand-alone paper’ and needs to be passed individually. Those papers that were not passed in first semester may be carried over to the next, but all papers need to be cleared successfully to be eligible for award of PGDYT. COMPUTATION OF GRADES AND GRADE POINTS FOR REPORTING IN TRANSCRIPTS The total of the marks obtained in internal (formative and summative) and final university (summative) examinations will be converted to Grades and the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) will be calculated as per UGC recommendations. Transcript (Format): Based on the above recommendations on Letter grades, grade points and SGPA and CCPA, the university will issue the transcript for each semester and a consolidated transcript indicating the performance in all semesters.
  14. 14. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 14 COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE FOR M PHIL IN YOGA THERAPY 1st Semester 2nd Semester July - Dec Examination Jan - June Examination Elective-1 Review of literature, 10 case studies and monograph on one of 12 topics in Yoga therapy clinical applications. 180 hr self-study (6 Cr) 1 written theory paper of 80 marks and 20 marks for monograph. (Total= 100 marks) Core: Research methodology. SBV workshop series and grounding in theoretical foundations of research. Application of research in Yoga and Yoga therapy. 30 hr (2 Cr) 1 written theory paper 1x100=100 Elective-2 Review of literature, 10 case studies and monograph on one of the 12 topics of Yoga therapy clinical applications. 180 hr self-study 1 written theory paper of 80 marks and 20 marks for monograph. (Total= 100 marks) Major project Development of one of the electives into a full-fledged research study with dissertation. 360 hr self-study under Guide. Assessment of dissertation by internal and external experts with viva. (100+100= 200 marks) (6 Cr) (12Cr) Mentoring and practicum training of 10 hr/wk x 24wks = 240 hr Assessment by internal audit. Viva and practical on Yoga therapy. (100 marks) Portfolio and practicum training of 5 hr/wk x 24wks = 120 hr Assessment by internal audit with viva and practical on Yoga therapy (100 marks) (8 Cr) (4 Cr) 20 Cr 18 Cr Total = 38 Cr Note: Credit Calculation. One credit is gained by engaging in 15 hours of direct instruction, or 30 hours of self-study; Marks of each Semester examination are converted into Grade Points and SGPA computed as per UGC norms. CGPA is computed for the total of both semesters as per UGC norms.
  15. 15. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 15 This course is designed to assist participants to develop a broad understanding of the foundation of Yoga, Yoga therapy as well as the applications of Yoga and clinical applications of Yoga therapy in different medical conditions. It will enable them to develop requisite skills as a Yoga therapist and a researcher into Yogic phenomenon and the clinical applications of Yoga as a therapy. It will ultimately enable them to obtain requisite skills to function independently as a Yoga therapist / yoga researcher upon completion of the course. SEMESTER I COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF FIRST SEMESTER i. Demonstrated ability to prepare appropriate yoga therapy protocol for patients of different conditions including suggestions for lifestyle modifications. ii. Demonstrated ability to conduct integrated yoga therapy sessions for individual patients of different disorders as well as groups of patients with similar conditions iii. Demonstrated ability to perform qualitative literature review of Yoga therapy and prepare a monograph on such literary research. iv. Demonstrated ability to create a research protocol for studying fundamental aspects as well as applied therapeutic potential of Yoga in different medical conditions. v. Demonstrated ability to analyze research data with appropriate statistical methods. vi. Demonstrated ability to present such research findings with oral and poster presentations. Research Methodology: Common Module for SBV Unit 1: Process of selection of research question including prioritization and feasibility, research Process, process of writing a research proposal, scientific writing for thesis and research publications. Unit 2: Review of literature: what is review of literature, need for review of literature, primary and secondary sources of review, treatise, monographs, patents, current literature methods, abstraction of research papers, major secondary sources, bibliographic databases, web as source of information, information retrieval, information processing, critical evaluation, organization of materials collected and writing of review, methods of writing references and bibliography. Scales of measurement: Basic concepts in response scales, types of scales, categorical scales, nominal scales, ordinal scales and interval scales, visual analogue scales, composite scales, Guttman scale, Likert scale, principles and approaches in questionnaire development. Unit 3: Measures of disease frequency and association, prevalence, incidence, crude, specific and adjusted (standardized) rates, sensitivity, specificity, relative risk, Odds ratio, attributable risk and interpretation of measures of association. Unit 4: Type of studies – Observational and experimental studies- case reports and case series, cross sectional studies, hypothesis formulation. Case control studies: Design and
  16. 16. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 16 conduct of case control studies, analysis and interpretation of results, bias in case control studies. Cohort studies: Types of cohort studies, design and conduct of cohort studies, analysis and interpretation of results, bias in cohort studies Interventional studies: Types of interventional studies, design and conduct of randomized controlled trials, analysis and interpretation of results. Ability to distinguish between clinical research and educational research and use Qualitative methods for pursuing their projects. Unit 5: Evaluating role of bias and confounding: Types of bias, control of bias, evaluation of role of bias, nature of confounding, methods of controlling confounding. Statistical association and cause effect relationship: Evaluation of the presence of valid statistical association, judgment of a cause-effect relationship. Drug discovery and evaluation: Historical approaches in drug discovery, pharmacological approaches of modern medicine, new approaches in drug discovery, pharmacological evaluation methods. Unit 6: Presentation and summarization of data: Types of variables, data presentation, tables and charts. Measures of central tendency and location: Mean, median, mode, percentiles, quartiles, and Box-plot. Measures of dispersion: Range, inter-quartile range, mean deviation, standard deviation and coefficient of variation. Unit 7: Probability: Probability, measurement of probability, laws of probability for independent events, conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem. Probability distribution: Binomial distribution, Poison distribution, normal distribution, Standard normal distribution, t – distribution. Sampling: population, sample, sampling variations and bias, purpose of sampling, probability sampling methods, concepts in calculation of sample size. Unit 8: Test of Statistical significance: Inferential Statistics, hypothesis testing, level of significance, p value, selecting an appropriate Statistical test. Confidence interval of mean, statistical test of significance for difference between two means and more than two means (ANOVA). Confidence interval for proportion, statistical test of significance for difference between two proportions and more than two proportions ( chi-square test)Correlation, linear regression, multiple regression and logistic regression. Non parametric methods: sign test, Wilcoxon signed-rank test, median test, Mann-Whitney test, Kruskal-Wallis test, Friedman test, Spearman rank correlation coefficient, Advantages, disadvantages and application of non-parametric tests. Unit 9: Application of Program evaluation: Theory, process, tools, and application in evaluating educational program. Familiarity with tools/techniques such as program logic, flow-charting, Gantt chart, forward planning, backward planning, Delphi technique, appreciative inquiry, affinity mapping, network analysis. Unit 10: Ethics and biomedical research: General principles on ethical considerations involving human subjects, ethical review procedures, Institutional ethics committee, its organization and functions, general ethical issues. Specific principles for clinical evaluation of drugs / devices/ diagnosis/vaccines/herbal remedies, specific principles in epidemiological studies, specific principles in human genetic research, specific principles for research in transplantation including fetal tissue implantation. Ethical guidelines for experimental animals: Sources of experimental animals, Lab animals husbandry and management, anaesthesia and euthanasia, laboratory animal ethics, animal ethics committee, its organization and functions, ethical guidelines for use of animals for scientific research, CPCSEA guidelines, in-vitro system to replace animals, legal provisions for experimentation of animals.
  17. 17. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 17 ELECTIVES-1 & 2 In the 1st semester, students will undertake two electives of 12 weeks each under mentorship of CYTER faculty. Literature review and 10 case studies are to be completed in any two of the topics given in the box below. Each of the electives will be undertaken in various clinical departments of the hospital and be evaluated on the basis of a monograph and written theory paper. Details of back ground of their work, literature review, materials and methods, yoga therapy techniques and concepts applied, results of their work, strengths and limitations, conclusions and recommendations drawn from their work will be basis for these papers. Topic 1: Yoga therapy for musculoskeletal disorders Topic 2: Yoga therapy for digestive disorders Topic 3: Yoga therapy for cardiovascular disorders Topic 4: Yoga therapy for respiratory disorders Topic 5: Yoga therapy for neurological disorders Topic 6: Yoga therapy for endocrine disorders Topic 7: Yoga therapy for metabolic disorders Topic 8: Yoga therapy for diabetes mellitus Topic 9: Yoga therapy for psychiatric disorders Topic 10: Yoga therapy for dermatological conditions Topic 11: Yoga for women’s health Topic 12: Yoga for children’s health PRACTICUM -III: UNIT 1: Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for musculoskeletal disorders UNIT 2 : Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for digestive disorders UNIT 3 : Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for cardiovascular disorders UNIT 4: Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for respiratory disorders UNIT 5: Submission of 10 complete Yoga therapy patient records of 5 different conditions. “Hands on” evaluation in the class room of simulated “mock” Yoga therapy situations.
  18. 18. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 18 SEMESTER II COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF SECOND SEMESTER i. Demonstrated ability to express in detail various applications of yoga in different fields of human activity. ii. Expressed understanding of therapeutic potential of different yoga techniques in various medical conditions with reference to their underlying mechanisms. iii. Ability to demonstrate yoga practices appropriate for different conditions along with expressed advice on precautions, limitations and contraindications. iv. Ability to conduct personalized yoga consultation and reach an integrative diagnosis using modern medical as well as yogic concepts and techniques. Should be able to prepare appropriate yoga therapy protocol for patients of different conditions including suggestions for lifestyle modifications. v. Should be able to conduct integrated yoga therapy sessions for individual patients as well as groups of patients. vi. Ability to help organize and conduct seminar/ workshops through intra and inter-departmental collaboration. vii. Ability to document and report short and long term changes in normal volunteers and patients before and after undergoing Yoga therapy. viii. Demonstrated ability to conduct pilot studies on fundamental and applied aspects of Yoga and analyze data with appropriate statistical methods. ix. Ability to write a dissertation of 75 pages using IMRAD structure. x. Demonstrated ability to present research findings through both oral and poster presentations in local/national events. xi. Ability to prepare full-fledged paper for publication in research journals and have at least one publication resulting from the work done in the major project. MAJOR PROJECT WORK AND DISSERTATION Any one of the electives (minor projects) will be expanded into a full dissertation to be submitted for evaluation and to be defended in the public viva-voce. This includes identification, designing, implementation of a Yoga therapy project, leading to the submission of dissertation. Project work involves identification, designing, implementation of the project, leading to the submission of dissertation as per the norms and specification made by the University. The project works involves about 300 hours of self-study under a Guide. Every candidate will be assigned a Guide (if necessary a Co-Guide) from the panel of Guides approved by the University. The facilities and norms for the submission of dissertation shall be governed by the Rules and Regulations passed by the SBV from time to time. The dissertation will be examined jointly by an external and internal examiner. A total of 200 marks are assigned for the dissertation which includes 100 marks for the dissertation and 100 marks for viva.
  19. 19. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 19 PRACTICUM-IV : UNIT 1: Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for neurological disorders UNIT 2 : Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for endocrine disorders UNIT 3 : Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for metabolic disorders UNIT 4: Learning and imparting Yoga therapy protocols, consultations and counselling for psychiatri disorders UNIT 5: Submission of 10 complete Yoga therapy patient records of 5 different conditions. “Hands on” evaluation in the class room of simulated “mock” Yoga therapy situations. SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT Each semester will have written theory papers that will have central evaluation. The two theory papers in 1st semester will be based on the two electives. Duration 2 1/2 hours, Max marks 80 Structured essay (10 questions with 2 choices) - 8 x 10 marks = 80 marks Monographs = 20 marks Grand Total for each paper = 100 marks The theory paper in 2nd semester will be on Research methodology Duration 2 1/2 hours, Max marks 80 Structured essay (10 questions with 2 choices) - 8 x 10 marks = 80 marks Internal assessment = 20 marks Grand Total = 100 marks  At the end of 1st and 2nd semesters, there will be an internal audit at CYTER with practical evaluation of techniques based on the field of work done.  At the end of 2nd semester, dissertation resulting from the major project will be assessed by internal and external examiners with viva (200 marks).  Eligibility for appearing for the examination: Attendance : 80 %; 50% of marks in internal assessment of electives.  Passing minimum: 50% marks in each of the minor projects, public viva and theory papers. Final marks will be the average of the marks allotted by the internal and external examiners double evaluation system).  Each paper and project is ‘stand-alone’ and needs to be passed individually. Those papers, projects that were not passed in first attempt can be attempted later. All papers and projects need to be cleared successfully to be eligible for award of M Phil in Yoga Therapy. COMPUTATION OF GRADES AND GRADE POINTS FOR REPORTING IN TRANSCRIPTS The total of the marks obtained in internal (formative and summative) and final university (summative) examinations will be converted to Grades and the Semester Grade Point Average (SGPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) will be calculated as per UGC recommendations. Transcript (Format): Based on the above recommendations on Letter grades, grade points and SGPA and CCPA, the university will issue the transcript for each semester and a consolidated transcript indicating the performance in both semesters.
  20. 20. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 20 OUTREACH PROGRAMMES, EVENTS AND HONURS:  Efforts to include Yoga in MBBS curriculum. Regular updates on the psycho- physiology of Yoga and its therapeutic potential are given for the 1st year MBBS students.  Yoga is included in orientation programme for MBBS and BDS students at MGMCRI and IGIDS every year.  Yoga training has been given for nursing students of the Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College on a regular basis since 2011. Nursing recruits visit CYTER during their orientation programmes and given special sessions.  Regular Yoga classes are conducted daily from 6-7am and 4.30 to 5.30 pm for the benefit of staff and students of SBVU.  Regular Yoga awareness programmes in MRD area since September 2013.  Regular talks as part of arthritis, obesity, back pain, diabetes awareness programmes organized by various departments.  Capsule talks and lecture-demonstrations in Scientific Academic Forum (SAF)  Outreach programmes in educational institutions and other social organizations to create awareness of Yoga and the functioning of CYTER at MGMCRI.  A CME-cum-Workshop on Yoga and Lifestyle Disorders was organized by CYTER and Department of Physiology at MGMC&RI on 22 November 2013. More than 250 medical and paramedical professionals and students as well as Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts took part in the CME that gave participants an overview of the role Yoga can play in lifestyle disorders by inculcating a healthy lifestyle.
  21. 21. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 21  The CYTER team of Prof Madanmohan (Director), Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (Deputy Director) and Smt. Meena Ramanathan (Coordinator - cum- Yoga therapist) presented an invited Workshop on Yoga Therapy at the 20th International Yoga festival organized by Department of Tourism, Government of Puducherry at Gandhi Tidal - January 4-7th 2014.  Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (Deputy Director-CYTER) was invited to present workshops, seminars and talks at various venues in Australia and New Zealand from 24th March to 14th April 2014. He presented highly successful programmes organized by the Gitananda Yoga Association of Australia at IYTA-Wellington, Lotus Yoga Centre-Paraparaumu in New Zealand and Anand Yoga Academy at Adelaide. He also conducted intensive 3-day retreats at Tatum Park, NZ and Integral Yoga Academy of Australasia at Adelaide. He presented a special 2-day workshop at the International Yoga Teachers Association at Sydney, Australia and visited the Sivanna Integrative Health Centre, Sydney to discuss further collaboration in Yoga therapy. He had special personal meetings with Yogashri Dr Eric Dornekamp, the senior most Yoga authority of New Zealand and the world famous authority on Yantra-Tantra, Dr. Swami Anandakapila Saraswathi (Jonn Mumford) of Sydney, Australia.  Dr. Ananda was invited to attend Board of Studies meeting of GS College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, at Kaivalyadhama in Lonavla. He has been nominated as the chairperson for the subject, “Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body in the Context of Yoga.” This appointment is prestigious as Kaivalyadhama is one of the oldest and premier Yoga institutions of India. He was also Chief Guest for the inauguration of the Foundation Course in Yoga & Ayurveda at Kaivalyadhama. He was an invited Resource Person for the National Seminar on "Dimensions of Yoga and its dynamics" at MoP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai. He delivered an invited lecture on “Diverse Dimensions of Yoga for the youth" in the event organized jointly by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and MoP Vaishnav College.  CYTER inaugurated a special SILVER CITIZENS YOGA AND HEALTH PROGRAMME for Senior Citizens of the Serene Pelican Belfort Township. More than 25 senior citizens attended the sessions at CYTER. Dr Ananda gave an introduction and then the practice session was led by Dr. Meena Ramanathan and supported by Latha and Dhanush, the Yoga instructors. A special “Silver Citizens
  22. 22. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 22 Clinic” is being organized from 11am to 12.30pm every Thursday at CYTER to benefit those who are above 60years of age.  Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director CYTER was nominated to the Consultative Committee of the WHO COLLABORATING CENTRE IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE (YOGA) at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi. He attended the 1st Consultative Meeting at MDNIY on 22nd and 23rd September 2014. WHO identifies institutions from member countries to work in specific areas of health and designates them as WHO Collaborating Centers. Across the globe there are 23 WHO Collaborating Centers for Traditional Medicine, but the only one for Yoga is at MDNIY while one for Ayurveda is in Jamnagar, Gujarat. It is a historic achievement for the country to have two WHO Collaborating Centers of Traditional Medicine and MDNIY is privileged to be the only WHO Collaborating Centre in the world to engage in achieving Yoga specific outcomes.  Our Deputy Director Dr Ananda gave a special interactive session on "Mind, Health, Discipline Development" for XII Std Students of the Wiseman HSS in Pondicherry on 1st October 2014. More than 200 students and staff attended the session where they were introduced to the concepts and scientific basis of Yoga. They were also made aware of the training and patient care facilities available at CYTER.  An interactive session was conducted by Meena Ramanathan, Coordinator- CYTER as a CPE on 26.10.2014 for in service pharmacists, staff and faculty of Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (IGGGH&PGI) Pondicherry. She gave an interactive talk cum practical session on “Yoga, the Mind Body Medicine; A balm to calm the minds.”  The 4th CYTER Foundation Day was celebrated on 1st November 2014 in a gala manner. Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Prof S Krishnan, Prof VR Srinivasan, Dr Nirmal Courmar, Dr Ravichandran felicitated the occasion. Mrs Asha and Mr Balamukundan represented the administration and NS graced the occasion. A yoga demonstration was done by students of the PGDYT course and the Senior citizens from Serene Pelican Township. Participants, students and faculty gave their positive feedback on the past 4 years of the activities at CYTER since its inception in 2010.  CYTER conducted a special Programme for people of the third gender from SCHOD Society, Cuddalore from 3rd to 7th November 2014. More than 15 transgender citizens attended the sessions at CYTER, as part of a pilot study of Senthil Kumar, MSc Nursing, KGNC. Dr Ananda gave an introduction and then the practice session was conducted by Yoga instructors Dhanush, supported by Latha.
  23. 23. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 23  Our Deputy Director Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was an invited expert for the Consultative Meeting of World Health Organization’s Collaborative Centre in Traditional Medicine (Yoga) at MDNIY, New Delhi on 10.11.2014. The meeting was Chaired by Dr Ishwar Basavaraddi (Director MDNIY) and conducted by Dr Ishwara Acharya (Director CCRYN and Programme Officer WHOCC). Other eminent members were Dr.Shirley Telles (Patanjali University), Dr. SC Manchanda (Ganga Ram Hospital), Dr Bimal Chaajer (SAAOL), Dr KV Naveen (SVYASA) and Dr JS Thakur (PGIMER). The WHO representatives were Dr Kim Sung Chol (TIP in Traditional medicine) and Dr Kathleen AS Holloway (Regional Adviser).  CYTER Team took part in Pondicherry Yogasana Association's 29th Yoga Sport Championship held on 15th and 16th November 2014. More than 1200 participants were given awareness about CYTER.  Coordinator-CYTER Dr Meena Ramanathan conducted a CME on 23.11.2014 for Nurses, Educators, Social Workers, Sisters and Nuns, staff and faculty of the congregation of St.Cluny as part of The South East Province Health Commission Meet for the South Zone on Yoga & Meditation; The Mind-Body Medicine; The Balm to Calm the Mind at St. Joseph’s Hospital (CLUNY).
  24. 24. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 24  A CME on “SLEEP, CONSCIOUSNESS AND MEDITATION: NEURO- PHYSIOLOGICAL CORRELATES” was held at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry on 27th November 2014. This event was organized by Department of Physiology and Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. More than 300 medical and paramedical professionals and students as well as Yoga practitioners and enthusiasts took part in the day-long event that updated knowledge of participants in fields of sleep, consciousness and meditation and introduced them to the practices leading to meditation.  Dr Meena Ramanathan gave a special Motivational/interactive session on "Positive Self-Empowerment for the Youth" for the Students, faculty and staff members of Avvaiyar College of Engineering and Technology for Women, Thiruvandarkoil, Pondicherry on 18.12.2014.  The CYTER team of Prof Madanmohan (Director), Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (Deputy Director) and Dr. Meena Ramanathan (Coordinator - cum- Yoga therapist) presented a special Workshop on Yoga Therapy and Yoga awareness programme was conducted at the 21st INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL organized by the Department of Tourism, Government of Pondicherry at Gandhi Tidal from January 4th to 7th 2015.  The CYTER team of Prof Madanmohan (Director), Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani (Deputy Director) and Dr. Meena Ramanathan (Coordinator - cum- Yoga therapist) were invited resource persons for the CME on “Therapeutic Potential of Yoga” organized by Department of Physiology, Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital & Research Center, Ariyur, Pondicherry. The event on 20th January was attended by more than 200 participants and presentations by CYTER team were well appreciated by all.  Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was invited to be a Resource Person for the online MEDITATION SUMMIT organised by Ananda Sanga Educational Institute of South Africa. A worldwide audience listened to eminent Meditation experts from around the World from 23rd to 29th January 2015.  Our Deputy Director Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was an invited speaker for NATIONAL YOGA WEEK-2015 held at MDNIY, New Delhi from 12-18 February, 2015. He presented an invited talk on "Yoga for non-communicable disorders" and participated in the Executive Council meetings of the Indian Yoga Association. The Hon'ble Minister of AYUSH, Govt. of India SHRIPAD YESSO NAIK inaugurated the Yoga Week and released the logo of the Indian Yoga Association.  Yogachemmal Dr. Meena Ramanathan successfully completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Yoga (PhD) from the Tamilnadu Physical Education and Sports University and received her degree from the hands of the Governor of Tamil Nadu at the convocation held at Rajbhavan in Chennai on 18th February 2015. The public viva on her thesis had been held on the 11th February at the university campus and her defence of it was widely acclaimed by all present. She had studied the “Effect of selected yogasanas and pranayama practices on selected cardio-respiratory, psychological and psycho-motor variables among low and highly depressed geriatric women under the guidance of Dr. K. Vaithianathan, the former Vice Chancellor of the university. Her study found significant positive alterations in the cardio-respiratory variables, psychological variables and psycho- motor variables after 12 weeks of yoga.
  25. 25. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 25  A three month biweekly Yoga training programme was conducted at CYTER for 2nd year BSc nursing students of KGNC. 50 of the 2nd year BSc nursing students of KGNC (1st Batch) underwent intensive training program including stress reduction, surya namaskar, asanas, pranayamas and relaxation techniques. They were also exposed to an introduction to Yoga philosophy, psychology and lifestyle. The valedictory of the Yoga training programme for the 1st batch was held on 4th March at CYTER. Prof KR Sethuraman, VC, SBVU gave away the certificates for the 50 students in the presence of Dr Madanmohan (Director CYTER) and Dr Renuka (Principal KGNC). The students did a demonstration and gave excellent feedback. Faculty members of KGNC and CYTER staff participated in the event. At the suggestion of the vice chancellor an ‘avant-apres’ compassion was done with the students giving single words for the way they perceived the pre -post effects of yoga training in their lives. The second batch of 50 students had their training in March and April. Students also participated in pilot studies on effects of various yoga techniques thus simultaneously enhancing scientific understanding of Yoga.  Dr Meena was invited to be a panelist for the Woman’s Day celebrations event organized by Pondicherry Tourism and The Hindu at Hotel Surguru. She was felicitated for her significant contribution to welfare of women in Pondicherry and presented her views on the empowerment of women through Yoga.  Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani attended the Board Meeting of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. The meeting was held at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla, India on 14-15 March and presided over by Shri Om Prakash Tiwari, Chairman of Board in the presence of Dr HR Nagendra, Vice-Chair of Board with other Directors including Dr Ananda in attendance. The Council for Yoga Accreditation International is a Peer Accreditation Association of Yoga Certification and Degree Granting Institutions modelled around the University accreditation system in USA and field specific, standards bodies like that of law schools, business schools and medical schools.  Dr Ananda was invited to deliver a special address at the Maharishi Gitananda Yoga Centre at the Lexicon school in Viman Nagar, Pune on Sunday 15th March 2015. More than 30 members of the Pune Yoga family enjoyed every moment of the interaction regarding many aspects of Yoga.  Dr Ananda participated in the Executive Council meeting of Indian Yoga Association at MDNIY, New Delhi where many important decisions were taken regard celebration of International Day of Yoga and accreditation and registration of Yoga practitioners in India.  Dr Meena conducted an interactive CME on “Rediscover thyself through the ancient wisdom of Yoga” at the St Joseph’s Hospital (Cluny), Pondicherry that was well attended by senior doctors of Pondicherry. CYTER staff and students gave an excellent demonstration.  Dr Ananda was nominated to Scientific Advisory Committee of Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy in Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. This is very prestigious as this council oversees research and propagation of Yoga at the national level. His tenure will last from 2015-2018.
  26. 26. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 26  Dr Ananda was invited to be on AYUSH Ministry Committee of Yoga Experts for International Day of Yoga celebrations 2015. He attended meetings in New Delhi in April-June 2015 chaired by Dr HR Nagendra, Chancellor SVYSA University and attended by eminent yoga experts as well as secretaries and officers from departments of AYUSH, MEA, HRD and Culture. His contribution to the success of the first IDY celebrations was acknowledged by Ministry of AYUSH during valedictory function of its International Conference on Yoga and Holistic Health on 22 June 2015 at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi and attended by delegates from all over the world.  Yoga sessions for faculty, staff and students of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth were inaugurated at CYTER on 23 September by Hon' Chancellor Prof Rajaram Pagadala in presence of Prof N Ananthakrishnan (Dean PG Studies, Research and Allied Health Sciences) and Prof Ravi Shankar (Dean Admin). Classes are offered at CYTER on all working days between 6 to 7am and 4.30 to 5.30pm.  CYTER celebrated its 5th birthday on 3.11.2015 with a lecture demonstration on Yoga for Special Children supported by SADAY Special School, ICYER at Ananda Ashram and Pondicherry Yogasana Association. There was also a special interactive Yogic theater session by Yogacharini Anandhi (Korina), a professional theater artist and Yoga teacher from Cyprus.  Dr Ananda received Best Paper Award on the theme "Experiential Paradigm of Yoga in Education" during 8th International Conference on Yoga & Education at Kaivalydhama, Lonavla, India from 27th - 30th December 2015. He participated in the panel discussion on Yoga research that was chaired by Prof R Bijlani of New Delhi. He also attended the Board Meeting of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International of which he is a member of the Board of Directors.
  27. 27. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 27  A very successful interactive workshop on Yoga therapy was conducted by the CYTER team at the 22nd International Yoga Festival organised by Govt of Pondicherry Department of Tourism from 4-7 January 2016. The team was led by Prof. Madanmohan Director CYTER with presentations by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, DD, CYTER and Dr. Meena Ramanathan, Coordinator, CYTER with excellent and well appreciated participation by staff, alumni and PGDYT students of SBVU. Our current PGDYT students Dr Sanguida, Mrs MB Josephine, Mrs Priya Philip and Ms Vibha Shah gave excellent oral paper presentations along with Dr R Balaji who is an alumnus of CYTER. CYTER provided awareness to more than 1000 visitors at the CYTER stall during the event that was very well received by all Yoga enthusiasts and general public.  Yoga training was given for 6 weeks for 100 BSc 2nd Year nursing students from KGNC. The training was given thrice weekly at CYTER in two batches between January and April 2016.  Dr Ananda gave an invited talk on Yoga in Dravidian culture at the International Conference organized by International Movement for Tamil Culture at VST Mahal, Pondicherry on 17 January.  Dr Meena, Coordinator, CYTER was invited to give an interactive session on Yoga for Stress Management for CHWE (Continuous Heath Workers Education) to benefit Heath Workers of Indira Gandhi Government General Hospital and Post Graduate Institute (IGGGH & PGI) Pondicherry on the 23 January. Demonstration was done by the staff and students of CYTER.  Regular Yoga Therapy sessions have been given in Psychiatry ward of MGMCRI hospital since 25 January. Patients admitted in the wards as well as their family members have been participating with enthusiasm and interested staff, nursing students/trainees have also benefited from these interactive hands-on sessions in the wards. Yoga therapy is provided on 4 days a week, twice in the male and female wards each.
  28. 28. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 28  Dr Krzysztof Bierski, an anthropologist from Berlin participated in observational training at CYTER during January and February. He keenly participated in all of CYTER activities and interviewed the patients and their caregivers as well as students and staff for a pilot qualitative study on effects of Yoga therapy in a psychiatric ward setting.  MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING was signed between Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth & Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla, Maharashtra on 28 January 2016. Sri Subodh Tiwari, CEO of Kaivalyadhama represented and signed the MoU on behalf of Kaivalyadhama while Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar SBV signed on behalf of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth in the presence of Vice Chancellor Prof KR Sethuraman, Dean PG, Research and Allied Health Sciences Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean (Admin) Prof Ravishankar and Additional Director Prof S Ravichandran. Medical Education Unit was represented by Prof B Adkoli and Mrs S Rama while management was represented by Mrs Asha Sureshbabu. Deputy Registrar Mr. Joseph Naresh facilitated the ceremony. CYTER was represented by its Director, Prof Madanmohan, Deputy Director Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and Coordinator-cum-Yoga therapist Dr. Meena Ramanathan. CYTER student community was represented by Vibha Shah, Prabhakaran along with the international observer Dr Krzysztof Bierski, an anthropologist from Germany. This MoU signals the beginning of extensive collaboration in a wide range of activities related to Yoga Therapy, Education and Research. This will include joint educational and research activities, exchange of academic materials and publications as well as the exchange of faculty members for research, lectures and discussions.  Sri Subodh Tiwari, CEO of Kaivalyadhama also gave a well appreciated invited talk highlighting the scientific research work done at Kaivalyadhama since 1924 for the Scientific Academic Forum of MGMC&RI on 28 January 2016. The talk was followed by an Interactive Stress Reduction Session by the CYTER Team consisting of Prof Madanmohan, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and Dr. Meena Ramanathan.
  29. 29. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 29  Dr Meena was an invited guest at the Inauguration of “Yoga and Naturopathy Unit in Lifestyle Modification Health Centre”, Government of Puducherry; Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine& Homeopathy (DISM&H), by Hon Chief Minister Thiru N.Rangasamy and Dr K.V.Raman, Director, DISM&H on 3 March 2016.  Dr. Ananda gave a lecture to the MBBS students on Therapeutic Potential of Yoga on 19th Feb. The Academic council meet was held on the same day and Dr Ananda and Dr Meena were special invitees for the meet.  Dr Ananda was resource person for the CME on “Memory: Mind to Molecules” held at the Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur on 5.3.2016. The work of CYTER in SBV was highlighted for staff and students as well as external participants in the CME.  CYTER team of Dr Madanmohan, Dr Ananda, Dr Meena and Sri Dhanush were resource persons for the CME and workshop on "Introduction of Yoga in medical curriculum" organized by departments of Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry at SSSMCRI on 9 March 2016.  Dr Ananda was invited panelist for a panel discussion on ‘Men for Women – Understanding Gender, Equality’ organised by Indian Women Network, an initiative of Confederation of Indian Industry at Hotel Adhiti on the 12 March 2016.  Dr Meena was invited as a Consultant to Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla to facilitate YOGA MELA, a program specifically designed for the differently abled children of Samvadshala School for Special Children in Lonavla who participated along with family and teachers. This was a collaborative activity between Kaivalyadhama, CYTER and Freie University of Berlin, Germany on the 14 and 15 March 2016.  Dr Meena participated in deliberations at SRD, Kaivalyadhama on future collaborative research projects to be initiated through MOU between SBVU and Kaivalyadhama on 16 March.
  30. 30. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 30  CYTER participated actively in the National Conference on “Chronobiology and Health” organized by Department of Physiology, MGMCRI. Dr Ananda and Dr Meena were invited resource persons for the conference that had 15 CME credit points. Dr Ananda presented an invited talk on “Nasal cycle and its therapeutic applications: A Yogic perspective” that was well appreciated by the august gathering on 18 March 2016.  As part of the National Conference on “Chronobiology and Health” organized by Department of Physiology, MGMCRI a workshop on “Adaptive resilience exercises as envisioned in Yoga” was conducted by Dr Meena, Dr Ananda and CYTER team at CYTER Yoga hall on 19 March 2016. 65 delegates of the conference participated and thoroughly enjoyed the interactive sessions.
  31. 31. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 31  Dr Meena was an invited speaker for the National Workshop on Yoga: “Be Healthy, Be Divine” conducted by Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University on 9 April 2016 at Chennai. The event was organized by Department of Yoga, TNPESU. She presented a lecture-demonstration on the topic “Therapeutic potentials of Yoga”.  Poster release function for Yoga Fest and IDY 2016 was organized at University Conference Hall on 15 April 2016. The event was graced by our Vice Chancellor Prof KR Sethuraman, Dean (Research and AHS) Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Registrar Prof AR Srinivasan along with Dr Manonmani Dep. Reg (Student affairs), Prof BV Adkoli, Smt Rama, and Sri SV Iyer president of Pondicherry Senior Citizen Welfare Association, coordinators of medical, dental and nursing colleges and CYTER team members. A detailed article appeared in The Hindu on 16 April.  Dr Ananda was invited to Canada and USA as consultant to conduct Yoga and Yoga therapy program at Montreal between 20-24 April and then at Kripalu in USA from 24 April to 1st May 2016. In Montreal he presented an invited talk for 110 students and faculty of the Vanier College on 22 April, and for 35 Yoga teachers and enthusiast at YOGNAT studio on 23rd. He led a Yoga education and experiential retreat with 25 participants at the Ermitage Ste-Croix, on the Lake of Two Mountains, in Montreal. All the events were well received and the work of CYTER and SBV was highlighted.  From 24th April to 1st May, Dr Ananda was principal faculty for "Yoga Therapy in Medical Settings" module conducted by Integrative Yoga Therapy at Kripalu, one of the biggest Yoga and healing centres in the USA. Other eminent Yoga therapy leaders teaching in the program included Amrita Sandra McLanahan from Yogaville, Dr Sat Bir Khalsa from Harvard, Susi Amendola of the Dean Ornish program, Karen Clarke with her program for multiple scleroses and the team of Allen Wilkens and Terry Roth Schaff with their work on neurological Yoga therapy. He also interacted with Dr Robert Saper of Boston University Centre for Integrative Medicine and Dr Baxter Bell who is a leading Yoga therapist and medical doctor dealing with geriatric issues. The IYT program is run by Joseph Le Page who is a pioneer in Yoga Therapy since the past 3 decades. CYTER is honored to be associated with their work and have their appreciation for our work in Pondicherry.  Dr Ananda conducted interactive workshop on “Empowering Women through Yoga” in the Seminar on Holistic Health organized by Indian Woman’s Network at Hotel Adithi on 17 June 2016.
  32. 32. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 32 SBV YOGA FEST 2016 As per guidelines issued by UGC and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India the International Day of Yoga 2016 was celebrated at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth in a grand manner from 19-21 June 2016. As a prelude to this event, SBV YOGA FEST was celebrated on 25-26 May 2016 to create awareness of Yoga amongst the university student community. SBV Yoga Fest 2016 got off to a colourful start at MGMC&RI on 25 May 2016 with its inauguration by the respected Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Prof KR Sethuraman in the presence of the Dean (Research and AHS) Prof N Ananthakrishnan and Deans of the medical, dental and nursing faculties of the deemed university. More than 250 medical, dental and nursing students as well as faculty members and invited guests are participating in the two day event that has been organized on 25 and 26 May 2016 as a prelude to the International Day of Yoga to be celebrated worldwide on 21 June 2016. The Common Yoga Protocol booklet prepared by Ministry of AYUSH was officially handed over by the Vice Chancellor to Prof AR Srinivasan (Registrar of SBV), Prof Ravishankar (Dean, MGMC&RI), Prof Carounanidy Usha (Dean, IGIDS) and Prof K Renuka (Principal, KGNC). In his Yoga Fest oration, Prof KR Sethuraman expressed the need for health professionals to look towards salutogenesis, an understanding of the internal and external factors that induce health rather than merely mechanically focusing on pathogenesis of disease. "Human beings are flawed as they are always susceptible to disease. Yet, some stay healthy even in the worst of conditions. This is because they have a sense of coherence within themselves, find meaning in their lives and hence are more at ease with their lives" said he. Yoga is an ancient system that enables us to create positive environments both within ourselves as well as in the surrounding environment. This harmonious and dynamic balance between the internal and external worlds produces health and wellbeing and healing starts to occur rather than merely managing with symptomatic cures routinely given out by health professionals. In his felicitation address, Prof N Ananthakrishnan, the Dean of Research and Allied Health Sciences in Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth elucidated the steps being taken by Ministry of AYUSH and UGC to facilitate the integration of Yoga and traditional systems of healing in modern medical and paramedical education. Yoga should be part of all courses as it is our gift to the world and has the potential to be an integrative modality of healing working in tandem with modern medicine. SBV has been a forerunner in this integration of the old and the new as for the past six years Yoga therapy and music therapy have been brought into the hospital services for benefits of the patients and post graduate programs are running successfully. He announced that SBV will soon also have doctoral programs in these fields as the Government of India is willing to administratively
  33. 33. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 33 and financially support international students who wish to do such programs in Indian universities. Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar SBV sang a beautiful poetic benediction on the occasion praying for success of the International Day of Yoga worldwide. His heartfelt rendition in the Raga Desh touched everyone and created a sense of deep calm and peace from within. "Yoga is one of the best lifestyles that enables us to live a happy and healthy life" said Prod Madanmohan, Director CYTER and Head Department of Physiology in his talk. He explained the traditional and modern aspects of lifestyle and expressed the need for individuals to take up responsibility for their own health a n d w e l l b e i n g . Smt Rama, Senior Student Welfare Officer in the university explained the mind and body connections strengthened by Yoga. She gave an overview of the energy matrix of seven Chakras that power the human being from the bottom of the spine to the top of the head and introduced five important Yoga practices for health and wellbeing. Dr. Madhavan, Director, Vivekananda Institute of Yoga Therapy and his team of five young students from Karur gave a spellbinding presentation of advanced Asanas (Yuva yoga). The entire audience was awe struck by the astonishing display of skill by the young demonstrators who bent, turned and twisted their bodies into all sorts of impossible positions by virtue of great practice and agility. Each and every one of the students performed the different postures to near perfection and this enthused the audience who gave them a long ovation at the end of the session. Earlier the CYTER team gave a detailed presentation of the Common Yoga Protocol being practiced daily at CYTER for mass demonstration on 21 June 2016 at the Pondicherry Beach front. Yogachemmal G Dayanidy, Lecturer CYTER explained the CYP practices while the Yoga instructors Smt Sarulatha and Sri Dhanushapnadeesh gave an excellent demonstration of all the techniques. The final session of the day was on the "Power of Pranayama" by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director CYTER. This interactive session saw involvement form the entire audience who were led through different Pranayama techniques including Sukha, Chandra Nadi, Surya Nadi and Pranava Pranayama. Everyone enjoyed the releasing technique of "shake and throw" with the Nasarga Mukha Bhastrika thus letting go of all their tensions and stresses in a conscious manner. "Pranayama as a therapy is relatively safe, cost effective and only needs you and your positive self-effort to strive for wellness", said he.
  34. 34. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 34 In the afternoon an essay competition was held on "Yoga and salutogenesis" as well as the preliminary round of the Yoga quiz to select finalists for the event on 26 May. Events on Day-2 of the SBV Yoga fest included Yoga poster competition at 9am, Yoga Quiz at 10am and Yoga cultural from 11.30am at CYTER Yoga hall. The second day of SBV Yoga fest started with a poster competition where the students presented their colourful and meaningful posters depicting concepts of Yoga and wellness, lifestyle, power of Pranayama and Yoga and salutogenesis. The jury members were Prof Madanmohan, Dr M Madhavan of Karur and Yogacharini Devasena Bhavanani of ICYER and Yoganjali Natyalayam. In a tough fight featuring 17 competitors P Gowtham of KGNC bagged first prize followed by J John Shibin of IGIDs and A Kamalraj of KGNC in second and third places. In the Yoga essay competition, the judges Dr Vanaja Vaithiyanathan of Jothi Eye Care and Dr Nalini Srinivasan of Yoganjali Natyalayam had a tough time deciding the winner out of 41 entries as all submissions were all of an excellent standard. Dr Arvina R of IGIDS bagged the first prize for her excellent essay on Yoga and salutogenesis while Joanofarc I of KGNC and Anupriya B of IGIDS bagged second and third prizes respectively. The Yoga Quiz had 11 teams with three members each entering the event and after two rounds of elimination through MCQ method the top six teams were selected to participate in the final round conducted by Yogachemmal G Dayanidy of CYTER. It was an amazing time as all teams vied for top honours with rapid answers flying fast and clear through the many rounds of questions. The team of V Bharanippriyaa, T Khadija Tamim and Nilofer Kan of IGIDS won the Yoga Quiz beating out all the other five teams by a huge margin. The team from KGNC consisting of M Ari Priya, I Joanofarc and P Rajam came a credible second. The final event of the day was the Yoga Cultural event and the KGNC team of M Arun Raj, P Barathy and A Malathi won over not only their fellow competitors but also the hearts of the judges and audience with their spectacular performance. Their depiction of the Shiva Tandava with Yogasanas and the subsequent calming down of the strident energies into peaceful co-existence was depicted with grace and artistry. Judges for this event were Yogacharya O Gangadharan of Pondicherry Yogasana Association and Yogacharini Devasena of Yoganjali Natyalayam.
  35. 35. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 35 The valedictory function and prize distribution was held from 3pm and Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth was chief guest. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Dr Manonmani Ravichandran, Deputy Registrar (Students) of SBV, Yogacharini Devasena Bhavanani, Dr Nalini Srinivasan and Dr Vanaja Vaithiyanathan. Prof AR Srinivasan expressed his happiness at the wonderful participation from all the students and suggested they develop their Yogic talents further through the multifaceted activities of CYTER including PG courses. Dr Vanaja Vaithiyanathan narrated the benefits she has felt through the practice of Yoga and expressed her desire that all medical and paramedical students undergo Yoga training to make them better human beings and greater healers. Dr Madanmohan, Director of CYTER summed up the multiple events conducted during the SBV Yoga Fest and motivated the students to continue their practice of Yoga and develop a greater understanding of this great art and science of humanity. The excellent work done by the IDY coordinators of IGIDS and KGNC Dr Karthikeyan and Ms Sangeeta was highly commended by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani who then proposed a vote of thanks and the two day festival concluded with the Shanti Mantra for world peace.  Dr Ananda was an invited resource person for International Conference on "Yoga for the Body and Beyond" organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 22-23 June 2016 by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. The grand event was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri M Hamid Ansari and saw participation from more than 34 countries as well as all states of India. Dr Ananda presented an invited talk in the first technical session on "Power of Pranayama" and participated in the concluding Panel Discussion that fielded pertinent questions from the enthusiastic global audience. He also participated in the executive committee meetings of the Indian Yoga Association of which he is Director of Publications.
  36. 36. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 36  Dr Ananda and Dr Meena participated in the International Yoga Day celebrations at Integra Software, Pondicherry and conducted an interactive workshop on “Yoga for Health and Wellbeing” on 29th June, 2016 for all the faculty, staff members and employees of Integra attended enthusiastically and enjoyed doing the practices.  Dr Ananda & Dr Meena attended BOS meeting at Kaivalyadhama. Dr Ananda also conducted the interview for yoga teachers while Dr Meena conducted lectures at GS College & Samvad Special School. Discussions were held on future research projects by Kaivalyadhama & SBV on 1 & 2 July 2016.  Dr Ananda and Dr Meena attended Doctoral Committee meeting of PhD student Vasanthan S on 12 July 2016 & 2nd Doctoral Committee meeting of PhD student P Uthiravelu on 16 July 2016  Dr.Madanmohan, Dr.Ananda and Dr.Meena were nominated as members of the Board of Studies (External Experts) for incorporating Yoga in B.Sc(N) curriculum of KGNC. First BOS meeting was held on 20 July 2016.  Dr Ananda was the invited speaker and gave an interactive talk on " Bursting the managerial stress bubble: the yoga way" at Hotel Athithi for Madras Management Association, Pondy Chapter on 29 July 2016. More than 100 members of MMA Pondy Chapter attended the interactive session and were benefitted immensely.  Dr Ananda was invited to give Yoga awareness session for the Alumni Meet of the Golden Jubilee Alumni Batch 1966 of JIPMER at Grand Serena Hotel on 6.8.16.
  37. 37. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 37  Lions Club of Pondicherry excellence invited Dr.Ananda to be Guest of Honor for the 100th year Centennial Celebration and Installation function for the year 2016 - 2017 on 7th August 2016 at Hotel Annamalai International, Pondicherry.  On 10th Aug 2016, Prof KR Sethuraman VC SBVU and Prof N Ananthakrishnan Dean AHS inaugurated 4th batch of PGDYT (11 students) & 1st batch of MPhil (Yoga therapy) (2 students) at CYTER in presence of Prof Madanmohan Director CYTER, faculty and students of CYTER.  Dr. Ananda, as member of the Academic Council attended 21st Meeting of the Academic Council on 11 August 2016 in the Board room of SBV.
  38. 38. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 38  International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing organized by the CYTER, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry on 12th August 2016. CYTER organised an International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry on the 12th August 2016. The first part of the event was conducted between 10 and 11 am at the SBV University Board Room starting with the ‘Welcome address’ by Prof Madanmohan, Director CYTER, followed by ‘Felicitation address’ by Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean Research & AHS, who also briefed the guests on ‘SBV’s innovations through the three eyes of AHS: Yoga therapy, Music therapy and Health Professionals Education’. The lead talk on ‘Yoga for holistic wellness and optimal healing’ was given by Prof KR Sethuraman, the inspiring Vice Chancellor of SBV. In his talk, he delineated the concept of salutogenesis and linked the vital concepts of coherence (comprehension, meaningfulness and manageability) with wellness. He further described how Yoga can be the missing link providing a practical and philosophical framework for these concepts to manifest through integration with mainstream medicine. The full presentation is available from http://www.slideshare.net/anandabhavanani/yoga-for-holistic-wellness- salutogenesis-by-prof-kr-sethuraman and the video of the presentation is available from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-p_7s54RIA Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar SBV rendered a special song on the occasion highlighting the importance of Yoga for a sense of well-being and health. Prof VN Mahalakshmi, VP of MGMC&RI briefed participants about inclusion of Yoga in MBBS curriculum being done at MGMCRI during 10-day orientation program annually. The second half of the program was conducted from 11.15am to 1.15pm at CYTER Yoga Hall, I Block, MGMC&RI. Highlights of the symposium were the hands-on sessions given by Yoga teachers from the UK led by Yogacharini Kalavathi Devi as well as the CYTER Team.
  39. 39. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 39 Topics included "Living Yoga in daily life", "Yoga for moms & babies", "Yoga for special children", " Yoga and mental health" and "Yoga's role in de-addiction". Presenters included Neeraj Churi (England/India), Fabrice Ledentu (France), Heather Casey (Ireland) as well as Tony O'dea, Gemma Rowe, Lorraine Ledentu, Samantha Davies, Catherine Morgan, Melanie Beer and Seren Grime from Wales, UK. The program concluded with the summing-up of the day’s events by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director CYTER and a vote of thanks by Dr Meena Ramanathan, Coordinator of CYTER.  Dr Meena & Dayanidy G were resource persons for the intensive program for a group of students from the UK held at ICYER, Ananda Ashram. They conducted practice sessions for the group led by Yogacharini Kalavathi on 15 & 16 august between 6 - 8 AM  Dr. Ananda, Dr Meena and Sri G Dayanidy participated and presented papers in the National Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016) at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry 18-20 Aug 2016.  Dr. Ananda and Dr Meena were invited to give guest lecture from university teaching faculty at the UGC HRDC Pondicherry University on 26.8.2016.  Yoga training (45 hours) as part of BSc Nursing Curriculum started for 100 nursing students of 1st year BSC (N) from KGNC on 29.8.2016. Introductory session given at KGNC and then training is given thrice weekly at CYTER. The hands on training sessions for 2nd year BSc nursing students of KGNC was started at CYTER on a regular basis with 5 students attending CYTER per week on rotational basis from 6.9.16. The students will be receiving 30 hours of such experience in Yoga therapy as part of their curricular activities.  Dr Meena led CYTER Team along with the PGCFY and PGDYT students for the interactive awareness program on “Yoga for the health and wellness of senior citizens “at the Serene Pelican, the community for the retired citizens on 10.9.2016. More than 50 seniors participated very enthusiastically and got benefitted.
  40. 40. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 40  Dr Ananda was invited Guest Speaker and Co-chairperson for Keynote session of the National Seminar on Emerging Trends of Research in Yoga and Naturopathy organized by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH, GOI at Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra, New Delhi from 16-18 September 2016. He presented a talk on “Yoking yoga research, yoga education and therapy” that was well appreciated by the erudite audience from all over the country.  Dr Ananda was invited to be part of an inter-religious panel discussion on "Dignity and Sanctity of Human Life" during inauguration of IDCR-Pondy at St Joseph of Cluny Hospital on 18 September 2016.  Dr Meena and Dayanidy attended the orientation program for selection of QCI Examiners for Indian Yoga Association (IYA) at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Pune on 19.9.2016. They both participated in the workshop organized by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India, under the scheme for Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals at two levels, managed by Quality Council of India, IYA.  CYTER Team participated in the orientation program conducted for the first year MBBS students of MGMCRI and conducted interactive Yoga sessions for a week from 21.9.2016 to 28.9.2016. Dr Ananda gave a lecture on “Wellbeing & Healthy Living through Yoga” followed by the practice session. Dr Meena presented on “Yoga - A Way of Life” followed by the practice session.
  41. 41. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 41  Dr Ananda presented a well appreciated 2-day invited workshop on anatomy, physiology, pathology and Yoga therapy with reference to cardio-respiratory systems at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla on 23-24 September 2016. The two day program with more than 9 hours of teaching was well received by more than a hundred students of various diploma and degree courses as well as faculty members and invited visitors. The workshop was organised by Dr BR Sharmaji, the Principal of the GS College. It is to be noted that Dr Ananda is an Adjunct Professor of Kaivalyadhama‘s GS College and is Chairman of Board of Studies in Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga practices.  Dr Meena Ramanathan was recognized as PhD Guide (Yoga Therapy & Inter Disciplinary Research) of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry in July 2016  Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was invited to be an examiner for Ph.D thesis by the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, 4350, Australia in July 2016. He was also invited to be on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Yoga & Physiotherapy, California, USA in July 2016 and included in Famous India: Nation’s Who’s Who published by Reguerdon Inc, New Delhi in August 2016.  He was recognized as PhD Guide (Yoga Therapy & Inter Disciplinary Research) of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry in August 2016.  It was a special moment when he received the gracious felicitations from our respected VC, Dean (AHS) and Registrar upon being awarded the prestigious C-IAYT recognition (IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in September 2016. It is notable that he is the first Indian to receive this honor.
  42. 42. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 42  Dr Ananda was invited Guest Speaker for “Mental health Day” celebrations of Dept of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University on 11 Oct 2016.  CYTER team of Dr Ananda, Dr Meena and Sri Dayanidy G were invited to present the Orientation Program for the first year MBBS Students of SSSMCRI, SBV on 18th October 2016.  CYTER conducted Three days interactive Yoga sessions as Orientation program for the first year BDS students of IGIDS starts on 19.10.2016  Dr Meena gave a presentation on “Mental Health and Wellbeing in Silver Citizens through Yoga” during 6th InSPA International Conference and 3rd International Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry University at HRDC of the Academic Staff College at Pondicherry University on 14th Oct 2016.  Dr Ananda gave a presentation on “Mental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga” during 6th InSPA International Conference and 3rd International Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry University as part of the plenary session at Convention Centre of the Pondicherry University on 15th Oct 2016.
  43. 43. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 43  Dr Ananda was an invited expert for consultative meeting chaired by Secretary AYUSH at the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India on 18.11.2016 to firm the views for articulating during the Inter-Governmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (IGC-ICH) held 28 November to 2 December 2016 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to defend India’s interest for inscription of “Yoga” in Representative List of the UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage. On 1 December 2016, Yoga was inscribed in the UNESCO's list of ICH. The 6th Foundation Day of CYTER, the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education & Research in Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry was celebrated at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute on Tuesday, 2nd November 2016. The theme of this year's celebration was "Introducing Yoga in Nursing Education" and was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of SBV, Prof KR Sethuraman in the presence of Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean Allied Health Sciences and Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar SBV. Dr K Renuka, Dean Nursing Faculty and Principal Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College gave the thematic address highlighting innovations in nursing curriculum at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth that for the first time anywhere have included Yoga Therapy in the BSc Nursing curriculum with students receiving 90 hours of Yoga Therapy training through CYTER during their 3 year course. Prof KR Sethuraman reminded nursing students of their vital role in healthcare as the primary caregivers for patients and stressed the importance of Yoga in their personal and professional life. Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Prof AR Srinivasan, Yogacharini Vijaya from Gitananda Yoga Society of Berlin, Germany and Prof VN Mahalakshmi Vice Principal MGMC&RI offered felicitations. CYTER's Director Prof Madanmohan welcomed the guests for the celebrations that were coordinated by Dr Meena Ramanathan and the CYTER Team led by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani who proposed the vote of thanks. Staff and students of KGNC and CYTER gave a special performance that included poetry, singing, dancing and demonstrations of advanced Yogasana to mark the occasion. A book on "Yoga Practical Notes” compiled and edited by Sri G Dayanidy, Lecturer at CYTER was released on the occasion that was graced by attendees from MGMC&RI, KGNC, CMTER, ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Yoganjali Natyalayam and Pondicherry Yogasana Association.
  44. 44. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 44  Dr Ananda was an invited Resource Person for Capacity Building Workshop at WHO Collaborating Centre for Traditional Medicine (Yoga), MDNIY, Delhi from 28th - 30th November, 2016. His presentations on “Role of Yoga in Chronic Lung Disorders” were well appreciated by professionals who participated from all over India. He also attended EC meeting of Indian Yoga Association on 27.12.2016 at MDNIY.  Dr Ananda was a resource person for the CME on “Translational Medicine in the Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes Mellitus”, organized by Dept of Biochemistry, MGMCRI on 10th Nov 2016. He was also an invited panelist for the panel discussion held in the afternoon session of the CME.  Dr Meena was invited to conduct a workshop on “Yoga Awareness & Yoga Therapy” to the Deaf & Dumb Students a special School for the CWSN Students under the Control of the Social Welfare Department, Karaikal, Government of Puducherry organized by Pearl- Academy of Yoga and Cultural Arts on 24th November 2016. 25 students with Visual and Hearing impairment participated and enjoyed doing the practices thoroughly, which was well taken and appreciated by all present.
  45. 45. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 45  CYTER faculty and students participated actively in the Yoga Sports Championship 2016 organised by Pondicherry Yogasana Association on 12 &13 November 2016 at Subalakshmi Mahal.  Dr Meena was part of the program recorded by the Doordarshan Puducherry crew to celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” to create awareness amongst the common people. Dr Meena explained the causes, early assessment, treatment and prevention of birth of children with disabilities. She also spoke about the benefits of yoga for such children. This special program was telecast highlighting this event in Doordarshan Pondicherry, DD Pondy and Pothigai TV at 6 pm on the same day. The filming was done at SADAY School, the school for children with disabilities. Teachers, staff members and all the students of the school participated in this program and gave a Yoga demonstration.  Dr Ananda was Chief Guest for the program on “Spiritual Parenting” organized by Acharya Group of Institutions at Kamban Kalai Arangam on 11 December 2016.  Dr Ananda was invited to be Chief Guest and present a talk on “Yoga for Health Professionals: Concepts and practices” during the Annual Scientific Society Meet of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital Kalitheerthalkuppam, Madagadipet on 16 December 2016.  Dr Meena Ramanathan and Sri G Dayanidy were appointed by Indian Yoga Association as examiners for conducting QCI exam (Approved by Ministry of AYUSH) at SVYASA University, Bengaluru in October & November 2016. IYA which has been approved as a personnel certification Body by the QCI to certify the Yoga professionals in Level-I & Level –II, under the Scheme Voluntary Certification of Yoga Professionals, launched by ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India and managed by the QCI.
  46. 46. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 46  Dr Ananda was awarded as InSPA PK Subbaraja Trust Best Performance Award by Indian School Psychology Association during the International Conference organized by InSPA and Dept. of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry University on 13 Oct 2016. He received the award from Chief Minister of Puducherry Sri V Narayanasamy in the presence of VC of Pondicherry University and other dignitaries.  CYTER Team participated enthusiastically in the 23rd International Yoga Festival organized by Department of Tourism, Govt of Puducherry from 4-7th January 2017. Prof Madanmohan, Director CYTER gave a talk on “Yoga & Health Professional Education” followed by an excellent group demonstration by the staff, alumni and students of PGDYT and certificate courses under guidance of Dr Meena Ramanathan, Coordinator CYTER. Dr Meena also chaired a session on “Yoga for the Special Child” and presented the work being done followed by a sweet demonstration by children of the SADAY Special School where she has been giving Yoga Therapy for the past decade. Dr Ananda Balayogi, DD of CYTER was advisor for the festival. He coordinated final rounds of the championship and gave a talk on “Meditation: The inner Yoga” in the session chaired by Ammaji Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Director of ICYER who is Advisor and Adjunct Faculty of CYTER. Other CYTER members who presented talks included Sri G Dayanidy, Lecturer CYTER on “Yoga in School Education”, Dr R Balaji, MPhil student on “Managing Lifestyle Disorders with Yoga”, Sri Artchoudane S, MPhil student on “Enhancing the Life Force” and Dr. Sreemathi Rengsamy, Alumnus of CYTER on “Health and Wellbeing Through Yoga”. Sri Satish Kumar and Sri Manikandan, PGDYT Students of CYTER were jury members for the Yogasana competitions. Dr Madanmohan and Dr Ananda were felicitated for their assistance in the festival by Govt of Puducherry during the valedictory function on 7 January 2017.  Dr Ananda was invited to be a Resource Person and give a presentation on “Managing Stress Through Yoga: Concepts and Methods” during PONCON 2016,
  47. 47. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 47 the 7th Annual Pondicherry State Conference of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists at MGMCRI, Pondicherry on 7th January 2017.  Dr Nidheesh Kumar Yadav from Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, Pune visited CYTER. Hoping for more Interactive work in future between both the institutions on 2nd February 2017.  Dr Meena was invited to conduct a lec-dem on “Importance of Yoga for the Senior Citizens” for the members of JIPMER Pensioner’s Association on 5th February 2017 at Hotel Surguru ECR. More than 200 members participated enthusiastically in the interactive session and enjoyed thoroughly.  Dr Ananda invited as resource person for the Bhopal Yoga fest 2017 held at TT Stadium in Bhopal on 26th & 27th February 2017 and organized by Sant Hirdaram medical college of naturopathy and yogic sciences sponsored by Ministry of AYUSH Govt of India and coordinated by CCRYN.  Dr Meena invited to attend International Women’s day celebrations on 8th march hosted by the Vice-Chancellor at 3.00 pm in the university board roam, SBV. The theme for this year is “Be bold for change”.  Dr Ananda was an invited guest for the three days International Yoga Fest from 8th-10th March 2017 held at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi. The International Yoga Fest was organized as a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY) 2017. Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Urban Development and Housing, Shri. M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the International Yoga Fest (IYF) and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, presided over the function. Secretary AYUSH Sh. Ajit M. Sharan, Yog Rishi Swami Ramdev, Dr. H.R. Nagendra, Swami Chidananda Saraswati, Sh. O.P. Tiwari, Smt. Hamsa Jayadeva, Swami Bharat Bhushan, Swami Ritawan Bharati, Sister BK Asha, Sri S.Sridharan were Guests of Honor.
  48. 48. CYTER Report- Oct 2017 Page 48 Dr Ananda gave a talk on Yoga in daily life and a workshop on basic practices for health and wellness. He was also guest of honor at the valedictory function. He also participated in the GB meeting of the Indian Yoga Association where he is an EC member. All major yoga traditions were represented in this historic meeting at MDNIY.  Dr Meena was the invited Guest Speaker for the CME organized by St Joseph Cluny Hospital, Pondicherry on 12th March on “Stay Serene Sans (without) Stress” at the Conference Hall of St Cluny Hospital. It was an interactive lec-dem that was well attended by senior doctors of Pondicherry. CYTER Alumni and present students gave an excellent demonstration which was appreciated by all.

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