CYTER Report- May2017 Page 1
THE INNOVATIVE ASPECTS OF CYTER
Modern medical advancements provide rationale for integration...
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FACULTY MEMBERS OF CYTER:
HON EMERITUS PROFESSOR:
Prof. MADANMOHAN MBBS, MD, MSc, DSc (Yoga),...
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YOGA EDUCATION:
Holistic health, integrative treatment and mind–body medicine are now buzz wo...
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OUTREACH PROGRAMMES, EVENTS AND HONURS:
 Efforts to include Yoga in MBBS curriculum. Regular...
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 The CYTER team of Prof Madanmohan (Director), Dr Ananda Balayogi
Bhavanani (Deputy Director...
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 CYTER inaugurated a special SILVER CITIZENS YOGA AND HEALTH
PROGRAMME for Senior Citizens o...
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 CYTER conducted a special Programme for people of the third gender from
SCHOD Society, Cudd...
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 The CYTER team of Prof Madanmohan (Director), Dr Ananda Balayogi
Bhavanani (Deputy Director...
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Nadu at the convocation held at Rajbhavan in Chennai on 18th February 2015.
The public viva o...
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regard celebration of International Day of Yoga and accreditation and registration
of Yoga p...
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 Dr Ananda received Best Paper Award on the theme "Experiential Paradigm of
Yoga in Educati...
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Graduate Institute (IGGGH & PGI) Pondicherry on the 23 January. Demonstration
was done by th...
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 Sri Subodh Tiwari, CEO of Kaivalyadhama also gave a well appreciated invited
talk highligh...
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 CYTER team of Dr Madanmohan, Dr Ananda, Dr Meena and Sri Dhanush were
resource persons for...
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 CYTER participated actively in the National Conference on “Chronobiology and
Health” organ...
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 From 24th April to 1st May,
Dr Ananda was principal
faculty for "Yoga Therapy
in Medical S...
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In his Yoga Fest oration, Prof KR Sethuraman expressed the need for health
professionals to ...
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need for individuals to take up responsibility for their own health and wellbeing.
Smt Rama,...
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fight featuring 17 competitors P Gowtham of KGNC bagged first prize followed
by J John Shibi...
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Vaithiyanathan narrated the benefits she has felt through the practice of Yoga and
expressed...
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 Dr Ananda and Dr Meena attended Doctoral Committee meeting of PhD student
Vasanthan S on 1...
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CYTER organised an International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing at Sri
Balaji Vidyapeeth, P...
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Topics included "Living
Yoga in daily life",
"Yoga for moms &
babies", "Yoga for
special chi...
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 Dr Ananda was invited Guest Speaker and Co-chairperson for Keynote session of
the National...
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 Dr Ananda presented a well appreciated 2-day invited workshop on anatomy,
physiology, path...
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 Dr Ananda was invited Guest Speaker for “Mental health Day” celebrations of
Dept of Applie...
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 Dr Ananda was an
invited expert for
consultative meeting
chaired by Secretary
AYUSH at the...
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 Dr Ananda was an invited Resource Person for Capacity Building Workshop at
WHO Collaborati...
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 CYTER faculty and students
participated actively in the Yoga Sports
Championship 2016 orga...
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 Dr Ananda was
awarded as InSPA PK
Subbaraja Trust Best
Performance Award
by Indian School
...
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 Dr Ananda was invited to be a Resource Person
and give a presentation on “Managing Stress
...
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AYUSH, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, presided over the function. Secretary AYUSH
Sh. Ajit M. Shar...
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 Dr Ananda Balayogi and Smt Devasena present Yoga workshops in PHOENIX
2017 International M...
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Balaji Vidyapeeth in the presence of Prof AR Srinivasan (Registrar SBV) and Prof
Ravishankar...
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Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth has been successfully running CYTER, a Centre for Yoga
Therapy, Educat...
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 Dr Meena was invited as a judge for the elocution and Audio-visual competitions
as part of...
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INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 2015
Organised from 21st to 26th June 2015 by the Cen...
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1. A public awareness programme with free Yoga therapy consultations and lecture-
demonstrat...
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3. National Seminar & CME on “THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF YOGA” was
organised in collaboration ...
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support of the management of SBV for Yoga therapy as an effective complementary
therapy and ...
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Felicitations were offered by Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean PG, Research Studies and
Allied S...
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A Panel Discussion on “Integrating yoga therapy in mainstream medicine” was
conducted with p...
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Report on the IDY 2016 celebrations organized from 19 to 21 June 2016 by the CYTER,
Mahatma ...
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A special interactive programme was also conducted in the afternoon for elderly inmates
of t...
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On June 21, from 6 to 8 am CYTER team as well as staff and students from SBV
participated in...
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Latest guidelines of UGC, MCI and other councils recommend introduction of Yoga for
students...
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In her keynote address Ammaji Yogacharini
Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Director of
ICYER at Ana...
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Prof RL Bijlani, Former Head of the
department of Physiology, AIIMS, New
Delhi and presently...
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Many pertinent questions were debated by the panelists regarding difficulties in this
proces...
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YOGA RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
A. Compilations (5) :
i. Souvenir of the CME -cum-Workshop on...
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11. Bhavanani AB. Yoga practices for prevention and management of lifestyle disorders.
Annal...
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variability in health care students. A preliminary study. International Journal of
Physiolog...
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40. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M, Thirusangu S. Effects of a single session of
yogi...
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58. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB, Trakroo M. Effect of a 12-week yoga therapy program on
menta...
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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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  1. 1. CYTER Report- May2017 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- May2017 Page 2 FACULTY MEMBERS OF CYTER: HON EMERITUS PROFESSOR: Prof. MADANMOHAN MBBS, MD, MSc, DSc (Yoga), FIAY 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) YOGA INSTRUCTORS: Sri P DANUSHAPNADEESH, BSc, MCA, DYEd Smt G SARULATHA, Diploma Yoga and Bharatanatyam 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, Deputy Director CYTER and Dr Meena Ramanathan, Coordinator and Yoga Therapist. 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. Year Male Female TG Total Grand total 2010-16 11839 19520 291 31,650 35,663 2017 (Jan- Apr) 1830 2183 - 4013
  3. 3. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 3 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. Three batches of students have graduated from our PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) and we are very proud that they are the first set of Yoga Therapists graduating from a modern medical university. Currently 11 students are undergoing the course enthusiastically while two alumni are now pursuing our MPhil (YT). 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). This program eventually leads to PhD Program in Yoga therapy. To further facilitate ease of student progression, we are introducing 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 or Kaivalyadhama earlier. The major highlight of the new programs is adoption of Choice Based Credit 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.
  4. 4. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 4 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.
  5. 5. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 5  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.
  6. 6. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 6  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 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.
  7. 7. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 7  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.  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).  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.
  8. 8. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 8  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
  9. 9. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 9 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.  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
  10. 10. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 10 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.  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.
  11. 11. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 11  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.  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
  12. 12. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 12 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.  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.
  13. 13. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 13  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.  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.
  14. 14. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 14  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.
  15. 15. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 15  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.  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.
  16. 16. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 16  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. 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).
  17. 17. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 17 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 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 e x p r e s s e d t h e
  18. 18. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 18 need for individuals to take up responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. 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. 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
  19. 19. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 19 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. 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
  20. 20. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 20 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.  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.
  21. 21. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 21  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.  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.  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.
  22. 22. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 22 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.
  23. 23. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 23 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.
  24. 24. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 24  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.
  25. 25. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 25  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.
  26. 26. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 26  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.
  27. 27. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 27  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.
  28. 28. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 28  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.
  29. 29. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 29  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.
  30. 30. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 30  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.
  31. 31. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 31  Dr Ananda was invited to be a Resource Person and give a presentation on “Managing Stress Through Yoga: Concepts and Methods” during PONCON 2016, 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
  32. 32. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 32 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. 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.
  33. 33. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 33  Dr Ananda Balayogi and Smt Devasena present Yoga workshops in PHOENIX 2017 International Medical Students Conference at the A J Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center, Mangalore on 24th & 25th March 2017. This Mega event is scheduled from the, spanning over 5 days, and will be filled with Lectures from International Speakers, Oral, Poster & Plenary Sessions, Incredible Socials & Unique workshops.  Dr. Meena was invited to conduct an Awareness programme on “Health & wellbeing in senior citizens through Yoga” for our members of Pondicherry senior citizens‟ welfare association, Pondicherry Entitle on 26th March 2017 at St. Patric School, Pondicherry.  MOU BETWEEN SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH AND AMITY UNIVERSITY We are pleased to announce the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH (Deemed University Accredited with A Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry & AMITY UNIVERSITY New Delhi (Private University Accredited with A Grade by NAAC) at 9.45 AM on 31st March 2017. The MoU signing ceremony was held at the Board Room in University Administrative Block in SBV Campus, Pondicherry-607 403. Dr W SELVAMURTHY, President Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation, Director General for Amity Directorate of Science and Innovation, Chair Professor for Life Sciences and Chancellor, Amity University, Chhattisgarh represented and signed the MoU on behalf of Amity University while Prof KR SETHURAMAN, Vice Chancellor of SBV signed on behalf of Sri
  34. 34. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 34 Balaji Vidyapeeth in the presence of Prof AR Srinivasan (Registrar SBV) and Prof Ravishankar (Dean MGMCRI). Others present were Prof C Adithan (Director CIDRF), Prof B Adkoli (HOD, Dept of HPE), Prof Jaiganesh (HoD Physiology, MGMCRI), Dr Saravana kumar (Vice Principle, IGIDS) and Prof Eswaran (HoD Psychiatry, MGMCRI) while management was represented by GM Admin 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, Coordinator-cum-Yoga therapist Dr. Meena Ramanathan and Lecturer Sri G Dayanidy along with students of Certificate, PG Diploma and MPhil Courses in Yoga therapy. This is an innovative step as it represents the coming together of the modern medical science with India‟s Leading Research & Innovation Driven multi campus Pvt. University, Amity University. The university additionally operates Amity Global Business School, and a law School in its name which is affiliated with Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in New Delhi.
  35. 35. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 35 Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth has been successfully running CYTER, a Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research in its campus since 2010 under the SBV AIM HIGH initiative. CYTER has published 60 papers on Yoga and Yoga research, given Yoga therapy consultations and sessions for more than 34,000 patients and is running Certificate Courses, Post Graduate Diploma (fourth Batch going on) and MPhil leading to PhD in Yoga therapy. The major highlight of these programs is adoption of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) recommended by NAAC and UGC as a major reform in higher education. CYTER has recently been accorded status of Member School of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (USA), and we are proud that CYTER is the first University based Yoga Therapy School in India to receive this prestigious membership. Medical, dental, nursing students and students of constituent colleges of SBV are given regular training and awareness programs in Yoga through CYTER. 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. Dr W Selvamurthy gave an invited guest lecture from 11 AM the same day on “Yoga for Everyone - Scientific Perspectives” highlighting the scientific research work done in Yoga and graciously shared comprehensive and commendable years of experience in this field.  Dr Ananda was invited as a judge for the elocution contest on the theme “Science & Technology for Specially abled persons” on 1st March 2017 organized by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth in celebrating National Science Day (1st March) – Chancellor‟s Medal 2017 in remembrance of the discovery of “the Raman Effect” by the Noble Laureate Sir CV Raman(28th February 1930).  Dr Ananda was invited as Editorial Board Member of Med One is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access and multidisciplinary general psychiatry journal on 10th march 2017. The goal of the Journal is to publish outstanding papers in clinical and basic research in the fields of psychiatry, psychology and related brain neuroscience.
  36. 36. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 36  Dr Meena was invited as a judge for the elocution and Audio-visual competitions as part of the Woman‟s Day Celebrations conducted by the Women‟s Cell of SBV between the students of medical, Dental, Nursing colleges held on 13th march 2017.  Dr Ananda was nominated by Ministry of AYUSH, GOI to serve as Yoga Expert on the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the International Day of Yoga 2017.  It was a special moment when Dr Meena Ramanathan received the gracious felicitations from our respected Vice Chancellor Prof KR Sethuraman, Dean (AHS) Prof N Ananthakrishnan and Deputy Director (CYTER) Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani upon being awarded the prestigious C- IAYT recognition (IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in February 2017. YOGA FOR THE SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH FAMILY: Yoga sessions for faculty, staff and students of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth are going on regularly since September 2015. Classes are offered at CYTER Yoga hall on all working days between 6 to 7am and 4.30 to 5.30pm. General sessions for SBV family Male Female TG Total Grand total 2016 1589 2663 - 4252 5223 2017 (Jan-Apr) 514 457 - 971
  37. 37. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 37 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 2015 Organised from 21st to 26th June 2015 by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute under auspices of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry. While addressing the 69th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27, 2014, the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri NarendraModi urged the world community to adopt an International Day of Yoga. "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and Nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us to deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day," Shri Modi said. On December 11, 2014, the 193 member UNGA approved the proposal by consensus with a record 177 co-sponsoring countries a resolution to establish 21st June as "International Day of Yoga". In its resolution, the UNGA recognized that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being and wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practicing Yoga for the health of the world population. To celebrate the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA 2015 the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) at MGMCRI of the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth organised a week-long programme with various multifaceted activities from the 21st to 26th of June 2015. This included:
  38. 38. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 38 1. A public awareness programme with free Yoga therapy consultations and lecture- demonstrations in collaboration with the Pondicherry Yogasana Association at MGMCRI City Centre from 7am to 1.30pm on June 21st. More than 300 participants performed the AYUSH Common Yoga Protocol and more than 300 members of the public had free Yoga and medical consultations, health checkup and Yoga therapy awareness sessions were given by eminent Yoga teachers and therapists of Pondicherry. 2. Yoga awareness programmes were conducted for more than 600 staff and students of the constituent colleges of SBVU from 22nd to 25th June.
  39. 39. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 39 3. National Seminar & CME on “THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF YOGA” was organised in collaboration with Dept of Physiology at MGMCRI campus on 26th June 2015. NATIONAL SEMINAR and CME on “THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF YOGA”: The National Seminar & CME on “Therapeutic Potential of Yoga” was conducted on 26 June 2015 in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall, College Block of MGMCRI. The event was organised by CYTER in collaboration with the Department of Physiology. The day-long event began with a lecture on “Psychosomatic mechanisms of yoga” by Prof Madanmohan, Director CYTER and Professor & Head, Dept. of Physiology, MGMCRI. This was followed by the inaugural function with a Special Address by Prof KR Sethuraman, Vice Chancellor of SBVU who said that CYTER combines rigorous scientific approach with faithful adherence to the traditions of Yogic practice to create an effective therapy that is complementary to modern medicine. He reiterated the whole hearted
  40. 40. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 40 support of the management of SBV for Yoga therapy as an effective complementary therapy and that these services are offered totally free to all patients. He emphasized the need for clinicians to move from “pathogenesis, the search for factors causing pathology to salutogenesis a search for factors supporting health and wellbeing”. The keynote address was given by Ammaji Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Director of ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry. She stressed on the need to have a questioning attitude as exemplified by the great Rishis in the Vedic and Upanishadic lore. "The question is more important than the answer for the question determines our viewfinder, our trajectory and pathway towards higher evolution." said she in an inspiring address.
  41. 41. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 41 Felicitations were offered by Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean PG, Research Studies and Allied Sciences as well as Prof M Ravishankar, Dean Administration. In the forenoon session, there were invited presentations on “Yoga in mental health” by Prof BN Gangadhar, the Dean (Behavioural Sciences) who enlightened the auidance about the effects of yoga in schizophrenia, depression and dementia as supported by the work at NIMHANS in Bengaluru. This was followed by a dynamic lecture-demonstration on the “Therapeutic potential of yoga” by Dr Manoj Naik, Consultant physician and direct student of Padma Bhushan BKS Iyengar from the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. Dr Naik blew the minds of all participants with his amazing skillful presentations done while taking up the most complicated Asanas on the lecture table itself. The afternoon session consisted of a presentation on “The heart of yoga therapy” by Dr Kausthub Desikachar, son and successor of Yogacharya TKV Desikachar of the Sannidhi of Krishnamacharya Yoga from Chennai. He stressed the need for experitial models rathan than experimental trials. “How can we measure and analyze through modern science something like Prana that is non-physical” said he.
  42. 42. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 42 A Panel Discussion on “Integrating yoga therapy in mainstream medicine” was conducted with panelists including Dr Prakash Rao, Senior Homeopath and Scientist, Central Council for Research in Homeopathy, Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and Dr Meena Ramanathan of CYTER and Sri J Mohanakrishnan, Physiotherapist from JIPMER. The event concluded with an open forum and valedictory. This week long event received messages of blessings from Shri OP Tiwari (Secretary Kaivalyadhama, President Indian Yoga Association and Chairperson Council for Yoga Accreditation International), Dr HR Nagendra (Chancellor SVYASA Yoga University, Vice President Indian Yoga Association and Vice Chairperson Council for Yoga Accreditation International), as well as the heads of many major National and International Yoga institutions. The souvenir of the International Day of Yoga 2015 celebrations at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry is available for free download from http://www.slideshare.net/anandabhavanani/souvenir-of-the- international-day-of-yoga-2015
  43. 43. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 43 Report on the IDY 2016 celebrations organized from 19 to 21 June 2016 by the CYTER, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute under auspices of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry. It is a great pride for every Indian that efforts of our honorable Prime Minster Shri Narendra Modiji bore fruit and the United Nations declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University celebrated the event last year with multifaceted activities from 21 to 26 June 2015. This year too it celebrated the 2nd International Day of Yoga with numerous events from 19 - 21 June 2016. As per guidelines issued by UGC and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, the International Day of Yoga 2016 was celebrated from 19-21 June 2016 at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University accredited with “A” grade by NAAC), Pondicherry in a grand manner. As a prelude, CYTER had also organized the SBV YOGA FEST, a two day Yoga and cultural event for medical, dental and nursing students of SBV on 25 & 26 May 2016 to create awareness about Yoga. Multifaceted activities organized by CYTER from 19-21 June included a workshop on “Silver Yoga” for senior citizens, mass performance of the Common Yoga Protocol, Yogasana competitions and demonstrations and a National Seminar and CME on “Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education”. A public awareness programme and Workshop on “Silver Yoga” was conducted from 9 am to 12 noon on 19 June at St Patricks‟ HS School in association with HelpAge India and Pondicherry Senior Citizen‟s Association. More than 100 senior citizens and members of the general public participated enthusiastically in the workshop conducted by the CYTER team led by Yogachemmal Dr Meena Ramanathan. Dr V Muthu, President of Puduvai Tamil Sangam was the Chief Guest. Various Yoga practices for health and wellbeing were delineated and demonstrated for the benefit of elders in our local community.
  44. 44. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 44 A special interactive programme was also conducted in the afternoon for elderly inmates of the Hospice of St Cluny, Pondicherry. All inmates and sisters enjoyed fun filled session and expressed their feelings of happiness and wellbeing. On June 20, Yogasana competitions were conducted at MGMCRI for students of all constituent colleges of SBV. More than 50 students participated and demonstrated their skills in five different Yogasanas of which three were compulsory and two were of their own choice. The nursing students were especially enthusiastic and showcased great skill as they have been receiving regular training at CYTER, thanks to the efforts of the Principal and administration of the Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College. Faculty and staff members from the medical, nursing and dental fraternity skillfully participated in a demonstration event. Top 10 participants received “Best Demonstrator” awards. The daylong event was conducted with support of Pondicherry Yogasana Association and esteemed members of jury included Yogachemmal C Shanmugam, Smt Lalitha Shanmugam, E Gajendiran, Senthilkumar, S Govindarajan and Smt Latha.
  45. 45. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 45 On June 21, from 6 to 8 am CYTER team as well as staff and students from SBV participated in the Mass Performance of the AYUSH Common Yoga Protocol at the Pondicherry Beach Promenade. The event was widely covered by media and was a grand success. Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani coordinated the event with the Department of Tourism, Govt of Pondicherry. From 9 am to 5.30 pm a National Seminar and CME was held at MGMCRI on “Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education”. This event was organized by CYTER in collaboration with Department of Physiology, MGMCRI and Department of Tourism, Govt of Puducherry. It featured invited talks, lecture demonstrations by eminent experts as well as an evocative panel discussion on “Strategies for Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education”. This seminar is of great importance as it is imperative that medical, dental and paramedical students receive a positive introduction to Yoga and its therapeutic potential during their formative years.
  46. 46. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 46 Latest guidelines of UGC, MCI and other councils recommend introduction of Yoga for students. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth is one of the first to comply with these guidelines and through CYTER provides regular yoga training to medical, dental and nursing students of its constituent colleges. The world renowned Ammaji Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani of ICYER - Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry and eminent physiologist-yogi Prof RL Bijlani of Sri Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi sanctified the daylong event. The program began with a thought provoking talk on “Integrating Yoga & Ayurveda in clinical practice: an experiential perspective” by Dr. Madhavan, Director of the Vivekananda Institute of Yoga Therapy, Karur, Tamil Nadu with an excellent demonstration of advanced asanas by his student Miss Mariyayi, an International Yoga Sport Champion. The CME was inaugurated by Ammaji in presence of Prof RL Bijlani and Mr. Mounissamy, Director of Tourism, Govt. of Puducherry. The function was presided over by Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean Research and Allied Health Sciences of SBV and felicitated by Prof Ravishankar, Dean of MGMCRI and Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar SBV. Prof Madanmohan, the organizing chairman welcomed everyone and honored the guests while organizing secretary Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani proposed vote of thanks. Prof Jaiganesh and Prof Henri Balraj of Physiology Department were in charge of scientific programme and coordination with other health professional colleges. Yogachemmal Dr Meena Ramanathan was mistress of ceremonies while Yogachemmal G Dayanidy coordinated the core team from CYTER and Department of Physiology.
  47. 47. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 47 In her keynote address Ammaji Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Director of ICYER at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry exhorted all health professionals to first practice what they preach. "Can someone who is sick, cure the illness of another? Can someone who is miserable make others happy? Can someone who is tense teach others how to relax?" she asked. “Doctors and other health professions need to adopt a healthy way of life and the time has come" she said to add a new dimension to health professions by introducing Yoga in health professional education.
  48. 48. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 48 Prof RL Bijlani, Former Head of the department of Physiology, AIIMS, New Delhi and presently with Aurobindo Ashram, New Delhi gave an inspiring presentation on "Spirituality and modern medicine: have the twain met?" that detailed the way science and spirituality are ultimately all one and the same. He detailed the work done by pioneers in the use of the mind-body approach including Dean Ornish, Bernie Siegel and Deepak Chopra who all have deep and intimate contact with the spiritual basis of yoga. He said that this had enabled them to interpret psycho-neuro-immunology and the mind- body relationship in a wider context. A practical oriented session featuring simplified Yoga practices for health professionals was led by Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani who suggested that the health professionals could bring such simple Yoga techniques into their daily life and even do them in their offices while working for the welfare of humanity in the hospitals. In the post lunch session, Mrs. Fharzana Siraj of Orange Ray Studio, Chennai gave an educative presentation on how yoga is modified to suit each individual in the process of Yoga therapy. She illustrated the teachings of her Guru Padmavibhushan BKS Iyengar in helping so many people benefit from Yoga in his illustrious life. A highly charged panel discussion was led by moderator Prof BV Adkoli, professor of Health Professions Education, SBV. The panel discussed the strategies and modalities of integrating Yoga in health professions education. Members of the panel included Prof Ravishankar (Dean of Medicine), Prof Carounanidy Usha (Dean of Dental Sciences), Prof K Renuka (Dean of Nursing Sciences), Prof Madanmohan (Director CYTER & HOD, Physiology) and J Mohanakrishnan (Physiotherapist from JIPMER).
  49. 49. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 49 Many pertinent questions were debated by the panelists regarding difficulties in this process of integration and also success stories from each faculty were illustrated in this session that had the audience totally engaged throughout the session. The seminar ended with the valedictory function in which members of the core team were felicitated and prizes given to winners in Yogasana, poster and online essay competition categories. Dr Meena and Sri G Dayanidy, represented CYTER and conducted a panel discussion on Importance of Yoga in Daily Life at the IDY 2016 celebrations organized by Department of Tourism and Nehru Yuva Kendra in same evening at Gandhi Tidal with many hundreds of people participating in the event.
  50. 50. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 50
  51. 51. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 51 YOGA RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS A. Compilations (5) : i. Souvenir of the CME -cum-Workshop on “Yoga and lifestyle disorders”. Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 22.11.2013. ii. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology & CYTER, MGMCRI. 27.11.2014. iii. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga celebrations. CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015. iv. Souvenir of the National Seminar and CME on “Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education”. International Day of Yoga celebrations. CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 19-21, June 2016. v. “Yoga Practical Notes”- compiled and edited by Dayanidy G and Bhavanani AB. CYTER, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. 2 November 2016. B. Chapters in books (1) : 1. Sovik R, Bhavanani AB. History, Philosophy, and Practice of Yoga. In: Sat Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, Timothy McCall, and Shirley Telles editors. The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care. East Lothian, UK: Handspring Pub Ltd ; 2016. p 17-29. C. Published papers (61) : 1. Bhavanani AB. Yoga in health care. Annals of SBV 2012; 1 (2): 15-24. 2. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Balaji R and Pushpa D. Immediate effect of suryanamaskar on reaction time and heart rate in female volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2013; 57 (2): 199–204. 3. Bhavanani AB. Modern Medicine, Meet Yoga. Integral Yoga Magazine USA. Fall 2013. pg 21-23. 4. Dinesh T, Sharma V K, Raja Jeyakumar M, Syam Sunder A, Gopinath M, Bhavanani AB. Effect of 8 weeks of pranav pranayama training on pulmonary function test parameters in young healthy, volunteers of JIPMER population. Int Res J Pharm App Sci 2013; 3 :116-18. 5. Dinesh T, Gaur G S, Sharma V K, Velkumary S, Bhavanani AB. Effect of 12 weeks of kapalabhati pranayama training on cardio-respiratory parameters in young, healthy volunteers of JIPMER population. International Journal of Medical & Pharmaceutical Sciences Research and Review 2013; 1 (4): 53-61. 6. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan. Immediate cardiovascular effects of a single yoga session in different conditions. Altern Integ Med 2013; 2: 144. 7. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan, Srinivasan AR. Hematological, biochemical and psychological effects of a yoga training programme in nursing students. Int Res J Pharm App Sci 2013; 3(6):17-23 8. Madanmohan. Integrating yoga and modern medicine. Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 7. 9. Madanmohan. Yog for healthy lifestyle. Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 20-23. 10. Bhavanani AB. Psychosomatic mechanisms of yoga. Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 27-31.
  52. 52. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 52 11. Bhavanani AB. Yoga practices for prevention and management of lifestyle disorders. Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 32-40. 12. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Balaji R, Pushpa D. Differential effects of uninostril and alternate nostril pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time. Int J Yoga 2014; 7: 60-65. 13. Sharma VK, Raja Jeyakumar M, Velkumary S, Subramanian SK, Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Sahai A, Dinesh T. Effect of Fast and Slow Pranayama Practice on Cognitive Functions in Healthy Volunteers. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2014; 8 (1) : 10-13. 14. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan. Immediate effect of alternate nostril breathing on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time. Online International Interdisciplinary Research Journal 2014; 4; (Special Issue): 297-302. 15. Bhavanani AB. Yogic perspectives on mental health. International Light 2014. Jan-March: 14-17. 16. Bhavanani AB. Yoga. Clinical Roundup: Selected Treatment Options for Depression. Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2014; 20: 54-55. 17. Madanmohan. Yoga for youth. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 52. 18. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Meena Ramanathan, Srinivasan AR. Yoga improves psychophysical health of nursing students. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 65-70. 19. Bhavanani AB. Introducing integral yoga education for the youth. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 84. 20. Meena Ramanathan, Bhavanani AB. Immediate effect of chandra and suryanadi pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time in a geriatric population. International Journal of Physiology 2014; 2 (1): 59-63. 21. Rajajeyakumar M, Amudharaj D, Bandi harikrishna, Madanmohan T, Jeyasettiseloune, Bhavanani AB. Immediate effect of different pranayam on short term heart rate
  53. 53. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 53 variability in health care students. A preliminary study. International Journal of Physiology 2014; 2 (1): 39-43. 22. Bhavanani AB. Yoga: A novel integrative therapy. Nisargopachar Varta 2014; 6 (5): 13-15. 23. Bhavanani AB, Jayasettiaseelon E, Sanjay Z, Madanmohan. Immediate effect of chandranadi pranayam on heart rate variability and cardiovascular parameters in patients of diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Yoga Mimamsa 2013; 45 (1&2): 1-13. 24. Dinesh T, Gaur GS, Sharma VK, Bhavanani AB, Rajajeyakumar M, Sunder AS. Effect of slow and fast pranayama training on handgrip strength and endurance in healthy volunteers. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2014; 8 (5): BC01-03. 25. Bhavanani AB, Meena Ramanathan, Madanmohan. Yoga and mind body therapies in health and disease: a brief review. Annals of SBV 2014; 3 (1): 29-41. 26. Bhavanani AB. Yogic perspectives on mental health. Annals of SBV 2014; 3 (1): 47-52. 27. Bhavanani AB. The yoga of interpersonal relationships. Annals of SBV 2014; 3 (1): 53-60. 28. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Balaji R, Pushpa D. Comparative immediate effect of different yoga asanas on heart rate and blood pressure in healthy young volunteers. International Journal of Yoga 2014; 7: 89-95. 29. Bhavanani AB. Diverse dimensions of Yoga. Yoga Mimamsa. 2014; 46:3-8. 30. Lee Majewski, Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. A novel rejuvenation program for cancer patients at Kaivalyadhama, India. Yoga Mimamsa 2014; 46:20-24. 31. Bhavanani AB and Meena Ramanathan. Meditation the Inner Yoga. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology & CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 27.11.2014. pg 30-35 32. Dinesh T, Gaur G S, Sharma V K, Madanmohan T, Harichandra Kumar K T, Bhavanani A B. Comparative effect of 12 weeks of slow and fast pranayama training on pulmonary function in young, healthy volunteers: A randomized controlled trial. Int J Yoga 2015; 8: 22-26. 33. Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in health and disease. Journal of Symptoms and Signs 2014; 3(5): 399-406. 34. Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in non-communicable diseases: A brief review. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2015. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2015. Pg 53-60. 35. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M. Single session of integrated „silver yoga‟ program improves cardiovascular parameters in senior citizens.. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol 2015; 4(2): 134-37. 36. Bhavanani AB. Potential of yoga as a therapy. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga celebrations. CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015. pg 80-83. 37. Madanmohan. Yoga the best lifestyle for health. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga celebrations. CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015. pg 84-89. 38. Bhavanani AB and Meena Ramanathan. Yoga practices for prevention and management of psychosomatic stress disorders. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga celebrations. CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015. pg 92-106. 39. Punita P, Trakroo M, Palamalai SR, Subramanian S, Bhavanani AB, Madhavan C. Randomized controlled trial of 12-week yoga therapy as lifestyle intervention in patients of essential hypertension and cardiac autonomic function tests. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2016; 6: 19-26.
  54. 54. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 54 40. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M, Thirusangu S. Effects of a single session of yogic relaxation on cardiovascular parameters in a transgender population. International Journal of Physiology 2016; 4 (1): 27-31. 41. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Health status of elderly women residing in a hospice in Pondicherry. International Journal of Physiology 2016; 4 (1): 76-80. 42. Bhavanani AB, Raj JB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M. Effect of different pranayamas on respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2016; 10 (3): CC04-CC06. 43. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M. Nasal cycle and its therapeutic application: A yogic perspective. Proceedings of the National Conference on “Chronobiology and Health”. Department of Physiology, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 18-19, March 2016. pg 26-28. 44. Bhavanani AB. A brief qualitative survey on the utilization of Yoga research resources by Yoga teachers. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2016; 5(2): 168-173 45. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and Cardiovascular Health: Exploring Possible Benefits and Postulated Mechanisms. Sm J Cardiovasc Dis. 2016; 1(1):1003. 46. Madanmohan. Why introduce yoga in medical curriculum? Souvenir of the National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education. SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 46-47. 47. Bhavanani AB. Integrating yoga and modern medical science. Souvenir of the National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education. SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 48-55. 48. Bhavanani AB. Yoga as a therapy in modern medical settings. Souvenir of the National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education. SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 70-73. 49. Bhavanani AB. Simple yoga practices for health professionals. Souvenir of the National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education. SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 74-86. 50. Madanmohan T and Bhavanani AB. Physiological Benefits of Yogic Practices: A Brief Review. International Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2016; 1(1): 0031-0043. 51. Bhavanani AB. Understanding Yoga as a Therapy. Journal of Yoga and Physiotherapy. 2016;1 (1): 555551 52. Bhavanani AB. Mental Health and Wellbeing Through Yoga. Jacobs Journal of Yoga and Natural Medicine. 2016;1 (1): 004. 53. Bhavanani AB, Majewski L, Tiwari S. Effects of an Intensive 3-Week Yoga Retreat on Sense of Well Being in Cancer Survivors. J Alt Med Res 2016; 2(2): 116. 54. Majewski L, Bhavanani AB. Enhancing Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors through Yoga. Annals of SBV 2016; 5 (2): 7-13. 55. Bierski K, Bhavanani AB, Eswaran S, Madanmohan. Finding Peace on a Psychiatric Ward with Yoga: Report on a Pilot Anthropological Study in Pondicherry, India. Annals of SBV 2016; 5 (2): 14-19. 56. Bhavanani AB. Yoga Therapy: An Overview. Annals of SBV 2016; 5 (2): 28-30. 57. Vasanthan S, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Hanifah M, Jaiganesh K. Comparative study on the effect of yogic relaxing asanas and pranayamas on cardiovascular response in healthy young volunteers. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2017; 7(1): 127-130.
  55. 55. CYTER Report- May2017 Page 55 58. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB, Trakroo M. Effect of a 12-week yoga therapy program on mental health status in elderly women inmates of a hospice. Int J Yoga 2017; 10: 24-28. 59. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Understanding how yoga works: a short review of findings from CYTER, Pondicherry, India. EJPMR 2017; 4(1): 256-262. 60. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Mental health and wellbeing in silver citizens through yoga. EJBPS 2017; 4 (3): 288-292. 61. Vasanthan S, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Hanifah M , Jaiganesh K.Effect of yogic relaxing asans and pranayams on heart Rate variability and perceived stress in healthy Young volunteers - a comparative study. Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2017; 8 (2): 71-76. D. Published abstracts (22): 1. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB. Health, rejuvenation and longevity: an ayurvedic perspective. Abstracts of „Sanjeevita 2013′, the 1st Annual Summit on „Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine‟ organized by CIDRF on 6.9. 2013 at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 48. 2. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB. Yoga and modern medicine: need for integration. Abstracts of „Sanjeevita 2013′, the 1st Annual Summit on „Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine‟ organized by CIDRF on 6.9. 2013 at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 48-49. 3. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, AR Srinivasan, S Balanehru. Effect of yoga training on cardiorespiratory health in obese subjects. Abstracts of „Sanjeevita 2013′, the 1st Annual Summit on „Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine‟ organized by CIDRF on 6.9. 2013 at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 49. 4. Bhavanani AB, Meena Ramanathan, Madanmohan. Yoga works, but how? Abstracts of „Sanjeevita 2013′, the 1st Annual Summit on „Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine‟ organized by the CIDRF on 6.9. 2013 at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 49-50. 5. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan. Immediate cardiovascular effects of pranayamas in patients of hypertension. Abstracts of „Sanjeevita 2013′, the 1st Annual Summit on „Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine‟ organized by CIDRF on 6.9. 2013 at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 50. 6. Dinesh T, Gaur G S, Sharma V K, Bhavanani AB, Harichandra Kumar KT. Effect of 12 weeks of pranayama training on basal physiological parameters in young, healthy volunteers. Poster No. A74. APPICON 2013. 7. Madanmohan. Yoga for youth. Abstracts of the National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 6. 8. Yoga improves psychophysical health of nursing students. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Meena Ramanathan, Srinivasan AR. Abstracts of the National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 21. 9. Bhavanani AB. Introducing integral yoga education for the youth. Abstracts of the National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 22.

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