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Dr Ananda's presentation on Yoga for dentists at Perio Fiesta 2017


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Director of CYTER, Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was invited to present a guest Lecture on Yoga for dental professionals during "Perio Fiesta", the undergraduate periodontology conference organised by IGIDS at SBV.

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Dr Ananda's presentation on Yoga for dentists at Perio Fiesta 2017

  1. 1. Yoga for Dental Professionals Yogacharya Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI MBBS, ADY, DSM, DPC, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (Alt Med), FIAY, C-IAYT Director CYTER Centre for Yoga Education, Therapy and Research, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. www.
  2. 2. SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH (Deemed University Accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC) Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) Salutogenesis, our focus! Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  3. 3. Salutogenesis, our Focus • Moving from pathogenesis, the focus on disease towards salutogenesis, the focus on health! • Under SBV AIM HIGHSBV AIM HIGH (Academy of Integrative Medicine for Holistic Intervention towards General Health), Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, CYTER is striding forward on an innovative path of promoting holistic health for one and all.
  4. 4. Bridging the experiential wisdom of Yoga with empirical modern medical science. Yoga is usually found in Physical Edu & Sports deptts of universities We at CYTER, have it in a medical institution since 2010 – quality of life enhancing benefits for ~ 41, 000 patients – educating future Yoga therapists (PGDYT, M.Phil, PhD), – creating awareness amongst medical, dental and nursing students & professionals – scientifically researching Yoga, – 69 publications & 4 CMEs
  5. 5. Why introduce Yoga for dental students and professionals? ?
  6. 6. • Dental professionals face unique physical, mental, and emotional challenges every day. • These can create discord and imbalance, especially when they're combined. • Contortion of their bodies to gain better visibility, sitting for long periods, as well as hunching over computer keyboards put enormous strain on the musculoskeletal system. • Dealing with fearful patients, uncooperative team members, and job related frustrations can become overwhelming. • Resultant stress, anxiety, anger, and depression. Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  7. 7. • Prevalence of general musculoskeletal pain is estimated to be between 64% and 93% • Major issues : – back pain (36.3-60.1%) and – neck pain (19.8-85%). • Risk factors identified for these occupational predispositions include the static and awkward posture of clinical practice as well as other non- ergonomic work practices. • Physical, mental and emotional stress precipitate or aggravate such factors! Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  8. 8. • It has been recently (2015) suggested that Yoga may be a good way for dentists to relieve stress and reduce the risk for repetitive strain injury and dysfunctional posture. • Another survey (2015) amongst 220 dentists found statistically significant difference in prevalence of musculoskeletal pain among those practicing Yoga compared to those with no regular activity over a period of 12 months. Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  9. 9. • However, ignorance and resistance to Yoga still persists amongst health professionals. • A recent cross–sectional survey in Chennai (2015) reported that despite musculoskeletal pain and stress being the most common occupational hazard prevalent among dentists, over 50% of the 390 respondents surveyed didn't seek any measure to treat these occupational hazards. • Only 10% of them practiced Yoga as the alternative therapy. Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  10. 10. Restoring Human Values: Role of Yoga • Recent developments showcased through social media highlight a lack of human values in modern health professionals. (The MERSALMERSAL effect?) • Compassion, empathy and a sincere desire to relieve suffering are found lacking and this seemingly becomes even rarer as qualifications increase. • Kidney rackets, unnecessary surgeries, lab commissions & inflated bills commonly bemoaned. • Recently medical students in Chennai were found throwing a poor dog off their rooftop in glee. • Monkey tortured and killed at CMC, Vellore
  11. 11. Why yoga? • Yoga, an ancient cultural heritage of India is spreading rapidly; practiced by millions globally. • Offers a broader perspective of life and refines all round personality (purna purusha) • Enables the attainment of inherent potential of each individual in a holistic manner. • Yoga is not just a system of exercise but is a way of life, an attitude and a conscious lifestyle. • A Yogi is just a good human being. • Shouldn’t our doctors be good human beings?
  12. 12. SBV 2013-17SBV 2013-17
  13. 13. Bhavanani AB. SMVMCH. 16.12.2016 Yoga for IGIDS students @ CYTER 2015, 16 & 17
  14. 14. Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 4.4.2017
  15. 15. Why yoga? .................. Contd • Stresses importance of social and personal values – Yama (restraints of subhuman tendencies such as violence, stealing and greed etc), and – Niyama (humane observances: cleanliness, contentment, self-introspection & discipline). • Inculcation of these universal values in dental students and professionals enables them to be more humane in their life and profession. • Provides a contextual purpose for life and service.
  16. 16. Yoga places great importance on a proper and healthy lifestyle whose main components are: ACHAR – healthy physical activities & exercise VICHAR – right thoughts and right attitude towards life that are vital for wellbeing. AHAR – healthy, nourishing diet with adequate intake of fresh water; balanced intake of fresh food, green salads, sprouts, unrefined cereals & fresh fruits. Satwic diet, prepared & served with love & affection. VIHAR –recreational activities to relax body and mind. VIVAHAR – healthy relationships with self and others
  17. 17. Suggested mechanisms • Psycho-physical techniques of Yoga such as asana, pranayama, mudra, dharana and dhyana enable attainment of physical, mental and emotional fitness. • Skilful & efficient management of stressors through induction of relaxation response. • A broader worldview enables doctors to fulfil their responsibility (dharma) in the spirit of nishkama karma (non-attachment to results of one’s actions). • This prevents unhealthy “Me first”, “Make the most money”, “Who cares as long as I am safe” type of attitudes from developing in dental professionals.
  18. 18. Empathy is the key!
  19. 19. ADVANTAGES OF YOGA Wholistic: • Preventive, promotive, rehabilitative, curative? • Science, philosophy, art • Involves body, mind, spirit • Desirable +ve “side benefits” • Simultaneous improvement in health and control of other conditions • Relief from stress - the main cause of Adhija Vyadhi (psychosomatic disorders)
  20. 20. Perceived Stimulus Perceived Stimulus
  21. 21. Stress management through Yoga • Dr W Selvamurthy gave a beautiful message at SBV recently. He said: Yoga enables and empowers individuals to – Modify their perceptions of the stressors, – Optimise their responses to them, and – Efficiently release the pent up stresses. • We can think of it as a 3-in-1 action!!
  22. 22. HowHow does thisdoes this happenhappen ??
  23. 23. Psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrinological correlates of stress, illness & health NERVOUS SYSTEM ENDOCRINE SYSTEM IMMUNE SYSTEM Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  24. 24. Psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrinological correlates of stress, illness & health NERVOUS SYSTEM ENDOCRINE SYSTEM IMMUNE SYSTEM MENTAL & PHYSICAL ILLNESS -ve STRESS Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  25. 25. Psycho-neuro-immuno-endocrinological correlates of stress, illness & health NERVOUS SYSTEM ENDOCRINE SYSTEM IMMUNE SYSTEM MENTAL & PHYSICAL ILLNESS +ve YOGA -ve STRESS HEALTH Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
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  27. 27. MechanismsofYoga MechanismsofYoga Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  28. 28. Where the mind goes, there the energy flows! You can use your mind to change your brain to change your mind for the better. This is self-directed neuroplasticity. Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  29. 29. Uninostril / alternate nostril pranayamas Suryanadi asana Chandranadi asana
  30. 30. Whooshing tensions away-nasarga mukha bhastrika Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  31. 31. Balancing energy centers (chakras) with gestured mindfulness Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  32. 32. Twisting the arms-Garuda Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  33. 33. Opening the shoulders-Gomukha Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  34. 34. Stretching the spine-Tala Asana Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  35. 35. Twisting the spine - Bharadwaja Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
  36. 36. Tension relaxation coupling: Spanda nishpanda Bhavanani AB. IGIDS. 3.11.2017
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  38. 38. Accredited with ‘AA’ grade by NAAC