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Overview of the CYTER of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth

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A brief overview of the innovative path-breaking work being done in Yoga Therapy by the CYTER of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth in Pondicherry, India.

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Overview of the CYTER of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth

  1. 1. ESTABLISHMENT 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, 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. IMPORTANCE OF CYTER: The Govt of India, Ministry of Health & FW is currently promoting indigenous systems of health in a strong manner through AYUSH. The limitations of modern medicine in managing stress induced psychosomatic, chronic illnesses are the strength of Yoga and hence a holistic integration of both systems enables best quality of patient care. CYTER can be projected a nodal center to train medical educators and administrators for setting up such integrative health centers in our country as we have the necessary infrastructure and man power. We can proudly state that it is only in the
  2. 2. supportive and innovative milieu of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth that the holistic art and science of Yoga, our cultural heritage, has been able to reach both the classes and the masses of our society optimally, effectively and holistically. “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 enables us to offer integrative and holistic benefits for patients in our hospital as many departments refer patients for Yoga therapy regularly. VISION:  The innovative integration of traditional Yoga therapy with modern medical science, through a conscious focus on salutogenesis, thus enhancing holistic health and wellness. MISSION:  Promotion of positive health through application of rationale Yoga therapy for patients of various medical conditions.  Education of qualified and competent Yoga therapists capable of practicing integrative medicine.  Creation of qualitative and quantitative research evidence for rationale application of Yoga as a preventive, promotive, rehabilitative and curative therapy.  Investigation of the role of Yoga therapy as complementary medicine in addition to modern medicine or in situations where modern medicine has no definite cure or palliation.  Investigation of the role of Yoga therapy in association with other methods of complementary medicine.
  3. 3. FACULTY MEMBERS OF CYTER: DIRECTOR: Yogacharya Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (AM), FIAY, C-IAYT DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Yogachemmal Dr. MEENA RAMANATHAN BSc, MA, CYT, DYNS, PGDY, MSc, PhD, C-IAYT YOGA LECTURER: Yogachemmal G DAYANIDY BSc, CYT, PGDYE, DRAY, MCA, MSc (Yoga), PGDYT YOGA INSTRUCTORS: Sri P DANUSHAPNADEESH, BSc, MCA, DYEd, PGDYT Smt G SARULATHA, Diploma Yoga and Bharatanatyam EXTERNAL CONSULTANTS / ADJUNCT FACULTY Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Director ICYER, Pondicherry Sri Subodh Tiwari, CEO, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla Dr BR Sharma, Principal GS College of Yoga & Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama Dr Kausthub Desikachar, CEO, Krishnamacharya Healing & Yoga Foundation, Chennai Dr Arpan Bhatt, HOD, Swasthavrutta , Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar Dr Satish Phatak, Medical Consultant, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla. Dr A Sanguida, IGIDS, SBV BOARD OF STUDIES Prof. Madanmohan, Ex-Director CYTER – External expert Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, Director ICYER, Pondicherry- External expert Dr. B Rajalakshmi, Department of AYUSH, Pondicherry- External Expert Dr. J Mohanakrishnan, Physiotherapist JIPMER, External Expert Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Director CYTER Sri G Dayanidy, Lecturer CYTER Dr. Meena Ramanathan, Deputy Director CYTER, Member Secretary
  4. 4. IMPORTANT MILESTONES: Year Significant Event 2010  Foundation of CYTER (1.11.2010) 2011  Yoga therapy OPD starts functioning at MGMCRI 2012  Introduction of yoga for BSc nursing students  Regular awareness programs in MRD and SAF 2013  First research publication from CYTER  National workshop on yoga and lifestyle organised by CYTER 2014  Introduction of yoga for MBBS students  PGDYT course inaugurated  National workshop on sleep, consciousness and meditation 2015  Introduction of yoga for BDS students  1st International Day of Yoga celebrations at SBV  National workshop on therapeutic potential of yoga 2016  MoU between SBV and Kaivalyadhama, Maharastra.  2nd International Day of Yoga celebrations at SBV  National workshop on introducing yoga in HPE  International Symposium on yoga and Wellbeing  Inauguration of PG certificate programs in yoga therapy  Inauguration of MPhil in yoga therapy 2017  MoU between SBV and Amity University, New Delhi  3rd International Day of Yoga celebrations at SBV  National workshop on yoga and chronic diseases  Inauguration of PhD in yoga therapy
  5. 5. 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. AB Bhavanani, Director CYTER and Dr Meena Ramanathan, the Deputy Director. Qualified Yoga instructors are imparting the schedules daily from 9 am to 4.30 pm. Individualised and group Yoga therapy sessions are being conducted for various medical conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, musculoskeletal and psychiatric disorders with excellent feedback from participants. Yoga therapy and lifestyle consultations are offered daily as part of Basic, Superior, Complete Cardiac and Deluxe Health Check packages of Master Heath Check-up in the Corporate Services Wing of the hospital since October 2013. We are also offering non-therapeutic general sessions for faculty, staff and students of SBVU from 6 to 7am and 4.30 to 5.30pm on all working days. Male Female TG Total 2010 (from Nov) 28 30 - 58 2011 440 776 26 1242 2012 211 544 10 765 2013 544 788 2 1334 2014 2047 2276 122 4445 2015 2942 5769 42 8753 2016 5607 9357 89 15053 2017 (till September) 3940 4942 - 8882 Grand total (Since 2010) 40,532
  6. 6. 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 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 (n=15) have graduated from our PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) and Fourth batch of students (n=7) are awaiting their results. We are very proud that these 22 students are the amongst the first Yoga Therapists graduating from a modern medical university. Currently 7 students are undergoing the certificate program (CFY), 5 the PGDYT and 3 the MPhil in Yoga Therapy. Two candidates have been selected for PhD in Yoga Therapy program. Inspired by the success of this course, and to provide a new pathway for the aspiring healers across health profession, credit based programs were started with the following options: 1. Pursue Certificate Courses in Yoga Therapy of three months duration (total four courses of 8 Credit points, each), with options for exit after any course, thus obtaining a course completion certificate. (8 x 4 = 32 Credits) 2. Appear for PGDYT comprehensive examination, based on the four courses of study (8 x 4 = 32 + 2Cr for portfolio = 34 Credits) 3. Continue further to M. Phil. program of one year (38 credits), subject to the candidate holding a Master’s Degree (science graduates will be given preference). 4. This program eventually leads to PhD Program in Yoga therapy that has been introduced in academic year 2017-18. To further facilitate ease of student progression, we have introduced both lateral entry and exit provisions in the courses. Students can leave after completing the certificate courses or continue in the PGDYT. Those students who have a Master’s degree (science graduates will be given preference) can join the M Phil program if they have completed PGDYT from SBV earlier. This provision for lateral entry and exit is summarized in Fig.2.
  7. 7. Fig.1: Courses and milestones in Yoga Therapy Programs- Four2One Model C1, C2, C3 and C4 are Core Certificate courses leading to PGDYT. The two Electives E1 and E2 are to be chosen from 12 topics related to Yoga Therapy and its clinical applications, which then culminates in one Major Research Project in M Phil. Fig.2: Career Pathway in Yoga Therapy (YT) with provisions for lateral entry and exit. Lateral Exit Lateral Entry Lateral Exit CERTIFICATE COURSES PGDYT M. Phil
  8. 8. The major highlight of the new programs is adoption of Credit Based Choice System (CBCS) recommended by NAAC and UGC as a major reform in higher education. As a corollary, a competency based approach has been proposed for these programs. Competency Based Approach Competency based approach is the haul mark of a progressive curriculum. Knowledge and skills are of no significance, unless they are used by the professionals for the benefit of communities. The above core competencies are the main essence of the programs. However, the way in which they are learnt and assessed varies at different levels. For instance, a student may be taught and assessed for the ‘knowledge of facts and concepts’ at the certificate level, ‘understanding of concepts’ at the Diploma level and ‘application of concepts’ in a real life or simulated situation at the M.Phil level. In summary, the proposed program gives immense flexibility for learners to pursue diverse careers as Yoga Therapists and enables creation of a pool of trained Yoga therapists possessing requisite skills and competence to impart sound Yoga therapy in different medical conditions. The system provides ample opportunities for self-directed learning, guided by extensive mentoring, small group learning and reflective practice within the campus as well as in their work places. It provides a new career pathway for the students and teachers to synergize the capacity building in Yoga Therapy education. The program ultimately aims to create human resource capable of cutting edge research into fundamental aspects of Yoga as well as its applications in different medical conditions.
  9. 9. COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE FOR CERTIFICATE AND PGDYT PROGRAMS Course 1 Course 2 1st Semester Exam Course 3 Course 4 2nd Semester Exam July - Sept Oct – Dec Jan – March April-June Foundations of Yoga (CFY) Foundations of Yoga Therapy (CFYT) 3 written theory papers and 1 practicum 4 x 100= 400 marks Applications of Yoga (CAY) Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy (CAYT) 3 written theory papers and 1 practicum 4 x 100= 400 marks Lectures/ seminars of 2.5 hr/wk x12 wks = 30 hr Lectures / seminars of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Lectures/ seminars of 2.5 hr/wk x12 wks = 30 hr Lectures/ seminars of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr 2Cr 4 Cr 2Cr 4 Cr Practicum training of 10 hr /wk x12 wks = 120 hr Practicum training of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Practicum training of 10 hr/wk x12 wks = 120 hr Practicum training of 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr 4 Cr 2 Cr 4 Cr 2 Cr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Supervised / Self learning 5 hr/wk x12 wks = 60 hr Total marks =800 Portfolio 2 Cr 2 Cr 2 Cr 2 Cr 2 Cr Total = 8 Total = 8 Total = 8 Total = 8 Total Credits=34 Note: Credit Calculation. One credit is gained by engaging in 15 hours of direct instruction, or 30 hours of self- study; Marks of each Semester Examination are converted into Grade Points and SGPA computed as per UGC norms. CGPA is computed for the total of both semesters as per UGC norms
  10. 10. COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF FIRST SEMESTER i. Ability to define yoga and yoga therapy with an expressed understanding of the limitations and strengths of the system with reference to traditional literature and modern research. ii. Ability to explain integrated functioning of the human body with reference to different systems and the effects of yoga techniques as appropriate. iii. Should be able to perform and teach different yoga techniques while expressing significance, benefits, contraindications and step-by-step procedure for each one. iv. Ability to express and demonstrate diagnostic methodology of yoga chikitsa with reference to panchakosha, pranavayu, vyuha&dwadasharogalakshanam models. v. Should be able to express concepts of yoga as a healthy lifestyle and as an adjunct/ complementary integrative therapy with other systems of healing such as allopathy and the AYUSH systems. vi. Ability to express the important strengths, limitations, opportunities and challenges of modern yoga research. COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF SECOND SEMESTER i. Ability to express in detail various applications of yoga in different fields of human activity such as the care of special children, geriatric society, transgender population, rehabilitation, corporate sector and in field of sports. ii. Expressed understanding of therapeutic potential of different yoga techniques in various medical conditions with reference to their underlying mechanisms. iii. Ability to demonstrate yoga practices appropriate for different medical conditions along with expressed advice on the precautions, limitations and contraindications. iv. Ability to conduct personalized yoga consultation and reach an integrative diagnosis using modern medical as well as yogic concepts and techniques. v. Should be able to prepare appropriate yoga therapy protocol for patients of different conditions including suggestions for lifestyle modifications. vi. Should be able to conduct integrated yoga therapy sessions for individual patients of different disorders as well as groups of patients with similar conditions. vii. Ability to document and report short and long term changes in normal volunteers and patients before and after undergoing yoga therapy.
  11. 11. COURSE CONTENT OUTLINE FOR M PHIL IN YOGA THERAPY 1st Semester 2nd Semester July - Dec Examination Jan - June Examination Elective-1 Review of literature, 10 case studies and monograph on one of 12 topics in Yoga therapy clinical applications. 180 hr self-study (6 Cr) 1 written theory paper of 80 marks and 20 marks for monograph. (Total= 100 marks) Core: Research methodology. SBV workshop series and grounding in theoretical foundations of research. Application of research in Yoga and Yoga therapy. 30 hr (2 Cr) 1 written theory paper 1x100=100 Elective-2 Review of literature, 10 case studies and monograph on one of the 12 topics of Yoga therapy clinical applications. 180 hr self-study 1 written theory paper of 80 marks and 20 marks for monograph. (Total= 100 marks) Major project Development of one of the electives into a full- fledged research study with dissertation. 360 hr self-study under Guide. Assessment of dissertation by internal and external experts with viva. (100+100= 200 marks) (6 Cr) (12Cr) Mentoring and practicum training of 10 hr/wk x 24wks = 240 hr Assessment by internal audit. Viva and practical on Yoga therapy. (100 marks) Portfolio and practicum training of 5 hr/wk x 24wks = 120 hr Assessment by internal audit with viva and practical on Yoga therapy (100 marks) (8 Cr) (4 Cr) 20 Cr 18 Cr Total = 38 Cr Note: Credit Calculation. One credit is gained by engaging in 15 hours of direct instruction, or 30 hours of self- study; Marks of each Semester examination are converted into Grade Points and SGPA computed as per UGC norms. CGPA is computed for the total of both semesters as per UGC norms.
  12. 12. COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF FIRST SEMESTER i. Demonstrated ability to prepare appropriate yoga therapy protocol for patients of different conditions including suggestions for lifestyle modifications. ii. Demonstrated ability to conduct integrated yoga therapy sessions for individual patients of different disorders as well as groups of patients with similar conditions iii. Demonstrated ability to perform qualitative literature review of Yoga therapy and prepare a monograph on such literary research. iv. Demonstrated ability to create a research protocol for studying fundamental aspects as well as applied therapeutic potential of Yoga in different medical conditions. v. Demonstrated ability to analyze research data with appropriate statistical methods. vi. Demonstrated ability to present such research findings with oral and poster presentations. COMPETENCIES EXPECTED AT THE END OF SECOND SEMESTER i. Demonstrated ability to express in detail various applications of yoga in different fields of human activity. ii. Expressed understanding of therapeutic potential of different yoga techniques in various medical conditions with reference to their underlying mechanisms. iii. Ability to demonstrate yoga practices appropriate for different conditions along with expressed advice on precautions, limitations and contraindications. iv. Ability to conduct personalized yoga consultation and reach an integrative diagnosis using modern medical as well as yogic concepts and techniques. Should be able to prepare appropriate yoga therapy protocol for patients of different conditions including suggestions for lifestyle modifications. v. Should be able to conduct integrated yoga therapy sessions for individual patients as well as groups of patients. vi. Ability to help organize and conduct seminar/ workshops through intra and inter- departmental collaboration. vii. Ability to document and report short and long term changes in normal volunteers and patients before and after undergoing Yoga therapy. viii. Demonstrated ability to conduct pilot studies on fundamental and applied aspects of Yoga and analyze data with appropriate statistical methods. ix. Ability to write a dissertation of 75 pages using IMRAD structure. x. Demonstrated ability to present research findings through both oral and poster presentations in local/national events. xi. Ability to prepare full-fledged paper for publication in research journals and have at least one publication resulting from the work done in the major project.
  13. 13. YOGA RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS In the past seven years since its inception, the CYTER team has published 7 compilations and books, 3 chapters in edited books, 69 papers in National and International journals as well as 24 abstracts. Highlighted publications: 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. 2. Bhavanani AB and Ramanathan M. Psychophysiology of Yoga Postures: Ancient and Modern Perspectives of Asanas. In: Shirley Telles and Nilkamal Singh editors. Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga. IGI Global, Editors:,2017. p.1-16 3. 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. 4. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan. Immediate cardiovascular effects of a single yoga session in different conditions. Altern Integ Med 2013; 2: 144. 5. 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 6. 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. 7. 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. 8. Bhavanani AB. Yoga. Clinical Roundup: Selected Treatment Options for Depression. Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2014; 20: 54-55. 9. 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.
  14. 14. 10.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. 11.Lee Majewski, Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. A novel rejuvenation program for cancer patients at Kaivalyadhama, India. Yoga Mimamsa 2014; 46:20-24. 12.Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in health and disease. Journal of Symptoms and Signs 2014; 3(5): 399-406. 13.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. 14.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. 15.Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Health status of elderly women residing in a hospice in Pondicherry. International Journal of Physiology 2016; 4 (1): 76-80. 16.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. 17.Bhavanani AB. A brief qualitative survey on the utilization of Yoga research resources by Yoga teachers. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2016; 5(2): 168-173 18.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. 19.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. 20.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. 21.Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Understanding how yoga works: a short review of findings from CYTER, Pondicherry, India. EJPMR 2017; 4(1): 256-262. 22.Bhavanani AB. Integrating Yoga in Health Professional Education: The SBV Experience. Journal of Education Technology in Health Sciences 4 (2), 42-46.
  15. 15. CONSULTANCY EXTENSION AND OUTREACH ACTIVITES:  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 took part and got an overview of the role Yoga can play in lifestyle disorders by inculcating a healthy lifestyle.  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 nominated to Consultative Committee of 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.  CYTER conducted a special Programme for people of the third gender from SCHOD Society, Cuddalore from 3rd to 7th November 2014.
  16. 16.  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.  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.
  17. 17.  The CYTER team 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.  Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was a Resource Person for the online MEDITATION SUMMIT organised by Ananda Sanga Educational Institute of South Africa. A worldwide audience listened to eminent experts from 23rd to 29th January 2015.  Dr Ananda was an invited speaker for NATIONAL YOGA WEEK-2015 held at MDNIY, New Delhi from 12-18 February, 2015. He presented invited talk on "Yoga for non-communicable disorders" and participated in Executive Council meetings of the Indian Yoga Association.  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.  Dr Ananda 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.  Dr Ananda participated in Executive Council meeting of Indian Yoga Association at, New Delhi where many important decisions were taken regarding 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.  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
  18. 18. 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.  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.  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.
  19. 19.  Dr Meena, gave interactive session on Yoga for Stress Management for Continuous Heath Workers Education to benefit Heath Workers of IGGGH & PGI on the 23 January. Demonstration was done by the staff and students of CYTER.  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 was resource person for the CME on “Memory: Mind to Molecules” held at Dhanalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital, Siruvachur, Perambalur on 5.3.2016.  CYTER team 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 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.
  20. 20.  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 National Workshop on Yoga conducted by Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University on 9 April 2016 at Chennai.  As per guidelines issued by UGC and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India International Day of Yoga 2016 was celebrated at SBV in a grand manner from 19-21 June 2016. As a prelude to this event, SBV YOGA FEST was celebrated in May 2016 to create awareness amongst the student community.
  21. 21.  Dr Ananda was resource person for International Conference on "Yoga for the Body and Beyond" organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 22-23 June 2016 by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India.  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.  Dr Ananda 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.  International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing organized by CYTER, at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry on 12th August 2016.  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.
  22. 22.  Dr Ananda was invited Guest Speaker and Co-chairperson for Keynote session of National Seminar on Emerging Trends of Research in Yoga & Naturopathy organized by CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH at New Delhi 16-18 September 2016.  Dr Meena and Sri G 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.  Dr Ananda presented 2-day workshop on anatomy, physiology, pathology and Yoga therapy with reference to cardio-respiratory systems at Kaivalyadhama, 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.  Dr Ananda was invited to be an examiner for Ph.D thesis by the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in July 2016.  It was a special moment when he received felicitations from VC, Dean (AHS) and Registrar upon being awarded prestigious C-IAYT recognition (IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist) by International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in September 2016. It is notable that he is first Indian to receive this honor.  Dr Meena gave a presentation on “Mental Health and Wellbeing in Silver Citizens
  23. 23. 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 presentation on “Mental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga” during 6th InSPA International Conference and 3rd International Conference of Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry University as part of the plenary session at Convention Centre of the Pondicherry University on 15th Oct 2016.  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.
  24. 24.  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.  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 conducted 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.  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 Ananda was invited to be Chief Guest and present talk on “Yoga for Health Professionals: Concepts and practices” during Annual Scientific Society Meet of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College, Madagadipet on 16 December 2016.  Dr Meena 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.  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 from Chief Minister of Puducherry Sri V Narayanasamy in the presence of VC of Pondicherry University and other dignitaries.
  25. 25.  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 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 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. 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.
  26. 26.  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.  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.  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.
  27. 27.  CYTER team participated actively in the World health Day 2017 commemorations organised by Dept of Community Medicine of MGMCRI of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University at the Rural Health Training Centre, Seliamedu.  Dr Ananda as Director of Research Committee of Indian Yoga Association was invited to oversee the research project being done under Niyantrita Madhumeha Bharata (NMB) Abhiyan at SVYASA University Bangalore on 29th &30th May 2017. The project is being guided by Dr HR Nagendraji and Dr R Nagarathnaji and funded by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India.  Dr Ananda was invited to be a Resource Person and deliver invited lecture on “Research in Yoga” for the 25th Workshop on Research Methodology and Bio- Statistics for AYUSH PG Students and Researchers organised by Department of Siddha of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University on 3 July 2017.
  28. 28.  Dr Ananda was invited to be a Resource Person and present talk on “Role of Yoga in prevention and management of lifestyle disorders” during the Golden Jubilee International Conference of Indian Pharmacological Society, Southern Region at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry on 5 July 2017.  Dr Ananda was invited as Chairman for Board of Studies in “Anatomy & Physiology of Human Body in the context of Yoga” at GS College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla on 10 July 2017.  CYTER organised a Workshop on Yoga Chikitsa, “The Application of Yoga as a Therapy” presented by Dr Kausthub Desikachar PhD, Chief Yoga Therapist, Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation, Chennai between 10 am and 1 pm on 24 July 2017 at CYTER, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMC&RI), Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. He is also an adjunct faculty for CYTER. More than 50 participated and enjoyed the interactive workshop.
  29. 29.  Dr Meena was awarded the Best Yoga Teacher Award by Tamil Nadu Sports Yogasana Association in appreciation for the services rendered in the field of Yoga on the occasion of the 3rd International Day of Yoga on 21.6.2017 at Chennai.  Yogachemmal G Dayanidy received blessings from VC on successfully clearing UGC NET exam for Assistant Professorship in Yoga on 9 August 2017.  Alumni of CYTER Dr Balaji and Dr Sanguida received gold medals for PGDYT for 2014 and 2016 respectively during the Doctoral Convocation held on 22nd September 2017. Dr Ananda attended the program as the Director of CYTER.  Dr. Ananda was invited as Chief Guest for the SHISHOPANAYANA for the 29th batch of fresh BNYS students joining the course at SDM College of Naturopathy & Yogic Sciences, Ujire on 23 & 24 September 2017. He received a blessing from Padmavibhushan Sri Virendra Heggadeji the Dharmadikari of Dharmasthala.
  30. 30.  An interactive workshop on “Yoga and psychotherapy (Bridging East and West)” was presented by Dr STEPHEN PARKER (Stomaji) Psy.D from the USA on the auspicious day of Saraswati Puja, 29 September 2017 at CYTER. 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 2015-17 (till June) 2486 3456 - 5942 6723 2017 (July - Sept) 334 447 - 781
  31. 31. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 2015 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 2016
  32. 32. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA CELEBRATIONS 2017
  33. 33. SIGNIFICANT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIONS:  Dr Ananda 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.  Dr Krzysztof Bierski, Postdoctoral Fellow from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany participated in observational training at CYTER during January and February 2016. 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. Another qualitative research study has received IHEC approval and is in the planning stages.  Dr Ananda was invited to Canada and USA as consultant to conduct Yoga and Yoga therapy program at Montreal between 20-24 April and then at Kripalu in USA from 24 April to 1st May 2016. In Montreal he presented an invited talk for 110 students and faculty of the Vanier College on 22 April, and for 35 Yoga teachers and enthusiast at YOGNAT studio on 23rd . He led a Yoga education and experiential retreat with 25 participants at the Ermitage Ste-Croix, on the Lake of Two Mountains, in Montreal. All the events were well received and the work of CYTER and SBV was highlighted.  From 24th April to 1st May 2016, 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. 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 Balayogi Bhavanani was invited to present workshops, seminars and talks at various venues in Australia from 8 to 23 October, 2017. He was Keynote presenter at the Golden Jubilee 50th anniversary conference of the International Yoga Teachers Association at Sydney and presented highly successful programmes
  34. 34. organized by the Gitananda Yoga Association of Australia and Integral Yoga Academy of Australasia at Adelaide.  MOU 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 and Dean Research and Allied Health Sciences.  MOU between SBV and Amity University on 31st March 2017. Dr W Selvamurthy, President Amity Science, Technology and Innovation Foundation, 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 Balaji Vidyapeeth. 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. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS: CYTER has submitted copyright proposals for the following:  Choice based credit courses in Yoga Therapy  CYTER Yoga Therapy educational videos INNOVATION AND BEST PRACTICES:  Integrating Yoga in Health Professions Education  “Divyanga” Yoga: The CYTER Model  “SILVER YOGA": The CYTER Model  Choice Based Credit Courses in Yoga Therapy  CYTER Yoga Therapy Educational Videos COMPLETED RESEARCH PROJECTS (9): 1. Differential effects of uninostril and alternate nostril pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. 2. Comparative immediate effect of different yoga asanas on heart rate and blood pressure in healthy young volunteers. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. 3. Immediate effect of suryanamaskar on reaction time and heart rate in female volunteers. Meena Ramanathan. 4. Effect of 12-weeks of yoga training on cardiorespiratory, neurological and psychological parameters in a geriatric population. Meena Ramanathan. 5. A study to assess the effectiveness of pranayama on level of depression among the transgender. Collaborative project with KGNC. Thirusangu S. 6. A comparative study of the effect of yogic relaxing asanas and pranayamas on HRV and perceived stress in healthy young volunteers. Vasanthan S. 7. The Efficacy of Bhramari Pranayama in Relieving Symptoms of Chronic Rhinosinusitis - A Randomized Study. Abishek K 8. Effect of overnight sleep deprivation on Autonomic Function Test and Perceived Stress in young healthy volunteers. Rahul.
  36. 36. 9. A Comparative Study of the Effect of Music and combination of Music and Yoga interventions on physiological and psychological parameters in patients posted for angiogram. Samay Ajmera ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS (12): 1. Comparative evaluation of effectiveness of tooth brushing training methods with or without yoga as an adjuvant in children with autism spectrum disorder. Eswari R 2. The effect of adjunctive yoga therapy in depressive disorders: a randomised study. Suriyakumar. 3. Intra ocular pressure variations in forward bending yoga postures. Srikanth K 4. Effect of 4 wks yoga training on cardio-respiratory, neurological, haemato-logical & psycho-logical parameters in nursing students. Ramanathan M 5. Assessment of fasting lipid profile in chronic kidney disease and the effect of yoga therapy. Dutta A 6. Effect of yoga therapy on autonomic function & biochemical parameters in patients with newly diagnosed essential hypertension: A RCT. Uttiravelu P. 7. Effect of Yogic Intervention on Oxidative Stress Markers and Cellular Aging in Elderly Volunteers. Selvakumar S 8. Effect of a comprehensive yoga therapy module on the pulmonary function and quality of life in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A RCT. Artchoudane S 9. A study of the effectiveness of adjuvant yoga therapy in diabetic lung: A RCT. Balaji R. 10.Assessment of Effectiveness of Yoga Therapy as an Adjuvant Treatment Modality for Refractive Post-Traumatic Headache: A pilot Randomised Control Trial. Natesan Damodaran 11.Perception of yoga as a life skill in patients with mental health problems: a qualitative study. Krzysztof Bierski 12.The effect of yoga therapy on oxidative stress and cardiometabolic risk factors in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a randomized control trial. Mangala Gowri.

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