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The innovative aspects of CYTER

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Thanks to the worldwide growing interest in symbiotic integration of Yoga and Modern Medicine, the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth has has set up the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) in its MGMCRI at Pondicherry, India. This is most probably the only such innovative centre in a private medical university in India.

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The innovative aspects of CYTER

  1. 1. SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH (Deemed University Accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC) Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) Salutogenesis, our focus!
  2. 2. Salutogenesis, our Focus • Moving from pathogenesis, the focus on disease towards salutogenesis, the focus on health! • Under SBV 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. • Bringing together ancient experiential wisdom of Yoga with evidence based approach of modern medical science.
  3. 3. An Integrated Set Up At CYTER we are: – Educating future Yoga therapists, – Helping patients recover from their illnesses, – Scientifically researching ‘Hows & Whys’ of Yoga. Joseph & Lilian Le Page, Integrative Yoga Therapy, USA “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.” Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  4. 4. Our Team Hon Emeritus Prof: Prof. MADANMOHAN MBBS, MD, MSc, DSc (Yoga), FIAY Director: Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani MBBS, ADY, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (AM), FIAY, C-IAYT Deputy Director : Yogachemmal Dr. Meena Ramanathan BSc, MA, CYT, DYNS, PGDY, MSc, PhD (Yoga), C-IAYT Yoga Lecturer: G Dayanidy, MSc Yoga, PGDYE, CYT Yoga Instructors: P Danushapnadeesh, BSc, MCA, MTech, DYEd G Sarulatha, Dip Yoga and Bharatanatyam • Hon Emeritus Professor and Director are medical doctors with vast experience in Yoga education, therapy and research • > 200 publications. 13 referenced by National Health Portal (Yoga research section) • Hon Emeritus Professor was Head Physiology with 43 y experience. Guided many MD and PhD. Honoured with DSc in Yoga. • Director on Ministry of AYUSH Expert Committees for IDY, DM, ICH & CCRYN. Boards of CYAI, IYA & advisor IAYT & AAYT. 22 books, 19 dvds with h-index 16 and i10-index 28. 1st C—IAYT certified in India. • Our Deputy Director is first Pondicherrian to complete her PhD in Yoga. Extensive experience in Yoga for geriatric population and special children. C-IAYT certified. Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  5. 5. Yoga Therapy • Yoga is usually found in the Physical Education & Sports departments of many universities • We at CYTER have it in a medical institution – enhancing the learning curve of our trainees – enabling us to offer holistic benefits for patients – creating awareness amongst medical professionals • Daily OPD consultations, individual & group sessions • Yoga consultations in all Master Health checkups offered by our Hospital services and IP wards • Quality of life enhancing benefits for ~ 40,000 patients in MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  6. 6. What is Yoga Therapy? • Not merely exercise! • Focuses on health promotion, management of specific conditions and general disease prevention. • Incorporates holistic amalgam: – Yogic counseling, – dietary advice, – lifestyle modifications, – breath-body work, – relaxation, – meditation, – chanting and mindfulness. • Change in attitude. • Inherent healing facilitated • Self empowerment.
  7. 7. Patient Diversity and Benefits • Orthopedics (20%): Anesthetist with back pain, housewife with neck pain - back to normal, ↑mobility in senior citizens. • Psychiatry (20%): Suicide prevention, alcoholic de-addiction, anxiety reduction, mood stabilization, ↑self-esteem & confidence, ↓loneliness. • General medicine (10%): ↓dosage in HT, avoidance of drugs in pre-HT. Weight loss in obesity. Glycemic control in T2DM. Subclinical hypothyroidism controlled, ↓drug dosage in established cases. • Dermatology (10%): Drug resistant psoriasis -responsive after Yoga • Obs & Gyne (10%): Healthier pregnancy and labour, ↓BP in pre-eclampsia, ↓ postpartum blues, normalization of periods & weight loss in PCOD. • General (30%): Silver citizens, special children, enhanced wellbeing, self- confidence, emotional stability, “feel good” factor, healthier sleep & appetite, social bonding & relationships, “positive peer pressure”. Reduced academic stress, greater sense of focus, & enhanced ‘zest for life’ in medical, nursing and dental students.
  8. 8. Yoga Education • MPhil in Yoga Therapy, PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) & Certificate Courses in Yoga Therapy are unique as they are offered through a modern medical institution through CBCS. • Uniting ancient traditional wisdom of Yoga with evidence based approach of modern medicine. • Three batches of PGDYT have graduated. • International interest in the course. • Regular training for students, faculty members, senior citizens, special children and TG population. • Special sessions for MBBS, BDS and Nursing students. • CYTER model can be adopted by all innovative medical colleges when new MCI regulations are implemented.
  9. 9. Lateral Exit Lateral Exit Lateral Entry Career pathway in Yoga Therapy Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  10. 10. • These courses are designed to develop broad understanding of Yoga and Yoga therapy as well as clinical applications of Yoga therapy in different medical conditions. • Four certificate courses with 8 credits each are being offered. – Foundations of Yoga (CFY) – Foundations of Yoga Therapy (CFYT) – Applications of Yoga (CAY) – Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy (CCAYT) • Participants obtain requisite skills to function independently as a therapist. Certificate Courses in Yoga Therapy Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  11. 11. • 2-Semester, 34 credits course for medical, paramedical, yoga instructors. • Theory papers : – Foundations of yoga – Foundations of modern medicine – Foundations of yoga chikitsa – Application of yoga in different fields – Role of yoga in cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and digestive disorders – Yoga as a therapy for neurological, endocrine, metabolic, psychiatric and other disorders • Extensive Practicum – Training in Yogic techniques – Applied aspects in different conditions – Hands-on training in conducting sessions – Clinical and research experience Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  12. 12. – 2 Semester, 38 credits course – Individual mentoring by CYTER faculty. – Core : Research methodology – Two electives with practical evaluation of techniques and submission of monograph. – Major research project with dissertation and viva. – Portfolio and mentoring emphasized. – Extensive ‘hands on’ clinical experience in MGMCRI. M Phil in Yoga Therapy Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  13. 13. Yoga Research • Basic and applied research is being carried out on various yogic techniques in different populations and conditions. • 8 completed projects and 13 ongoing. • Published 66 papers, review articles & 24 abstracts on short & long term, health enhancing benefits of training & therapeutic programs in patients & healthy volunteers. • Current inter-disciplinary studies focusing on – Psychophysiological effects in geriatrics, – Cardio-respiratory physiology, – Computer vision syndrome and changes in IOP, – Medicine, ENT, dermatology and pulmonology – Transgender community.
  14. 14. Community Empowerment • Workshops/Seminars/CMEs on “Yoga for lifestyle disorders”, “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates”, “Therapeutic potential of Yoga”, “Introducing Yoga in HPE” & “Yoga & chronic disorders” > 300 medical, paramedical, yoga professionals, students & international delegates attending each event in 2013, 14, 15, 16 and 2017. • International Day of Yoga celebrations June 2015, 16 & 17. • Regular awareness programs conducted at Pondicherry Education Dept, various schools, colleges, senior citizen welfare associations, medical, Yoga and social associations locally. • Interactive Yoga Therapy workshops during International Yoga Festivals organized by Govt of Pondicherry since 2014.
  15. 15. International Day of Yoga Week-long programmes of multifaceted activities in June 2015, 16 & 17. • Mass Yoga demonstrations • Yoga competitions • Yoga Fest • Public Awareness Programmes at MGMCRI Urban and Rural Centres, Hospice & Schools. • Yoga Awareness in constituent colleges and Senior Citizen Welfare Association • National Seminar & CMEs
  16. 16. Experienced faculty, super specialty medical facilities, extensive practicum with ‘hands on’ clinical and research experience Distance from town, inadequate language skills of students, lack of opportunities in public sector currently GOI is promoting AYUSH enthusiastically, integrative, holistic, mind-body medicine is future of healthcare worldwide. Maintaining high standards to ensure qualitative research, education & ‘patient friendly’ health care and prevent quackery S C W O Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  17. 17. Mapping the future • Collaborative Research Centre with Central Council for Research in Yoga & Naturopathy, AYUSH Ministry • International Yoga Therapy Conference -Dec 2017 • Multi-centric research studies • MOU with Amity University, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute (Lonavla), ICYER (Pondicherry), Gitananda Yoga Associations of UK and Australia. • Internship for International Yoga therapists from IAYT, USA and AAYT, Australia. • PhD in Yoga therapy.
  18. 18. Charting a New Path • Government of India promotes indigenous systems strongly through Ministry of AYUSH. • Holistic integration of Yoga and modern medicine enables best quality patient care as the limitations of one are the strength of the other. • Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth provides a supportive and innovative milieu where Yoga, our cultural heritage, reaches everyone optimally, effectively & holistically. • CYTER can be nodal centre to train medical educators & administrators to set up Integrative Health Centers as we have necessary infrastructure and man power.
  19. 19. “Path breaking innovation indeed. Much needed for the modern world. Congrats SBVU!” Ammaji “CYTER is such a huge inspiration. There should be many more projects like this.”- Kalavathi, UK “CYTER will surely be one of the torch bearers in Yoga Therapy worldwide in time to come.” Sri S Sridharan, KYM “A great opportunity to train ‘hands on’ in the application of Yoga in medicine. Excellent training in a yoga therapy department within a modern medical hospital with a unique team!” - Nathalie Cazach, Student PGDYT, France. Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC
  20. 20. Accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC

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