SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH
(Deemed University Accredited with “A” Grade by NAAC)
Ranked 72 in NIRF 2018
Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education
and Research (CYTER)
Salutogenesis, our focus!
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 ~ 52,000 participants
– educating future Yoga therapists
(PGDYT, M.Phil, PhD),
– creating awareness amongst
medical, dental and nursing
students & professionals
– scientifically researching Yoga,
– 88 publications & 7 CMEs.
– IDY celebrations since 2015
Yoga for dental
• 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
• Dealing with fearful patients, uncooperative team
members, and job related frustrations can become
• Results in stress, anxiety, anger, and depression.
• Prevalence of general musculoskeletal pain is
estimated to be between 64% and 93%
• Major issues :
– back pain (36.3-60.1%)
– neck pain (19.8-85%).
• Risk factors include:
– static and awkward posture of clinical practice
– other non-ergonomic work practices.
• Physical, mental and emotional stress precipitate
or aggravate such factors!
• 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.
• 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
Nada Bhavana Shuddhi Kriya
• Relive anxiety and tension from storehouses in the
abdomen, chest and neck. Ha Ha, Ho Ho, He He !
• Become aware of the subconscious stresses induced
by the survival mechanisms. Me Me !
• Enhance the cognitive, higher abilities of the
intellect. Dhi Dhi !
• Throw out all tensions & become stress-free. Po
• “BE”, yourself! Introspective Silence
Restoring Human Values: Role of Yoga
• Recent developments showcased through social
media highlight a lack of human values in modern
• 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
• 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?
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.
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 – proper recreational activities to relax body
and mind are essential for good health.
VYAVAHAR – healthy interpersonal relationships
enhancing psycho-social health
• 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.
ADVANTAGES OF YOGA
• Preventive, promotive, rehabilitative, curative?
• Science, philosophy, art
• Involves body, mind, spirit
• Desirable +ve “side benefits”
• Simultaneous improvement in health and control of
• Relief from stress - the main cause of Adhija Vyadhi
Stress management through Yoga
• Dr W Selvamurthy gave a beautiful
message at SBV recently. He said:
Yoga enables and empowers
– 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!!
YOGA MODALITIES (Contd…)
– Spiritual therapies
• Swadhyaya, Satsangha, Bhajans , Upadesa
– Preventive therapies
• Start early in childhood
• Prevention of accidents
• Improved immunity
• Knows the technique so that can do it if needed
– Rehabilitative therapies
• Prevention of disability & improving QOL
– Pain relief therapies
• Increases pain tolerance - improved quality of life
Yoga embodies unity of mind and
body; thought and action; restraint
and fulfillment; harmony between
man and nature; a holistic
approach to health and well being.
It is not about exercise but to
discover the sense of oneness with
yourself, the world and the nature.
…Let us work towards adopting an
International Yoga Day
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