A LEADING MEDICAL UNIVERSITY, ACCREDITED BY NATIONAL ASSESSMENT AND ACCREDITATION COUNCIL (NAAC) WITH 'A' GRADE and 3.11 CGPA
PONDICHERRY, PUDUCHERRY UT, INDIA
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CYTER

  • 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, 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.

     “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, founder- Integrative Yoga Therapy, USA

    At CYTER we have an integrated set up where we are educating future Yoga therapists, 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 & Sports in most universities, we at CYTER have it in a medical institution thus enhancing the learning curve of our trainees as also enabling us to offer holistic therapeutic benefits for all patients in our hospital.

    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 centre 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 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.

    • Director: Prof. MADANMOHAN MBBS, MD, MSc, DSc (Yoga), FIAY
    • Deputy Director:  Yogacharya Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI  MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (AM), FIAY
    • Coordinator-cum-Yoga Therapist: Yoga Chemmal Dr. MEENA RAMANATHAN BSc, MA, CYT, DYNS, PGDY, MSc, PhD (Yoga)
    • Yoga Lecturer: Yoga Chemmal G DAYANIDY MSc Yoga, PGDYE, CYT
    • Yoga Instructors:  P DANUSHAPNADEESH, BSc, MCA, DYEd and G SARULATHA, Diploma in Yoga and Bharatanatyam
  • CYTER conducts a scientifically sound Yoga therapy programme through its Yoga Therapy OPD in I Block from 9 am to 1 pm every day. 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.

      Male Female TG Total
    2010 - 2017
    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 Jan) 543 726 - 1269
    Grand total (Since 2010) 32919
     
  • ABOUT THE COURSE: Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) offers integrative, holistic and therapeutic benefits for patients, educating future Yoga therapists and developing an understanding through scientific research. Being a part of a medical institution CYTER enhances learning curve of the trainees. From the academic year, there are going to be Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) progressing on to Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) and further to MPhil in Yoga Therapy (for those candidates possessing PGDYT from SBV or Kaivalyadhama along with a Master’s Degree in any stream). The major highlight of the new programs is an adoption of Credit Based Choice 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.
    • The proposed program gives immense flexibility for learners to pursue diverse careers as Yoga Therapists and enables the 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 workplaces.
    • 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.
    COURSE CONTENT AND CURRICULUM: Courses are designed to assist participants to develop a broad understanding of the foundation of Yoga, Yoga therapy as well as the applications of Yoga and clinical applications of Yoga therapy in different medical conditions. It will enable them to obtain requisite skills to function independently as a Yoga therapist upon completion of the course. Four courses are being offered.
    1. Certificate in Foundation of Yoga (CFY)
    2. Certificate in Foundations of Yoga therapy (CFYT)
    3. Certificate in Applications of Yoga (CAY)
    4. Certificate in Clinical Applications of Yoga Therapy (CAYT)
    • 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)
    • Appear for PGDYT comprehensive examination, based on the four courses of study (8 x 4 = 32 + 2Cr for portfolio = 34 Credits)
    • Continue further to 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 Ph D Program in Yoga therapy.
    PGDYT Booklet
    1. 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.
    2. 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 are given special sessions highlighting benefits of Yoga. At present 100 nursing students are enrolled for a 6 week training programme.
    3. Regular Yoga awareness programmes in MRD since September 2013.
    4. Regular talks as part of arthritis, obesity, back pain, diabetes awareness programmes organized by various departments.
    5. Capsule talks and lecture-demonstrations in Scientific Academic Forum (SAF)
    6. Outreach programmes in educational institutions and other social organizations to create awareness of Yoga and the functioning of CYTER at MGMCRI.
    7. 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.
    8. 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
    9. 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.
    10. 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.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
    14. 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.
    15. 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.
    16. 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).
    17. 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.
    18. 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).
    19. 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.
    20. 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.
    21. 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.
    22. 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.
    23. 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.
    24. 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.
    25. 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 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 training.
    26. 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 started their training on 9th March and this biweekly programme is continuing at present. The students have also been participating in pilot studies on the effects of various yoga techniques thus simultaneously enhancing their scientific understanding of Yoga.
    27. 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.
    28. 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. Dr Rajan Narayanan, Secretary of Board conducted the meeting that passed major resolution on setting standards for Yoga instructors, teachers and therapists. 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 the United States and field specific, standards bodies like that of law schools, business schools and medical schools.
    29. 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.  The centre is run by Sumita and Praveen Mukherjee with the support of the Lexicon Group.  More than 30 members of the Pune Yoga family joined Dr Ananda for a Satsangha and enjoyed every moment of the interaction that resulted from inquisitive questions regarding many aspects of Yoga.
    30. Dr Ananda was invited to be on the AYUSH Ministry Committee of Yoga Experts for International Day of Yoga celebrations 2015. He attended the first of the meetings in New Delhi on 6th April 2015. The meeting was 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.
    31. Dr Ananda participated in the Executive Council meeting of the Indian Yoga Association at MDNIY, New Delhi where many important decisions were taken regard celebration of the International Day of Yoga and the accreditation and registration of Yoga practitioners in India. The meeting was attended by heads of premier Yoga institutions.
    32. 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.
    33. Dr Ananda was nominated to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy in Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. This is very prestigious as this is the council that oversees research and propagation of yoga at the national level. His tenure will last three years from 2015-2018.
    34. Dr Ananda was invited to be on the AYUSH Ministry Committee of Yoga Experts for International Day of Yoga celebrations 2015. He attended the third of the meetings in New Delhi on 25th April 2015. The meeting was 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.
    35. Our Deputy Director Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani attended Board of Studies meeting of the GS College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis, at Kaivalyadhama in Lonavla on 4 July 2015. 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.
    36. In July 2015, Dr Ananda was nominated to the Search cum Peer Review Committee of the CCRYN for Ministry of AYUSH. This committee is to prepare and vet the materials on Yoga research for the AYUSH Health Portal.
    37. Interactive Yoga sessions were conducted by the CYTER team for first year MBBS students as part of their orientation programme at MGMCRI from 22 to 28 June 2015. The sessions were very well appreciated by the students who gave strongly positive feedback on their experiences at the end of the programme.
    38. CYTER was visited by an expert group from Partners Medical International an affiliate of Harvard University Medical School, USA on 23 July 2015. Both Prof Tom Aretz and Prof Lynn Eckert, Medical education experts appreciated the work being done towards integrating ancient traditional aspects of Yoga with modern medicine at SBVU under its AIM HIGH initiative.
    39. Awareness program on Yoga for Special Children was sponsored by the Lions Club of Pondicherry Host at SADAY (Lions Club building, Kennedy Nagar) on Sunday 9 August 2015. Dr Meena Ramanathan gave a talk and led a lecture-demonstration by students of SADAY and staff and students of CYTER. The presentation was chaired by Dr Ananda and it received warm welcome from all present on the occasion.
    40. Dr Ananda as Hon President Pondicherry Yoga Teacher’s Development Association (PYTDA) presided over a Mass Yoga Program organised by the association at Gandhi Tidal on Pondicherry beach front on 21 August. SSP (Law&Order) Shri Chandran was chief guest and event organised under direction of Yogachemmal E Gajendiran President PYTDA and its team. More than a thousand students, teachers, parents and Yoga enthusiasts participated eagerly in this special event.
    41. Dr Ananda attended the second Scientific Advisory Committee meeting of the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy in Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India on 31 August 2015. Important decisions regarding Yoga research and education in India were made during the meeting. Dr Ananda was also honored with the Best Personalities of India Award from Friendship Forum, New Delhi for his excellent contribution towards welfare of people. His biographical-note with colour photograph has also included in Asian Admirable Achievers (Vol. VIII) published by Rifacimento International, New Delhi, India. It is to be noted that he has been also invited to be a reviewer for the Indian Journal of Medical Research from August 2015 onwards.
    42. Dr Ananda gave an invited talk on 1 September at the Defense Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), New Delhi for participants in its training programme on Yoga for Heath Promotion. His presentation on the health promoting aspects of Yoga was well appreciated by the Director, DIPAS as well as the participants from all over the country.
    43. Dr Ananda also 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 10-11 September 2015. More than 125 students, staff and yoga teachers attended the sessions. It is notable that Dr Ananda has been appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Kaivalyadhama‘s GS College and is also the Chairman of the Board of Studies in Anatomy and Physiology of Yoga practices at the premier institution.
    44. Meena gave an invited talk for College of Nursing, East Coast Institute of Medical Sciences on “Yoga and Stress” on 16 September 2015. The interactive session followed by practical demo by Danushapnadeesh was well appreciated by participants of the seminar.
    45. Yoga sessions for faculty, staff and students of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth were inaugurated at CYTER on 23 September by the 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). The classes are offered at the CYTER Yoga hall on all working days between 6 to 7am and 4.30 to 5.30pm.
    46. The inauguration of classes for 3rd batch of PGDYT students was held on 27th October 2015. Eminent film maker Shri Benoy K Behl was Special Guest for the ceremony and appreciated the work of CYTER in bridging the gap between ancient wisdom of Yoga and modern medical science. Matt Dunn and Maxine Levy, practicing Yoga teachers from the UK visited CYTER and observed the work being done with enthusiasm. They appreciated the far sighted vision of the management in setting up this centre. As part of our social commitment, Dr Ananda gave an invited talk on Yoga for health for members of the Rotary Club of Pondicherry at Hotel Adhithi. The talk was well appreciated and many expressed their interest to visit CYTER in the near future.
    47. CYTER has been associated with the SADAY special school for the past 5 years and Dr Meena conducts weekly Yoga therapy sessions for the special children of the school. To improve their overall health status, a dental health screening programme for special children at SADAY was organized by Department of Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, IGIDS in coloration with CYTER and Lions Club of Pondicherry was organized on 11th Dr Meena coordinated the event and led a demonstration by the kids who astounded everyone with their ability that transcended their disabilities.
    48. A guest presentation on "Yoga for de-addiction" was given by Gary R. Beebe Jr, a Yoga teacher from the USA in the event organized by CYTER in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry. This was a prelude to the Yoga sessions that are planned to be given twice weekly by CYTER in the psychiatry ward from 18 January 2016. Gary R. Beebe Jr also gave a special practice session at CYTER. The presentation was a heartfelt and experiential one based on Gary’s own experiences of alcohol addiction and the process of coming out of it. He brought in beautiful correlates between the de-addiction process enabled through the AA and how the Yamas and Niyamas of Ashtanga Yoga strengthen one’s resolve to move forward in life. He expressed the importance of Yoga that can play an important part in the de-addiction process and in keeping the person sober for the rest of their life. He appreciated pioneering efforts of the Department of Psychiatry for including Yoga in their clinical practice at MGMCRI. Prof Ishwaran and his team from psychiatry enjoyed the presentation and asked pertinent questions thus making it a lively and interactive event. International Yoga teachers and students from ICYER at Ananda Ashram participated in the event and also had a courtesy meeting with the respected VC. The team was led by Yogacharini Latha (Leena Elo) of Germany and consisted of Anna Sara of Germany along with Rocio and Tammy of Canada.
    49. Our Deputy Director Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani 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. The meeting was held at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla, India on 31 and 31 December 2015 and presided over by Shri Om Prakash Tiwari, Chairman of Board with other Directors in attendance. He along with Dr Meena received blessings from our respected Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Prof KR Sethuraman Sir upon his successful return to duty.
    50. 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.
    51. 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.
    52. 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
    53. 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 Graduate Institute (IGGGH & PGI) Pondicherry on the 23 January. Demonstration was done by the staff and students of CYTER.
    54. Regular Yoga Therapy sessions have been given in Psychiatry ward of MGMCRI hospital since 25 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.
    55. 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.
    56. 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.
    57. 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.
    58. On 12 February 2016, Dr Krzysztof Bierski gave a talk on Anthropology for faculty, students and staff of Psychiatry.
    59. CYTER collaborated with Department of General Surgery, MGMCRI during their Surgery Meeting held from 11 to 13 February. Yoga sessions were given at CYTER for the participants of the meeting.
    60. Board of Studies meeting for Yoga programs of CYTER was conducted at MGMCRI city centre on 16th The board constituted of Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani Director ICYER, Dr. Rajalakshmi from AYUSH, Mr. Mohanakrishnan from JIPMER who were the external experts and Prof Madanmohan, Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, and Dr Meena Ramanathan- the Director, Deputy Director and Coordinator of CYTER respectively were also there, discussing about the introduction of Choice Based Credit System for PGDYT and MPhil courses in Yoga Therapy.
    61. 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.
    62. 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.
    63. 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.
    64. 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.
    65. 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.
    66. Dr Ananda was Chief Guest for ARENA 16, the Annual Sports Meet of IGIDS in SBVU on 14 March 2016.
    67. 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.
    68. Dr Meena participated in deliberations at SRD, Kaivalyadhama on future collaborative research projects to be initiated through MOU between SBVU and Kaivalyadhama on 16
    69. 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.
    70. 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.
    71. 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”.
    72. 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.
    73. 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.
    74. 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.
    75. 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.
    76. Dr Ananda and Dr Meena attended the BOS meeting at Kaivalyadhama. Dr Ananda also conducted the interview for yoga teachers while Dr Meena conducted lectures for students of GS College and a special workshop at the Samvad Special School. Discussions were held on future research projects by Kaivalyadhama and SBV on 1 & 2 July 2016.
    77. 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
    78. 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.
    79. 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.
    80. 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.
    81. 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.
    82. 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.
    83. Ananda, as member of the Academic Council attended 21st Meeting of the Academic Council on 11 August 2016 in the Board room of SBV.
    84. International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing organized by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), Faculty of Allied Health Sciences at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry on 12th August 2016.
    85. 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
    86. 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.
    87. Ananda and Dr Meena were invited to give guest lecture from university teaching faculty at the UGC HRDC Pondicherry University on 26.8.2016.
    88. 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.
    89. 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.
    90. 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.
    91. 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.
    92. 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.
    93. 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.
    94. 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.
    95. Dr Ananda was invited Guest Speaker for “Mental health Day” celebrations of Deptt of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University on 11 Oct 2016.
    96. 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.
    97. CYTER conducted Three days interactive Yoga sessions as Orientation program for the first year BDS students of IGIDS starts on 19.10.2016
    98. 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.
    99. 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.
    100. The 6thFoundation 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.  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.
    101. Dr Ananda was an invited expert for consultative meeting chaired by Secretary AYUSH at theMinistry 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.
    102. 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.
    103. 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.
    104. 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.
    105. 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.
    106. Dr Meena was part of the program recorded by the Doordarshan Puducherry crew to celebrate the International day for the mentally challenged on the 8 th Dec 2016. The main aim of this program was to create awareness amongst the common people and Dr Meena explained about the causes for the birth of children with intellectual disabilities, how to assess the condition early in life so that treatment could be started early as well as how to prevent this from happening. She also spoke about the benefits of yoga for such children. This special program was telecast highlighting this event in Doordarshan Pondicherry, DD Pondy nd Pothigai TV at6 pm that same day.  The filming was done at SADAY School, Pondicherry and the teachers, staff members and all the special students of the school participated in this program and gave a demonstration of yoga.
    107. 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.
    108. 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.
    109. Dr Meena was invited to conduct Workshops for the physically and mentally challenged population from two Schools near Badlapur, Mumbai- Adhar and Sangopita. The workshops were conducted at the Adhar , Lifetime Shelter for the Mentally Handicapped created by ‘The Association of Parents of Mentally Retarded Children’, Mumbai on the 25th and 26th of December, as a joint venture between CYTER, ICYER and Adhar. Three sessions a day were conducted on each day, two for the challenged population and one for the care-givers, teachers and staff members of the institution. More than 300 participated in these sessions and there was a tremendous response from all the participants who enjoyed the interactive sessions thoroughly.
    110. Dr Meena was invited to conduct Workshops for the physically and mentally challenged population from two Schools near Badlapur, Mumbai- Adhar and Sangopita. The workshops were conducted at Sangopita- A Special Home For Special Children Empowering the Underprivileged, Badlapur, Mumbai on the 27th and 28th of December, as a joint venture between CYTER, ICYER and Sangopita. More than 200 Special Children, care-givers, parents, teachers and staff members of the institution participated in these sessions and there was a tremendous response from all the participants who enjoyed the interactive sessions thoroughly.
    111. Dr Meena was invited to conduct workshop on ‘Prevention and Management of Diabetes through Yoga’. More than 75 participated and were benefitted from this event jointly organized by CYTER , ICYER Pondicherry, and Rotary Club of Badlapur Industrial Area, Badlapur Diabetics' Association and BadlapurSenior citizens center on 27.12.2016.
    1. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga 2016
    2. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga 2015
    3. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology & CYTER, MGMCRI. 27.11.2014.
    4. Souvenir of the CME -cum-Workshop on “Yoga and lifestyle disorders”. Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 22.11.2013.
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    1. Souvenir of the CME -cum-Workshop on “Yoga and lifestyle disorders”. Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 22.11.2013.
    2. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology & CYTER, MGMCRI. 27.11.2014.
    3. Souvenir of the International Day of Yoga celebrations. CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015.
    4. 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.
    5. “Yoga Practical Notes”- compiled and edited by Dayanidy G and Bhavanani AB. CYTER, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. 2 November 2016.
      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.
      Published papers (59) :
    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 (4):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. Integrating yoga and modern medicine. Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 7.
    9. 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.
    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. 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 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. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. Role of yoga in health and disease. Journal of Symptoms and Signs 2014; 3(5): 399-406.
    34. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani. 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.
    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. 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):
    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.
    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.
    Published abstracts (22):
    1. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB. Health, rejuvenation and longevity: an ayurvedic perspective. Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 48.
    2. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB. Yoga and modern medicine: need for integration. Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, 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 First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 49.
    4. Bhavanani AB, Meena Ramanathan, Madanmohan. Yoga works, but how? Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 49-50.
    5. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan. Immediate cardiovascular effects of pranayamas in patients of hypertension. Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, 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. 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.
    10. Madanmohan. Neurophysiological basis of conscious behaviour. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 27.11.2014. pg 21
    11. Bhavanani AB. Therapeutic potential of meditation. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 27.11.2014. pg 25
    12. Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in non-communicable diseases: A brief review. Abstracts of the National Yoga Week 2015. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2015. Pg 6-7.
    13. Bhavanani AB. Experiencing deeper relaxation through Gitananda Yoga. Abstracts of 8th International Conference on Yoga and Education. Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, December 2015. Pg 19.
    14. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Adaptive resilience exercises as envisioned in Yoga. Proceedings of the National Conference on “Chronobiology and Health”. Department of Physiology, MGMCRI, Puducherry. 18-19, March 2016. pg 37-38.
    15. Bhavanani AB. Power of Pranayama. Abstracts of the International Conference on Yoga for Body and Beyond. Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. New Delhi. 22-23 June 2016. pg 20.
    16. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan. Restoring human values in medicine: Role of Yoga. National Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016). SBV, Pondicherry. 18-21 Aug 2016. pp.85-86.
    17. Dayanidy G, Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan Psychophysiological benefits of yoga training in physiotherapy students. National Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016). SBV, Pondicherry. 18-21 Aug 2016. pp.87-88.
    18. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB, Renuka K. Yoga for nursing students: rationale and psychophysical benefits. National Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016). SBV, Pondicherry. 18-21 Aug 2016. pp.95-96
    19. Vasanthan S, Madanmohan T, Bhavanani A B, Hanifah M. A comparative study of the effect of yogic relaxing asanas and pranayamas on HRV and perceived stress in healthy young volunteers. 10th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu (ENVOCCON). Sri Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Bharat University, Chennai. 9-11 September 2016. Pp. 202
    20. Bhavanani AB. Mental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga. Book of abstracts. 6th InSPA International Conference and 3rdInternational Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry University. Pondicherry, 13-15 October
    21. Bhavanani AB. Enhancing Management of Type 2 Diabetes through Yoga. Souvenir of the CME on ‘Translational Medicine in the Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes Mellitus’, organized by Dept of Biochemistry, MGMCRI, Pondicherry on 10 November 2016.
    22. Vasanthan S, Raghul S, Bhavanani AB, Jaiganesh K. Effect of overnight sleep deprivation on autonomic function test and perceived stress in young  healthy medical professionals. Abstracts of SYMMEDCON 2017, International conference on Stress, Yoga, Mind-Body Medicine. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Porur, Chennai. 2- 4 January 2017. Pg 54.
         
  • Modern medical advancements provide the rationale for the integration of various traditional healing techniques like Yoga to promote healing, health, and longevity. It is desirable that advances in medicine include the holistic approach of Yoga to face current challenges in health care. CYTER was started on 1 November 2010. It is currently functioning in 1st floor, I block, adjacent to the main Hospital block, MGMCRI. CYTER is conducting a scientifically sound Yoga therapy programme through its Yoga Therapy for the patients. 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. Apart from these CYTER also continues to contribute to numerous studies and researches in Yoga Therapy. Watch some of the Video materials contributed by CYTER

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