The Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University) started the yoga practice schedule for under-graduate Dental students on 14th March 2019.
This initiative is an extension of the “Yogabhyasa- A step towards salutogenesis” programme launched by the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University) for its medical students in September 2018.
The programme was officially inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Prof. Subash Chandra Parija
The programme began with an invocation by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Director, CYTER. Dr Saravana Kumar.R, Principal IGIDS, welcomed the gathering. Dr Partha Nandi, Vice Principal, Student Affairs, MGMCRI & Dr Sathyanarayanan, R, Vice Principal, Academics, IGIDS and Dr Santha Devy.A, Vice Principal, Student Affairs, IGIDS were also present.
In his speech, the Honorable Vice Chancellor emphasized the need for holistic well-being of students. He said that the focus would be to empower the budding dental professionals to maintain good physical, mental and social health along with the development of efficient psychomotor skills. “Regular practice would reduce the risk of developing chronic musculoskeletal disorders, a common occupation-related health problem faced by dental practitioners”, he said.
This pioneering integration of yoga in the dental curriculum is being coordinated by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education & Research (CYTER) of the university
It is to be noted that CYTER has contributed to the copyright obtained by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth on “Integrating Yoga in Health Professions Education”