The event was organised by the Department of Physiology along with Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute at the Lecture Hall, MGMCRI.
K.R. Sethuraman, Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, pointed out that far from being an oxymoron, conscious sleep or yogic sleep, represented a state of deep relaxation in which one left the waking state and went beyond dreaming and entered a sphere of deep sleep even while remaining awake and alert.
Harsha Halahalli from the K.S. Hegde Medical Academy, Mangaluru, cited cognitive scientist David Chalmers’ observation “there is nothing that we know more intimately than conscious experience, but there is nothing that is harder to explain,” to expatiate on the neural correlates of consciousness.
Ravindra PN from the Gadag Institute of Medical Sciences, Karnataka, stated that while behaviourally, both sleep and meditation appear to be a passive like state, physiologically they are highly dynamic with multidimensional interactions of neuronal, humoral, autonomic and cognitive mechanisms.
Madanmohan, professor and Head of the Department of Physiology and director CYTER of MGMCRI, pointed out that practice of desirable behaviour needs constant repetition so that the transmission through relevant neural pathways is facilitated.
Yogacharya Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director, CYTER, focused on how many eastern healing traditions have slowly and steadily percolated the health care system worldwide adding value and benefit to therapeutics.
More than 300 medical and paramedical professionals and students as well as yoga practitioners and enthusiasts took part in a workshop to understand more about the fields of sleep, consciousness and meditation which are no longer abstruse concepts in the light of clinical evidence of their usefulness in the healing.