Divyanga Yoga: A yogic approach to children with special needs

As per guidelines issued by UGC and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, the International Day of Yoga 2019 is being celebrated at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University accredited with ‘A’ Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry in a grand manner with a fortnight of celebrations from 13-24 June 2019.

The grand event of the SBV IDY 2019 celebrations, the National Seminar, and Workshop on “Divyanga Yoga: A yogic approach to children with special needs” was held on 14 June 2019 at SBV campus. More than 100 delegates from abroad and many Indian states attended the two-day sessions with eminent experts from all over India.

Prof. Subhash Chandra Parija, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth inaugurated the SBV-IDY2019 celebrations and delivered the Yoga Day Address. He elaborated the history behind the Yoga Day movement initiated by our respected PM Shri Narendra Modi and detailed the integration of Yoga in medical, dental and nursing education at SBV. CYTER is a unique center as it is functioning in a healthcare university and hence the traditional wisdom of Yoga is being amalgamated with the scientific rigor of modern medicine to benefit all patients at MGMCRI as well as the local society of Puducherry and the surrounding region. Yoga reduces stress, prevents addictions and can help young students avoid pitfalls of modern vices and withstand negative peer pressure. This is very important for them as unless they are healthy, they will not be able to serve society to the best of their potential.

Sri Subodh Tiwari, CEO, Kaivalyadhama-Lonavla was Chief Guest and Ammaji Yogacharini Puduvai Kalaimamani Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani Director, International Centre For Yoga Education and Research, Pondicherry blessed the occasion. Prof. M.Ravishankar, Dean – Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, and Prof AR Srinivasan, Registrar- Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth offered felicitations. Prof Madanmohan, Director CYS and Member International Advisory Board of CYTER was honored on the occasion.

Resource persons for the seminar included Dr. Nutan Pakhare and Dr. Praseeda Menon of Kaivalyadhama, Smt Chitra Shah of Satya Special School, Sri Saravanan Palani of Samagra Shiksha while panelists were Dr. Shashikant V. Albal, Director, SSN School of Advanced Career Education, Chennai; Anjali Deshmukh and Deeya Ramrakshani of Kaivalyadhama and Sri N Ardhanari, eminent educationalist of Puducherry.

The event was organized by the CYTER team led by its director Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and ably assisted by the Deputy Director Dr. Meena Ramanathan and Lecturer Sri G Dayandiy.

A special souvenir was released on the occasion and is available for free download from