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international symposium on Yoga

International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing

Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) organised an International Symposium on Yoga and Wellbeing at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry on the 12th August 2016.

The first part of the event was conducted between 10 and 11 am at the SBV University Board Room starting with the ‘Welcome address’ by Prof Madanmohan, Director CYTER, followed by ‘Felicitation address’ by Prof N Ananthakrishnan, Dean Research & AHS, who also briefed the guests on ‘SBV’s innovations through the three eyes of AHS: Yoga therapy, Music therapy and Health Professionals Education’. 

The lead talk on ‘Yoga for holistic wellness and optimal healing’ was given by Prof KR Sethuraman, the inspiring Vice Chancellor of SBV. In his talk, he delineated the concept of salutogenesis and linked the vital concepts of coherence (comprehension, meaningfulness and manageability) with wellness. He further described how Yoga can be the missing link providing a practical and philosophical framework for these concepts to manifest through an integration with mainstream medicine. The full presentation is available from and the video is available at

Prof Srinivasan, Registrar SBV rendered a special song on the occasion highlighting the importance of Yoga for a sense of well-being and health. Prof VN Mahalakshmi, VP of MGMC&RI briefed participants about inclusion of Yoga in MBBS curriculum being done at MGMCRI during 10-day orientation program  annually.

The second half of the program was conducted from 11.15am to 1.15pm at CYTER Yoga Hall, I Block, MGMC & RI.  Highlights of the symposium were the hands-on sessions given by Yoga teachers from the UK led by Yogacharini Kalavathi Devi as well as the CYTER Team.

Topics included “Living Yoga in daily life”, “Yoga for moms & babies”, “Yoga for special children”, ” Yoga and mental health” and “Yoga’s role in de-addiction”.

Presenters included Neeraj Churi (England/India), Fabrice Ledentu (France), Heather Casey (Ireland) as well as Tony O’dea, Gemma Rowe, Lorraine Ledentu, Samantha Davies, Catherine Morgan, Melanie Beer and Seren Grime from Wales, UK.

The program concluded with the summing-up of the day’s events by Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Deputy Director CYTER and a vote of thanks by Dr Meena Ramanathan, Coordinator of CYTER.