The NIMHANS Integrated Centre for Yoga (NICY) publishes a quarterly newsletter ‘Samatvam’ which has specific theme for each edition. It contains articles related to the theme by eminent experts in the field of Yoga and Neurosciences. Some of the recent themes include
- Youth Mental Health and Yoga
- Yoga and Psycho Oncology
- Yoga and Women’s Mental Health
- Yoga and Children
Apart from this, ‘Samatvam‘ also carries reports of all outreach programs and the activities of NICY apart from the information related to the yoga therapy sessions which were conducted in that quarter.
All editions of the ‘Samatvam’ are available in PDF format for download.
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Dr.R.L.Bij lani Retd.
Prof of Physiology AIIMS, New Delhi Writer, Speaker, Medical Scientist Specialized in Nutrition and Yoga
Yoga is not a discovery of modern medicine. Elements of yoga have long been used by every system of medicine. However, there came a time in the recent history of modern medicine when it came to rely almost exclusively on drugs and surgery for treatment of disease. The rediscovery of yoga by medicine was triggered by the emergence of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and complications of diabetes as the major killers. It was soon realized that these diseases are the result of a poor lifestyle and undue mental stress. This led to a search for better lifestyles as well as for stress management techniques.
Formerly Professor of Psychiatry National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS)
Yoga-based procedures are being increasingly applied to address health problems. Mental health professionals have also contributed to this trend, particularly in relation to stress-induced conditions like anxiety, depression, migraine, insomnia and so on. Worry, sadness, tiredness etc. are ubiquitous and understandable as reactions to life`s pressures and frustrations. It is an eminently sensible public health policy to encourage people in the community to try their own devices to self-manage these reactions. In this regard, yoga as a cultural resource enjoys wide public acceptance and its procedures are employed as self-help for relief from personal distress.
Dr.Arun V Ravindran
Professor and Director Global Mental Health Affairs & The office of fellowship training, Department of Psychiatry
Depression is a common mental illness with significant morbidity, rated by WHO as a leading cause of disability. Despite extensive research on its pathology and treatment, depression remains a difficult illness to treat. Current first-line treatments, which include pharmacological agents and psychological therapies, demonstrate only moderate success, as up to 50% of individuals do not respond to treatment. Even those who do respond often exhibit only partial improvement and frequently have recurrences. Other limitations include troublesome adverse effects and high cost of medications, as well as limited availability of psychological therapies – all of which contribute to poor adherence.