Dr. Ansuyah Moodley

Dr. Ansuyah Moodley
PhD (Educational Management & Leadership; Med; Yoga Instructor)
Department of Sport & Recreation
Presentation Title
Self Management of Excessive Tension-SMET
Content Focus Area
Individual Level
Alternative/Complementary health
Biographical information related to the topic
I was extremely privileged to be awarded a scholarship from the Ministry of External Affairs of India through the Office of the Indian Consulate in South Africa to study for the Yoga Instructors Course [YIC] at the esteemed S-VYASA Yoga University in Bengaluru, India in 2016. It was an initiative of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi with his vision of spreading this brilliant yoga methodologies across the Globe hoping to improve the holistic wellbeing of communities. 50 Participants from 43 countries attended this life changing course.
YIC is a professional yoga instructors training program consisting of knowledge of the mind; consciousness; nutrition and fitness consolidated through rigorous scientific research.. Yoga is a science that creates harmony between the body, mind & soul that is geared towards a lifestyle that prevents diseases, promote positive health and brings productivity with peace and happiness in society. The mere definition of health by the World Health Organization as “”not merely the absence of an infirmary or a disease but as a state of well being at the physical, mental, social levels” has now been broadened by introducing the spiritual dimension to health. Yoga is a science and not a religion and is beneficial for everyone irrespective of age; nationality or religion. Unity in diversity is enhanced.
Holistic health concepts are being increasingly accepted by the medical researchers and health management experts. They are able to acknowledge the limitations of the fragmented approach to treatment and care. Despite the tremendous success of modern medicine, the ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, peptic ulcers, anxiety neurosis; arthritis, cancer, AIDS; etc have thrown unsurmountable challenges to the limited approaches of the modern medical world. At best, they can give symptomatic relief and manage emergencies. Life-style change is being increasingly accepted by more and more people, fostering a culture bent on driving greater research towards a consciousness based world view forcing one to enlarge one’s vision beyond the material. Escalating costs of medical management has also adversely affected our people at all levels. Hence the doors to alternate systems of treatment and therapy are opening.
Stress is a multidimensional phenomenon which is focused on dynamic relationship between the individual and the environment. It must be understood that the methods of coping with stress are in the method of response to it, which would be more important than the nature of stress itself.
Organizational performance depends on multi-factors. In government and corporate sectors major components of human recourses development are entrepreneurs, managers, and workers. They play a major role in the developments of organization/industry/corporate/business worlds. They are constantly having to meet targets to achieve their goals and deadlines. In the long run unconsciously psychological strain accumulates which begins to hamper individual and professional growth. There were many programs which deal with management stress at various institutions using life-style modification, mind-body training, yoga, meditation, Tai-chi, and Qigong technique.
In particular I would like to discuss a study that explored the effect of Self-Management of Excessive Tension [SMET]- a yoga based Stress management program developed by SVYSA University in India. The SMET consists of two major component theory and practical sessions.
Previous studies on SMET has shown improvement in emotional well-being (Kumari, Nath, Nagendra, & Sharma, 2007), and general health (Ganpat & Nagendra, 2011). The core practical component of SMET is Cyclic Meditation (CM). CM has been scientifically explored extensively. A review on Cyclic Meditation suggested that single sessions of CM provide deep rest to individual physiological arousal measured through metabolic cost and autonomic arousal (HRV). Further, studies has shown enhancement of attention and memory. CM has shown significant improvement in the quality of sleep (Subramanya & Telles, 2009). Hence, a single armed pre-post study has evaluated the effect of the SMET program on profile of moods.
The Research Method involved seventy seven managers who were recruited for the study. Sample consisted of 10 females and 67 males. Participants age ranged from 29 to 61 years with a mean age of 52.25 years (SD=5.94). Participants were not provided with any incentives for their participation.
Interventions used were Cyclic Meditation which is vital part of SMET. It involves a 30 minute practice which is very different from any other form of meditation. It comprises of a set of yogic postures followed by relaxation techniques; Instant Relaxation Technique (IRT), Quick relaxation Technique (QRT) and Deep Relaxation Technique (DRT). The key features of cyclic meditation are (i) postures interspersed with relaxation, (ii) slowness in movements, (iii) continuity, (iv) inner watchful awareness, (v) feeling of changes in breathing, heartbeat, blood flow and the resonance of sound, and (vi) recognition of linear, surface, three-dimensional and all pervasive awareness.
Research findings conclusively revealed an improvement of the sleep pattern; improvement in energy levels and memory.
At the EAPA Conference I would like to share this technique with interested participants. The presentation would involve a 15 minute discussion first followed by the practical SMET Programme.
Session Description
Our lives have become a never-ending race against time, technology, and targets. This race creates tension, which leads to dissatisfaction and frustration and eventually manifest as psychological and physiological stress with mental and emotional drain. This modern lifestyle intensifies the stress leading to excessive tension and consequent deterioration in operational efficiency. The “Self Management for Excessive Tension” SMET programme will help you combat this lifestyle problem and lead you to a holistic way of living in health, harmony and happiness.
An experience SMET programme is a must!!
Learning Objective 1
Attendees will be able to manage their work obligations with greater ease through calming the mind
Learning Objective 2
Attendees will be able to manage their time with greater efficiency through better control of the mind
Learning Objective 3
Attendees will feel more relaxed and enjoy peaceful sleep for effective rest.
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