Success Story of Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy - First Pregnancy (Primi Gravida)

Success Story of Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy - First Pregnancy (Primi Gravida)

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 2 Mar 2016 - 10:54


Primi Gravida with 5 months of Gestation (First Pregnancy) -  A success story from Yog Sudha (Newsletter), S-VYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) University 

Ramya (name changed), a 27 years old Primi Gravida (conceived for the first time), came to Prashantikutiram at S-VYASA, at Prashanti Kutiram near Bangalore, with 5 months of gestation (pregnancy). Though this is a natural physiological state of a female's life, she had a few associated complaints of:

  • Giddiness especially in the early morning hours since 2 months,
  • Nausea (vomiting sensation) after taking food,
  • Mild back pain radiating to right hip region,
  • Intermittent right heel or ankle pain,
  • Bad odor from the mouth and was on regular iron,
  • Folic acid and calcium medications as per the body requirements.
  • No history of any other major illness or surgeries in the past.
  • Her menstrual and obstetric history was also normal.

Diagnosis: She was diagnosed as Primi with 5 months of gestation.

At Aaroghyadama: During her six days’ stay at Aarogyadhama, she underwent yoga practices based on Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) which is a special yoga module prepared for normal pregnancy and associated complications in our campus based on yoga research. Along with this there was more focus on folded leg lumbar stretches to relieve her back pain, Pranayama (especially abdominal breathing was made to practice 4 times/day) which helped reduce her nausea and vomiting.

She was made to do trataka (a technique of gazing on candle flame) to improve eye sight. It helped her to relax and reduce her anxiety, strengthen her will power and improve her quality of sleep. Counselling session focused on Bhakti yoga concept to explain her, the motherhood and accept the changes in her physically and mentally as she was primi gravida.

This helped her to a great extent to accept the normal physiology in her body associated with pregnancy and reduce her problems. She was very much relaxed and less anxious at the discharge time and was looking forward to the bundle of joy post her delivery.

Given below are her parameters before and after yoga:

Parameters: Within two weeks her nausea and vomiting had reduced dramatically, her frequency of urination reduced, sleep quality improved, fatigue reduced and she was able to tolerate food orally. She reported considerable improvement in her overall wellbeing.

Vital Parameters







Pulse Rate(beats/min)



Weight (in kg)



Blood Pressure(mmof Hg) 9



Respiratory Rate (cycles/min)



Brahmari time (sec)



Symptom score



Symptoms on date of admission (DOA) and date of discharge (DOD)


                   1st week

                 2nd week





Pain in abdomen on and off visit to the toilet reduced by about 30% Sleep quality Improves

Pain in abdomen reduced by 100% Nausea and vomiting stopped Belching discontinued Fatigue non-existent


Reference: Yog Sudha (Jan, 2016) - S-VYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) University 



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