This study found that taking “trauma-informed” yoga classes for 10 weeks reduced the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The study was a controlled, randomized trail. The control group took a “supportive women’s education” class for 10 weeks; their symptoms also went down, but the effect did not last as well.
At the end of the study, 52% of the yoga group no longer had symptoms, while only 21% of the control group no longer had symptoms.
The study only involved women with PTSD and the women all had chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD. There were 31 women in the yoga group and 29 in the control group; it was not a huge study, but it was bigger than many studies of trans people.
It may be that the treatment would not work for men with PTSD or that it would not work with patients whose PTSD was less severe.
It is not clear if you would need to continue practicing yoga after the 10-week class was finished.
I can not see the full article, only the abstract, so I am not sure what trauma informed yoga would look like. It is probably somewhat different from a regular yoga class.
The treatment did not work for everyone, although the authors suggest it worked as well as “well-researched psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic approaches.”
On the other hand, yoga is non-invasive and good for your health. This treatment should be explored and studied further for all patients with PTSD.
Note: This is about PTSD, not gender dysphoria. Not everyone with gender dysphoria has PTSD. However, many people with gender dysphoria have also experienced severe trauma, so this is an important issue for trans people.
Yoga as an Adjunctive Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial by Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD; Laura Stone, MA; Jennifer West, PhD; Alison Rhodes, MSW Med; David Emerson, MA; Michael Suvak, PhD; and Joseph Spinazzola, PhD in J Clin Psychiatry 2014;75(6).