Trauma-Sensitive Yoga as a Therapy: Is there an Evidence-Base?
Updated: Feb 12, 2022
When looking at treatment options of PTSD and complex trauma its important to look for those that have an evidence-base. This means that practice has been rigorously tested experimentally. Following this, experts in the field critique and evaluate the work and give it a tick of approval before it is published for use in the wider scientific and public sphere.
So is trauma-informed yoga evidence based? Yes, there are a number of research articles that show that trauma-sensitive yoga has an evidence-base. Below is an overview of one of these that was published in 2021.
Researchers in Atlanta compared Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY) to cognitive processing therapy (CPT) for treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The 104 participants involved were women veterans aged between 22-71 who had PTSD associated with military sexual trauma.