Described below is one of the many approaches I've tried or considered trying for healing my chronic myofascial pain:
BOTTOM LINE: Flared up my symptoms, but I don't necessarily discredit it.
The first yoga class I tried was one year into my pain and before my pain was down to manageable levels. I could hardly do any of the moves and I cried through half the class because I was in such pain and because I was so far from the gymnast I once was—and still longed to be.
A couple years later, when my pain had come down significantly after I'd discovered that trauma and emotions were feeding my pain, I tried a yoga class for people living with pain. It didn't help me and slightly flared up my symptoms. I know many people swear by yoga for healing purposes, but it didn't offer me relief. Maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind.
I recently observed an aerial yoga class thinking that hanging my head upside down while suspended in the air might relieve pressure on my neck and give me some gymnastics-like pleasure while focusing on the mind and body typical of a yoga class. However, the length of time the participants must hold their heads up (or hold them in other potentially neck straining positions) ultimately steered me away.
Even though the two times I tried yoga were not successful, I don't necessarily discredit it. There are many styles of yoga, and I am considering trying restorative (yin) yoga, which is a slow gentle practice that employs passive stretching. In addition, I found renewed interest after reading the book Embodied Healing: Using Yoga to Recover From Trauma and Extreme Stress by Lisa Danylchuk, which addresses how Yoga can help with trauma treatment.