This research study was a review of observational studies on the adverse events occurring during yoga practice and compared to adverse events of non-yoga practitioners. The conclusions of this study were that a considerable amount of yoga practitioners experience an adverse event in yoga but most were mild and transient. The researchers conclude that this should not stop healthy individuals from practicing yoga.
This study was included in this newsletter for several reasons. First, it is important that we acknowledge that yoga postures are difficult and come with a certain amount of risk. Second, at LifeForce Yoga, we work to make the practice safe and accessible to ALL bodies, not just those that are fit. While every practice has an inherent risk, we work to teach breathing, hand gestures, sound, relaxation, etc. in such a way that the risk of injury or adverse events is limited.
Read the abstract for this article here.