Yoga as safe as other forms of exercise: study

YOGA is as safe as other forms of exercise, a study shows.

Californian researchers have conducted the first meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials of yoga citing adverse events, covering more than 8000 participants aged 10–85 in 94 studies.

Comparing yoga with usual care or exercise, no difference was found in the frequency of serious or non-serious adverse events. However, there were more adverse events when yoga was compared to psychological or educational interventions.

Patients should not be dissuaded from yoga on safety