The researchers note that as a complementary therapy, yoga has been shown
to improve musculoskeletal ailments including neck pain, low back pain, and
osteoarthritis. However, these yoga interventions are led in highly controlled
experimental conditions which do not reflect the recreational yoga conditions
the average practitioner may encounter where yoga may provide inconsistent
physical demands (i.e. yoga is defined as a lifestyle for some while others consider
it a workout). The researchers argue that recreational yoga conditions may
cause musculoskeletal ailments, citing papers from Australia, the US, and Finland.