White Paper

White Paper: Safer In Your Yoga Practice

Between June and August 2019, in conjunction with the first Global Yoga Therapy Day, Yoga for Better Health (then YogaMate) conducted a global survey of yoga professionals and practitioners to better understand who was practicing yoga, for what reasons and how safe they were being kept in their practice.


The survey also looked at the education of yoga professionals and their self-reported confidence in working with individuals who presented with health challenges. 


The survey found:



  • 49% of respondents choose to practice yoga specifically to address a health challenge; and

  • 69% of respondents had a current injury or health concern; yet

  • Only 33% of the 1,061 yoga professionals surveyed felt confident in their ability to safely teach yoga to individuals with common injuries or health concerns


Notably, 52.3% of people practicing yoga reported neither their teacher nor studio pre-screened them for relevant health concerns, increasing their risk for further injury.


The white paper paints a clear picture of the importance of working with trained yoga therapist; particularly when there is an underlying medical condition.

Download the white paper and use it to support your outreach with clients and other healthcare providers!


Survey was completed by 1,356 people; both students of yoga and yoga professionals (funnelled into different streams of questions based on whether they were a yoga professional or not).


Respondents were from 21 countries, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States and Wales.

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