The number of yoga practitioners in America has increased to more than 36 million people, a 50 percent increase since 2012, according to a 2016 yoga study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance. Women represent 72 percent of U.S. practitioners, and men and older Americans are practicing yoga at an increasing rate.
According to the study, more people across all age groups are seeing the benefits of yoga, from overall health and well-being to mental clarity and stress relief.
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The number of Americans practicing yoga has increased from 20.4 million to 36.7 million since 2012.
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Thirty-four percent of Americans say they are somewhat or very likely to practice yoga in the next 12 months, which is equal to more than 80 million Americans.
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Thirty-seven percent of yoga practitioners have children under the age of 18 who also practice yoga.
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Americans spend $16 billion a year on yoga classes, gear and equipment, up from the $10 billion reported in the 2012 study.
Women make up 72 percent of yoga practitioners.
Those who practice yoga are significantly more involved in other forms of exercise, such as running, cycling and weightlifting, than non-practitioners.
Thirty- to 49-year-olds make up 43 percent of the yoga-practicing public. People who are 50 years old and older make up 38 percent of practitioners while those who are 18 to 29 years old make up 19 percent.
Seventy-four percent of Americans who practice yoga have been doing yoga for five or fewer years.
The top five reasons for starting yoga include flexibility (61 percent), stress relief (56 percent), general fitness (49 percent), improve overall health (49 percent) and physical fitness (44 percent).
Eighty-six percent of yoga practitioners self-report having a strong sense of mental clarity, 73 percent report being physically strong and 79 percent give back to their communities—all significantly higher rates than among non-practitioners.
All audiences surveyed agreed that a warm and friendly demeanor, clarity and knowledge of yoga poses are characteristics of a great yoga teacher.
Two people are interested in becoming a yoga teacher for every one current teacher.
Half of yoga teachers have been teaching for more than six years.
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