15 Amazing Yoga Facts

36 million people in the US regularly practice yoga

Americans practicing yoga has grown by over 50% in the last four year

72% of yoga practitioners are women

People aged between 30 and 49 years old practice yoga more than any other age group

Male yoga practitioners are known as ‘yogis’, female practitioners are known as ‘yoginis’.

Over 15% of Americans have practiced yoga in the last 6 months.

Yoga is the most commonly used complementary health approach in the US.

There are more than 100 styles of yoga!

In 2016 there were over 52,000 registered yoga teacher

There are now over 18,000 registered yoga school

There are close to one billion #yoga posts on Instagram!

Research has shown that practicing yoga can delay aging.

Americans spend $16 billion on yoga classes and equipment each year

Teaching yoga is becoming an increasingly popular career choice

The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit language and literally means ‘union

Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in the world

Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, 

Yoga was introduced to America in the 18th century.

Yoga was originally practiced as a form of healing

Yoga classes used to be just for men, women were not invited until 1937

Yoga is now actively promoted as a sport

Yoga is considered to be one of the most successful products of globalization

Yoga practitioners used to use grass or animal skin as a mat for their posture

Yoga classes twice each week can help to ease depression.

Those suffering from anxiety could benefit from practicing yoga

Yoga benefits individuals who suffer from lower back pain

Yoga can improve the cognitive functioning of patients with schizophrenia