I Googled ‘benefits of yoga’ the other day and it came up with over 41 million results. Yikes! But just for the sake of balance, I also googled ‘negatives of yoga’. Up popped a few hundred thousand results. Hardly scientific, I know, but it did strike me that there are a lot of people interested in the benefits and practice of yoga.
A recent research report called ‘2016 Yoga in America’ conducted by Yoga Journal (a popular yoga magazine) and the Yoga Alliance (a kind of umbrella administrative organisation for yoga) found that approximately 37million Americans are practicing yoga today in 2016. 37 million!
This is a phenomenal number and, get this, even more amazing – apparently this is an increase from 20 million in 2012. An additional 17 million yogis in the space of only four years.
yoga truly is a practice for everyone and is not just the domain of the young, fit and strong
Clearly, yoga is becoming more and more popular year on year and we, as a nation, are more informed about the benefits of the practice. According to findings in the same report almost a third of those practicing yoga are over 55 proving that yoga truly is a practice for everyone and is not just the domain of the young, fit and strong – the common misconception and stereotypical image we are fed through the media.
Yoga attracts a very broad demographic. All ages from kids through to seniors with more and more guys picking up the mat too.
As yoga’s popularity grows, so do the opportunities for us to study yoga whether it is through a class, online video, phone app, DVD, book or magazine. Never has there been this much choice to study yoga and long may it continue.
If you want to learn more about the report’s findings go take a peak at the Yoga Alliance website on yogaalliance.org. It makes for interesting reading.