Yoga trends 2017

Why is yoga becoming so popular right now?

Yes, yoga is becoming more mainstream, and is increasingly being valued for its health and wellbeing benefits by a wider cross section of society.

Here are some results from a recent study in the U.S. (where yoga is flourishing) :

  • There are 36.7M US yoga practitioners, up from 20.4M in 2012.
  • 37 percent of practitioners have children under the age of 18 who also practice
    yoga.
  • Women represent 72 percent of practitioners; men, 28 percent.
  • Practitioners are significantly more involved in many other forms of exercise,
    such as running, cycling and weightlifting, than non-practitioners.
  • 30–49 year olds make up 43 percent of the practicing public, followed by
    those ages 50+ (38 percent) and 18–29 (19 percent).
  • The top five reasons for starting yoga are: flexibility (61 percent), stress relief
    (56 percent), general fitness (49 percent), improve overall health (49 percent),
    and physical fitness (44 percent).
  • 86 percent of 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.

Yoga is obviously a tried and tested route to wellbeing, both physically and mentally (and spiritually at its origins). But where it may have previously been associated with the physically fit and flexible, aesthetically appealing or simply alternative, it is now very much seen as accessible by all.

Some simple yoga postures coupled with a regular routine can gradually bring about many of the changes and benefits cited in the above survey results. And much of this can be done at home, with as little as a mat and some space to stretch and unwind!


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