The Benefits of Yoga
According to Ipsos Public Affairs, the popularity of yoga in the United States has grown over 50% in the span of four years, 2012 to 2016. There were approximately 15.8 million participants in 2008 but, in 2016, the number of practitioners increased to 36.7 million. approximately 15% of America has practiced yoga for less than 6 months. That’s about 37 million people. But did you know that 72%, or 176 million people have never tried yoga? 28% of people in the United States has participated in a yoga class in the last 6 months. According to Ipsos, did you know that 3% of all Americans practiced today? 5% of the population practiced last week, 4% practiced last month, 3% practiced in the last 6 months, 2% in the last year, and 11% practiced over a year ago. But 34% of Americans are likely to practice yoga in the next year. 6% of non-practitioners say that they are very likely to try yoga in the next 12 months. 71% of all yoga practitioners say that they are very likely to practice yoga in the next 12 months as well. Did you know that 16% of the United States population said that they are very likely to practice yoga in the next year?
Did you know that yoga practitioners are more likely to be involved in other sports and exercises? Well, 37% of yoga practitioners state that they practice other sports compared to the 9% of the general population part taking in a sport. 4% of all Americans are involved in group exercises while 37% of yoga practitioners are also participating in group exercises. People who are participating in yoga activities are about 15% more likely to be in another sport or exercise outside of yoga.
Researchers say that yoga practitioners are about 15% more likely to have an overall better image of themselves. Compared to the 78% of all Americans, 86% of yoga practitioners state that they have a strong sense of mental clarity. 77% of yoga practitioners believe that they have good physical agility/dexterity while only 59% of all Americans believe so themselves.
According to Ipsos, yoga practitioners are more likely to be concerned with their health and the environment. Practitioners are more environmentally and socially mobilized. 55% of yoga practitioners try to eat sustainable or local foods compared to the 36% of the general population in the United States. 21% of Americans use natural health and beauty products while 44% of yoga practitioners use them. Compared to the 28% of the general population, 46% of yoga practitioners donate their time to their community. 36% of practitioners meditate, while only 14% of all Americans do so. There is also a 19% difference in the amount of organic food buyers between the population and yoga practitioners. Yoga practitioners are 21% more likely to try to live green as well. Did you know that practitioners of yoga are also 5 more percent vegetarian compared to all Americans? Because they are more concerned about the practices of mental, physical, and spiritual acts, a lot of yoga practitioners choose to be vegetarian.