Yoga Findings in 2016 in America

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Yoga grows rapidly in the western world and practitioners and popularity of yoga increase day by day. Yoga has a power that can change your lives and a study conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, 2016 Yoga in America proves a dramatic increase in the number of practitioners and size of the yoga. Yoga became very popular in India also and many people from the west come to learn yoga and meditation through spiritual yoga gurus in India. India is birth place of yoga and Rishikesh in India is yoga capital of the World. There are many best yoga schools to join yoga teacher training classes and learn yoga with best yoga institute in Rishikesh, India.

There are some findings about yoga in 2016 according to study of Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance in America.

  1. There were 4M Americans practice yoga in 2012, now it is 36.7 million.
  2. 28% of all Americans have practiced yoga at some point in their lives.
  3. 34% of Americans or 80 Million Americans will likely practice yoga at some point in the next 12 months.
  4. There are 10 million men practicing yoga in the US, up from 4 million in 2012.
  5. There are almost 14 million yoga practitioners over the age of 50 in the US.
  6. Yoga practitioners report spending over $16 billion on yoga clothing, equipment, classes and accessories in the last year, up from $10 billion in 2012.
  7. 75% of yoga practitioners also engage in other physical exercises including running, group sports, weight lifting and cycling.
  8. 37% of yoga practitioners participate in other group exercises compared to just 9% of the general population.
  9. Yoga practitioners are 20% more likely to have a positive self-image as compared to the general population.
  10. 50% of yoga practitioners say they live green, eat sustainably and donate time to their community.
  11. The top 3 reasons people do yoga are the enjoyment of yoga itself, yoga’s impact on health and yoga as a stress reliever.
  12. Only 25% of yoga practitioners have been practicing for more than 5 years.
  13. 98% of practitioners consider themselves to be beginner or intermediate level practitioners.
  14. 90% of Americans have heard of yoga, up from 70% in 2012.
  15. Yoga practitioners are twice as likely to buy organic food as are non-practitioners.
  16. 72% of yoga practitioners are women.
  17. 58% of yoga practitioners are 40+.
  18. 81% of practitioners have practiced yoga outside of the studio in the last 12 months.
  19. 24% of Americans have practiced yoga on their own in the last 12 months.
  20. 37% of practitioners have children under the age of 18 who have practiced yoga.
  21. 59% of yoga practitioners practice once a week or more.
  22. 91% of regular yoga practitioners are satisfied with their current yoga studio.
  23. 55% of yoga practitioners have never practiced yoga in a yoga studio.
  24. 65% of yoga practitioners have practiced yoga at home at least once.
  25. 33% of yoga practitioners started practicing yoga because of a friend.
  26. Only 6% of yoga practitioners started practicing yoga because of an advertisement from a yoga studio.
  27. 1 in 5 yoga practitioners state weight loss as a reason for starting to practice yoga.
  28. The top 3 factors yoga practitioners seek in a yoga studio are cost, convenience and quality of instruction.
  29. The 6 qualities of great yoga teachers (warm & friendly, clear with instructions, knowledgeable about poses, helpful, approachable, gives adjustments.
  30. Nearly 50% of yoga practitioners have left a class early. The top reason for doing so is if the class is overcrowded.
  31. Only 8% of yoga practitioners have attended a yoga retreat, 62% are interested in attending one in the future.
  32. 86% of yoga teachers are interested in attending a yoga retreat in the next 12 months, 96% of those currently in teacher training are.
  33. 19% of yoga practitioners have attended yoga events in a public place, 75% of yoga practitioners are interested in doing so in the future.
  34. Yoga Practitioners will spend $5.8B in yoga classes in 2016, up from $2.5B in 2012.
  35. Yoga Practitioners will spend $4.6B in yoga clothing, up from $2.2B in 2012.
  36. 70% of yoga practitioners report purchasing yoga clothing in the last 6 months.
  37. 57% of yoga practitioners have never read or heard of the Yoga Journal.
  38. Friends & the internet are the top common ways to obtain information about yoga outside of a yoga class.
  39. 18% of people who stopped practicing yoga mention cost as a reason for stopping.
  40. The top 5 reasons why people do not try yoga are: “not sure if it is right for me”, “don’t know how to get started” “I don’t exercise” “I feel out of place” “my body is not right for yoga”.
  41. For every existing yoga teacher out there, there are 2 more yoga teachers currently in training.
  42. 84% of yoga teachers practice yoga at least once a week.
  43. 98% of yoga teachers participate in other physical activities outside of yoga such as running, cycling or other group fitness classes.
  44. Yoga teachers are 3 times more likely to be runners as compared to the average US adult.
  45. Yoga teachers are 7 times more likely to practice martial arts than is the average US adult.
  46. Yoga teachers are twice as likely to donate their time to their community as is the average US adult. 54% of them do.
  47. 20% of yoga teachers have been practicing for 10 years or more and 57% of yoga teachers are not registered with the yoga alliance.
  48. 31% of yoga teacher trainees have been practicing yoga for less than 2 years.
  49. 55% of current yoga teachers have been teaching yoga 6 years or more.

50.  67% of yoga teachers teach 10 hours or less per week.

Sources form:- Seattle Yoga.


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