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Yoga and Pilates Numbers: Up or Down?

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 23, 2012

Mind-Body-Spirit News

More and more Americans continue to turn to yoga, while Pilates participation remains relatively constant. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA) 2012 Sports, Fitness, and Leisure Activities Topline Participation Report, the number of yoga participants grew by 5% from 2010 to 2011, reaching 22,107,000. Yoga participation has increased almost 17% over the past 2 years. Figures represent all Americans from the age of 6 through adulthood.

In 2011, 8.5 million Americans participated in Pilates, approximately 1% more than in the previous year. Over the past 2 years, however, Pilates participation has seen a net loss of 3%.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at