More Americans Enjoying Yoga

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on May 08, 2015

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Yoga participation has continued to experience consistent and steady growth among Americans in recent years. At last count, 21 million adult Americans said they had tried yoga in the past year, according to the National Health Statistics Report, no. 79 (2015), which is based on data from 2002 to 2012. As of 2012, 1.7 million American children had done yoga in the previous 12 months (National Health Statistics Report, no. 78, 2015).

The figures show continual and significant growth during the relevant time period. Adult participation in yoga, tai chi or qigong increased from 6% to 10% between 2002 and 2012, largely due to more people 
experiencing yoga. Equivalent participation among youth, including children aged 4–17, increased from 
2.3% to 3.1% between 2007 and 2012, primarily due 
to more children attempting yoga.

To read the report on adults, go to To see the report on children, go to

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is 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