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Growth in Mind-Body Therapies During the Pandemic

Complementary practices have increased significantly, particularly via online classes.

Mindfulness meditation and yoga

Mindfulness meditation and yoga classes have seen explosive growth since the onset of the pandemic. A report on the Mindful USC program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles said, “Registration for [mindfulness] classes is up 86% from the same time last year, and some classes [have] tripled in size. Most courses now accommodate as many as 100 registrants.” The top 10 wellness apps experienced 2 million downloads in April 2020, and industry leaders predict that virtual wellness will be a booming business for years to come.

For more information, see “Pandemic Drives Increase in Mind-Body Therapy Use: Implications for the Future” in Alternative and Complementary Therapies (2020; 26 [6]).

See also: Growth in Yoga and Meditation Practice

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Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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