36 Million Practice Yoga in America

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA
Apr 14, 2016

More than 36 million people in America practice yoga—an increase of over 16 million since 2012, according to the 2016 Yoga in America Study Conducted by Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance. Forty-three percent of participants are 30–49 years old, 38% are 50 and up, and 19% are 18–29. Thirty-seven percent have children who also do yoga. Seventy-two percent are women. And, interestingly, 74% are relatively new to yoga and have been doing it for only the past 5 years or less.

“The data tells a compelling story,” said Carin Gorrell, editor in chief of Yoga Journal in a joint news release from the journal and Yoga Alliance. “More people than ever across all age groups are realizing the benefits of yoga, from stress relief to flexibility to overall well-being.

Yoga is a thriving, growing industry.” Students spend $16 billion annually on classes, gear and equipment, reported the study; that is up from $10 billion annually in 2012.


Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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 www.shirleyarcher.com.

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