“Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better.”
~ Donna Farhi
Yoga is an ancient practice of physical exercises that promotes overall well-being. There are many definitions of yoga. The word “yoga” comes from a Sanskrit root which means “to join.” Indeed, continuous practice of yoga promotes integration of movement and breath, increases strength and flexibility, and improves the quality of focus and attention, among other documented benefits. Long-time yoga practitioners tend experience increased sense of peace, well-being, mental clarity, and overall harmony with the environment.
The 2016 Yoga in America Study conducted by the Yoga Journal and Yoga Alliance, offers a comprehensive look at the yoga consumer market. Here are just a few important observations that can be made based on the data from this survey:
As we know, there are many benefits of practicing yoga that are supported by scientific evidence. In the 2016 survey, yoga practitioners report that the top 4 reasons they started and continued practicing yoga are
As I already mentioned in a previous post, mindfulness-based practiced have been found very helpful and effective in dealing with stress. The percentages above are associated with practitioners’ motivation to start their practice. The same responses show up as reasons that motivate people to continue their practice with slightly different percentages.
Furthermore, the list of benefits of yoga goes on to include getting in better physical fitness (44%), strength (42%), mental health (37%), spiritual development (24%), weight loss (21%), physical therapy (18%), medical condition (10%), and prenatal care (3%).
The infographic below summarizes the basic facts about yoga practice in America. For more information, I highly recommend you to read the 2016 Yoga in America Study.
Tanya Ince, Ph.D is a Life Coach, Ordained Ministerial Counselor, Certified Integrative Nutrition Coach, numerologist, TFT-Diagnostics facilitator, and trainer of Spiritual Technology methods of Zivorad Slavinski. On her blog, Tanya provides insights about personal development, practical spirituality, astrology, and numerology. You can connect with Tanya on Facebook and follow her on Twitter @TanyaCoaching.