Statistics about yoga show that it’s growing in popularity every year with more and more money being spent on classes, clothing and equipment.
Around the world people are learning the benefits and embracing the practice.
1. 36 million people in the US regularly practice yoga.
2. Americans practicing yoga has grown by over 50% in the last four years.
3. 72% of yoga practitioners are women.
4. People aged between 30 and 49 years old practice yoga more than any other age group.
5. Male yoga practitioners are known as ‘yogis’, female practitioners are known as ‘yoginis’.
6. Over 15% of Americans have practiced yoga in the last 6 months.
7. Yoga is the most commonly used complementary health approach in the US.
8. There are more than 100 styles of yoga!
9. In 2016 there were over 52,000 registered yoga teachers.
10. There are now over 18,000 registered yoga schools.
11. There are close to one billion #yoga posts on Instagram!
The study published by the US National Library of Medicine followed 96 individuals and looked at different aspects of aging.
They discovered that yoga combined with meditation, that has its own range of benefits, helped to delay the aging process and prevent the onset of many different diseases.
13. Americans spend $16 billion on yoga classes and equipment each year.
14. Teaching yoga is becoming an increasingly popular career choice.
Data shows that there are more yoga teachers than ever before, in fact for every one yoga teacher there are two more enrolled in a yoga teacher training program.
1. Yoga is over 5,000 years old.
2. The word ‘yoga’ comes from the Sanskrit language and literally means ‘union’.
3. Yoga is one of the oldest physical disciplines in the world.
4. “Yoga is not a religion. It is a science, science of well-being, science of youthfulness, science of integrating body, mind and soul” – Amit Ray.
Though historically there are links to both Hinduism and Buddhism, yoga is not a religious practice, with Amit Ray, a renowned yoga, meditation and mindfulness speaker, referring to it instead as a ‘science’.
Swami Vivekananda, a Bengali intellect, is responsible for introducing the practice of yoga and meditation to the people of Chicago, where his ideas were seen as new and revolutionary.
6. Yoga was originally practiced as a form of healing.
Healing yoga aims to look deep within the individual and use various techniques to not only treat their physical health but also their emotional and mental wellbeing.
Yoga is being introduced in to many medical centers as a complementary therapy alongside other treatments.
7. Yoga classes used to be just for men, women were not invited until 1937!
8. Yoga is now actively promoted as a sport.
9. Yoga is considered to be one of the most successful products of globalization.
10. Yoga practitioners used to use grass or animal skin as a mat for their postures.
11. The first yoga mat was created in 1982 by Angela Farmer who used carpet underlay to create a sticky surface while teaching yoga.
1. Yoga can work every muscle in your body.
Don’t underestimate the power of yoga, it can do so much!
They also practice yoga for their mental wellbeing, to reduce stress and live more mindfully.
2. Yoga boosts your immune system.
According to a recent Norwegian study, which looked at the health benefits of yoga in relation to the immune system, findings showed that practicing yoga caused molecular changes that encouraged the circulation of immune cells.
3. Yoga classes twice each week can help to ease depression.
Findings published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that Iyengar yoga, which focusses on deep breathing, was used in the study and helped to treat the symptoms of depression.
4. Those suffering from anxiety could benefit from practicing yoga.
There have been a number of studies into the impact of yoga practice on symptoms of anxiety.
A systematic review of all the results suggested positive outcomes, particularly for those suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, however more research is needed to determine in what way it can help.
5. Practicing yoga can help you feel less stressed!
The Department of Physical Education at Banaras Hindu University discovered that practicing yoga can lower your pulse rate and blood pressure, reducing the body’s need to take in more oxygen, helping you feel more calm and in control.
6. Yoga benefits individuals who suffer from lower back pain.
With 80% of Americans experiencing back pain at some time in their life, complementary therapies are becoming more widely used.
8. Yoga can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research funded by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation found that yoga combined with meditation could delay cognitive impairment, typically the first indicator of the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
9. Yoga in the workplace can help to improve productivity.
A team at Bangor University found that regular yoga sessions within the workplace helped to reduce back problems and also the number of sick days taken by employees.
10. Yoga can help to reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
11. Diabetes patients can help to control their condition by regularly practicing yoga.
Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences found, during a 2015 study, that blood glucose levels drop by 10% in those who practiced yoga for ten days in a row and also attended talks about the correlation between yoga and diabetes.
12. Practicing yoga can help you lose weight.
Discoveries by the Department of Nursing Research and Translational Science found that yoga helped respondents to eat more mindfully, and the support of the yoga community helped to maintain long term weight loss.
13. Hot yoga can improve your physical fitness.
Hot yoga, which is held in a room that can reach temperatures of 105 Fahrenheit, has so many physical and mental health benefits.
However there are a number of risks that it’s important to know.
14. Yoga can help treat the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).
The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in India looked at how regular yoga practice could impact the symptoms of OCD.
Results showed a considerable improvement in the associated symptoms and experts called for further research to validate the findings.
15. Prisoners in India can reduce their sentence by getting top marks in a yoga test.
The study held at a prison in Pune in 2015 used yoga as a way to help inmates improve their mental and physical health.
A reduction in violent crime within the prison was seen following the trial.
16. You’ll get a better night’s sleep if you practice yoga.
17. Yoga can give you a better orgasm!
18. Yoga has been shown to help with premature ejaculation.
Like meditation, yoga is a wonderful alternative to medication for premature ejaculation.
A research project in 2007 compared yoga practice with fluoxetine, a drug commonly used for treating the condition.
All patients in the yoga test group showed improvements, however the sample size was small so it was felt that additional research was still required.
1. Yoga has 84 basic Asanas or poses.
2. You don’t always need to follow instructions. Mysore yoga invites you to simply turn up and practice whichever pose you enjoy.
3. According to DOYOUYOGA.com, below are the top 10 most popular yoga poses:
- The Lotus Pose
- Downward Facing Dog
- Half Lord of the Fishes
- Head to Knee Forward Bend
- The Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana
- The Crane Pose
- The Supported Shoulderstand or Salamba Sarvangasana
- Trikonasana or Triangle Pose
- Balasana or Child’s Pose
- Standing Forward Bend or Uttanasana
4. Performing ‘power poses’ can improve your self-esteem!
Research conducted in 2017 showed how ‘power poses’, which are expansive and open positions which take up a lot of space, helped to boost the self esteem of respondents compared to standing poses.
The study also showed an increase in energy levels.
- Shoulder Stands (6.3%)
- Lotus and Half Lotus Poses (5.3%)
- Forward Bends (4.8%)
- Backward Bends (3.1%)
- Handstands (2.5%)
1. The longest recorded yoga lesson lasted 56 hours!
2. Naked yoga is growing in popularity across the US.
3. George Harrison from The Beatles was a famous yogi!
He incorporated the beliefs of yoga into his music, and some feel he was responsible for a rise in the practice in the US in the 70s.
The in-depth study in 2019, found that the majority of captions supporting yoga images were about good feelings and appearance, rather than the traditions of the practice.
It also concluded that 70% of posts featured women in minimal clothing!
5. Everyone has a dominant nostril. When you practice yoga you can adopt breathing techniques to regulate your nostrils to help with issues such as will power and concentration.
6. The good people of Oregon practice yoga with goats!
7. Laughter yoga is growing in popularity. You laugh for no reason to help release feelings of stress and depression.
8. Yoga can boost your ego!
Though the essential principles of yoga encourage you to ignore your ego and connect with your true self, new research conducted in Germany found that yoga in fact gave users a sense of superiority!