Are you a yoga statistic?
☼ Are you a statistic? ☼
Statistics seem cold and harsh. No one wants to be “just a number.”
But, we are all statistics . . . just by existing, each of us is a statistic. As statistics, we are measured in good ways as well as some not so good ways. From the time we are infants, we are measured in percentiles for height and weight, for instance. As we age, we might show more concern for the percentiles in which we fall for these two measurements.
Statistics help identify trends. “In 2016, an estimated 62.9 percent of the population worldwide already owned a mobile phone. The mobile phone penetration is forecasted to continue to grow, rounding up to 67 percent by 2019,” according to Wikipedia. Regardless of how you feel about cell phones, if you own one, you are part of that statistic and helped grow that trend!
As yogis, you are part of another trend . . . and this is a really good one! And, this trend is thousands of years in the making, not a fad that will disappear in a year or two!
Channel Signal, a consumer analytics firm, notes, “When compared to other similar forms of indoor recreation, yoga not only dwarfs the competition, it’s the only activity experiencing steady growth.”
The Good Body, an organization that reviews and provides case studies, insights, and analysis for health products, equipment and gadgets, provided the following data on yoga:
☼ 36 million Americans practice yoga.
☼ There are thought to be 300 million yoga practitioners worldwide.
☼ Between 2012 and 2016 the number of Americans doing yoga grew by 50%.
☼ Approximately one in three Americans have tried yoga at least once.
☼ The number of over 50s practicing yoga has tripled over the last four years.
☼ Flexibility and stress relief are the most popular reasons for starting yoga.
☼ The number of American men practicing yoga has more than doubled since 2012.
☼ 1 in 10 US adults use yoga as a complementary health approach (a number that has doubled since 2002).
☼ Top 5 reasons for starting yoga:
61% to improve flexibility
56% for stress relief
49% for general fitness
49% to improve overall health
44% for physical fitness
☼ Noted benefits of yoga:
Relief from back pain
Promotes healthy eating
Where in these lists do you land? You’re a GOOD statistic after all. Where else within yoga would you be a good statistic?
If you aren’t yet a yoga statistic, let us help you get started! We have many yoga classes available to get you started. Find available classes through our Sunrise Yoga app, online, or through the studio.