New Yoga Demographic Survey from Yoga Alliance

June 18, 2015

At Yoga Alliance®, we continually strive to learn more about who practices yoga and who is interested in practicing yoga so we can offer the best resources to both our members and the general public. Yoga Alliance recently hired Wakefield Research to conduct a yoga demographic survey of American adults and we would like to share some of the results with you.

Did you know that 56 percent of American adults are interested in yoga but do not currently practice? According to our May 2015 survey, more than 19 million adults – nearly 17 percent of the population – currently practice yoga in the U.S. and we hope that number continues to grow. 

Our survey also revealed that 63 percent of American adults under the age of 45 are interested in doing yoga compared to a 49 percent interest rate of those over the age of 45. Further, twice as many women as men currently practice yoga, while 62 percent of women are interested in doing yoga versus 48 percent of men.

These numbers are very promising for the growth of the U.S. yoga community. We hope that more people who are interested in yoga will give it a try and experience the benefits firsthand. 

“Both men and women are turning to yoga for many reasons – exercise, flexibility, stress relief, spirituality and more. To assist people who seek information about practicing yoga, we have developed materials to help guide them on their journey,” says Yoga Alliance COO Barbara Dobberthien.

Want to learn more about yoga? Browse through YA’s newest and most recently updated resources to help you begin or deepen your yoga practice:


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