A look at yoga as a practice in the United States and the trends and effects it has inspired.
In 2017, U.S. imports of women’s elastic knit (yoga) pants surpassed those of jeans.
Source: US Census Bureau
You may be wondering if yoga pants are in higher demand because for many, they're simply a comfortable alternative to jeans or other wardrobe options. One thing's for sure, though: It is true that people in the U.S. are increasingly picking up the practice of yoga.
Read on to explore more about yoga in the United States and why many Americans are jumping on the bandwagon, not just for the comfy pants — but also for the physical and mental health benefits.
Why is yoga becoming more popular? According to the 2017 National Health Survey from the National Institutes of Health, a large proportion of U.S. adults who practiced yoga perceived a wide array of health benefits, including:Improved sleep
Learn about the different forms of yoga and discover which ones might be best for you.
Yoga Alliance defines hot yoga as yoga practiced in heated rooms that could potentially reach up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes for an intense and challenging physical workout, even if the poses are not especially advanced.
Also called "restorative" or "gentle" yoga, this style incorporates rhythmic breathing. It's less physically demanding than the other types of yoga listed here, according to Yoga Alliance.
This map displays the distribution of yoga and pilates establishments throughout the United States, according to a 2016 report from IBISWorld. Discover where your state stacks up! Click on a pin to learn more.