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A look at yoga as a practice in the United States and the trends and effects it has inspired.

Recent findings & trends

In 2017, U.S. imports of women’s elastic knit (yoga) pants surpassed those of jeans.

Source: US Census Bureau

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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.

36.7 million

Source: Yoga Alliance, the largest U.S. yoga-related nonprofit organization / 2016 report

20.4 million

Source: Yoga Alliance, the largest U.S. yoga-related nonprofit organization / 2016 report

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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:

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59 percent of U.S. adult respondents said that practicing yoga improved their sleep. Source: 2017 National Health Survey, National Institutes of Health
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63 percent said that practicing yoga motivated them to eat healthier. Source: 2017 National Health Survey, National Institutes of Health
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86 percent of US. adult respondents said that practicing yoga reduced stress. Source: 2017 National Health Survey, National Institutes of Health

Find your flow

Learn about the different forms of yoga and discover which ones might be best for you.

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Vinyasa yoga

According to Yoga Journal, the poses in Vinyasa yoga take a step-by-step approach, where deep breathing helps students transition from one pose to the next.

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Fitness yoga

This style of yoga, according to Yoga Alliance, focuses on aerobic training and challenging poses that may lead to increased muscle strength and coordination.

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Hot yoga

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.

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Relaxation yoga

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.


Explore yoga near you

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.