CDC Survey Finds Yoga to be Most Popular with Asian Women

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Yoga is most popular with asian women.
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A June 2024 survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explored yoga usage in the United States by analyzing data from the 2022 National Health Interview Survey. Yoga remains increasingly popular as a method to reduce pain and discomfort, especially for women with higher incomes.

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Per the survey, in 2022, the age-adjusted percentage of adults age 18 and older who practiced yoga in the past 12 months was 16.9%, and percentages were highest among women ages 18–44.

Yoga is most popular with Asian or White people with higher incomes, per the survey. Asian adults (22.5%) were more likely to practice yoga than White (19.3%), other and multiple races non-Hispanic (15.7%), Black (12.6%) and Hispanic (10.5%) adults.

The percentage of adults who practiced meditation as part of yoga was lower among men (52.9%), adults age 45 and older, Asian (56.7%) and White non-Hispanic (54.0%) adults, and those with family incomes at 200% of the federal poverty level or more.

The percentage of adults who practiced yoga to treat or manage pain decreased with increasing family income. In 2022, of those who practiced yoga, the age-adjusted percentage of adults who practiced yoga to restore overall health was 80.0%, with no significant difference observed between men and women.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, yoga is the largest contributor to the mindful movement market, which was worth $12.7 billion in the U.S. in 2022.

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