Yoga is an ancient practice, dating back to fifth or sixth century B.C. But in recent years, it’s become one of the fastest-rising physical activities in the U.S. The number of yoga practitioners in the U.S. has almost doubled over the past four years, from 20 million in 2012 to nearly 37 million today, according to a recent study.
And you might be surprised to know who is especially keen on yoga now: 38% of regular practitioners are more than 50 years old – and more than a quarter of the practitioners are men.
Health experts say yoga can improve flexibility and strength and relieve stress, so it’s good news that more Americans are taking it up. And tens of millions more may try it this year, according to the survey. So brush up on your Warrior and Downward Facing Dog poses – your body will thank you for it.