Yoga and kids, like crayons to coloring books, or is that Elsa to Frozen, or strategy to League of Legends? We’re such olds these days. Anyway, yoga and kids go great together! And even more kids are practicing yoga today, according to a new study.
Published in National Health Statistics Reports, the study surveyed 17,321 adults about their kids ages 4 to 17 doing the mind-body practices of yoga, tai chi or qi gong. As it turns out, a whopping 3.1 percent of kids did yoga in 2012, which is up from 2.3 percent in 2007.
In total, 1.9 million kids were practicing yoga in 2012, up from 1.3 million in 2007.
And we’re talking 2012 here, so the numbers have likely gone up since then with all of the positive feedback kids yoga classes have received, especially in schools over the past few years.
With the increase of kids doing yoga, the number of yoga teachers increased as well (we could have guessed that one!)
Industry data shows a nearly 8 percent increase in the number of yoga instructors during the same five years, the study authors write. In addition, they say, public schools are beginning to incorporate yoga – which fosters stretching, relaxing and developing strength – into fitness programs.
Also, interestingly, the study found that the use of melatonin as a sleep aid for children has increased as well – “700 percent, from 0.1 percent to 0.7 percent of children, between 2007 and 2012.” This, actually being a positive as melatonin is safer than other over the counter drugs, but kids having that much trouble going to sleep is, well, troubling. Hopefully the yoga will eventually help with that, too.
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