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More Kids in U.S. Are Practicing Yoga

in We've Noticed This Is A Thing, YD News

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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.

[Via Reuters]

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4 comments… add one

  • It is really good that kids are practicing Yoga since their childhood.

  • I think it is absolutely amazing that children are being introduced to yoga at such a young age. Not only does that help with their brain functioning in school but it also helps with their life in general, although kids don’t realize the benefits fully when they are at that age it is still tremendously beneficial.

  • Sue

    That is so great to see that parents let their children to do yoga from the earliest years, as they create a good health system from their childhood. Well, if you would like to edit your research paper and add more about yoga, you may do it easily now.

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