More adults, chil­dren do­ing yoga, med­i­tat­ing

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NEW YORK | If you can do a down­ward-fac­ing dog, you’re among the in­creas­ing num­bers of Amer­i­cans do­ing yoga.

A re­port says more adults — and even chil­dren — are prac­tic­ing yoga and med­i­ta­tion.

A gov­ern­ment sur­vey con­ducted last year found that 14 per­cent of adults

said they re­cently had prac­ticed yoga, and the same per­cent­age re­cently had med­i­tated.

That was up from about 10 per­cent and 4 per­cent from a sim­i­lar sur­vey con­ducted five years ear­lier.

For chil­dren ages 4 through 17, about 8 per­cent had re­cently prac­ticed yoga, up from 3 per­cent. For med­i­ta­tion, it was about 6 per­cent, sim­i­lar to the ear­lier sur­vey.

Re­searchers say yoga, med­i­ta­tion and some other forms of com­ple­men­tary medicine have been in­creas­ingly pro­moted as ways to re­duce stress and anx­i­ety and im­prove health.

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