More US adults and kids do­ing yoga, med­i­tat­ing

The Hamilton Spectator - - Health -

If you can do a down­ward-fac­ing dog, you’re among the in­creas­ing num­bers of Amer­i­cans do­ing yoga. A new re­port says more adults — and even kids — are prac­tis­ing yoga and med­i­ta­tion. A gov­ern­ment sur­vey con­ducted last year found 14 per cent of adults said they had re­cently done yoga, and the same per­cent­age had re­cently med­i­tated. That’s up from about 10 per cent and 4 per cent from a sim­i­lar sur­vey done five years ear­lier. For kids ages 4 through 17, about 8 per cent had re­cently done yoga, up from 3 per cent. For med­i­ta­tion, it was about 6 per cent, sim­i­lar to the ear­lier sur­vey. Ex­perts 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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More peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren, are prac­tis­ing yoga, a re­port found.

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