By the Numbers: Yoga Stats That May Surprise You

In honor of our 40th anniversary, we polled you, our readers. Here, the latest statistics on YJ and yoga in America.
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In honor of our 40th anniversary, we polled you, our readers. Here, the latest statistics on YJ and yoga in America.
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In honor of our 40th anniversary, we polled you, our readers. Here, the latest statistics on YJ and yoga in America.

$2.5 Billion

The amount Americans spend on yoga instruction annually

Vinyasa

Your favorite yoga style (also topping your list: Iyengar and Ashtanga)

See alsoThe Best of Yoga Journal’s Master Class Column

5 Percent

...of you have given either your children or pets Sanskrit names

300

The circulation of the first edition of Yoga Journal, compared with 3.5 million monthly magazine and online readers today

10

The number of pages in the first edition of Yoga Journal compared with this issue's 136

Wellness

The number 1 reason you practice yoga (Number 2: sense of peace/calm and Number 3: health)

Didn't like the teacher

The number 1 reason you've walked out of a yoga class. Also making your list:

  • Too hot
  • Injured
  • Too crowded
  • Too advanced
  • An inappropriate assist
  • Distracting classmates
  • Too slow
  • Spontaneous partner work
  • An offensive odor

1.7 million

The number of American children under age 17 who practice yoga

75 Cents

The cost of the first issue of Yoga Journal when it launched in 1975

15 Percent

Of you who go on an annual yoga retreat–lucky ducks!

See alsoThen + Now: 40 Years of Yoga Gear