While research provided by Sports Marketing Surveys USA to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association is quoted below it shows an interesting facet of yoga. Not only that the industry is growing but participants are going from participant to teacher (or at least paying for the 200 hour teaching course).
The number of newly registered teachers in the U.S. rose by an average of 18% a year from 2008 to 2014, according to Yoga Alliance. That is three times as fast as the 6% growth rate for participants overall, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association.
This study includes many types of yoga lumped into this one percentage: Ashtanga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa, Bikram, Forrest, Integral, Ishta, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Kripalu, Kundalini, OM, and Para.
This also may include different forms that the participant may have partaken in.
In a USA Today article discussing the growth of the Yoga industry in the United States. The article also roughly compares the number of yoga participants to other sports. The research provided to the Sports and Fitness Industry by Sports Marketing Surveys USA is quoted below and the link with the full article is below the quote.
“from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, says more than 24 million U.S. adults practiced yoga in 2013, up from 17 million in 2008.”
The writer also compares the popularity of yoga numbers now to the popularity of golf in the united states.
An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch has discussed how a Henrico county gymnasium was recently used by 150 middle school students participated in a Bikram exhibition. The Article continues to discuss the twenty five minute session where the middle school kids were then asked to breath and relax.
Later on in the article the total number of participants in the U.S. is quoted below by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association with research done by Sports Marketing Surveys USA.
“About 22 million people in the U.S. practiced in 2014, according to the most recent Sports and Fitness Industry Association study.”
The remainder of the article is available below to read on yoga participation in Henrico county.