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Yoga and Meditation Are Becoming Mainstream

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A new report by the CDC suggests yoga and meditation are becoming increasingly mainstream among American adults and children
  • More than 14 percent of American adults and 8.4 percent of children ages 4 to 17 reported engaging in yoga during the previous 12 months
  • Meditation use among adults increased more than threefold from 2012 to 14.2 percent in 2017, whereas the rate among children was 5.4 percent
  • Two relatively new forms of exercise that appeal to those looking for a light-hearted form of an ancient practice are laughter yoga and goat yoga
  • Breathing exercises, mindfulness meditation and yoga are making their way into schools where they are sometimes offered as an alternative to detentions

Yoga and meditation are becoming increasingly mainstream according to a new report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As compared to data collected in 2012, rates of involvement with these two complementary health approaches were on the rise in 2017, with more women than men taking advantage of these activities and the health benefits associated with them.


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