Why did yoga become so popular?

  • Yoga makes you happier. Over 80% of people who practice yoga experience a reduction in stress. And 1 out of 3 people says that yoga makes them “very happy”. When was the last time you felt “very happy”, before or after Savasana?
  • Yoga makes us less lonely. Even if you practice alone, connecting with yourself through yoga will help you feel less alone.
  • Yoga leads to.. more yoga. Two-thirds of people who practice yoga go on to exercise more regularly.
  • With yoga, you want to become healthier. 4 out of 10 people who practice yoga even change their diet and start eating healthier. It all begins with a Sun Salutation.
  • Yoga improves memory. A study has shown that just one session of yoga improves both speed and accuracy of working memory[3] It makes it easier to remember that you need to do more yoga.
  • Yoga helps with lower back pain. Numerous studies have shown that yoga course can help with lower back pain and even reduce the need for pain-killers[4]! Another study shown that is is possible to use yoga as physical therapy for lower back pain[5] It may be just as effective! And the benefits of yoga will last for several months[6]
  • Yoga improves balance. More and more research shows that yoga is effective at improving our sense of balance[7].
  • Yoga makes you flexible. Surprise, surprise? Even if you are older or even old, yoga will still help you improve flexibility. And you don’t need to be a life-long practitioner to become more flexible. After just 1 year of heath yoga a group of 69+-year-olds have shown an increase of over 22 points in the range of motion. That’s like a difference between being able to tie your shoelaces by yourself and not.
  • Yoga is young. Modern yoga is just over 100 years old. The person in the west is seen as someone who created yoga, was Swami Vivekananda[8]. In 1893 he introduced yoga at The Parliament of the World’s Religions. So if we ask how long has yoga been around, then the ideas of yoga may be 5000 years old, but yoga meaning physical practice that we enjoy is barely 100 years old. And even in the last 100 years it has changed a lot! From focusing on gymnastics of yoga poses to becoming a sociocultural wellness phenomenon.
  • Yoga is revolutionary. Yes, helps you become more centered and more connected with yourself. But in the early days, yoga was a man’s sport. In 1930 Indra Devi asked famous Indian teacher Krishnamacharya to teach her. He rejected her based on gender. It took Indra’s determination and connections with maharajas and Mahatma Ghandi to convince Krishnamacharya. Indra Devi later returned to the US as a first female yoga guru and went on to open the first yoga studio in Hollywood[9] and a role model for the generation of yogis[10].
  • Yoga is inclusive. Yoga really became popular in the US when the country lifted the ban on immigration. Once people from India could come to the US, the number of yoga schools started to grow exponentially.


1. https://www.statista.com/statistics/605355/us-yoga-participation/
2. https://www.eventbrite.com/blog/academy/yoga-events-business/
3. https://www.academia.edu/3145421/The_Acute_Effects_of_Yoga_on_Executive_Function
4. https://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(17)30290-8/fulltext
5. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M16-2579
6. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/1106098
7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4728955/
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swami_Vivekananda
9. https://www.yogajournal.com/people/indra-devi
10. http://amazingwomeninhistory.com/indra-devi-mother-of-western-yoga/



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