Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Predictors of Yoga Use in the USA

Okay, admittedly, this is not even remotely relate to infectious diseases, my specialty. Also, the findings of this study , the purpose of which was to investigate the prevalence, patterns, and predictors of yoga use in the U.S. general population, were largely predictable, but I could not resist as the title caught my eye.

Using cross-sectional data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey Family Core, Sample Adult Core, and Adult Complementary and Alternative Medicine questionnaires (N=34,525), frequencies for lifetime and 12-month prevalence of yoga use and patterns of yoga practice were analyzed. Using logistic regression analyses, sociodemographic predictors of lifetime yoga use were analyzed. 

Lifetime yoga practitioners were more likely female, younger, non-Hispanic white, college educated, higher earners, living in the West, and of better health status. Among those who had practiced in the past 12 months, 51.2% attended yoga classes, 89.9% used breathing exercises, and 54.9% used meditation. Yoga was practiced for general wellness or disease prevention (78.4%), to improve energy (66.1%), or to improve immune function (49.7%). Back pain (19.7%), stress (6.4%), and arthritis (6.4%) were the main specific health problems for which people practiced yoga.

In the USA, Yoga is largely practiced by young, affluent, educated white women with an interest in health and wellness, not necessarily those most in need of its potential benefits. Empiric evidence to confirm what was already suspected.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, so this was amazing to read. As a white young female I do practice yoga not only to keep my Chakras in order to help with energy and mental clarity; but I also use it to help the healing of my muscles after lifting weights. This is because I am increasing the blood flow.

    Thanks for the article Dr. B!

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