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New statistics released by Yoga Journal, reveal that 8.7% of the adult population in the USA now practice yoga. That’s 20 million people, up 29% from 2008. Of current nonpractitioners, almost 45% are interested in trying yoga.

Why the increase? Why such interest in this practice, which is now a $10.3 billion industry? According to the survey the top reasons for starting yoga are as follows: 78.3% flexibility 62.2% general conditioning 59.6% stress relief 58.5% improve overall health 55.1% improve physical fitness I think the explanation is only partly found in the reasons mentioned above. You can get many of the same benefits by taking up other forms of exercise or fitness. What makes yoga different? What’s the attraction? Though most start out looking for the physical benefits as noted above, I believe it’s the underlying concepts not found everywhere else, that’s the reason it’s become so popular. Concepts contrary to what we’ve been led to believe as true or necessary in our daily life, whether in the gym or our place of work, our schools or our homes, even with our friends and families. In our yoga: Instead of striving to be the best or first, we practice non-competitiveness. Instead of being attached to achievements and goals, we practice non-attachment. Letting go of expectation. Instead of comparing ourselves to others, we practice non-judgement. We work at being content with where we’re at on any given day, in any given moment. Instead of instant gratification, we practice patience. For most, the physical practice does not come easy. It takes time. Instead of searching for the easy way, short cut or fasttrack, we practice discipline, determination, longevity.

We work on a long-term commitment. Instead of placing a value on always being busy, we practice the importance of rest. We work hard in our practice, but we also acknowledge the importance of allowing the body and the mind to rest. Instead of having to do exactly what everyone else is doing, we practice modifying to what’s right for each individual. Instead of accepting our thoughts and intellect as being the only way to guide us, we practice listening to our body and the signals it sends us. Instead of setting limitations, we practice finding courage to overcome our established limiting beliefs. Instead of remaining in a cold and sometimes hostile environment, we practice creating a safe and supportive one for ourselves and others.

I think people find relief and perhaps some peace in letting go of the pressures that are continuously placed upon them.

I think people find relief and perhaps some peace in letting go of the pressures that are continuously placed upon them. The idea that they always have to be better, work harder, do more. January is often a time for setting goals, targets and making resolutions to better ourselves. Though learning to grow, expand and achieve some measure of success is part of our life, accepting that we are okay and valuing where we are now, can be just as important. In almost every yoga prasctice, we finish with Savasana, or corpse pose. Though we may have worked hard physically in our yoga practice for 60 to 90 minutes, it is here where we have one more opportunity to practice it all again. We rest. We surrender. We practice letting go. We find peace. In the hectic and frenzied world we live in sometimes that peace is just what we need.

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