Profiling the typical US yogi

About 4% of Americans (about 7.4 million people) have used yoga in the past year, according to survey results from more than 2000 people conducted by the department of medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

Here is a profile of the typical yogi.

A college educated woman from the baby boomer generation living in a metropolitan area and using other CAM therapies.

Why do they practice yoga?

  • 64% for wellness
  • 48% for health conditions
  • 21% for back or neck pain

Most (76%) don’t spend money related to their yoga.

Nine out of 10 people who responded to the survey thought yoga was very or somewhat helpful. Don’t read too much into this statistic. It would be surprising if they used it and didn’t think it was useful. Also, 40% of those surveyed didn’t reply. There’s no way to know their assessment of yoga.

2/24/07 17:30 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.