Do Women or Men Practice Yoga More?
A last second surge of female votes allowed them to just edge out the men when it came to the question of who practices yoga more, men or women.
The common understanding that yoga is mostly practiced by women was under serious threat for most of the time this survey was running and in fact at one time the men had a comfortable double digit lead as well. But, it did not hold up as we came down the stretch and finally the women won the survey by a meager 2 votes.
Here are the results of the survey:
|Female & Yes I Practice Yoga||25||50.00%|
|Male & Yes I Practice Yoga||23||46.00%|
|Female & No I Do Not Practice Yoga||1||2.00%|
|Male & No I Do Not Practice Yoga||1||2.00%|
Yoga Survey Results Analysis:
Frankly I am pleasantly surprised by the results of this survey. I was expecting a significantly different outcome, in which the women would far outnumber the men and I am happy to learn that this is not the case. Yoga is certainly not just for women, and most certainly provides enormous benefits to anyone lucky enough to be drawn to this practice.
One of the biggest myths, I feel, that tend to hold men back from practicing yoga is the misunderstanding that flexibility is a prerequisite for this practice. This cannot be further from the truth. Yoga will certainly help your flexibility, but to extract the benefits of yoga you do not need to be an acrobat. It may appear to the outsider that doing yoga well, means you are an expert contortionist, but that is simply not the case. Yoga is really about energy, awareness and silence, and yoga practice is about the development of these qualities.
To learn more about yoga and how to practice it correctly you may wish to read, Essential Beginner’s Guide to Yoga Practice.
An interesting thought that occurs to me which would explain the discrepancy between the notion that women practice yoga more than men, and the results of the survey which show them about even, is that maybe men prefer to practice yoga in private more, while women more commonly join yoga classes in clubs and studios. I can see another survey emerging in my mind, to help shine more light on this question .
One final thought regarding this survey is that of the respondents only 2 said they did not practice yoga. I know these surveys are not scientific, but that too took me a bit by surprise as I felt more would respond in the negative. In any case, I am certainly not complaining about that result and it is really inspiring to me to know that yoga practice is gaining as much ground as it is.
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