More US adults and kids are doing yoga, meditating

 
 
Updated 11/8/2018 9:10 AM
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  • FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018 file photo, yoga enthusiasts take part in the Pittsburgh Yoga Expo, at the Pittsburgh Opera building in Pittsburgh.  A new report says more Americans are doing yoga and meditation - including kids. A government survey last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently done yoga, and the same percentage had recently done meditation. That’s up from 9.5 percent and 4 percent from a similar survey that was conducted five years earlier. For kids ages 4 through 17, the latest survey found 8 percent had recent done yoga, up from 3 percent. About 6 percent did meditation, which was similar to the earlier survey.  (Matt Freed /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018 file photo, yoga enthusiasts take part in the Pittsburgh Yoga Expo, at the Pittsburgh Opera building in Pittsburgh. A new report says more Americans are doing yoga and meditation - including kids. A government survey last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently done yoga, and the same percentage had recently done meditation. That’s up from 9.5 percent and 4 percent from a similar survey that was conducted five years earlier. For kids ages 4 through 17, the latest survey found 8 percent had recent done yoga, up from 3 percent. About 6 percent did meditation, which was similar to the earlier survey. (Matt Freed /Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP, File) Associated Press

NEW YORK -- If you can do a downward-facing dog, you're among the increasing numbers of Americans doing yoga.

A new report says more adults - and even kids - are practicing yoga and meditation.

A government survey conducted last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently done yoga, and the same percentage had recently meditated. That's up from about 10 percent and 4 percent from a similar survey done five years earlier.

For kids ages 4 through 17, about 8 percent had recently done yoga, up from 3 percent. For meditation, it was about 6 percent, similar to the earlier survey.

Experts say yoga, meditation and some other forms of complementary medicine have been increasingly promoted as ways to reduce stress and anxiety and improve health.

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