Yoga, a practice rooted in ancient traditions, has gained immense popularity in recent decades.
This is due to its potential health benefits and its ability to promote physical and mental well-being.
However, the Statista Global Consumer Survey reveals an interesting trend:
Yoga continues to be practiced predominantly by women, with a significant gender gap observed in different countries.
In this article, we delve into the survey findings and explore the reasons behind this gender disparity.
Who practices more yoga, men or women?
This survey highlights that women are more likely to practice yoga than men in all countries.
In the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain, approximately 30% of women practice yoga.
In contrast, only 10% of men practice it occasionally.
The gender gap in South Korea is particularly pronounced, with 43% women practicing it.
Interestingly, India, the birthplace of yoga, boasts the highest overall percentage of yoga practitioners.
There, 31% of women and 22% of men practice yoga between April 2022 – March 2023.
Exploring the reasons for the gender gap
Several factors contribute to the observed gender gap in yoga practice.
Cultural and social norms play an important role.
This is because in the West yoga is associated with femininity and spiritual pursuits.
This could discourage some men from participating in the practice due to concerns about social judgment/male stereotyping.
Another factor influencing the gender gap is the marketing and presentation of yoga.
In many cases, yoga classes, promotional materials, and social media content predominantly feature women.
This portrayal may inadvertently reinforce the perception that yoga is primarily for women.
While the popularity of yoga continues to grow, women are still the dominant demographic in this arena.
Currently the benefits of yoga are increasingly recognized and adopted.
It is essential to encourage people of all genders to experience the transformative power of this ancient practice.
Recognizing and addressing the contributing factors to this disparity can help create a more inclusive and diverse yoga community.