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Most Used Mind & Body Practices

3.1% of U.S. children (1.7 million) used

About 429,000 more American children used yoga in 2012 than in 2007.

Yoga is a meditative movement practice with historical origins in ancient Indian philosophy. Like other forms of regular exercise, yoga may have health benefits such as reducing stress and improving overall physical fitness, strength, and flexibility. Parents should be aware that many complementary health approaches have not been tested for safety or effectiveness in children.

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5 Citation: Black LI, Clarke TC, Barnes PM, Stussman BJ, Nahin RL. Use of complementary health approaches among children aged 4-17 years in the United States: National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2012. National health statistics reports; no 78. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. (229KB PDF)

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