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WSU student, fitness instructor comments in Detroit News feature examining popularity of yoga

January 29, 2013

The Yoga Journal's 2012 Yoga in America study found the number of people practicing yoga has increased by nearly 30 percent in the last four years. The initial 2008 survey accounted for 15.8 million adult yoga practitioners, but the latest figure has increased to more than 20 million who practice - about 8.7 percent of adults. More than 78 percent surveyed said the main reason for beginning yoga was to increase flexibility. Others surveyed said they began yoga for overall conditioning, stress relief and improvement of general health. Anita Vasudevan is a Wayne State University sophomore and yoga instructor at the University's Mort Harris Recreation & Fitness Center. She's working toward a bachelor's degree in kinesiology and plans on attending medical school. Eventually she wants to incorporate yoga in her practice. "I would use complementary and alternative therapies (namely yoga) in conjunction with traditional allopathic medicine in order to treat my patients with the best of both worlds," Vasudevan says.