With music from flutes and drums wafting from the stage, about 2,500 yoga enthusiasts stretched, pulled, lifted, balanced, rocked, rolled and reached Sunday on the grass in front of the Meyer Amphitheatre.
“When I first started, I couldn’t come close to touching my toes. Now, I’m taking yoga classes five days a week. I like it because it doesn’t strain my knees and hips. And you can really work up a sweat,” said 61-year-old Mike Giusti, a Jensen Beach resident who was sitting on a park bench waiting to take one of the 17 free classes.
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Yoga in 2012: By the Numbers:
15 million: Total number of Americans who practice yoga
72% : Female
41%: Ages 18-34
41%: Ages 35-54
18%: Ages 55 and older
71%: College graduates
$27 billion: Amount spent annually in U.S. on yoga products
87%: Increase on yoga product spending in past five years
20%: Average annual increase in number of people who practice yoga
SOURCE: YOGA JOURNAL