Report finds yoga rising in popularity

November 08, 2018 02:05 PM

(NBC News) Mindfulness practices are growing in popularity across the country.

A new Centers for Disease Control report finds more than 14 percent of Americans do yoga, up from less than ten percent in 2012, and many are also getting into meditation.

"I didn't feel that I was calm at any point in the day. My mind was constantly racing," Shery Ramezanian says.

She credits meditation with giving her the ability to handle all of those racing thoughts when she was totally overwhelmed as a lawyer and full-time student. 

Guru Ranjit Deora says the practice is about relaxation. People seek his guidance for simple reasons.

"They want peace," he laughs. "They want to be happy. They want to sleep better."

10-year-old Gustavo Levy has been meditating for two years. He says he's better able to focus in school and keep his calm when his patience is tested.

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