More US adults and kids are doing yoga, meditating
By MIKE STOBBE, Associated Press
Nov 7, 2018 11:14 PM CST
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018 file photo, yoga enthusiasts take part in the Pittsburgh Yoga Expo, at the Pittsburgh Opera building in Pittsburgh. A new report says more Americans are doing yoga and meditation - including kids. A government survey last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently...  (Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — If you can do a downward-facing dog, you're among the increasing numbers of Americans doing yoga.

A new report says more adults — and even kids — are practicing yoga and meditation.

A government survey conducted last year found 14 percent of adults said they had recently done yoga, and the same percentage had recently meditated. That's up from about 10 percent and 4 percent from a similar survey done five years earlier.

For kids ages 4 through 17, about 8 percent had recently done yoga, up from 3 percent. For meditation, it was about 6 percent, similar to the earlier survey.

Experts say yoga, meditation and some other forms of complementary medicine have been increasingly promoted as ways to reduce stress and anxiety and improve health.