Tequila/Monk

The female to male yoga student ratio

January 26, 2010

Just a fleeting observation here, but I wonder why the ratio of female to male yoga students in the classes I have attended is so high? My guess is that on average there are eight female students for every male student, but it may be a little lower, perhaps 5 to 1.

But even at that rate I wonder why so many more women are open to yoga than men? Is it just this area, or is there something about yoga that attracts more women than men?

(Also, I should add that when I say 'yoga', I am specifically referring to privately-taught yoga classes like Iyengar or Bikram yoga, as opposed to some of the larger, more commercially-oriented yoga classes you might find at a local gym or exercise facility.)

I don't know the answer, but I am curious about it.

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