Yoga in Health Clubs: A Flourishing Practice, Catering to Diverse Populations

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Yoga, a ubiquitous form of mind-body exercise, has emerged as the preeminent group activity in health clubs nationwide (IHRSA’s Health Club Consumer Report, 2023). Since 2015, participation has surged by 8%, reflecting the myriad well-documented benefits of yoga, including enhanced flexibility, strength, weight management, injury prevention, improved circulation, and heightened mindfulness. Accordingly, fitness facilities are well-positioned to leverage this growing interest and reap the financial rewards of offering yoga classes.

Targeting Specific Demographics

To effectively capitalize on the popularity of yoga, health clubs should tailor their offerings to distinct target populations.

Millennials and Gen Xers

Millennials and Gen Xers constitute the most significant segment of yoga participants in health clubs, with nearly half (40%) of all participants falling within this age range. Of these, over 5 million are between 18 and 34 years old. Given the busy lifestyles of this demographic, shorter, 20-30 minute yoga classes offered during lunch hours are ideal to accommodate their time constraints. However, it is important to recognize that some Millennials and Gen Xers may prefer more traditional, extended yoga sessions led by experienced instructors to delve deeper into the discipline.

Children and Youth

The allure of yoga has extended to children and youth, with over 1.2 million kids between 6 and 17 years old participating in yoga at health clubs. This represents 10% of all yoga participants at fitness facilities. Yoga provides a safe, enjoyable, and effective introduction to regular exercise for children. Short, 10-15 minute sessions, integrated into childcare programs, are particularly suitable for younger children. As children mature, they may be able to engage in longer classes.


Seniors represent a smaller segment of yoga participants, with less than 800,000 members over 65 engaging in this activity. However, the number has grown since 2015, when only 600,000 seniors participated in yoga. Yoga offers numerous benefits for seniors, including gentle flexibility poses, dynamic stretching, and mindfulness techniques. Cultivating a senior yoga club can encourage regular participation and foster a sense of community.

Customization and Expansion

The flexibility of yoga allows for customization to meet the unique needs of any fitness facility, regardless of size or clientele. By catering to specific demographics and tailoring offerings accordingly, health clubs can maximize the revenue-generating potential of yoga while enhancing the well-being of their members.


Yoga has become an integral part of the health club landscape, with its popularity soaring across various age groups. By understanding the nuances of each demographic and customizing offerings, fitness facilities can position themselves to meet the growing demand for yoga and reap the financial and social benefits this practice brings.

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