Sean Johnson, founder of Wild Lotus Yoga Uptown and in the Marigny, estimates the number of New Orleans studios has jumped from six pre-Katrina to 22 today. Yoga Journal, the largest-circulation yoga magazine in the country, cited that figure when it featured New Orleans among its “10 Fantastically Yoga-Friendly Towns” earlier this summer.
“We looked at a number of factors — great yoga instruction in a variety of different styles and traditions, a community of inspired practitioners, surroundings that are inviting and encouraging to the yoga practitioner, ” said Charity Ferreira, senior editor at the San Francisco-based magazine. “Basically, we were looking at cities where yoga is flourishing in a special way. A 2008 study by the magazine, the latest available, showed that 6.9 percent of U.S. adults, or 15.8 million people, practiced yoga; nearly 8 percent, or 18.3 million, of those who didn’t said they were “very” or “extremely” interested in doing so…”
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