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Importance of use of yoga

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YTQIMPORT reports how important the person's use of yoga/tai chi/qi dong had been to his/her health and well-being.

For information about the full range of variables related to yoga/tai chi/qi gong, including definitions, see YTQYOGYR, YTQTAIYR, or YTQIGYR. For related variables and more information, please see TABDOM1, or use the search function or IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus.


Prior to 2012, sample adults who had practiced yoga/tai chi/qi gong during the past 12 months for their health were asked about the importance of and their reasons for using this therapy.

Beginning in 2012, adults and children were instead asked to select three of sixteen therapies that were most important and only asked the series of questions related to treating health problems, symptoms, or conditions about these top three therapies, as well as questions about reasons for and the importance of use of the top three therapies. Persons who did not include yoga/tai chi/qi gong among their top three CAM therapies did not answer follow up questions for this therapy beginning in 2012 and are reported as responding "no".


  • 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have practiced yoga, tai chi, or qi gong for their health during the past 12 months.
  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 4-17 who have reported having at least one top CAM therapy and using this therapy to treat a specific health problem or condition.


  • 2002, 2012