Codes and Frequencies
YTQYOGYR reports whether the person had practiced yoga in the past 12 months. Please see the Comparability and Universe Tabs for information on changes to the universe of this variable over time.
Yoga, Tai chi, and Qi gong were one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Complementary and Alternative Health Supplements.
The 2002 Field Representative's Manual provides the following definition:
This definition was not routinely shared with respondents.
Beginning in 2007, the Field Representative's Manual provides a truncated version of that definition:
In 2007 and later years, field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."
In some years, additional information about use of yoga was collected for respondents who reported practicing yoga in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency of practice, whether or not any conventional medical treatments were used, and the reason for using yoga.
Aside from slight changes in the universe, this variable is comparable over time.
In 2002, 2007, and 2012, sample adults 18 and older were first asked whether they had ever practiced yoga (YTQYOGAEV) and, for those who indicated that they had, YTQYOGYR records whether they had practiced yoga in the past 12 months. In 2017, the initial question asking about whether sample adults had ever practiced yoga was not asked. Instead, all sample adults aged 18 and older were asked whether they had practiced yoga in the past 12 months.
In 2007, sample children were added to the universe for this question. In 2007 and 2017, the person responding for the sample child was asked whether the child had practiced yoga in the past 12 months. In 2012, the respondent was first asked whether the sample child had ever practiced yoga and then asked whether the child had practiced yoga in the past 12 months. In 2007, respondents for sample children under age 18 were asked about yoga, and in 2012 and 2017 respondents for sample children aged 4 and older were asked about yoga.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever practiced yoga for their own health.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever practiced yoga and sample children under 18.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4+ who have ever practiced yoga.
- 2017: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4+.
- 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017