Chill out: yoga schools are booming in the Netherlands


The number of yoga schools in the Netherlands has soared by 124% over the past five years and there are now nearly 6,400 schools and private teachers offering yoga lessons, according to research by RTL Z.

Most of them – 5,875 – are self-employed teachers, the figures, which RTL Z obtained from the Chambers of Commerce, show.

The Dutch yoga teachers organisation said last year that 800,000 people in the Netherlands regularly take part in yoga.

One teacher, who began in 2015, told RTL Z: ‘People do yoga because it works, particularly in these times. People are becoming over-sensitised, they work too much, their phones ping continually and they have no time left for themselves. Yoga helps you to become calm.’

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