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Why do women outnumber men in Ayurveda and Yoga?
by Jacob Griscom
I recently offered a practicum titled How to Empower Your Clients to Make Long-term Sustainable Changes with their Health and Consciousness at the National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s 10th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The practicum sold out and had a waiting list, so I loved seeing the enthusiasm for this topic…something I feel very passionate about and loved sharing new mindsets and specific strategies with those in attendance.
Out of the 45 people in the room, almost all of them established Ayurveda practitioners, 2 were men and 43 of them were women. Now, these numbers aren’t unusual and in fact over the 14 years I’ve been in the field men:women ratios like this have been the norm.
So, I have a couple of questions I’d like to hear your thoughts on:
1) Why do you think that women outnumber men so tremendously in the fields of Ayurveda and Yoga?
2) And…as more practitioners start building financially sustainable practices and businesses (with help from business training programs like ours), do you think that will have any effect on the ratio of men to women? Why or why not?
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