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Yoga, Tai Chi Research Shows Public Librarians Already Know

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Yoga: the numbers are in

According to a recent ALA-YaTsALL (Yoga and Tai Chi Sessions for America’s Limber Librarians) survey, 21% of librarians are now offering public yoga and tai chi sessions.  Statistically, this marks the highest level of public library interest in fitness in recorded history.  “It only made sense, really” says lead researcher Ben Denstretch.

Researcher Ben Denstretch
Researcher, Ben Denstretch

“We have already been doing yoga and tai chi all these years. We simply had to put names with the repetitive poses we perform during our daily work.  Hatha, ashtanga, even bikram when the a/c goes out – we’ve done it all!”


As a result, the increased popularity of yoga and tai chi in libraries has decreased membership in gyms.  Sadly, local chambers of commerce have noted this shift: “Many former instructors are struggling, and switching industries”.  One instructor says, “It’s good that I double majored.  I still have massage therapy to fall back on.”

The Future of Massage Therapy and Libraries

These are in fact prophetic words.  State librarian, Oma Gutness says,

Oma Gutness
Oma Gutness

“Oh!  Massage therapy?  Yes, at every conference, we always have massage therapists on hand for our attendees!”  Currently, librarians are taking advantage of online databases – that tax payers pay for – that demonstrate massage therapy techniques.  One bubbly librarian says, “We are expanding our programming reach into the untapped demographic of desk weary executives who would otherwise not patronize libraries.  I mean, who doesn’t want a massage after a hard day of spreadsheets and email?!”


Below, Chart A demonstrates common public library yoga poses.  Chart B demonstrates common library Tai Chi movements.


Enjoy your work.  You are already masters.  Namaste.


Chart A:


Public Library Yoga Chart

Chart B:

Public Library Tai Chi Chart


  1. Kelly Doolittle

    L!O!L! Thank you. Made my Saturday morning!

    1. Jonathan Dolce

      My pleasure!

  2. Prenatal Yoga

    Hey I think i will come here more often. Thanks for this.

    1. Jonathan Dolce

      You are most welcome and just so you know, this was a satirical piece. I am only a trained librarian, not a yoga instructor. Truth be told, I don’t even exercise, just keep an active lifestyle and try to eat right.

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