I was so happy to see this resource exists! Mon Yoga Virtuel offers a really nice variety of yoga classes in French to stream online from the comfort of your own home. Admittedly, I might not recommend this to someone who is very new to French and/or very new to Yoga. But of course, if you’re up for the challenge, all the more power to you!
Here are my top three reasons to give Mon Yoga Virtuel a try:
1. It’s an empowering way to learn body vocabulary. In school we always learned body parts in the context of having a broken leg, or being sick. How crummy! Yoga classes reintroduce that vocabulary but in a much more invigorating context.
2. The repetitive nature of yoga is perfect for language learners. I’ve been watching a lot of sit-coms dubbed in French and while this is great for learning colloquial speech, it’s easy to miss a word or phrase in the quick pace. In yoga they work through a sequence of postures, and then repeat it on the other side. They also give directions in a nice calm and slow voice. A language learners dream! You’re more likely to remember a word the more you come back to it, and as anyone who’s taken a yoga class and wondered how many downward dogs they’re going to do knows — yoga is all about repetition.
3. Studies have shown light exercise while studying can improve retention. Seriously, read this article in the New York Times about it. The key to the data is that it only applies to light exercise and what is lighter exercise than some stretching out on the mat at home? C’est vraiment parfait!
Need one more reason to give it a try? Mon Yoga Virtuel offers a free seven day trial!
If you have other hobbies you’ve found resources for in French, please leave a comment!