France is embracing yoga and around 1.5 million have taken up the practice for therapeutic reasons according to Le Monde last week.
In a front page news article, "Le yoga intellectualise un peu la pratique de la gym".
In a mainstream report, it goes on to say that in societies more and more dominated by stress, yoga represents an accessible way to better cope with modern life. Starting with the body, yoga works to relax and release daily tensions, and engages mental activity in a way gym work may not explictly do. Done well it fully engages the body and the mind, and the results leave the participant refreshed and more relaxed, re-energising rather than tiring the body, and this helps to support the body's systems to help maintain health.
"More and more doctors are recommending that yoga is practiced 3 hours per week." And 3 hours per week suggests we are doing this at home too, supplementing the group yoga classes.
Sounds good to me!