Are you stressed because
you are studying English and living in a new country? Do you suffer from culture shock or homesickness?
- Have you just arrived in a new country to study English or to build a new life?
- Do you sometimes feel homesick, lonely, sad and stressed? Do you feel not confident enough to meet native speakers or make new friends?
- Are you stressed out, because your English does not seem to improve?
- Are you stressed about the TOEFL, TOEIC or other exams?
- Have you put on weight, because you have been eating Canadian comfort foods?
If your answer is yes to one or all of the above, then start doing yoga!
- Yoga is one of the most popular activities in North America and other English speaking countries!
- Yoga is a great way (I think, it’s THE BEST way) to help yourself feel better in your body, mind and manage difficult emotions.
How Yoga improves your English:
- When you practice English with movement, you will be more likely to remember what you have studied, because you HAVE EXPERIENCED the new word or grammar IN YOUR BODY!!
- Your body is an amazing learning tool, just like your ability to read or to write or your ability to speak when you do speaking activities.
- Your Yoga teacher will use a lot of repetition in class. Yoga is a practice! This means you will do the same or similar position each time you go. Your teacher will use more or less the same cues (words) to instruct the class. This way you will remember them easily!
Why should I study English before a Yoga class? I can just copy what the teacher or the students in the class are doing, right?
- Wrong. If you copy the people around you or your teacher, the only thing you achieve is to look like everybody else. Yoga is a more internal process during which it is very important to “feel”. You cannot see what you are supposed to “feel”. For example, if your teacher says, “Feel how your breath expands your lungs”, but you do not know the meaning of “breath”, “expands” or “lungs”, then you will not be able to feel how your breath makes your lungs bigger. And if you do not feel that, then you are missing out on what the intention of the class is.
- Your teacher will most likely use a lot of figurative language which requires an advanced understanding of English, so it is a good idea to learn a couple of expressions before you go to a class.
- Your teacher will most likely use jargon, i.e. words which are specific to the field of Yoga. Again, to get the full benefit of a class, it would be good if you could speak a little Yoga too!
Where to start?
Get a copy of
The five most frequently asked questions about Yoga in Vancouver
and get more comfortable with going to your first Yoga class!