"Yoga is a little recreation, and it keeps fit," say Anne, resident of Villebout (Loir-et-Cher), and Jackie, of Saint-Denis-les-Ponts. The Tuesday morning class has just finished at the municipal pontoon dojo. The two retirees, like the twenty people present, have a broad smile, a relaxed face.

In short, these yoga enthusiasts leave totally zen. And yet, these fans of the discipline did not sparing their efforts for an hour and a half alongside Dominique Poupeau. This yoga teacher offers three sessions a week for adults in Saint-Denis-les-Ponts, a town that is part of the new municipality of Saint-Denis-Lanneray.

Calm, soothing, slow movements …

Lights off, blinds half lowered: the course started gently with ten minutes of meditation where everyone sits cross-legged on the tatami or on chairs. Then comes the moment of warm-up, the muscles stretch, gently.

Calm, soothing, slow movements give way to much more tonic exercises. You kick your feet very quickly on the tatami. "You feel like it's heating up in the back. Continue until sweat ensues, you are detoxifying your body, "explains Dominique Poupeau.

"We will at least lose a kilo"

On the tatami, a retiree practices the exercise to the letter: "We will at least lose a kilo," she says with a laugh. The yoga teacher ensures that his students do not go too fast either, to "not have the head spinning". With the help of a stick, the members of the group then practice a qi gong exercise, traditional Chinese gymnastics, before starting ten minutes of relaxation.

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The students lie on the floor, they cover themselves with the little blanket they brought. A soft music of Beethoven is heard. But it's already time for the end of the course.

"This is the first year that I do yoga, and I am delighted," said Maryse, 73, of Saint-Denis-les-Ponts. At her side, Huguette, a retired woman who also lives in the commune, admits: "Yoga makes us feel a little tired, but after that we are so good. "

Yoga class. They take place on Tuesdays, from 10 am to 11.30 am and from 2.30 pm to 4 pm, and on Thursdays from 7 pm to 8.30 pm, at the municipal dojo, near the town hall of Saint-Denis-les-Ponts. Annual rate: 80 € for Pontois, 90 € for people who do not live in the town. Bring a yoga mat and a small blanket. Registration at

Marjorie Cauchoix