Today, I spoke to graduating Akari Kurashige about her experience of doing the English and Yoga course at Lexis Byron Bay.
What made you decide to do the course?
I wanted to study English and I like yoga. I’ve been practising Ashtanga in Japan but wanted to try something new. I researched where I could study English and yoga together and found Byron Bay. I was really keen to come here when I discovered Byron is famous for yoga and surfing.
Which new styles of yoga did you try?
The English and Yoga course gave me the option to go to classes at three very different yoga studios. I tried Hatha Flow, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa and Hot Vinyasa. I really liked them all, but Vinyasa at Creature Yoga was both the most challenging and my favourite.
How was studying Yoga in Australia different from doing it in Japan?
I only practised one type of yoga in Japan (Ashtanga). When I go back I want to keep trying and practising different styles. There were two differences that I really liked about the yoga classes that I did in Byron Bay. The first was listening to the birdsong outside during the class and the second was the long savansa. In Japan, it’s usually less than 5 minutes but in some classes here it was much longer.
Was it difficult to study Yoga in English instead of Japanese?
I could follow the instructions if I looked as well as listened and I now find native speakers easier to understand. The teachers were all different and I learned something from all of them. The Hot Yoga teacher was especially kind and chatted with me before and after the lessons.
Was it your first time trying Hot Yoga and did you enjoy it?
Yes, it was my first time and, unfortunately, I only went a couple of times as this studio was the furthest from my accommodation. I really liked it. The heat is strange but the poses are easier than a normal Vinyasa class, and it’s good to practise in front of a mirror. After the class I felt really nice; sort of tired and clean.
Did you enjoy your English study too?
Yes and I think my English is much better. My teacher Michelle is very kind and speaks very well. I also really liked the Conversations class.
What are your yoga goals for the future?
I learned a lot about Yoga in Byron Bay and want to keep doing it as a hobby. Maybe in the future, I’ll consider a career in it but I’m undecided at the moment.
A bit more about the English and Yoga course…
The Lexis Byron Bay English and Yoga course includes full-time English study (20+5 hours per week), plus, accommodation, airport transfers, unlimited access to a number of Byron’s top yoga studios and equipment hire. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.