January’s Table Tennis Tournament!

Yesterday we had our much anticipated January Table Tennis Tournament!

Our Lexis Marketing Manager Jason came all the way from Brisbane to compete after hearing how good our students are!

He got to warm up with our morning tournament, where he was beaten by Anthony, who also beat Karim and Yoran to become the morning winner!

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Anthony – our morning champion!

It was then onto the big event, the afternoon tournament, which started with 18 players!

The results from the first round were:

Sandro VS Benji: SANDRO

Karim VS Jean: JEAN

Jason VS Axel: JASON

Myeong VS Chris: MYEONG

Diego VS Sandra: DIEGO

Brice VS Pablo: BRICE

Linus VS Anthony: LINUS

Dano VS Erwan: ERWAN

Merce VS Simon: SIMON

This left us with an uneven number of players getting through to the quarter finals, so Jason’s name was picked out at random to skip through to the final!

Results from the quarter finals were:

Diego VS Jean: JEAN

Simon VS Myeong: MYEONG

Sandro VS Erwan: ERWAN

Brice VS Linus: BRICE

The semi final results were:

Myeong VS Erwan: ERWAN

Jean VS Brice: BRICE

The 3 finalists; Brice, Erwan and Jason then each played a game against each other to see who the ultimate winner would be!

Jason VS Brice: BRICE (11-6)

Jason VS Erwan: JASON (11-6)

Erwan VS Brice: BRICE (11-6)

Winning both his matches BRICE was crowned January’s (afternoon) Table Tennis Champion for the THIRD month in a row!!!

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Brice – our afternoon champion for the third month in a row!!

Well done Anthony and Brice, enjoy your beers!

 

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach

The Yoga Effect – 3 students talk about practising yoga in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is heaven for yoga lovers and many Lexis English students choose to come to Byron Bay because of this. Others come with no experience, try their first yoga class here and become hooked. Recently, I caught up with three students who I keep bumping into at my yoga studio to find out why they love it so much.

Bianca Borges Santos Pintan

Bianca had already practised yoga before she came to Byron Bay but work pressure meant that she hadn’t been to a class for over a year by the time she arrived.

She remembers clearly what re-ignited her passion:

“One day I was in the Monday Yoga class at Lexis English and Fee (the yoga instructor) said something like ‘Yoga is your home; you can always come back to it’. This really resonated with me.

“Since then I have been practising 3-5 times per week at Creature Yoga. I do a combination of Vinyasa and Yin/Restorative classes and sometimes do two classes per day, depending on my work schedule.

“For me, Yoga is far more than the physical; its’ the connection with breath and the fact that it’s an active meditation that makes it so special. It shows us our weak and our strong points and also makes us realise that if we can meet a challenge in the yoga room with equanimity we can do the same with challenges in real life.

“Yoga has changed my mind and my body and my relationship with myself. I also find that I sleep much better and that a back problem I had when I arrived has completed disappeared.

“Finally, Yoga has helped improve my English. It’s great for listening practice. I used to find it really difficult when I was in the front row because it meant I had to couldn’t look to other students for what to do and I had to follow the instructions. I have to work hard to pay attention but I’m sure it’s really helped my English a lot.”

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Renata Svaizer Do Amaral Brito

Renata is another regular at Creature Yoga now. But when she first arrived in Australia, she had only been to one yoga class and didn’t like it. She told me that she thinks it just wasn’t the right time for her. She also thinks that the teachers are so much better here in Byron Bay.

Renata finds yoga helps her maintain a calm mind while also being great for her body. She does a combination of Vinyasa Flow and Yin and tries to practice at least 4 times per week. This regular yoga practice has really helped her listening. Good instructors naturally speak slowly and clearly so that students can follow the instructions, so even though Renata didn’t always find it easy to understand what was said, she was able to follow along. As she went more often she began to learn new vocabulary and definitely found that her ability to concentrate on listening tasks improved.

Yoga also led Renata to the practise of Ho’oponopono. See http://www.laughteronlineuniversity.com/practice-hooponopono-four-simple-steps/ for a brief summary. This Hawaiian method has four simple steps; Repentence, Gratitude, Forgiveness and Love and when practised regularly can have amazing results.

Now, Renata is so passionate about yoga that she is planning to do her yoga teacher training, also in Byron Bay.

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Kanae Terazono

Kanae started practising yoga earlier this year while still in Japan. Like Renata she also started yoga to help with anxiety. In Kanae’s case the anxiety meant that she was struggling to control her eating habits. As a nurse, she knew she had to start doing something positive for herself and her body so she took up yoga and her practice, combined with a healthy diet, enabled her to lose 10kg in three months.

She joined a yoga studio immediately on arriving in Byron Bay and practises whenever she can. She said yoga and pranayama (breath) make her feel much healthier and more positive. Indeed, now she also wants to become a yoga teacher and is considering applying for the Byron Yoga Centre’s 1 year Certificate IV course at the end of next year.

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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.

Coffee Club! 16th January

Today at Coffee Club we played President (known by the students as asshole!)

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Many countries have their own variations, but you can find the general rules here: https://www.pagat.com/climbing/president.html

We played the German version as it was Dano who first explained the game!

The game was of course accompanied by Tim Tams and Coffee!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Volleyball! 12th January

On Friday our Volleyball activity had a special guest host, teacher Josie!

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All of Josie’s Cambridge class joined her at the beach, as well as students from our General English classes!

Josie says they all had a brilliant time and stayed at the beach for hours playing!

They were plenty of great shots and lots of fun had!

After the match many of them headed to Clarkes beach for a BBQ before hitting the town!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Vegan Cooking – Chinese Dumplings

Yesterday for our Vegan Cooking activity we made delicious Chinese Dumplings!

One of our teachers, Serena, has made them a few times and kindly shared the recipe with us and led the afternoon session!

Luckily I didn’t miss out though as I got to make them (and eat them!) with our morning group 🙂

 

They are really quick and simple to make; if you’d like to try them at home here’s how…

Ingredients

  • 1 packet vegan wonton wrappers
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 thinly slice leeks
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed
  • 1 cup diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup hard tofu, cut into small dice
  • 4 cups chopped baby bok choy, Chinese cabbage or spinach
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce, plus extra for tasting
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

  1. Heat the oil in the wok over high heat. (Alternatively, you can make this in a large saute pan.)
  2. Add the leeks ,garlic and ginge. Stir fry (use a spatula to stir, scoop and flip the ingredients) for about 20 seconds. Do so quickly to keep the garlic from burning.
  3. Add the mushrooms and stir fry again continuously to keep the ingredients from burning, but also to help everything release their moisture. Do this for 10-15 seconds.
  4. Add the greens, carrots and tofu .
  5. Add the water and soy sauce. Stir fry for about 2 minutes, or until the greens have cooked down and the tofu has heated through.
  6. Drizzle with sesame oil. Stir to combine. Turn off the heat.
  7. Taste the vegetables. If it feels like you need to adjust for seasoning, you can add a splash of soy sauce or you can add a pinch of salt to taste. Because soy sauces differ in saltiness, you may have to adjust as needed.
  8. Set aside to cool to room temperature before using in potstickers. As a filling, it will be too “saucy” so you will have to strain it.
  9. Once cool, assemble your potstickers. Place a small teaspoon of the filling in the centre of a wonton wrapper. Wet the edges of the wrapper with water. Fold the wrapper over the filling and pinch the edges together to seal. Place them upright on a plate, being careful not to let them touch or else they will stick together.
  10. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a large pan. Add the potstickers and fry until browned on the bottom – 1 to 2 minutes. You may need to work in two batches if not all your potstickers fit in the pan. Add 1/4 cup of water, cover the pan and reduce heat to medium. Allow to steam until the tops are tender and the water has evaporated – about 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover the pan and flip the potstickers onto their sides to brown on each side (optional). Remove to a serving dish.
  11. Serve with soy sauce.

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Bodyboarding! 5th January

Last Friday we had free bodyboard hire courtesy of the wonderful team at Let’s Go Surfing!

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The waves weren’t very big but this was perfect for the students, as it was the first time any of them had tried bodyboarding!

The sea looked so beautiful and inviting  ❤️

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It was a hot summers day and the water was lovely and warm, so the students didn’t hesitate in rushing into the ocean for some fun in the waves!

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Poker Tournament! 4th January

Well done to Anthony for winning yesterdays Poker Tournament!

We hope you enjoy your prizes; a 6 pack of beer and $50 travel voucher courtesy of Backpacker World Travel!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.