A Report from an English + Yoga Student

Angela Soledad Gonzalez Faro from Spain recently joined the Lexis Byron Bay Campus to take part in our English and Yoga course. Having previously studied Cambridge Advanced Exam Preparation at the Noosa Campus, Angela very kindly agreed to demonstrate her report writing skills to give us her thoughts on the English and Yoga experience.

See below for her (mostly) uncorrected report:

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Angela and Campus Manager, Lisa, demonstrate the Tree Posture

YOGA EXPERIENCE IN BYRON BAY

Introduction:

The purpose of this report is to give an overview of my experience doing different types of yoga in Byron Bay for 10 days as well as to include recommendations for improvements for attracting a great number of foreign prospective students.

Byron Bay:

“Welcome to Byron Bay. Cheer up, slow down, chill out.” Is there a better way to welcome someone in a new place? I don´t think so :-). This small town full of alternative people, live music and lots of art in the street stole my heart. As a yogini and vegetarian looking for a healthy lifestyle Byron became the paradise for me. To make things better, you can find a tremendous variety of restaurants in which you can enjoy appetising and delectable healthy food value for money.

Yoga lessons:

Lexis Byron offered me the possibility of doing different types of yoga. I could choose among Bikram yoga, Yang to Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha and Restorative yoga. I generally practise Ashtanga/Vinyasa yoga, which is very active and dynamic and this opportunity was a doorway into the vast and amazing world of ancient yoga. My favourite styles were Restorative yoga and Yang to Yin yoga which both are very quiet, completely different from Aashtanga. They helped me to relax and rest. On the other hand, Bikram yoga was pretty hard for me due to the high temperatures in which this style is practised. I was struggling from the beginning to stay in the hot room and my pressure was low. Simply, it is not for me, each person is different. However my classmate really loved it. At the end of the Bikram practise I felt very relaxed and calm but I didn’t enjoy the practice.

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A Bikram Yoga class

Recommendations:

It was an enriching and lovely experience. However, I would recommend you providing us with a bike in the school owing to the fact that the yoga centres are pretty far from the school and downtown and the majority of people don´t want to buy a bike for staying in Byron for just 10 days.  The experience was great, I really enjoyed it!!!

Thanks Angela, we enjoyed having you 🙂

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

Graduation! September 2

We have three students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week.

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Mariko with teacher Paul and her classmates

Mariko is from Japan and graduates from Paul’s Intermediate class. She has spent the last two weeks at Lexis doing the English in Action: Yoga course, learning English in the mornings and enjoying different types of yoga in the afternoons. She was a delight to teach and she was a good participant in class activities. Mariko made good progress in her two weeks here, by asking questions to help understand the grammar and vocabulary better. We are glad you enjoyed your time here, learning both English and yoga, and hope you will continue to use both!

Angela is from Spain and graduates from Ellie’s Upper Intermediate class. She has been at Lexis Byron Bay doing the English in Action: Yoga course as well, studying English in the mornings and attending yoga classes in the afternoon. She was a lovely student to have in class. She asked intelligent questions to further her understanding of the grammatical and lexical points they were studying. We wish you all the best with your studies in Ayurvedic medicine!

Martina is from Switzerland and graduates from David’s Pre-Intermediate class. She has been a pleasure to have in class over the past six weeks. Her confidence speaking English has grown and she has worked well with other students in class discussions. She was committed to her studies and showed great progress during her time at Lexis Byron Bay. We hope you have a great time at the Farmstay and enjoy the rest of your time in Australia!

 

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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.

English and Yoga students enjoy their first week

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Mariko from Japan and Angela from Spain joined us this week on the Lexis Byron Bay English and Yoga programme. This course includes full time English classes plus the opportunity to take advantage of the many different types of yoga on offer in Byron Bay.

So far this week Mariko and Angela have practised Vinyasa flow with Alex at the Lexis Byron Bay Campus Yin Yoga and Ashtanga (modified primary series) at Creature Yoga in the Arts and Industry Park and Hot Yoga at Bikram Yoga, Byron Bay.

I asked them which had been their favourite so far and this is what they told me:

Mariko

“The Bikram Yoga was really good. It was my first experience of hot yoga and I sweated a lot but it wasn’t too hot or too difficult. The instructor spoke slowly and it was easy to understand, as well as follow the people in front of me. Afterwards, I felt really refreshed.”

Angela

“I liked the Ashtanga because it’s more dynamic and, personally,  I find it really difficult to hold a pose for a long time, such as in Yin Yoga. Bikram was really nice too, although it was a bit difficult at first because of the heat. It was worth it though because, afterwards,  I felt an amazing  sense of  peace and achievement.”

Mariko and Angela now have passes for both studios to last them the full two weeks, including the weekends, and they still have Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, Yang to Yin and Hatha Yoga classes to try!

If you are interested in the English and Yoga course at Lexis Byron Bay please contact marketing@lexisenglish.com for more information.

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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.

New Starters! August 22

We have ten new starters this week at Lexis Byron Bay.

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New starters (left to right): Jain, Kazumi, Elisabeth, Denise, Antoine, Caterina, Laetitia, Angela, Mariko and Natsumi

Laetitia is from Switzerland and is one of four in her family, including her mother, father and older sister. She likes to spend time with her friends and family, listen to music and go horesriding. She has just completed her studies at Business School and hopes to work in tourism. She chose to study with Lexis Byron Bay to improve her English and because she has always dreamt of visiting Australia.

Jain is from Korea and lives with her close-knit family of her mother, father, grandmother and sister. She is interested in religion and studies management at university, at the School of Christianity. She enjoys playing musical instruments, including the piano, guitar and violin. She is interested in working in Management for Developing Countries in the future, and needs to be able to communicate with foreigners. She came to Lexis Byron Bay so she could improve her English to achieve this goal.

Antoine is from Belgium and is one of five in his family, including his two older brothers. He likes playing soccer, guitar, surfing and hanging out with friends. In Belgium he works in the shop that his parents own. Next year, he will be studying at a new school in Holland. Antoine came to Australia to learn English because he enjoys surfing and likes the variety of animals we have here.

Caterina is from Switzerland and is one of four in her family. She has a fantastic sister who she gets along really well with and all of her family are quite sporty. She likes listening to music and practicing circus arts. She is studying English so that she can get into tourism and event work. She plans to also live in the German part of Switzerland to improve this language as well.

Denise is from Brazil and lives with her husband and their pet cat. She is a fashion designer and has a range of homemade accessories, such as necklaces, bracelets and rings, that they make during the week to sell on Saturdays and over the internet. She came to Australia because her husband loves to surf. They travel a lot, so learning English is important to her. She hopes to build a pop-up store to travel her own country selling her fashion accessories.

Natsumi is from Japan and is one of four in her family, including her mother, father and younger sister. She enjoys watching movies and her favourite film is ‘Funny Face’. She studies Psychology at University and finds it very interesting and useful at times. She would like to study English to improve her speaking and listening skills, so that she can communicate with her foreign friends.

Mariko is from Japan and joins us in Byron Bay for the English in Action: Yoga course. She lives with her family of her mother, father, brother and grandmother. She works at a wedding company, welcoming people when they arrive at wedding receptions. She enjoys her work, because the guests are always happy which makes her happy too! She came to study English in Byron Bay to try new things and to have a holiday.

Kazumi is from Japan. She loves being in nature and likes to go for regular surfing and camping trips with her friends. She studied at university  then worked for 3 years as a Web Designer. She then went to Malta to learn English before travelling in Europe. After completing more studies in PHP programming, she got another job as a Web Designer. She has just left that job to come to Australia because she loves travelling and wants to improve her English.

Angela is from Spain and joins us in Byron Bay for the English in Action: Yoga course.

Elisabeth is from Spain and transferred here from Lexis Brisbane.

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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.