I surprisingly found a young French lady in Melbourne named Alexandra Faive (Alex pour les intimes) who is a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Australia.
In the past, she was working in advertising and used to do yoga to manage her stress. When she moved to Melbourne in 2002, she decided to change paths, to learn in depth about this practice and then to become a yoga teacher.
For Alex, "Yoga is more than a physical training, it’s a science, a philosophy, a lifestyle, an art de vivre".
During one hour, she did a yoga session all in French. This way, my Year 10 students could revise the parts of the body with different movements and the verbs at the imperative form.
Alex talked also about the benefits of practising on a weekly basis.
"The benefits of yoga are multiple.You can reflect on your day, manage your stress, improve aspects of your personality, relieve physical and emotional pain and minimise your daily worries," Alex says.
Alex enjoyed sharing her expertise with my students:
"I like to connect with people, to help them relaxing. I am very happy to see them smiling at the end of my yoga session," she adds.
That day, my French students practiced tadasana (posture de la montagne), Vrksasana (posture de l’arbre) among others.
Alex is also the founder of Beyoutiful Yoga.
She teaches a mindful yoga through the exploration of the body, breath and mind. Each class is designed around a theme, encouraging students to go within, and combines a balance of physical postures (asana), breath work (pranayama), and relaxation and meditation techniques.
This session showed to my students that French can be fun and not stressful. And also that French can be found in the most unexpected places in Melbourne.