Moving to a big French city means lots of exciting opportunities and new experiences.
One thing that I’ve been meaning to do for 2 years and 4 months now (whoops) is go to a yoga class taught in French, of which there are plenty in France. I would like to blame the isolated cottage where we previously lived as to why I never became a yoga student here, but we all know it’s totally down to the fact that I’m really quite shy and felt terrified at the idea of waltzing into a yoga studio with lots of people that (probably) only spoke French. This fear of language barriers is something that has taken me a REALLY REALLY long time to overcome (still working on it) and has stopped me from doing so many things.
But the New Year came with new adventures and new resolutions, and I’m really going to have to start being a little bit braver now that we’re potentially in our forever location and well on our way to (finally!!) building our very own family life together! This also means that I’ll have to stop relying on my François-shaped safety blanket to do everything for me…but don’t tell him I said that.
In the spirit of hurdling through my french language goals, and in fact what led me to this particular studio, was an interview that I had the previous day at said studio. HOLD UP I hear you say, a french yoga class, a french interview, and a french job…all in one week?! Well, yes! I conquered my first french phonecall (with someone other than my MIL), first french interview (I start next month), and first french yoga class in less than 36 hours. So I think I’m fairly confident in saying that Toulouse has put my language skills to the test and surprised the bejeebers out of me.
The studio is lovely, the yoga class was great, more importantly I understood everything…now all I have to do is decide whether I’m brave enough to teach yoga in French, or whether I’ll just hide under my yoga mat muttering my very best Frenglish and hope that any students who decide to stick around can understand me. I have very kindly been told that I can teach the class completely in English if I want to, but the last thing I want to do is scare away their regulars and turn up to an empty class the following week!
Any advice is always welcome. And if you’re in Toulouse between the 10th-20th of February, then come along to one of my classes and hold French cues up in the corner of the room please. I’ll pay you.