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Autumn yoga in Provence and its vocabulary: my selection of postures.


Autumn yoga in Provence and its vocabulary: my selection of postures.
Virginie In Provence et her cat "Mimie"

I am a French teacher for non-French speakers but also a certified yoga teacher for children. For a year and a half, I started yoga training for adults. I propose you this article today to allow you to discover yoga postures to practice in autumn. You can also discover vocabulary related to this practice.


I. Autumn yoga and its vocabulary: my selection of postures


1. What yoga postures to do in autumn


a. What yoga postures to do in autumn: Vriksasana (The Tree)


This posture symbolizes strength and stability, it helps you develop balance and stay rooted (e) despite changes.


b. Autumn Yoga - How to practice Vriksasana (The Tree)?


Here are the steps to practice this position:


1. Start by standing with your feet together and your arms along your body.


2. Move your weight to your right foot.


3. Lift your left foot and place the sole of your left foot on the inside of your right thigh. Make sure your left foot is not resting on your right knee, but rather on your thigh or calf.


4. Once your left foot is in place, bring your hands together in front of your chest. You can also extend them up above your head if you wish.


5. Look at a still spot in front of you to help maintain balance.


6. Engage your abdominal core to help stabilize your posture.


7. Breathe calmly and hold this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or as long as you can while remaining comfortable.


8. To get out of the pose, slowly lower your left foot and then repeat on the other side changing legs.


Autumn yoga in Provence and its vocabulary: my selection of postures.
Vriksasana - The tree

2. What yoga postures to do in autumn


a. What yoga postures to do in autumn: Paschimottanasana (La Pince)


This posture stimulates the digestive system and helps relieve fatigue, which is very useful during the shorter days of autumn.


b. Autumn Yoga - How to Practice Paschimottanasana (La Pince)


Here are the steps to practice this position:


1. Sit on the floor with your legs outstretched in front of you, your feet together and your toes pointed towards the ceiling. Be sure to sit on the buttocks bones (ischia) to get a stable base.


2. Inhale deeply and raise your arms above your head, lengthening the spine.


4. Exhale slowly, bending your hips, keeping your back straight.


5. Then continue to lean forward from the hips. If you can’t reach your feet, grab your ankles, shins or use a strap to help you maintain the pose.


6. Keep your neck relaxed and your chin pointing towards your chest. Avoid forcing your head towards your knees.


7. Hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, breathing deeply and relaxing in the pose.


8. To get out of the pose, inhale slowly and straighten your back by bringing your arms up.


Autumn yoga in Provence and its vocabulary: my selection of postures.
Paschimottanasana - La Pince

3. What yoga postures to do in autumn


a. What yoga postures to do in autumn: Balasana (The Golden Embryo)


This posture symbolizes tranquility and serenity and allows you to recharge but also relax.



b. Autumn Yoga - How to Practice Balasana (The Golden Embryo)


Here are the steps to practice this position:


1. Start by kneeling on a yoga mat with your big toes touching and your knees hip-width apart. Sit on your heels.


2. As you inhale, straighten your spine by extending the top of your head toward the ceiling.


3. As you exhale, bend your upper body forward from the hips and slowly lower your torso between your thighs. Your arms should extend along your body on the mat.

4. Let your forehead rest gently on the mat. If this is uncomfortable, you can bend your elbows and place your forehead on your forearms.


5. Completely relax in this position. Let your body sink into the pose and release any tension.


6. Maintain this posture for 30 seconds to a few minutes, depending on your comfort level and flexibility.


7. To get out of the pose, use inspiration to slowly roll your body up, straightening your back.


4. What yoga postures to do in autumn


a. What yoga postures to do in autumn: Ardha Matsyendrasana (The Half Posture of the Lord of Pisces)


This posture stimulates the internal organs, thus promoting digestion and detoxification.


b. Autumn Yoga - How to Practice Ardha Matsyendrasana (The Half Posture of the Lord of Pisces)


Here are the steps to practice this position:


1. Bend your right leg perpendicular to the floor in front of you.


2. Slide the left foot under the right leg. The right ankle is placed outside the left thigh, without exceeding the knee.


3. Move the left arm outside the right leg and grab the right foot with the left hand. You can also place your left arm against your right thigh.


4. The right hand rests on the ground behind the back, the outstretched arm pushes to straighten the spine.


5. The head turns backwards. Also turn the right shoulder as far as possible backwards and straighten as much as possible.


6. To return to the sitting position, release your right arm, straighten your torso and legs, then repeat on the other side by sliding your left foot under your right leg, turning to the left.



Autumn yoga in Provence and its vocabulary: my selection of postures.
Ardha Matsyendrasana - The Half Posture of the Lord of Pisces


5. What yoga postures to do in autumn


a. What yoga postures to do in autumn: Anjaneyasana (The Bass Slot)


This yoga pose opens the heart and hips, inviting reflection and introspection.


b. Autumn Yoga - How to Practice Anjaneyasana (The Bass Slot)


Here are the steps to practice this position:


1. Start on all fours on a yoga mat with your hands directly under your shoulders and knees under your hips.


2. Step forward with the right foot, placing the foot between your hands.


3. Bend your right knee slightly so that your tibia is almost vertical, at a 90-degree angle to the ground. Your right thigh should be parallel to the floor.


4. Move your left knee slightly back to stretch your back leg and place the tip of your left foot on the floor, stabilizing your posture.


5. Engage your core by pulling the navel towards the spine and hold the pelvis in a neutral position.


6. Raise your arms up above your head, extending your arms towards the ceiling. Your palms should face each other and the arms may be slightly behind the head.


7. Keep chest open and shoulders relaxed, looking straight ahead.


8. Breathe deeply and hold the pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute, keeping your breathing fluid.


9. To get out of the pose, slowly lower your arms, bring your right knee to the floor and come back on all fours. Then repeat the pose on the other side with your left foot forward.


6. What yoga postures to do in autumn


a. What yoga postures to do in autumn: Supta Baddha Konasana (The Position of the Goddess of Sleep)


This posture, where you are lying on your back with your feet together, invites you to let go.


b. Autumn Yoga - How to Practice Supta Baddha Konasana (The Position of the Goddess of Sleep)


Here are the steps to practice this position:


1. Start by sitting on the yoga mat with your legs extended in front of you.


2. Bend your knees and bring your feet closer together so that the soles of your feet touch each other.


3. Let your knees open to the sides, creating a diamond with your legs. You should now be sitting with your feet near the groin.


4. As you inhale, straighten your spine to lengthen your torso.


5. As you exhale, gently tilt your torso back, trying to keep your back straight.


6. Let your body relax in this position, allowing the knees to open as wide as possible.


7. Rest your arms on the floor, palms up, or place them on your abdomen to connect to your breathing.


8. Close your eyes and breathe deeply, feeling the gradual relaxation of every part of your body.


10. Stay in this position for at least 1-5 minutes, or as long as you like, while continuing to breathe deeply and relax.


11. To get out of the pose, use your hands to support your knees by pulling them together, then stretch your legs in front of you to sit down.



II. Yoga in autumn and its vocabulary


Here is a list that will allow you to learn more vocabulary of yoga in French.


1. Une respiration : Breathing

2. Une relaxation : Relaxation

3. Un étirement : Stretch

4. Un équilibre : Balance

5. Une concentration : Concentration

6. Une force : Strength

7. Une flexibilité : Flexibility

8. Une méditation : Meditation

9. Une posture : Posture

10. Une harmonie : Harmony

11. Une posture de yoga (f) : A yoga pose

12. Une énergie (f) : An energy

13. Un corps (m) : A body

14. Un tapis de yoga (m) : A yoga mat

15. Une colonne vertébrale (f) : A spine

16. Un souffle (m) : A breath


If you come to my place for an immersion stay in Provence, I will make you discover the different aspects of Provence: the landscapes and the scents, but also the culture, the gastronomy... while helping you to improve your French. See you soon in Provence!


See you in Provence !

Virginie In Provence

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