I just watched an amazing film full of love, passion and love of life. Oma & Bella is a documentary by Alexa Karolinski, who dedicated her movie to her grandmother (which means Oma in German) and her friend and flatmate Bella. Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor, vivid stories, and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma's granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present.
You can view a trailer with English subtitles or read more about the film or find out about their cookbook - it has lovely illustrations.
are you doing something for valentine's? with your one special person or a very special friend?
i - or i guess i should say we - have never celebrated this day. i just don't think you need a day like this to show that you love someone. nevertheless it can be a nice reason to do so, additionally.
instead of doing something particular, i'll go home to cologne to see my friends, my love and get some wedding planning done. i haven't been home since christmas and i am super excited to see, hug and hang out with my friends.
anyway, i love this idea, this card and always the simple gesture of giving flowers.
i've tried many things like running, softball, gym, but nothing ever really did it for me until i started yoga. practicing yoga simply makes me feel good. it makes me feel and appreciate my body more, it gives me the ability to relax and let go and it makes my mind calm. during practice i can work out and meditate at the same time.
i've had this feeling from day one with various yoga styles, but ever since i'm practicing jivamukti yoga i feel like an addict. i can't say that i am happy with my discipline, but i do go quite regularly and make it to the studio at least twice a week. for a working girl like me, it really feels like a lot. it seems like i'm adapting my day schedule to the studio schedule.
and i met and meet lovely people there, teachers and students, which makes it a lot more fun to go.
oh, and this is where i get back to my resolutions.
part of the jivamukti philosophy is a meatless diet, not to say a vegan one. while i am experimenting a vegetarian lifestyle veganism clearly isn't an option for me. veganism rarely is a topic during class, but though i am not a fan of 'preaching' i do feel like these questions should be raised so that people can make conscious decisions. so maybe my yoga practice will help me making my decision.
i'll be travelling to new york in march and i'm quite excited to practice at the studio where jivamukti was created. check out the berlin studio here.
ps. i found some good advice for yogis that have problems with their wrists here. i really like this article because it aims at those details that are especially overlooked or forgotten in advanced classes.