When you open the website of yoga studio Original Feelings you are immediately faced with a question: how do you want to feel? Is it uplifted? Then you should try an energy-boosting kundalini class. Or do you want to feel safe? Then a deep, slow yin session is the one for you. Founder Karlie and her team of 13 teachers have been welcoming yogis to their beautiful studio on Graefestraße since October 2020, but circumstances have led them to switch to two online classes a day, with a range of styles to suit all moods and bodies. Set in front of the studio’s gong, my “Uplifted” class with Rebecca had just the right mix of dynamic movement and slow breathing for a good start to a chilly autumn morning. And because the classes are labelled according to feelings rather than styles or intensities, you are encouraged to think in terms of how yoga can serve your mind and body. The technical quality of the streams is good too, making them a perfect stopgap until the studio reopens its doors. Hopefully see you on the mat soon! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Linus Müllerschön & Neda Rajabi)
AN OASIS OF CALM, RELAXATION & INTROSPECTION — TAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF AT PEACE OF MIND STUDIOS
Don’t we all dream of a place where we can escape the hustle and bustle of the city, forget our to-do lists and leave everything behind? Peace of Mind Studios offers you the opportunity to get back to your inner self with treatments, healing work, Reiki and workshops. Founder Freddi Laker makes it her mission to “bring more ease into people’s bodies, minds and spirits.” She wants to create a space of introspection and deep relaxation, especially for people who often get lost in the stress of everyday life. While studying psychology, Freddi realized that she didn’t want to go about practicing a conventional path of therapy. She specialized in Buddhist psychology, yogic philosophy, Chinese healing medicine, and Ayurveda, then founded her business on this foundation. Her small space within the yoga studio, Original Feelings, provides the perfect oasis to relax and unwind. The smell of Palo Santo and soft music in the background immediately put me in a state of serenity.
I get an Ayurvedic oil treatment that Freddi explained helps balance what is known as Vata. Vata dosha is one of the three energies in Ayurvedic medicine and controls movements in the body, such as blood flow, nervous system and breath. In addition to Ayurvedic practices, Freddie also offers therapy, Reiki, yoga and other treatments. Finding a moment of stillness is not so easy for many of us anymore. Peace of Mind Studios guides you back to a sense of tranquility. Whether you want to give back to yourself, a friend or a family member, a visit to Peace of Mind will give everyone a relaxing start to the new year. Small tip: Don’t schedule anything right after an oil treatment. Take the time to reflect and wash off the remaining oil in a bath or long warm shower.
Text: Theresa Garwing / Photos: Luna Schaffron
Peace of Mind Studios, Graefestr.71, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Bettina Krieg is truly an artist. Her beautiful, large-format drawings have already been published in a 2020 monograph, a work our agency Cee Cee Creative had the pleasure of designing. Krieg is also a practitioner of shiatsu, the traditional Japanese art of healing that is a good complement to newer techniques of Western physio- and body therapy. Shiatsu makes you more mindful of yourself and of others. Bettina discovered its therapeutic value for herself during a seven-month stay in Istanbul in 2014. At that time, her physical ailments led her across the Bosporus from Europe to Asia for weekly treatments. She has been practicing shiatsu herself since 2015 and received her certification in 2020.
This attention to your well-being is clearly palpable: Bettina knows how to relax you and build trust – the basis for shiatsu, which is based on a close relationship between practitioner and patient. You can think of the treatments as a form of passive yoga: Bettina works her way from head to toe along physical pathways known as meridians. Shiatsu has been proven to help combat stress, exhaustion, tension and many other physical or mental issues. You’ll leave the room as if you were walking on air – and already looking forward to the next session. You can join for shiatsu at Original Feelings.