March 15, 2006

Panel houses

Panel houses (prefabs) are a very common type of living in the Czech Republic. They are made of big concrete panels, they have about ten storeys and usually many entries - one prefab contains in fact more prefabs, each with its own address and entry.

Prefabs were built at the communist times, because there was (and today still is) a big lack of flats and houses. Many prefabs were built in one place and so big housing estates in the suburbs were created. But prefabs are not very comfortable type of living:
  • They have very small kitchens and bathrooms.
  • There are just few windows in the prefab flat, because the prefabs are very big and contain a lot of flats.
  • In the winter, it is very hot there, because people in all the flats heat very much and the prefab behaves like a big oven. Similar situation dawns in the summer, when the sun heats the prefabs.
  • The panels don't keep sound very good, so you often hear, what your neighbour talks about.
  • The surrounding of the prefabs is usually terrible - there are few parks, few green areas, everything looks old and dirty, there are very few cultural opportunities (even in Prague, for the culture you usually have to go the centre of the city). You just see big concrete monsters everywhere.
A big problem of the prefab housing estates is, that people in fact don't live there - in the morning they go to work to the centre, then they shop there, go to a cinema and come back to the housing estate in the evening. They just sleep in the prefab, nothing more.

What to do with the prefabs? I don't know, because in the Czech Republic they are the only chance for many people - they can't afford any other (better) type of living. And so, the prefabs will stay with us until the level of living improves and until the developers build better and more affordable houses.

March 08, 2006

I love yoga

I started exercise yoga when I was 15 years old. I have never been interested in collective sports like aerobic. I always felt awkwardly after I found courage to enter aerobic lesson. I wasn't able to learn steps and configurations. Always I ended these lessons like knocked person. And that is verbatim, because another women could learn the stupid steps and I was able only to bump them and fell down. I felt realy embarrassed.

But then I discovered yoga. When I was on my firts lesson of yoga I was surprised how many differences are between two exercises:
  • on aerobic lesson you can find out only women, on yoga lesson you will see even men
  • on aerobic you see only younger women, on yoga you can meet all ages
  • on yoga doesn't metter what you wear, you can have an old T-shirt and nobody looks at you badly
  • you feel free
  • there are only simple positions which you learn after one lesson
  • you exercise not only your body but also your mind and concentration
  • you become more calm, relaxed and you rest from stress really deeply
  • yoga is great exercise for all your body and mind, stretchs all your muscle and support better holding your back
  • you can do yoga even you are very ill
  • all the people who attend regularly yoga lessons are more friendship, powerful, balanced and empathetic, they want to live, to help, to love and that's great...
  • there are many others reasons why to do yoga, but I don't remember them all :-) (you can write me them)
Yoga has changed my life, many my opinions and showed me another way how to be better person. I enjoy better each day and I am more healthy.

Write me what you think, even if you don't have the same opinion.