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A Home Yoga Practice to Build a Strong Back


A Home Yoga Practice to Build a Strong Back

You depend on the strength and flexibility of 
your spine for nearly everything you do, from walking and sitting to coming into Balasana (Child’s Pose) and Handstand. In order to move through the wide range of motion you task your spine with on a regular basis, you need it to be both strong and flexible—and twists are one of the best ways to achieve both goals. That’s because twisting has the potential to help decompress the discs and elongate the spine, opening the spaces between the vertebrae, activating the muscles around the discs, and increasing blood flow to the spinal area to deliver pain-fighting, healing, anti-inflammatory oxygen.

Practicing this twisting sequence is beneficial for anyone who sits for a good portion of the day, suffers from chronic back pain, or loves activities that don’t incorporate a lot of spinal rotation, such as running, cycling, and hiking. Breathe deeply as you wring out your spine, and enjoy the added mobility, strength, and pain relief you experience in your back as a result.

Practice tips
1. Keep your breath long, smooth, and steady. The deeper you breathe, the more length you’ll gain in your spine.
2. To help you rotate when twisting, recruit your core muscles rather than your shoulders and neck. This will protect your spine and help you twist more safely.

  • Side Stretch

    Side Stretch

    Starting on your back, reach your arms overhead and behind you, and stretch your legs long on your mat. Flex your ankles and spread your toes and fingers. Grab your left wrist with your right hand and reach both hands toward the top right of your mat, while bringing your feet over to your mat’s bottom right. This position will stretch and lengthen your entire left side body. Take 
3 long inhales and exhales, and then repeat on the second side.

    See also 5 Modifications for Students with Low Back Pain

  • Windshield-Wiper Twists

    Windshield-Wiper Twists

    Still on your back, take your arms out to a T, palms turned up. Bend your knees and place your feet flat on your mat, slightly wider than hip-distance. Inhale, and on your exhale gently drop your knees to one side while rolling your head in the opposite direction. On an inhale, bring your head and knees back to center. Repeat 3 times on each side.

    See also Free Your Back Body Like Never Before: A Flow for Your Fascia

  • Seated Twist

    Seated Twist

    Sit tall with your legs extended, feet at mat width. If your hamstrings are 
tight, bend your knees so that you can sit directly on your sitting bones. On an inhale, sweep your arms forward and up; on the exhale, sweep one arm down and back and your other arm forward until your fingertips reach the floor between your legs, twisting to one side. On the next inhale, sweep both arms forward and up; on your exhale, change sides. Repeat 3 times on each side.

    See also Prenatal Yoga: 5 Psoas-Releasing Poses to Relieve Low Back Pain

  • Plank Pose

    Plank Pose

    Place your palms directly under your shoulders and extend your legs back. Press firmly through the mounds of your hands and index-finger knuckles, root your toes down into the mat, firm your legs, and lengthen from the crown of your head through the soles of your feet. Hold the pose for at least 3 slow breaths.

    See also Prenatal Yoga: 6 Feel-Good Backbends Safe for Pregnancy

  • Downward-Facing Dog Pose

    Downward-Facing Dog Pose

    Adho Mukha Svanasana

    From Plank, exhale your hips up and back to Downward Dog. Breathe deeply as you relax your head and neck and lengthen your spine. Sense as much length through both sides of your waist as possible, and use the strength of your legs to lengthen your heels down. Hold for at least 3 breaths.

    See also A Yoga Sequence to Target Sources of Back Pain

  • Downward Dog, 
with side stretch

    Downward Dog, 
with side stretch

    Stay in Down Dog, and as you exhale, drop your heels to one side, bringing your hips with you in order to lengthen your side waist. On an inhale, come back to center with your heels and hips; on your exhale, change sides. Repeat 3 times on each side.

    See also A Core-Awakening Sun Salutation for Lower Back Support

  • High Lunge, 
with simple twist

    High Lunge, 
with simple twist

    From Downward Dog, exhale your right foot forward between your hands. Keep your front shin vertical and stay balanced on your back toes as you lift your back thigh. Come high onto your fingertips and take full breaths as you lengthen your spine. On an inhale, use your stomach to twist, and reach your right arm skyward. On your exhale, bring that hand back down. Repeat on 
the same side 3 times, then hold the twist for 
3 breaths. Step back to Down Dog; switch sides.

    See also Ease Low Back Pain: 3 Subtle Ways To Stabilize the Sacrum

  • Plank Pose, with Twist

    Plank Pose, with Twist

    From Down Dog, move forward to Plank, bringing your feet and toes as close together as possible. Keep both hands on the floor and your chest square with the floor. Rotate your heels and hips to the left, working toward stacking your feet and ankles, if possible. Hold for at least 3 slow breaths; return to Plank and change sides.

    See also Camel Pose: Nix Neck + Shoulder Pain in this Backbend

  • Downward Dog

    Downward Dog

    This time in Down Dog, step your feet to mat width. Use your legs to lengthen your spine back and reach your heels down. Hold for at least 3 breaths. To come out, walk your hands back to your feet, bring your hands to your hips to stand up, and face the side of your mat.

    See also Ask the Expert: Which Yoga Poses Prevent Lower-Back Pain?

  • Temple Pose, with twist

    Temple Pose, with twist

    Turn your thighs, knees, and feet out 30 to 40 degrees. Slightly bend your knees as you hinge forward from the front of your hips, bringing your hands to your knees. Lengthen your entire spine, including your front, back, and side waist. Inhale, and as you exhale, twist your upper spine to the right, keeping your legs and pelvis completely still. Inhale back to center, and exhale to change sides. Repeat for a total of 3 twists to each side. To initiate the twist, use your abdominal muscles rather than your arms and shoulders.

    See also 2 Core Yoga Exercises to Build Better Support in Backbends

  • Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend

    Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend

    Prasarita Padottanasana

    With your feet still wide, turn your thighs and toes 
in slightly. Inhale and circle your arms out and up. 
As you exhale, hinge forward from your hips and bring your hands to the mat. If your hamstrings 
feel tight, bend your knees. Clasp your big toes 
with your first two fingers and thumb. Bend your elbows out to the sides and lengthen your spine. Draw navel to spine, press down through your feet, and breathe your shoulders up away from your ears. Stay for at least 3 breaths. On an inhale, bring hands to hips and press down through your feet to rise.

    See also Ease Lower Back + Shoulder Tension with Fascial Work

  • Intense Side Stretch, with backbend

    Intense Side Stretch, with backbend


    From Mountain Pose at the top of your mat, bring your palms to the back of your pelvis, fingers pointing down. Step your left foot back one leg’s length and turn your back toes to the front left corner of your mat. Press both feet down and straighten both knees. Breathe deeply and lift your chest skyward. Lift the front of your pelvis as well as your chin, and gaze. Hold for at least 3 slow breaths, then look forward; on an exhale, step your back foot forward and change sides. To finish, return to Mountain Pose.

    See also 16 Poses to Ease Back Pain

  • Revolved Triangle Pose

    Revolved Triangle Pose

    Parivrtta Trikonasana

    Step your left foot back and position it as in pose 12. Inhale both arms overhead; exhale and hinge forward, lengthening your spine. Using your stomach, twist to the right and bring your left hand to the floor, your shin, or a block, and your right arm to the sky. Reach back through both thighs as you lengthen forward through the crown of your head. Place your gaze where it feels best. Take at least 3 deep breaths. On your last exhale, gently fold forward. Bring your hands to your hips and inhale to rise. Repeat on the second side.

    See also 10-Minute Sequence to Ease Back Pain

  • Happy Baby Pose

    Happy Baby Pose

    Find your way onto your back. From here, bend your knees to about 90 degrees, with the soles of your feet facing the sky. Hold the back of your thighs, your ankles, or your feet. Breathe as you gently lengthen your spine, widen your collarbones, and draw your knees down toward the floor. Hold for at least 5 breaths.

    See also Resolving Back Pain: Sacroiliac Joint

  • Supine Twist, with hip shift 

    Supine Twist, with hip shift

    Place your feet flat on the mat with your knees bent. Press your feet down, and set your hips off to the right. Bring your knees to your chest, and then drop them to the left to twist. Keep both shoulder blades on the mat and relax your legs and feet. If the top thigh doesn’t relax, place a block between your thighs and squeeze. Either bring your arms to a T or use the pressure of your right hand on your top hip to lengthen your top side waist. Stay here for at least 5 deep breaths; change sides.

    See also Yoga at Work Reduces Stress, Back Pain

  • Corpse Pose

    Corpse Pose


    Rest on your back for at least 5 minutes, or longer if possible. Set up your body so that you’re as comfortable as possible—for example, by placing a bolster or rolled-up blanket under your knees. Completely relax your breath.

    See also Yoga for Low Back Pain

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In the body there are total of 12 meridians and they belong to every big organ. The 12 meridians are:

-heart area




-large intestine

-small intestine







But yin-yang is separating them in two groups, yin meridians and yang meridians.

The first group or the yin meridians are the organs that collect, storage and process substances and energy (lungs, heart area, heart, kidney, liver, spleen).

The second group or the yang meridians are the organs that exchange and excrete substances and energy (stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, bladder and duodenum).

Meridians work throughout the span of 24 hours, divided in 12 two hour intervals, according to the Chinese medicine and law of rhythm rules. When a meridian hits its low, there is opposite meridian that has its peak.

A good doctor in China when a patient says the symptoms that he/she has is asking the patient what time of the day the symptoms actually appeared. And with only that information, the doctor will know where the problem is coming from, or to be more specific, where there is too much energy or where the energy circulates with issues.

That is why it is recommended if you notice some symptoms to write down the exact time when they first appeared. Also you should check which time of the day you feel most energetic and when you wake up at night because that can be also be helpful to found out if there is issue in certain part of your body.

Time of maximum function

1 – 3 AM – liver (detoxification, muscles and eyes)

3 AM – 5 AM – lungs (skin)

5 AM – 7 AM – colon (assimilation, elimination, skin)

7 AM – 9 AM- stomach (lymph, food digestion)

9 AM – 11 AM – spleen, pancreas (lymph, food digestion)

11 AM – 1 PM – heart (artery blood circulation)

1 PM – 3 PM – small intestine (digestion, assimilation, arteries)

3 PM – 5 PM – bladder (bones, teeth, elimination, cleaning)

5 PM – 7 PM – kidneys (bones, teeth, ears, filtration, elimination)

7 PM – 9 PM – cardiac layer (constriction of blood vessels)

9 PM – 11 PM – duodenum (thermoregulation)

11 PM – 1 AM – gallbladder (digestion, muscles, eyes)

Time of minimal functions or rest

1 AM – 3 AM – small intestine (digestion, assimilation of the arteries)

3 AM -5 AM – bladder (bones, teeth, cleaning elimination)

5 AM – 7 AM – kidney disease (bones, teeth, ears, filtration, elimination)

7 AM – 9 AM – the heart layer (constriction of blood vessels)

9 AM – 11 AM – duodenum (thermoregulation)

11 AM – 1 PM – gallbladder (digestion, muscles, eyes)

1 PM – 3 PM – liver (detoxification, muscles and eyes)

3 PM – 5 PM – lungs (skin)

5 PM – 7 PM – colon (assimilation, elimination, skin)

7 PM – 9 PM – stomach (lymph, food and digestion)

9 PM – 11 PM – spleen, pancreas (lymph, food digestion)

11 PM – 1 AM – heart (artery blood circulation)
And as it was mentioned earlier, one meridian (organ) has highest level of energy when an opposite one has its lowest. For example liver has its highest energy levels between 1 and 3 AM and then the small intestine has the lowest level of energy.
And when the level of energy is at its lowest you must avoid certain activities.

If you deal with the problem of lacking energy, beside this clock you can try other remedies that natural medicine is providing such as acupuncture and homeopathy.

Source: http://healthadviceteam.com/



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Small wood house on the coast of Norway, just next to the water


Small wood house on the coast of Norway, just next to the water

Architects: Asante Architecture & Design
Location: Stokkøya, Åfjord, Norway
Year: 2015
Area: 646 ft²/ 60 m²
Photo courtesy: Marius Rua

“A small house on the coast of Norway, just next to the water, overlooking the neighboring islands and the Norwegian Sea. The house is part of the project Bygda 2.0, a rural development project on the island of Stokkøya, focusing on developing modern Norwegian houses into a dynamic village. Businesses and research activities are combined with places to live, work, enjoy and relax. Architecture, sustainability, and exceptional cuisine are in focus.

Our client, a chef on the same island, decided to settle down and to be surrounded by this beautiful landscape and concept. His dream was a small house where he could overlook the sea from all of his rooms. It turned into a house that co-exists in perfect harmony with nature. At night he can watch the full moon lighting up the sea, reflecting its bright light into his living room. He can enjoy the northern lights while taking a bath in his bathtub that is submerged into the rocks. He can even fish from his balcony.

The house is separated into two units. The lower unit consists of the entrance and bathroom, and the higher unit consists of the kitchen, living room and a loft situated over the kitchen. These two units are slightly offset to each other. This shift causes the front of the house to naturally have an inviting open space for the entrance towards the road, while creating at the back of the house, intimacy and privacy for the bathroom’s facade that is facing the water. The kitchen window, by the entrance, is framed with firewood storage possibility. There are smaller windows towards the road and large panoramic windows towards the water.

The house is constructed of wood and has a wooden siding that is incorporated not only on the outer walls but internally as well. The façade has to endure harsh weather and thus it is constructed with maintenance free burned wood, a traditional Japanese technique incorporated into the Norwegian context. Part of the house is standing on wooden pillars, overhanging the steep rocks that lead down to the water, and the other half is a concrete slab on solid ground. The roof is made of sedum grass, adding some greenery to the rocky landscape. The heating system is a modern wood stove with water jacket that works alongside a solar water heater.

Wooden panels with different treatments offer a variety of color for the interior of the house. Floor tiles enhance the entrance and the bathroom flooring. The bathtub is clad with the same tiles as the ones used for the bathroom floor. It is submerged into the floor to give an undisturbed and uninterrupted view of the nature outside giving a feeling of stepping right into the landscape. The trapezoidal metal sheets of the interior roof are left exposed giving a playful contrast to the warm wood while reflecting the light from the sky and the water into the building.”

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Yoga for Plantar Fasciitis


Yoga for Plantar Fasciitis

Malasana (Garland Pose) can help ease the stiffness and pain caused by plantar fasciitis by gently stretching the ankles and the connective tissue of the foot.

Seems that every year at this time I hear from students complaining about a new pain that has developed on the sole of the foot near the heel.  When I question them further, there is almost always a history of a recent increase in high-impact activity, like starting to train for a running race, or starting new dance classes.  On rare occasions, they may have just started a yoga boot camp where they are doing a lot of jump backs from Uttanasana to Chaturanga, or from Down Dog to Forward Fold.  I often suggest they get it checked out by their doctor, and invariably they come back with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, more commonly called “heel spurs.”  An –itisimplies inflammation, and in this case, the plantar fascia, the sheet of connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the base of the toes, is inflamed.

The plantar fascia assists the ligaments and the muscles in maintaining  the arches at the sole of the foot. As connective tissue, it has strength, but does not stretch much before running the risk of tearing or becoming inflamed. And, unlike muscles, it does not contract and create active movement in the foot.

You are more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you have problems with your arches, such as flat feet or unusually high arches or a tight Achilles tendon. Sudden weight gain or obesity can also be contributing factors. And, as stated above, long-distance running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces, or any new and continued activity that puts unusually strain on this sheet of tissue, can cause inflammation. Even wearing shoes with poor arch support or soft soles can be problematic.

People with plantar fasciitis feel stiffness and pain on the sole of the foot near the heel. It can be dull or sharp, worse on the first few steps out of bed in the morning, better with continued movement if is not super flared, and recurs if you have been sitting for a while and get up and walk again. It can also occur if you are standing for long periods or climbing stairs, or after intense activity. One of my students whose plantar fasciitis is improving notices some lingering pain when the affected foot is back in Warrior I Pose. We are modifying it for now by using a wedge under that heel.

Unfortunately there’s no quick fix for plantar fasciitis. In fact, it can take from two months to two years for this condition to resolve.  A typical orthopedic treatment plan could include, ice, resting by not doing aggravating activities, anti-inflammatory medication, wearing an immobilizing splint at night, and physical therapy stretches for the Achilles tendon and feet. The use of orthotics, steroid shots, and surgery are used in more resistant cases.

What’s a yogi to do?  Well, resting poses, such as Legs up the Wall  (Viparita Karani) and all the inversions that involve having your feet in the air will take pressure off the plantar fascia. And poses that stretch the Achilles tendon and the feet, if done with mindfulness, so as to avoid aggravating your foot symptoms, can help. Almost all of the standing poses could have possible benefits in this regard, and Garland Pose (Malasana), could do double duty.

The opposite case could be made if the style of yoga or particular pose are aggravating to the foot (such as jump backs). In those cases, you may need to do some creative propping to continue to practice without worsening your symptoms. Doubling up your sticky mat for more cushioning can help, as can using a wedge under the ball of the front foot or heel of the back foot to minimize stretch on the plantar fascia. An example of a pose that puts a lot of pressure onto the front foot heel is Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch or Pyramid Pose).  Here I would use the wedge under the ball of the front foot. As always, if you want yoga to be in the mix of a healing plan for your feet, work with a teacher with experience around plantar fasciitis for the greatest chance of success.



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2 storey family home with glazed atrium that brings light deep into the house


2 storey family home with glazed atrium that brings light deep into the house

Architects: OB Architecture
Location: London, United Kingdom
Year: 2015
Area: 2.153 ft²/ 200 m²
Photo courtesy: Martin Gardner

“Set on an unassuming narrow plot within the Metropolitan Green Belt south of London, The Wrap House is a modern, 2 storey family home overlooking the open fields of Biggin Hill Airport.

2 storey family home with glazed atrium that brings light deep into the house

The house comprises of 2 long ‘wrapping’ elements that stretch down the narrow site; the white rendered ‘wraps’ contain all the living and sleeping accommodation and are infilled with cedar panels and large expanses of glazing at each end. Set between these ‘wrapping’ elements is a double height glazed circulation atrium that runs through the entire length of the house linking all the spaces together and creating a visual connection between the front and the back of the house.


The glazed atrium brings light deep into the house and mitigates against the east-west orientation of the plot, ensuring the living spaces are filled with natural light all throughout the day.


A study and kitchen is located at the front of the house with the dining area and a large double height living room at the rear overlooking the garden. At first floor 2 bedrooms are located at the front with the master bedroom and ensuite to the rear.


The house replaces a small, tired 1950s bungalow which sat amongst a row of equally undistinguished single storey properties. This posed the first of many problems in that the local planning authority would only allow for a 10% increase in size over the existing house. After much negotiation we eventually received permission for a circa 40% increase by using a hypothetical permitted development exercise showing how the existing house could be extended without planning permission.


The replacement house also had to respect the heights of the surrounding bungalows; by manipulating the levels and stepping the building down, in spite of being a storey higher than the neighbouring properties, the flat roof parapet levels sit below the ridge lines of the adjoining houses.”


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MZ House by CHK arquitectura


MZ House by CHK arquitectura

Location: Valle de Bravo Lake, Mexico
Photo courtesy: Yoshihiro Koitani


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人氣指數: 665

12月3日印度央行(Reserve Bank of India, RBI)公布的資料證明,在施行之初頗受稱許(至少對總理穆迪的支持者而言)的廢鈔政策對打擊黑錢的效果非常有限。在廢鈔後的25天內,印度人民透過長長人龍,在各地銀行內存入約9.6兆的舊現金,已遠超過在11月8日時被宣布廢止使用的15.4兆舊現金的一半。




「黑錢」的持有者似乎找到了方法把舊鈔送回金融系統裡。穆迪在這週的演說裡指名了眾多Jan Dhan帳戶(無最低餘額限制,且在保險、投資多有優惠,專為相對弱勢的民眾開設的帳戶)「有不尋常的存款存入」──在廢鈔之後,許多Jan Dhan帳戶餘額變成盧比49000元,正好低於需要提供稅號(PAN)的50000元上限;這個巧合令監管單位懷疑背後有高度組織化的洗錢組織在收購Jan Dhan帳戶人頭,並出租給有需要的人使用。


目前仍無法確切衡量廢鈔政策對印度經濟宏觀上的影響;華爾街日報訪問12位經濟學者做出的印度GDP 2017年成長率預測表示,經濟學家們的預測最低下降至3.5%,最高仍為7.6%(約與去年相當)。12月1號公布的採購經理人指數(Nikkei Purchasing Manager Index),是三週以來第一個更新的重要總體經濟數據,顯示印度工業活動雖仍在擴張,但有稍微趨緩──從10月的54.4下降至11月的52.3(台灣11月為54.7)。

流通貨幣的劇減,會依據產業的天性產生不同的效果。同樣以汽車產業而言,最大的汽車廠牌Maruti Suzuki公布了11月的銷售成果,比去年同期成長了14%,而另一個汽車廠牌Mahindra & Mahindra則宣布,乘用車11月銷售額比去年同期下降了33%。這是因為消費者習慣以貸款購買Maruiti Suzuki銷售主力的配備800至1200立方公分引擎小車,而以越野和運動取向車款為主的Mahindra則碰上偏好越野性能的鄉村地區缺乏金融機構支持的困境。


穆迪政府是這場震盪最終的勝利者:任何沒有成功回到金融體系的舊鈔將作廢,進而成為中央銀行可以發給政府的股利,穆迪的政敵們正因為要為眾多來路不明的資金找到解釋焦頭爛額;而稅收部門正趁著這個機會大開殺戒:過去印度所得稅總額約當國家GDP 5.6%,遠低於美國的12%、日本的9.8%或巴西的7%,一次性的廢鈔政策究竟能匡正印度所得稅系統的紊亂到什麼程度,相當值得觀察。


德里汽機車零配件市場凱若巴格(Karol Bagh)超過一半的商家沒有營業,一位輪胎行老闆挺著肚子坐在店門口,揮舞著手上一大疊500元和1000元舊鈔,「Cash no problem, cash no problem!」他特立獨行地喊著;另一側的輪圈改裝行半羈拉著鐵門,幾位包著頭巾的錫克教年輕人喝著奶茶,在店裡談著天;離改裝店一步之遙直至延續到街底的店面則是大門深鎖,路面蕭瑟;印度南部,滿載椰子的卡車出發了,才剛上路,卡車司機才發現他手上準備用於支付食宿、罰鍰和賄賂的35000元盧比現鈔變成廢紙;他在路上試著用一些折扣賣掉了他的500元鈔票,還因沒有鈔票支付過路費或找錢的高速公路收費站成為的新的停車場而耽誤,他比預計的還要晚一天抵達德里,但他不知道何時,也不知道將以什麼形式獲得報酬。






【首爾想想】「親信干政」火燒財閥 三星接班人最卑微的一天 | 想想論壇


【首爾想想】「親信干政」火燒財閥 三星接班人最卑微的一天 | 想想論壇

【首爾想想】「親信干政」火燒財閥 三星接班人最卑微的一天

人氣指數: 3503


12月3日,170萬南韓民眾,聚集在首爾光化門廣場示威,要求朴槿惠總統下台,創下大韓民國建國以來最大的集會規模 (攝影:楊虔豪)



1988年的「5共聽證會」,財閥大老首次齊聚接受質詢,釐清全斗煥前總統是否有強逼募款設立基金會,圖左為當時質詢砲火最為猛烈的議員,後來當上總統的盧武鉉,圖右則是現代集團前會長鄭周永 (截圖自MBC電視台)









朴槿惠總統被揭發多次私下會晤財閥經營者,要求捐款,但遭財閥大老們否認 (截圖自SBS電視台)






CJ會長孫京植在聽證會上證實,青瓦台確實對集團人事施壓 (截圖自OhmyTV)



面對議員的交相猛攻詢問與崔順實案的關聯,三星副會長李在鎔完全無法招架 (截圖自JTBC電視台)




財閥會長紛紛被要求出席國會聽證會,釐清與崔順實案的關聯 (截圖自JTBC電視台)



















人氣指數: 1389


川普就任後和中國可能沒有所謂的蜜月期。來源:BriYYZ / Lyndie










美國哈佛大學政治學家格雷漢.艾利森(Graham T. Allison)曾提出「修昔底德陷阱」這個名詞。他從古希臘著名歷史學家修昔底德的《伯羅奔尼撒戰記》一書中瞭解到,當時的雅典實力成長茁壯,威脅到斯巴達的霸權,引起雅典和斯巴達的流血戰爭。















人氣指數: 86




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〈中國就是中心? ─「邊緣」海外華人的角色〉



承傳文化 營造共同體意識







當下中國之於香港,所面對的情況是,港人既不願意「同化於(中國)文明」 (亦即抗拒「大陸化」的心態,這可見於港人對中國大陸各種腐敗、造假、不道德行為的社會現象相當在意),也不願意「同化於(中華)民族」(這可見於「血濃於水」論受到愈來愈多的質疑)。與英日相比,中國更缺乏統治資源,因為中國政權無法以自身文明之「優越」、凸顯被統治者之「落後」來合理化其統治,最後只能訴諸於各種力量─例如資本與「人海」─來統治。這具體闡明香港的「一國兩制」有何「深層次矛盾」,但這點卻一直為香港論者所忽略。






人氣指數: 431



常識以為,一陰一陽是萬物衍生不息的基礎,因此在一般人看來,一男一女的結合才是合乎「自然」的,二男或二女同性交合,就是違反自然的「變態」,「反同」論者所秉持的基本理據在此。這樣的想法並不符合生物界的事實,因為同性戀行為在人類以外的生物也時有所聞,加拿大生物學家布魯斯‧貝哲米(Bruce Bahemihl)即曾於1999年發表了一份調查超過300個物種的同性與雙性性行為報告。他並宣稱:「動物王國中同性、同性異性兼有及非交配性行為的普及性與多樣性都遠超過大部分科學學派和社會人士所願意接受的程度。」









5 Ways to Make Every Yoga Class More Restorative and Therapeutic


5 Ways to Make Every Yoga Class More Restorative and Therapeutic

In part four of our series on teaching trauma-sensitive yoga, teacher Daniel Sernicola shares five practices to help your students get grounded and cultivate mindfulness.

One of yoga’s primary aims is to bring us squarely into the present moment, which is especially important and especially difficult for trauma survivors. Present-moment experiences offer trauma survivors a chance to live “without feeling or behaving according to irrelevant demands belonging to the past,” according to Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., author of The Body Keeps the Score. But it’s also more challenging for traumatized people than non-traumatized people to be present, says David Emerson, author of Overcoming Trauma Through Yoga. The good news? We can all get better at it with practice. “Over time through a mindfulness practice, we can build a map of the mind, notice our habitual thought patterns, and develop patience and compassion for our minds,’ says Christopher Willard, PSYD, author of Growing Up Mindful: Essential Practices to Help Children, Teens, and Families Find Balance, Calm, and Resilience. Here, a few key strategies for helping trauma survivors—and everyone else—in your yoga classes get grounded and present.

1. Anchor the mind.

“All practices that strengthen concentration or mindfulness use an anchor,” Willard says. He recommends inviting students to rest their attention on something—the body, the breath, movement, the senses, an image, numbers, a word or phrase—to anchor them to the present moment.

2. Cultivate mindfulness from the ground up.

“Start with simple things that can help students feel grounded and centered,” says yoga teacher Marcia Miller. She likes to start class by rolling the feet over massage balls to create heightened sensations in the feet that make it easier to feel grounded. “Then, I might ask questions like these throughout the class, ‘Can you feel how your feet are touching the floor? Can you feel the weight of your hips on the chair? Can you feel the texture of the fabric on your arms? What are the sensations you are feeling right now because of the pose we just did? Where exactly are they? Do you enjoy these sensations?’” See also What All Yoga Teachers Need to Know About Teaching Trauma Survivors

3. Be sure to include breath practice.

We are seldom taught how to breathe and yet, a number of studies “cite evidence that yogic breathwork may be efficacious for the treatment of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder and for victims of mass disasters,” says Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management. She suggests using three-part breath and breath retention among other techniques, adding that “control of the breath not only enables language but gives us a measure of control over our mood.” Ancient yogis knew that breath regulation could help manage and regulate feelings and moods. Studies have shown that breathwork may be helpful in the treatment of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and for victims of mass disasters. “Finding and experimenting with new ways of breathing may be a way for folks to feel better in their bodies,” Emerson says. Breath practice is an effective tool all students can take home and use to help with anxiety outside of class. Try the 7-11 Breath, as taught by Christopher Willard, PSYD. He suggests breathing in for a count of 7 and breathing out for a count of 11, suggesting that this practice can reset the breath to “regulate, shift, and stabilize energy and mood.”

4. Give a nurturing Savasana.

For some, Savasana is the most welcomed pose of a yoga class. For others, it can be a difficult and uncomfortable experience. Offer choices for resting by providing suggestions on how to set up for Savasana or encouraging students to do what feels comfortable for them: sit up, lie down, use a bolster under their legs, a folded blanket under their head, a folded blanket over their belly, or a blanket to cover up with. Encourage students to close their eyes or soften their gaze, knowing some may only feel comfortable keeping their eyes wide open. Remind students that Savasana will only last a few minutes and that they can come out whenever they like.

5. Take it to the next level with Yoga Nidra.

Yoga Nidra is “a sequence of meditation practices that help you feel connected to yourself, with others, and to the world around you,” according to Richard Miller, PhD. Miller has adapted this practice, calling it Integrated Restoration, or iRest. He describes it as a guided progressive scan of the body incorporating the tools of intention, body-sensing, breath-sensing, awareness, and more. Miller has had great success treating populations suffering from trauma and PTSD with his research-based method. He says these self-care tools help students “experience self-mastery, resilience, and well-being.” Don’t be surprised if your students fall asleep, as their mind is able to release and relax in this deeply grounding practice. See also 5 Ways to Create a Safe Yoga Space for Trauma Survivors

Daniel-Sernicola-by-Jared-PetersenAbout Our Expert
Daniel Sernicola, teaches yoga in Columbus, Ohio, with his partner, Jake Hays. They are committed to the empowerment of their students and specialize in creating compassionate, safe, and inclusive yoga environments. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @danjayoga.



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Chinese Delivery Industry Leaves Trail of Tape and Cardboard


Oct 24, 2016

The ever-growing appetite of the surging Chinese express industry for cardboard boxes and transparent adhesive tape has brought about mass waste of wrapping materials in China, according to a report issued Thursday by the country’s State Post Bureau.

According to the bureau’s report, which plots trends in the environmental impact of China’s delivery industry, Chinese courier companies in 2015 used a total of almost 17 billion meters of adhesive tape. That’s enough to encircle the earth’s equator 425 times. Over the same period 9.9 billion cardboard boxes and 8.3 billion plastic sleeves were used.

“Although the recycling rate of wrappings in the express industry is higher than that in other industries, the sheer volume of the packages is too big to prevent plastic pollution,” Mao Da, a senior researcher with the Beijing-based activist group Rock Environment and Energy Institute, told Sixth Tone.

Adhesive tape not only adds to the country’s plastic waste woes, but also means that the cardboard boxes on which it is stuck are less easy to recycle or reuse, said Xing Kai, chairman of Beijing-based Yiside Logistics Technology Co. Ltd. Xing’s company produces almost entirely biodegradable boxes that don’t need adhesive plastic tape to seal and that can be opened with a single tearing motion. To seal an average box, about 1.1 to 1.5 meters of tape are used, Xing told Sixth Tone. Excessive use of tape, he said, meant that only about 20 percent of packages delivered in 2015 were reused.

Xing is one of a number of industry figures calling for a shift in the way resources are used and managed by delivery companies.

“Completely biodegradable wrappings do exist,” said Tong Wenhong, CEO of internet-based logistics and supply chain platform Cainiao Network Technology, at a conference organized by the China Post Express Daily in Beijing on Thursday. But delivery companies, he said, don’t use them because the costs are too high. According to Tong, for batches of over 10 million packages, the change to biodegradable wrappings would add about 0.5 yuan ($0.07) to the production cost of each package.

Xing’s company has been marketing its boxes without the use of adhesive tape in China for the past one and a half years. Cost remains an issue in the promotion of the company’s products, he said. “The cost of our box is about 10 to 50 percent higher than that of a conventional box needing adhesive tape,” Xing added.

In June, Cainiao announced that the company and its 32 business partners had pledged to do away with plastic materials and replace 50 percent of the wrappings with completely biodegradable materials by 2020.

For the short term, however, delivery companies’ use of cardboard and plastic tape looks to only go up. A May report predicted the industry would deliver 27.5 billion packages in 2016, a yearly increase of 34 percent.

(Header image: A deliveryman handles packages at a warehouse in Chengdu, Sichuan province, Nov. 11, 2013. Hao Fei/VCG)





 建立於 2016/12/08



圖片來源: weibo


這份報告引起了人們對中國快遞行業發展帶來的環境問題的關注。 根據該報告,2015年中國快遞業使用的膠帶總長度約為170億米,足以繞地球赤道425圈,同期消耗的包裝箱約99億個,塑料袋近83億個。


北京一撕得物流技術有限公司董事長邢凱表示,大量使用膠帶不僅會加劇中國的塑料污染問題,而且還會不利於包裝箱的回收再利用。 邢凱的公司所生產的包裝箱幾乎完全使用可降解材料,不需要塑料膠帶封箱,一撕即開。 邢凱向「第六聲」透露,密封一個包裝箱平均需要使用1.1-1.5米膠帶,而濫用膠帶導致2015年快遞包裝箱的重複使用率只有20%左右。


10月20日,在《中國郵政快遞報》社主辦的北京「快遞最後1公里峰會」上,互聯網物流和供應鏈平台菜鳥網絡科技有限公司CEO童文紅說道:「真正完全可降解的袋子是有的,」但是,快遞公司不會採用這些材料,因為成本太高了。 童文紅表示,若使用可降解的環保包裝,一個公司即使一天幾千萬單量,平均每單成本大概也會提高0.5元左右。

在過去一年半裡,邢凱的公司一直在推銷自己生產的無膠帶包裝箱,然而價格一直是其推廣的一大障礙。 他說:「我們的箱子比常規需要膠帶的價格高出10-50%。」


然而從短期來看,快遞公司包裝箱和膠帶使用量只會有增無減。 今年5月發布的《2015年度中國快遞發展指數報告》預計,2016年中國快遞行業業務量將達275億件,同比增長34%。

※ 本文轉載自 中外對話,英文原文刊載於six tone 

※ 參考資料 「買買買」背後的「天量」快遞垃圾何去何從?


Four of world’s biggest cities to ban diesel cars from their centres


Four of world’s biggest cities to ban diesel cars from their centres

Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City will ban the most polluting cars and vans by 2025 to tackle air pollution

Cars sit in traffic in Mexico City, Mexico
Cars sit in traffic in Mexico City, Mexico. Photograph: Brett Gundlock/Getty Images

Four of the world’s biggest cities are to ban diesel vehicles from their centres within the next decade, as a means of tackling air pollution, with campaigners urging other city leaders to follow suit.

The mayors of Paris, Madrid, Athens and Mexico City announced plans on Friday to take diesel cars and vans off their roads by 2025.

Anne Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, led the initiative at the C40 conference of mayorson climate change, taking place in Mexico this week. She said: “Mayors have already stood up to say that climate change is one of the greatest challenges we face. Today, we also stand up to say we no longer tolerate air pollution and the health problems and deaths it causes, particularly for our most vulnerable citizens.”

“Soot from diesel vehicles is among the big contributors to ill health and global warming,” added Helena Molin Valdés, head of the United Nations’ climate and clean air coalition, noting that more than nine out of 10 people around the globe live where air pollution exceeds World Health Organisation safety limits.

Miguel Ángel Mancera, mayor of Mexico City, said increasing investments in public transport would also help clean the city’s air, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Giorgos Kaminis, mayor of Athens, said his goal was to remove all cars from the city centre. The city authorities will also work with national governments and manufacturers, and promote electric vehicles and cleaner transport.

Recent research has uncovered the scale of the problem, with 3 million premature deaths a year attributed to dirty air, as well as millions of other illnesses, particularly in children.

Green campaigners welcomed the announcement, saying it showed that it was possible to clean up big cities.

Alan Andrews, lawyer at the NGO ClientEarth, whose legal victory has forced a UK government re-think of air pollution plans, said: “This shows political leaders across the world are waking up to the damage diesel is doing to our health. But 2025 is a long time away when you consider the 467,000 premature deaths caused by air pollution in Europe [alone] every year.”

He called on other leaders to “go further and faster [with] bold new measures”.

Jenny Bates, of Friends of the Earth, added: “This bold move to get rid of diesels, the most polluting vehicles, is exactly what is needed. We need cleaner vehicles and fewer of them. Getting rid of diesel is essential and we must also give people genuine alternatives to driving.”

She also called on London’s mayor, Sadiq Khan, to phase out diesel vehicles from the city by 2025, and for new clean air zones in all of the UK’s cities and major towns, with funding taken away from roads to promote sustainable alternative transport.

Diesel fuel use is a key cause of air pollution in cities, as the engines produce nitrogen dioxide, a harmful gas, and tiny particulates that can lodge in the lungs. These forms of pollution can also interact with other substances to create, in some conditions, a toxic soup.

Yet diesel use has been rising in many countries, partly for economic reasons and partly as a consequence of measures to combat climate change – diesel vehicles burn fuel more efficiently than conventional petrol engines, reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

It is not clear whether diesel vehicles in the four cities will be subject to a total ban, or what areas of the cities will be covered. Some cities already have measures in place intended to reduce congestion and clean up the air, such as low-emission zones that involve traffic restrictions.

Last year, the Volkswagen Group was engulfed by scandal when it was discovered that some of its diesel cars contained technology to disguise the true level of their harmful emissions.


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