Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Mermaid


Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Mermaid

I love this pose for so many reasons.

My comedic side loves the imagery of being a hot mermaid sitting on a rock getting splashed by waves making the sailors floating by go mad. That sassy image helps to get your chest open and play the part. I even wore my magical Teeki tights to give me an exciting “tail” for the pose:)

My teacher side adores this pose because it’s the perfect confidence booster to get students ready for Eka Pada Raja Kapotasna. I can’t count the times I’ve taught this pose in workshops only to have people declare, “I can’t believe it—I’m in the pose!!” The glow that comes over their face when they realize they can do something they never dreamed possible warms my heart.  Mermaids are no longer a mythical creature but rather a very beautiful reality on your mat.

Just like any Challenge Pose, there are steps. This pose requires space in the hips, psoas, and upper back. Take each step as an individual pose and breathe—your body will open up when it’s ready for the next step and you’ll be singing the sweet mermaid song before you can whistle “Under the Sea.”

Step 1:

This pose does require open hips with a single Pigeon base, but the good news is it doesn’t require the deepest variation of the pose. Start in Downward-Facing Dog and step your right shin to the front of the mat. Bring your right heel in fully to your body (the deepest variation has the shin parallel to the front of the mat) and extend your rear leg straight. Roll the outer edge of your left leg down towards the ground as you spiral your upper inner thigh towards the ceiling. Work on squaring your hips by rolling your left ribs forward and encouraging the left hip to fall towards the mat. Pop up onto fingertips with straight arms and work on lifting the top of your pelvis and heart. Gently roll your shoulder heads back and hold for a good full 8 breaths.

Step 2:

Look over your left shoulder and bend your left knee drawing your foot in. Reach back and grab your foot with your left hand. If simply making contact with the foot is intense, stay here and breath. Otherwise, begin a slow bend in your left elbow to draw the foot in closer towards your body. Continue to roll your left hip down towards the mat and brace yourself by keeping your right fingertips on the ground in-front of your body. Play around with how far you bring the foot in and take as much time here as you need . . . this step is crucial in getting the psoas muscle to release to go into the full backbend.

Step 3:

Keep your left elbow bend and slide your left foot down the inside of your forearm until it lands in the crook of your elbow. Lightly curl your toes so they hold onto your leg as if they were fingers. Engage your core by lifting up through your belly and chest so you can lift your right hand up without rocking forward. Reach the right hand back to clasp the left.

Step 4:

Keeping your hands clasped, drop your chin and take your gaze down. Lift your clasped arms up above your head then lightly let them slide behind your skull so that the right elbow points straight up. Once the arm is behind you, take your gaze forward and renew the effort to square your hips and chest to the front of your mat (don’t obsess here, just encourage the rotation). Pull your heart up as you root down through your hips and keep the right shoulder relaxing in the socket. Take 8 breaths then release your clasp and come back into your single Pigeon and fold to release your back. I’d recommend a vinyasa as well after taking both sides.


Kathryn Budig is jet-setting yoga teacher who teaches online at Yogaglo. She is the Contributing Yoga Expert for Women’s Health Magazine, Yogi-Foodie for MindBodyGreen, creator of Gaiam’s Aim True Yoga DVD, co-founder of Poses for Paws and is currently writing Rodale’s The Big Book of Yoga. Follow her on TwitterFacebook; or on her website.


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Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Funky Side Crow
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Kathryn Budig Challenge Pose: Ganda Bherundasana
Ganda Bherundasana means Formidable Face Pose, which basically means it ends resting flat on your face with your feet on floor, straddling your head. Ready to try???

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The Goddess Every Vinyasa Flow Fan MUST Know


The Goddess Every Vinyasa Flow Fan MUST Know

Sianna Sherman DURGA BLOG Visvamitrasana
Sianna Sherman is on a quest to help every woman discover her inner deity. Deepen your physical, mental, and spiritual practice with knowledge of mythic feminine power through this blog series and Sianna’s four-session Goddess Yoga Project online course. Be the first to know when it launches. Sign up now and join @yogajournal and @siannasherman using #YJGoddessProject to create an inspiring female collective, sharing experiences in real time.

Durga means “fortress” and “the one who takes us through difficulties.” The warrior goddess of strength, protection, and courage, she is the revolutionary force within our being that initiates massive change and compels us forward in our own spiritual evolution. Her battle cry unleashes our innermost desire to grow and take responsibility for our lives. No challenge is too big for this blazing goddess, who rides a lion or tiger into battle wielding multiple weapons to slay the demons of self-doubt and unworthiness. No matter how many times the demons shape-shift or try to seduce her with false promises, she never wavers in her commitment to transform every part of the Self.

How to Use Durga’s Teachings

Durga is the force of revolution both inwardly and outwardly. Her key teachings are to never doubt your own power, to stand firmly in your truth, and to call forth your fearless heart. Invoke her in times of difficulty, when you’re struggling to make a decision or to act with the highest integrity. Call on her presence when you want to take a stand for justice and refuse to hide your feminine power. Tap her power and teachings when you need ultimate strength from within during life changes.

READ MORE What Is Goddess Yoga?

3 Ways to Invoke Durga in a Vinyasa Flow

As much as Durga supports you through life changes off the mat, she can also support you on it. She exemplifies pure grace under pressure. Summon her strength, the steady eye in the middle of the storm and the anchor at the center of the flow, to invigorate your vinyasa.

  • 1. Power up your flow with Tiger Paws.

    1. Power up your flow with Tiger Paws.

    Invoke Durga each time you vinyasa. As you jump and float from one pose to the next, come onto your fingertips, clawing them with strength into the Earth, like Tiger Paws.

    See also How Cupcake Hands Saved My Vinyasa

  • 2. Connect to Durga through the steady strength of the breath.

    2. Connect to Durga through the steady strength of the breath.

    Durga’s essence is the breath inside the breath, the unwavering awareness between poses and through the transitions of life. Stay connected to your breath when the flow gets intense and dedicate your practice to personal transformation that serves the greater community.

    Also watch Vinyasa Yoga: Tips on Alignment + Breath

  • 3. Call on Durga in Goddess Pose.

    3. Call on Durga in Goddess Pose.

    1. Come to stand in Goddess Pose.
    2. Call on Durga by saying her name out loud.
    3. Now begin this visualization exercise:
    You are riding a lion into the great victory of your life. Embrace the goddess and ask her to show you the truth of any situation that currently feels confusing to you. Ask her to send you allies to stand by your side and help you through any difficult circumstances. Visualize wild cats walking on each side of you. Ask for unwavering confidence in your own truth and the courage to follow through with actions in the world that reflect your highest knowing. Durga always perseveres and rises within to meet any obstacle with fierce love. Know you are held in the fortress of grace.

    Also see Guided Meditations

  • About Sianna Sherman

    About Sianna Sherman

    Sianna Sherman is creator of the Goddess Yoga Project in partnership with Yoga Journal. She is the founder of Mythic Flow Yoga, a unique style of alignment-focused asana informed by ancient wisdom and myths. She leads teacher trainings and retreats around the world..

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Anatomy 101: Strengthen Your Big Toes to Build Stability


Anatomy 101: Strengthen Your Big Toes to Build Stability


Sometimes the smallest adjustment makes all the 
difference in how comfortable and stable you feel 
in a yoga pose. Consider your big toes, for example. 
You may think they function unconsciously, especially during tasks such as balancing on one foot. But paying more attention to, and adjusting, your big toes during asana practice can revolutionize your alignment and balance, instilling a calming sense 
of groundedness. For instance, the next time 
you are in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), notice where the weight in your feet is. Many of us practice with our hips 
back and our weight in our heels. 
This prevents you from stacking 
your bones in a way that allows you to stabilize, and could strain your hamstring attachments at the pelvis. But a simple, mindful big-toe adjustment can create stability in the bones, ligaments, and muscles of the feet, enhancing the mind-body connection and creating a secure foundation for safe and comfortably aligned poses.

So how does the anatomy work? Muscles in your big 
toes support the ligaments 
and bones that make up 
your arches. Healthy arches 
(as opposed to fallen ones) 
act like shock absorbers, transmitting kinetic forces, or the forces of motion, up through the ankles to the knees and up the kinetic chain of the body, potentially causing issues with alignment, joint health, and muscle strength. For example, weak big-toe flexors, the muscles that bend the toe, may change the strength and effectiveness of your largest glute muscle, gluteus maximus. And the glute max is critical in supporting most poses. For the big-toe muscles to do their job well, protecting your body from impact and instability, they need to be dynamically stable, meaning they should respond to shifts in movement, weight, and balance.

The good news is that you can train your big toes. In a pose like Standing Forward Bend, evenly press the fleshy part of the big toes into the mat. Do not grip 
the toes; instead, imagine you are gently pressing a button with them. This button-pressing action can strengthen the big-toe flexors to awaken the kinetic chain of 
muscles on the back of the leg and bring the hips into alignment above the ankles. After you strengthen your big-toe flexors, you’ll want to stretch them using poses like Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-
Facing Dog Pose). Both stretching and strengthening exercises are needed to maintain dynamic stability in the toes.

Getting more familiar with the anatomical structures in the soles of the feet, also called the plantar surface, will help refine your awareness of how to engage the big toes. Your big toe is comprised of two joints: The metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint connects the long bone (metatarsal) of the front of the foot with the first bone in the big toe (phalanx). It forms the mound at the base of the sole of the big toe. The interphalangeal (IP) joint is the big-toe knuckle. Capsules (ligamentous sacs that enclose joints) and ligaments cover and cross both joints, providing static stability.

Finally, let’s look at how these joints move. Flexing your big toe is governed by two muscles: the flexor hallucis longus (FHL) and the flexor hallucis brevis (FHB). They are assisted by the abductor and adductor hallucis muscles. The FHL originates in the deepest part of the back of the lower leg, under the calf, and connects via tendon around the bottom of the foot to the base of the IP joint. The FHB flexes the MTP joint. All of these muscles support your arches. Lightly pressing down with the big toe maintains stability in the MTP joint and activates the kinetic chain of muscles from the soles of the feet to the hamstrings and glutes. While you can’t change the ligaments, capsules, and bones consciously, you can work on moving the muscles to build strength and stability in standing balance poses.

See also Anatomy 101: Understand Your Quadratus Lumborums (QLs)

4 Poses to Tap Your Toes’ Power

Try the yoga postures below for building strength and mobility in the muscles supporting the big toes, 
then observe the shifts in your perception of feeling rooted and balanced.

  • Standing Forward Bend, variation

    Standing Forward Bend, variation


    From Tadasana (Mountain Pose), inhale to lengthen your spine, then exhale to hinge from the hips to fold. When the pelvis drifts back in this pose in yoga class, the teacher often will come by and gently push it forward to align the legs perpendicular to the floor. When the teacher walks away, the pelvis tends to drift back again. Correct this yourself by gently pressing the fleshy part of the big toes into the mat, which can help bring your femurs into a more upright position over your ankles. Then press the outside edges of your feet into the mat to activate your arches. You should feel grounded. Hold for 5 to 10 breaths before returning to Mountain Pose.

    See also Anatomy 101: Understand Your Pectoralis Minor

  • Chair Pose, or Fierce Pose

    Chair Pose, or Fierce Pose


    With your big toes together and heels slightly apart, inhale to extend your arms along your ears and bend your knees, lowering your glutes into Chair Pose. Press the fleshy part of the big toes down, then add the outer edges of the feet to balance the arches. Work your way up the body, pressing the knees together (all while holding the action in the feet), then engage the buttocks. Note how this connects the big toes to the core, through the kinetic chain of muscles and fascia, or connective tissue, from the soles of your feet through the back of the legs. Hold for 5 breaths.

    See also Anatomy 101: Understand + Prevent Hamstring Injury

  • Extended Hand-to- Big-Toe Pose

    Extended Hand-to- Big-Toe Pose

    Utthita Hasta

    Stand in Mountain Pose. 
Balancing on your left foot, 
elevate your right knee. Wrap your 
right index and middle fingers around the 
right big toe and actively flex your toe against 
your fingers as you slowly work to straighten 
your leg. Bring your awareness to the connection of your right big-toe flexor’s origin on the back of the lower right leg. This pose actively strengthens and stretches your big-toe muscles. Hold for at 
least 5 breaths before switching sides.

    See also Anatomy 101: Understanding Your Sacroiliac Joint

  • Four-Limbed Staff Pose

    Four-Limbed Staff Pose

    Chaturanga Dandasana

    This is a counterpose to stretch the toe flexors, especially the FHB. Come to Plank Pose and slowly lower down, making sure your elbows are over your wrists, your upper arms are parallel to the floor, and that your shoulders don’t dip lower than your elbows. Reach back through the heels and make sure you are stacking them over your toes, and that your toes are curled under. Then press your big toes down to rock forward, loading the stretch. Go slowly, and if you experience pain in the MTP joint, back off a bit. Hold for 5 breaths before releasing.

    See also Anatomy 101: 8 Poses to Strengthen Your Wrists + Prevent Injury

  • About Our Pros

    About Our Pros

    Teacher Ray Long, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon in Detroit and the founder of Bandha Yoga, a website and book series dedicated to the anatomy of yoga. He trained extensively with B.K.S. 

    Model Nicole Wienholt is a 
Boulder, Colorado–based yoga teacher and the co-founder of Yoga Pod, a national chain of studios.

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Iyengar Yoga 101: Stomach-Turning Pose (aka Can’t-Fail Core Work)


Iyengar Yoga 101: Stomach-Turning Pose (aka Can’t-Fail Core Work)


Senior Intermediate Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko knows how to find the surprisingly fun angles and elements of Iyengar Yoga. Owerko has partnered with Yoga Journal to bring you a six-week interactive online course in which she’ll share playful ways to use props and apply Iyengar principles and wisdom to your practice and life off the mat. Sign up now for a fun, creative journey that will profoundly deepen and transform your approach to yoga and perspective on BKS Iyengar’s unique method.

One of the secrets to strength in Iyengar Yoga is the principle that we always try to move from the periphery to the core, the core to the periphery. Meaning we are always moving our awareness and effort from the body to the mind, the mind to the body in an effort to find balance and radiance. Try this surprisingly effective—and challenging—Iyengar-inspired core exercise for endurance and stability, physically and mentally.

About Our Expert
Carrie Owerko is a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teacher based in New York City. She continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as by continuous in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Before studying yoga, Carrie earned a BFA in dance and theater and became a Certified Movement Analyst. Curiosity, openness, and affection are of utmost importance in her approach to Iyengar Yoga, as is the integration of science, yoga philosophy, and poetic imagination. Most importantly, she loves to explore the relationship of discipline and playfulness and is a firm believer in the power of controlled folly. Learn more at carrieowerko.com


8 Myths That May Be Keeping You from Practicing Yoga


8 Myths That May Be Keeping You from Practicing Yoga

As yoga keeps growing, so do the misconceptions about it. Here, YJ LIVE! presenter Stephanie Snyder sets the record straight on 8 myths that may be getting between you and your yoga bliss.

The good news is that yoga has exploded in the US and Europe and more people than ever are dipping into the practice. The bad news is all the misinformation out there that can be at best confusing and at worst a big turnoff for some folks who would otherwise really love and benefit from the practice. Here are a few of my faves.

Myth 1: You’re not flexible enough to do yoga.

This is my all-time favorite myth and as a yoga teacher one that I hear often. Saying you are too stiff to do yoga is like saying you’re too sick to go to the doctor. Stiffness leads to lots of aches and pains. I’m not saying it will be easy, but I can promise that a healthy range of motion throughout the body will reduce your aches and pains today and down the road. Just keep your sense of humor handy.

See also Fascia: The Flexibility Factor You’re Probably Missing on the Mat

Myth 2: You need a certain diet, body type, outfit…

Nope, not at all. Yoga is inclusive and can meet you where you are—there are no prerequisites. A byproduct of yoga may be better physical, mental health and well-being, but I assure you that it is not required to start. I was a train wreck when I began yoga and over 20 years later I’m still at it (and hopefully less of a wreck). The best thing about yoga is that you can come as you are and let the practice tend to you in the most generous way.

Myth 3: Yoga is religious.

Yoga is not a religion. Yoga is a philosophy. Do some people engage in yoga religiously? Yep, but there is no dogma or required belief system in yoga. The philosophy is meant to engage you in asking important questions, gaining insight, and making your own informed choices.

See also Yoga As a Religion?


Myth 4: Yoga is just for relaxing.

Yoga is an eight-fold path that actually requires a pretty disciplined effort. Relaxation and stress reduction is a wonderful byproduct of a focused practice whether that is asana (poses), pranayama (breath), or meditation.

Myth 5: Yoga is only for women.

When I first started teaching vinyasa yoga, it was about 20 percent men. These days most of my classes are closer to 40 percent men. I love the guy who comes into his first class a skeptic and leaves a sweaty, blissed-out convert. Yoga creates flexibility, builds strength and refines your ability to focus. Don’t take my word for it look at all of the male superstar athletes like Shaquille O’Neal, LeBron James, Ray Lewis, Victor Cruz and Kevin Love (just to name a few) touting its benefits.

See also Yoga for Men: Why More Guys Should Be Practicing Yoga

Myth 6: I’m too busy to do yoga.

Again the too-sick-to-go-the-doctor analogy applies, except maybe even more here. These days you can get very high-quality yoga online in formats that range from 15–90 minutes. You can do yoga in the comfort of your home through Yoga Journal’s online courses or other sites like YogaGlo.com and Gaia.com. Add in the efficiency of getting to check off all of these boxes: fitness, stress relief, and skillful focus all in one session. Try just 20 minutes a day and observe the return on that investment. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised.

Myth 7: I’m not young or fit enough to do yoga.

I know lots of folks who started practicing at 50 or over 60. It’s not only a great healthy choice but also provides community and positive social benefits that may surprise you. You are only as old as your thoughts—and yoga can positively affect those too, so get yourself into a class with a great teacher and have some fun.

Myth 8: I’m injured—I can’t do yoga.

Au contraire. I have had many students, who come to yoga while they’re recuperating from an injury and displaced from their regular form of exercise. Those who first try yoga as a means of rehab, typically stick with it because it not only helps them heal but can also help prevent future injury.

See also Stephanie Snyder’s Chakra Tune-Up

About our Expert
Snyder_Stephanie_02_4c_370x370Stephanie Snyder combines creative vinyasa sequencing with concise alignment and traditional philosophy. She is the creator of the Yoga Journal DVD Yoga for Strength and Toning and offers classes online, as well as workshops and teacher trainings in San Francisco and around the world. As a founding board member of the national nonprofit organization Headstand, Stephanie is an advocate and community contributor who works to bring yoga and mindfulness to at-risk youth. Featured in many publications worldwide, she is ever grateful for the gifts of the practice.


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Vale das Sobreiras Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking


Vale das Sobreiras Hotel by Future Architecture Thinking

Architects: Future Architecture Thinking
Location: Grândola, Portugal
Year: 2015
Area: 23,412 sqft / 2,175 sqm
Photo courtesy: João Morgado

Vale das Sobreiras Hotel is a traveler office that values the country setting where it has a place and takes it has a topic. In this way, one of its fundamental concerns is the site’s safeguarding and the endeavor of making the most out of it. Furthermore, it has the target of making, in a basic and contemporary vibe, an agreeable and entirely put for the field’s delight.



The straightforwardness guided the mediation to be:

– as slightest intrusive as could be allowed. We softened the development up different volumes that are upheld by auxiliary components. These volumes introduction is considered to exploit the most ideal sun presentation and the best perspectives.


– the most retentive as could be expected under the circumstances of the surroundings, in this way the inside spaces are opened to the outside and are stretched out to outside territories.


The inn contains seven volumes – spread by a just floor, including an open region, a staff zone and the rooms.


The volumetric sythesis depended on a blend of a module that looks like the customary picture of a house – a rectangular arrangement with a slanting rooftop – thus spoke to by an unadulterated crystal.


This module has different size forms and is joined by an open air way.


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Blue Ridge Drive Residence in Cedar Hill, Texas by Norman D. Ward architect


Blue Ridge Drive Residence in Cedar Hill, Texas by Norman D. Ward architect

Architects: Norman D. Ward architect
Location: Cedar Hill, Texas, USA
Year: 2015
Photo courtesy: Charles Davis Smith


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Leschi Dearborn House in Seattle by JW Architects


Leschi Dearborn House in Seattle by JW Architects

Architects: JW Architects
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Year: 2015
Area: 3,127 sqft / 291 sqm
Photo courtesy: Lara Swimmer

This house is intended to express northwest local cedar proceeding from the back to front. The structure of the living region additionally streams easily from the outside to the inside. The substantial kitchen with far reaching island is perfect for exciting. This home components ageless materials to guarantee that it ages nimbly. The deck reaches out over the whole of the rooftop and gives clearing perspectives of Lake Washington and both Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.

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《 Sarah McLachlan – I Love You 》

《 Sarah McLachlan – I Love You 》

I have a smile
Stretched from ear to ear
To see you walking down the road

We meet at the lights
I stare for a while
The world around disappears

Just you and me
On this island of hope
A breath between us could be miles

Let me surround you
My sea to your shore
Let me be the calm you seek

Oh and every time I’m close to you
There’s too much I can’t say
And you just walk away

And I forgot
To tell you
I love you
And the night’s
Too long
And cold here
Without you
I grieve in my condition
For I cannot find the strength to say I need you so

Oh and every time I’m close to you
There’s too much I can’t say
And you just walk away

And I forgot
To tell you
I love you
And the night’s
Too long
And cold here
Without you

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《 Sarah McLachlan – I Will Remember You 》

《 Sarah McLachlan – I Will Remember You 》

I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by,
Weep not for the memories
Remember the good times that we had?
I let them slip away from us when things got bad.
How clearly I first saw you smilin’ in the sun
Want to feel your warmth upon me
I want to be the one
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I’m so tired but I can’t sleep
Standin’ on the edge of something much to deep
It’s funny how we feel so much but we cannot say a word
We are screaming inside, but we can’t be heard
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I’m so afraid to love you
But more afraid to lose
Clinging to a past that doesn’t let me choose
Once there was a darkness
Deep and endless night
You gave me everything you had, oh you gave me life
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
I will remember you, will you remember me?
Don’t let your life pass you by
Weep not for the memories
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Song Discussions is protected by U.S. Patent 9401941. Other patents pending.

熱潮過後 流浪在高原上的藏獒犬


熱潮過後 流浪在高原上的藏獒犬

 建立於 2017/02/16


張麗芝(音譯)喜歡狗,但去年8月在青海玉樹旅行時被兩隻狗咬的經歷成了這位上海白領的噩夢。 「我的兩條腿上現在還全是傷疤」張麗芝這樣告訴《中國新聞周刊》。


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藏獒以忠誠著稱,藏人將之視為家庭成員。圖片來源:Dennis Jarvis。CC BY-SA 2.0





























※ 本文轉載自 中外對話,英文原文請見 thethirdpole.net


《 Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender 》

《 Sarah McLachlan – Sweet Surrender 》

It doesn’t mean much
It doesn’t mean anything at all
The life I’ve left behind me
Is a cold room
I’ve crossed the last line
From where I can’t return
Where every step I took in faith
Betrayed me
And led me from my home
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
You take me in
No questions asked
You strip away the ugliness
That surrounds me
Are you an angel
Am I already that gone
I only hope
That I won’t disappoint you
When I’m down here
On my knees
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
And I don’t understand
By the touch of your hand
I would be the one to fall
I miss the little things
I miss everything, about you
It doesn’t mean much
It doesn’t mean anything at all
The life I’ve left behind me
Is a cold room
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
Sweet surrender
Is all that I have to give
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Song Discussions is protected by U.S. Patent 9401941. Other patents pending.

風力帶頭衝 再生能源再稱霸美國新發電容量


風力帶頭衝 再生能源再稱霸美國新發電容量

 建立於 2017/02/16




Everybody Solar(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
美國幾名工人正在架設太陽能板。圖片來源:Everybody Solar(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

風力成綠能贏家 太陽能不遑多讓

根據美國聯邦能源管理委員會(Federal Energy Regulatory Commission,FERC)最新一期「能源基礎建設快訊」,去年天然氣新發電容量為8689 MW、核能1270 MW、石油58 MW、煤45 MW。

2016年新增風力發電容量為7865 MW,太陽能也不遑多讓,新增7748 MW。水力新增314 MW,生質新增197 MW。地熱去年則沒有新增。

美國風電協會的高金(Michael Goggin)指出,風力已經成為美國最大的再生能源,「美國風電發電容量現超過82,000 MW,超過水力發電的8萬MW。」


再生能源遭低估 川普政策與現況相悖

提倡永續能源的非政府組織Sun Day Campaign執行董事Ken Bossong說,川普政府獨厚化石燃料發展是錯誤的。


Bossong補充,發電容量跟實際產電量所有不同。再生能源的每單位額定容量的發電量,也就是容量因數,往往比化石燃料和核能低。根據美國能源資訊管理局(Energy Information Administration,EIA)的資料,2016年再生能源的運作中發電容量占全國19.17%,但實際產電量佔比為15.2%。



石油、核能減少中 太陽能漲幅大




Renewables Dominate New U.S. Generating Capacity
WASHINGTON, DC, February 13, 2017 (ENS)

In 2016, for the second year in a row, the majority of new generating capacity installed in the United States came from renewable energy sources, according to the latest issue of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update.”

The report shows that combined newly installed capacity from renewables – biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind – totaled 16,124 megawatts (MW), or 61.5 percent, surpassing that from fossil fuels and nuclear power combined.

Last year the newly installed capacity from natural gas was 8,689 MW; from nuclear power, 1,270 MW; oil, 58 MW; and coal, 45 MW.

In 2015, renewable sources added 12,400 MW of new generating capacity, or 64.8 percent of the total installed during that year.

Almost half of all new U.S. capacity, 49.6 percent, came from renewables in 2014.

During calendar year 2016, new wind generating capacity grew by 7,865 MW and was nearly matched by new solar generating capacity, 7,748 MW.

There was also 314 MW of new hydropower capacity and 197 MW of new biomass capacity. No new geothermal steam generating capacity was added last year.

Wind power has blown into first place as America’s largest renewable resource, says Michael Goggin of the American Wind Energy Association, an industry group.

“U.S. wind capacity now stands at over 82,000 megawatts, surpassing the 80,000 MW at the nation’s hydropower dams,” he wrote.

Wind energy is now the country’s fourth-largest source of electric capacity, behind natural gas, coal and nuclear energy but ahead of hydroelectric and solar.

Ken Bossong, executive director of the nonprofit Sun Day Campaign, which advocates a sustainable energy future, warns that the Trump administration is making a mistake by concentrating solely on fossil fuel development.

“The focus of the new Trump Administration on fossil fuels is not only environmentally irresponsible but totally wrong-headed in light of the latest FERC data,” said Bossong. “Year-after-year, renewables are proving themselves to be the energy sources making America great again.”

Bossong points out that generating capacity is not the same as actual power generation. Electrical production per megawatt of available capacity, called the capacity factor, for renewables is often lower than that for fossil fuels and nuclear power, he explains.

The total installed operating generating capacity provided by renewables in 2016 is now 19.17 percent of the nation’s total, while actual electrical generation from renewables in 2016 is roughly 15.2 percent, according to the latest U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA, figures.

Bossong says both of these figures understate renewables’ actual contribution because neither EIA nor FERC fully accounts for all electricity generated by smaller-scale, distributed renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar.

Even so, the rapid growth of renewables, particularly solar and wind, has captured an ever-growing share of the nation’s total generating capacity.

Each of the non-hydro renewables has grown during the past five years and their combined capacity, 10.67 percent, is now greater than that of nuclear power at nine percent, and nearly three times that of oil at 3.79 percent.

Coal generates 24.65 percent of the nation’s power.

By comparison, the shares of U.S. energy capacity provided by oil, nuclear power, and coal have all declined over the past five years.

Only natural gas has experienced growth – from 41.60 percent in 2011 to 43.23 percent today.

Solar has enjoyed the greatest percentage increase of any U.S. energy source. Solar power’s share of the nation’s generating capacity, 2.0 percent, is now nearly 12 times greater than it was five years ago in December 2011 when it was just 0.17 percent.

And, the growth in solar capacity is accelerating. New solar capacity in 2016 more than doubled that added in 2015 and now exceeds that of biomass and geothermal combined.

※ 全文及圖片詳見:ENS


蔡麗伶(LiLing Barricman)

In my healing journey and learning to attain the breath awareness, I become aware of the reality that all the creatures of the world are breathing the same breath. Take action, here and now. From my physical being to the every corner of this out of balance’s planet.




《 Sarah McLachlan – Fallen 》

《 Sarah McLachlan – Fallen 》

Heaven bend to take my hand and lead me through the fire
Be the long awaited answer to a long and painful fight
Truth be told I tried my best
But somewhere along the way, I got caught up in all there was to offer
But the cost was so much more than I could bear

Though I’ve tried,

I’ve fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don’t come ’round here and
Tell me I told you so
We all begin with good intent
When love was raw and young
We believe that we can change ourselves
The past can be undone
But we carry on our back the burdens time always reveals
In the lonely light of morning
In the wound that would not heal
It’s the bitter taste of losing everything
I’ve held so dear
I’ve fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don’t come ’round here and
Tell me I told you so


Heaven bend to take my hand
I’ve nowhere left to turn
I’m lost to those I thought were friends
To everyone I know
Oh they turn their heads, embarrassed
Pretend that they don’t see
That it’s one miss step, one slip, before you know it
And there doesn’t seem a way to be redeemed

Though I’ve tried,

I’ve fallen
I have sunk so low
I messed up
Better I should know
So don’t come ’round here and
Tell me I told you so
I’ve messed up
Better I should know
Don’t come ’round here and
Tell me I told you so
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Song Discussions is protected by U.S. Patent 9401941. Other patents pending.

促汰換烏賊車 空污罰鍰將加重 貨車累犯最高六萬


促汰換烏賊車 空污罰鍰將加重 貨車累犯最高六萬

 建立於 2017/02/15





污染愈多罰愈多 且加重累犯罰鍰





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20170215 環保署提高交通空污罰鍰公聽會

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