9 Top Yoga Teachers Share How They ‘Talk’ to the Universe


9 Top Yoga Teachers Share How They ‘Talk’ to the Universe

Nine leading yoga teachers give us an inside look at how they pray, manifest what they want in their lives, and more.

These days, there’s a lot of talk about manifesting our greatest desires by setting intentions, asking a higher power for guidance, and looking for signs along the way to show us we’re on the right path. The Secret taught us all about the law of attraction. Gabrielle Bernstein told us that the universe has our backs. Countless other spiritual teachers, authors, influencers, and even social media memes are filled with platitudes about the power of having a conversation with “The Universe.” Yet if this kind of communion with Spirit doesn’t come naturally to you, it can be tough to know where or how to start. And even if you do already have a practice, it can be insightful to know how others’ spiritual practices look, too. That’s why we asked some of the country’s most prominent yoga teachers to give us an inside look at how they pray, manifest what they want in their lives, and talk to the universe. Here’s hoping their insight inspires you to do the same.


McLaren House by ArcHaus Architects


McLaren House by ArcHaus Architects

Architects: ArcHaus Architects
Location: AucklandNew Zealand
Photo courtesy: ArcHaus Architects

The elevated site offers extensive views across Tamaki Strait and out to Rangitoto and Waiheke Island. The house is built for a couple with an extended family often visiting from overseas and the client wanted to maximise the views.


These requirements led to the building being split into a front part containing all the spaces that the client is occupying on a daily basis and a back building that accommodates the garage on the lower level and guest bedrooms on the upper level.


A central stair connects the two parts in a split level arrangement and follows the slight slope of the site. The threshold between the two different parts of the house is constantly crossed when moving through the house vertically.



The two parts of the house are distinctively different. The front is defined by two L-shaped forms tilted to the outside which create a basic form of shelter with only minimal penetrations along the driveway side. These forms channel the views out to sea and create privacy from neighbours. Dark weather boards and large glazed openings enclose the spaces below the overhanging zinc clad roofs.


The simple cube at the back is clad in white painted brick, with recessed openings cut out of the solid form. The connection between the two parts is fully glazed and provides the back entrance to the house.


The open plan arrangement of the living spaces on the ground floor of the front building is directly connected to large outdoor deck areas and the pool. A double height space leads to the main stair and the upper level, where a second private lounge and a covered deck provide a more intimate space adjacent to the master bedroom.


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《 Joe Bonamassa – Let Me Love You Baby (05:48) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – Let Me Love You Baby (05:48) 》

6 Yoga Warm-Ups for Wrist Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


6 Yoga Warm-Ups for Wrist Pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In this excerpt from his new book Yoga Therapy: Foundations, Methods, and Practices for Common Ailments, Mark Stephens offers methods for warming up and massaging the wrists to reduce pain in yoga practice.

Although wrist pain is clearly an overly general description and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a specific diagnosis, we discuss these together because of the various interrelated factors involved in them. Wrist pain almost invariably extends beyond the wrist, especially into the hand, and even when it does not, its cause can derive from factors extrinsic to the wrist itself. The pain can also manifest in different parts of the wrist, offering some clues as to the cause. CTS occurs when the median nerve is entrapped in the small passageway on the palmar side of the wrist joint through which several tendons and the medial nerve pass. Inflammation of the tendons places pressure on the nerve, causing pain or discomfort in the wrist, outer fingers (thumb, index finger, and middle finger), and sometimes up the forearm. Wrist and hand pain can also manifest in the fourth and fifth fingers due to pressure on the ulnar nerve.

Healing depends on the condition and its cause. Persistent wrist tenderness or strain usually benefits from ice, splints worn during sleep (due to the ways we tend to flex the wrist and otherwise place pressure on it during natural movement while sleeping), and anti-inflammatory agents (including turmeric and ginger). Repetitive stress injuries invite one to reduce or stop the repetitive actions and to assess the dynamics of posture and movement that are involved. In practicing yoga, there are several ways to play with slight modification of position and energetic action to variably affect pressure in the wrists, while props minimize the pressure from wrist extension. Acute injuries often require medical attention, and many chronic conditions also indicate receiving medical attention.

See also Hand Positioning Tips To Bear Weight + Prevent Wrist Injuries

Basic Wrist Therapy

Students and clients experiencing mild wrist pain can benefit from warming up their fingers, hands, arms, and shoulders before beginning their practice. Wrist and forearm massage are also effective in helping reduce pain. So long as the pain is mild, the following exercises can be healing.

Persistent wrist tenderness or strain usually benefits from ice, splints worn during sleep, anti-inflammatory agents (including turmeric and ginger), acupuncture, and other alternative treatments. Encourage students and clients to explore all possible measures and to consult a doctor for additional guidance.

Excerpted from Yoga Therapy: Foundations, Methods, and Practices for Common Ailments by Mark Stephens, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2017 by Mark Stephens. Reprinted by permission of publisher.


《 Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin (09:37) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – Sloe Gin (09:37) 》

Gorgeous mediterranean villa dating back to 1890


Gorgeous mediterranean villa dating back to 1890

Architects: Architectural office TOBIS-inzenjering
Location: Pula, Croatia
Year: 2015
Area: 3.530 ft²/ 328 m²
Photo courtesy: Architectural office TOBIS-inzenjering

“Croatia-based architecture studio TOBIS Engineering recently finished Villa Martinuzzi, a gorgeous Mediterranean villa located in Pula, Croatia.The house was dating back to 1890.

New owner had one simple request for his villa, with not so simple detail; a living space that is combination of traditional and modern, but designed without forcing this popular “let’s build old” style.

Ground floor with 45 cm thick stone walls was imagined as a traditional base for the contemporary first floor. Ground floor features modern kitchen, original staircase, bathroom, bedroom and living room with the dining room. Part of the slanted roof is covered in glass, letting the daylight pass through the roof and glass hallway floor on the upper level all the way to the ground floor. Upper floor features two bathrooms and three bedrooms.


The façade panels are of different formats, arranged in irregular raster. In the end everything became whole, both old and new, and stone and glass, and black floors and stone walls.”

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《 Joe Bonamassa – Distant Lonesome Train (06:10) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – Distant Lonesome Train (06:10) 》

9 Spinal Stretches to Ease Back Pain


9 Spinal Stretches to Ease Back Pain

Twists can be heaven for a bad back—if you don’t push too hard. Learn how to do these 9 stretches for the spine to ease pain in your back.
Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, parivrtta janu sirsana

Twists can be heaven for a bad back—if you don’t push too hard. Learn how to do these 9 spinal stretches to ease pain in your back.

For Elise Miller, a longtime Iyengar Yoga teacher who was diagnosed with scoliosis—abnormal lateral curvature of the spine—as a teen, twisting poses are pure bliss. “I love moving from gentle twists into deeper variations," she says. “I think twists can be the most cleansing of all the poses." She’s referring to master teacher B.K.S. Iyengar’s “squeeze and soak" theory: The action of twisting the spine squeezes the muscles, spinal disks, and abdominal organs. When you release, blood floods back into those areas, bringing nutrients and improving circulation.

Still, Miller can understand why many people don’t enjoy twisting. The problem, she feels, lies in an overzealous approach. “You see people doing twists, and they just go for it. Then they feel stuck, like they have nowhere else to go—and they don’t, because they haven’t allowed an opening to happen." Her remedy for this common problem is twofold: First, she says, you must elongate your spine and create space in it before twisting; otherwise you exert pressure on the disks and leave yourself open to injury. Second, she uses props in her twist sequences to gently prepare the body for deeper poses. Being mindful of your alignment and using props will prevent you from powering through the poses, so you can enjoy a spiraling action up the spine and reap the benefits that twists offer.

See alsoGet a Great Turnout in Twists

9 Spinal Stretches + Twisting Poses

The first three poses in this sequence are often taught to people with hip or back stiffness, sacroiliac imbalances, degenerative disks, arthritis, or sciatica. With the exception of Paschimottanasana, do each pose in this sequence for five breaths on each side.
1. Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist), with chair

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Sit sideways on a chair with your right hip facing the chair back and a block between your thighs. The chair will stabilize the lower back, pelvis, and legs, allowing you to safely rotate your upper spine. Place the hands on the chair back as you inhale and lift the spine. Exhale and twist, pulling with the left hand and pushing with the right. Allow the head and neck to follow the twist of the spine.

2. Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle), with chair

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Place a chair in front of you and put your right foot between its front legs. Step your left foot back about 4 feet and turn it in 80 degrees. Place your hands on your hips and square them. Inhale, lift your torso, exhale, and fold forward, placing your left hand on the chair seat, in line with your right big toe. Place your right hand on your sacrum and twist to the right, bringing the right shoulder toward the ceiling and the left ribs forward. To go deeper, place the left elbow on the chair and raise the right arm.

3. Marichyasana III (Marichi’s Twist III), with chair

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Place a block on a chair, then put your right foot on the block with the toes facing forward. Place your left hand on your right knee and your right palm on your sacrum. Inhale and lift the spine, then exhale and twist to the right, allowing your neck and head to follow. Keep the hips even and twist from the upper spine. Press the right hand into the back waist to turn the torso more deeply.

4. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)

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Take a wide stance. Turn your right foot out and your left foot in 80 degrees. Square your hips toward your front foot, then bend your right knee directly over your ankle. On an exhalation, bring the left side of the body toward the right leg. Rest the left armpit to the outside of the right knee and press the palms together. Lengthen the spine and twist the ribs and torso to the right. To go deeper, bring the left palm to the floor or to a block and reach your right arm over your right ear. Gaze at your right fingertips as you lengthen your entire right side.

5. Parivrtta Dandasana (Revolved Staff Pose)

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Sit up tall with your legs strongly extended on the floor in Dandasana (Staff Pose). Draw the flesh of your buttocks back in order to sit directly on your sitting bones. Roll your thighs inward and maintain a natural curve in your lower back. Bring your left hand to your outer right knee and place your right fingertips on the floor behind you. Inhale and lift the spine, then exhale and twist to the right. Keep the heels even and stabilize the inner left thigh.

6. Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist)

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Sit in Dandasana. Bend your knees and bring your feet next to your left buttock. Place your left ankle on the arch of your right foot. If the left hip is higher, place a blanket under the right hip. Exhale and turn your torso to the right. Place the left hand on your right knee. Press your right fingertips into the floor (or on a block) behind the right buttock and breathe as you turn the spine. Draw the tip of the right shoulder blade in and turn the right shoulder back. Keep your torso upright without lifting the left thigh.

7. Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)

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Sit in Dandasana. Bend the right leg and step the right foot to the outside of the left knee. Bend the left leg and place the foot to the right of the right sitting bone. The foot should be resting on its side, with its inner and outer edges parallel. Press the right fingertips into the floor and draw your torso up. Move the back ribs in. Exhale and turn to the right. Bend the left arm, and press it against the outside of your right knee to help you twist.

8. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose)

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Sit in Dandasana. Bend the right knee and press the right heel against the perineum. Twist to the right as you lengthen your torso over your left leg. Reach out and hold the inner side of the left foot with the left hand, thumb pointing toward the floor and left pinky pointing up. Stretch the right arm overhead and hold the outer side of the left foot. Bend and widen the elbows away from each other to spiral the waist, chest, and shoulders. Extend the spine and rest the left ribs on the left thigh.

9. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

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From Dandasana, reach your arms overhead, exhale, and fold forward, grabbing the feet, shins, or thighs. Inhale and lengthen the torso up. Exhale, bend the elbows out, and take the torso toward the legs as you extend the front, sides, and back of the body toward the feet. Breathe deeply and steadily. Stay for 5 to 10 breaths.

See alsoGive Your Back a Treat with This Series of Twists

After You Finish


Do Salamba Sarvangasana (Supported Shoulderstand) and Halasana (Plow Pose) or Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)—important if you have previously practiced Sirsasana.


Lie in Savasana (Corpse Pose) for 5 minutes or longer.


Sit in a cross-legged position and rest your mind on your breath for 5 to 20 minutes. For closure, bring your palms together in Anjali Mudra (Salutation Seal), honoring the inner light within you and extending that light to all beings.


《 Joe Bonamassa – Lazy (08:56) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – Lazy (08:56) 》

Attic Interior in Moscow by buro5


Attic Interior in Moscow by buro5

Architects: buro5 
Location: MoscowRussia
Year: 2015
Area: 527 sqft
Photo courtesy: Luciano Spinelli

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《 Joe Bonamassa – Double Crossing Time (07:40) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – Double Crossing Time (07:40) 》

Pose of the Week: Sun Salutation With a Block


Pose of the Week: Sun Salutation With a Block

Doing Sun Salutations with a block can help you find the contraction of muscles into the centerline of the body, creating integration and protecting the spine.
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Doing Sun Salutations with a block can help you find the contraction of muscles into the centerline of the body, creating integration and protecting the spine.

Begin by placing a block between the thighs, right above the knees. Squeeze the block actively, drawing into the midline.

Reach up to Mountain Pose (Tadasana).

Bend forward into Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana).

Lift up to Standing Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana).

Jump back to Chaturanga, all while squeezing the block.

Lift into Upward-Facing Dog, followed by Downward-Facing Dog.

Repeat three times using the block.

Bethany Lyons is a powerful leader, creator, community builder and co-founder of Lyons Den Power Yoga, Manhattan’s only Baptiste-style yoga studio. Bethany is a classically trained ballet dancer, Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and Master Instructor at SoulCycle. In co-founding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.



《 Joe Bonamassa – I’ll Play The Blues For You (06:20) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – I’ll Play The Blues For You (06:20) 》

Family Retreat by Salmela Architect


Family Retreat by Salmela Architect

Architects: Salmela Architect
Location: Herbster, WisconsinUSA
Year: 2015
Area: 1.200 sqft / 112 sqm
Photo courtesy: Paul Crosby

This confined retreat is on a West confronting shore of Lake Superior. Toward the end of a short forested garage a capacity constructing and woodshed structure shape an entryway which checks section to the site. Continuing to the lodge a long South confronting deck supplemented with chimney gives a warm sunny space to the frequently cool days on the coldest of Great Lakes. A cantilevered screen yard above makes a shaded zone for the generally couple of hot days and goes about as a downpour/snow spread for the fundamental passage.


The 16×40 foot lodge inside is framed in clear basswood and coordinates sees toward the lake and encompassing backwoods. Toward the North an extra outside breakfast deck ignores a field of the local grasses and wild blossoms. The upper floor comprises of two bunk rooms, one visitor room, an expert suite and screen yard for summer resting. The V-molded top of the lodge coordinates downpour water far from the side decks and additionally far from the building closes.


Covered up in the forested areas off the pathway to the lakeshore is a sauna which rehashes the capacity of the V-formed rooftop. The utilization of dark paper-gum composite siding alongside maturing cedar components on all structures give an almost upkeep free outside permitting more cheerful days at the retreat. The area which had beforehand been utilized as the family campground now a progression of structures that gives each chance to luxuriate in the outside.



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《 Joe Bonamassa – Midnight Blues (07:50) 》

《 Joe Bonamassa – Midnight Blues (07:50) 》

環安公安漏洞大 經濟部只列管5%中高污染性違章工廠?



環安公安漏洞大 經濟部只列管5%中高污染性違章工廠?



政府納管332家  稅籍推估卻有8400家!



這些可能經營「中高污染性違章工廠」的企業,主要位在7個縣市一一新北、台中、彰化、桃園、台北、高雄、台南,共佔全部縣市的8成。(附表及圖一) 而這些企業又以容易產生高污作業廢水的金屬表面處理業,以及染整製程造成廢水、廢氣污染的印染整理業數量最多,佔整體企業的45% (附表及圖二)。這類金屬表面處理作業製程涉及許多含毒性及腐蝕物質,印染整理業在染料調配過程也涉及許多化學品特殊加工,如未列管並定期稽查,將對環安及公安形成重大威脅。

政府輔導作業緩慢 短期恐難見成效


遲來的清查  縣市做好準備了嗎?

而今年已經或即將啟動的六縣市違章工廠清查計畫,更是延宕多年的既定任務,近期為配合縣市國土計畫規劃需求,才開始發包給學術或民間單位進行調查。但是,為了配國土計畫期程,縣市必須在一年到一年半期間完成全部清查,在人力及資源調度準備上是否足以應付?尤其,各縣市要面對的是非常龐大的調查業務。我們同樣從稅籍推估,2010年起,全國每年新增違章工廠可能有5500家,2015年起,每年新增家數已經超過6000家。各縣市以六都加上彰化縣,所經營違章工廠的企業家數最多,均在萬家左右及以上,數量最多的新北市及台中市更是衝破2萬家 (附表及圖三),地方政府在現有人力窘迫的情況下,如何確保清查行動的效率和精確,以及清查計畫、期程、結果,是否能夠按期對外公開資訊,提供外界查驗,也是值得高度關注之處。







縣市 家數 比例
新北市 1,593 19%
台中市 1,493 18%
彰化縣 855 10%
桃園市 778 9%
台北市 742 9%
高雄市 714 9%
台南市 630 8%
雲林縣 214 3%
苗栗縣 211 3%
新竹市 210 3%
新竹縣 210 3%
宜蘭縣 165 2%
屏東縣 154 2%
南投縣 110 1%
嘉義縣 101 1%
基隆市 57 1%
嘉義市 57 1%
花蓮縣 47 1%
台東縣 44 1%
金門縣 11 0%
澎湖縣 4 0%
總計數 8400 100%


行業別 行業數 百分比
金屬表面處理業 3,559 39%
印染整理業 578 6%
製材業(僅限製程包含木材乾燥、浸漬防腐等保存處理之事業為限) 552 6%
基本化學材料製造業 487 5%
塗料、染料及顏料製造業 458 5%
合成樹脂及塑膠製造業 419 5%
金屬熱處理業 329 4%
積體電路製造業 254 3%
鋼鐵冶鍊業 252 3%
肥料製造業 243 3%
被動電子元件製造業 221 2%
石油及煤製品製造業 195 2%
電燈泡及燈管製造業 192 2%
合成橡膠製造業 184 2%
電池製造業 160 2%
印刷電路板製造業 157 2%
皮革、毛皮整製業 151 2%
水泥製造業 113 1%
印刷電路板組件製造業 107 1%
農藥及環境衛生用藥製造業 91 1%
人造纖維製造業 73 1%
石油化工原料製造業 72 1%
分離式元件製造業 70 1%
鍊鋁業 43 0%
紙漿製造業 40 0%
其他光電材料及元件製造業 40 0%
液晶面板及其組件製造業 30 0%
鍊銅業 19 0%
原料藥製造業 7 0%
炸藥、煙火、火柴 7 0%
總數 9,103 100%


縣市 無廠登製造業稅籍數
新北市 26,083
台中市 22,838
彰化縣 13,973
高雄市 10,723
台北市 10,310
台南市 9,737
桃園市 9,433
新竹縣 2,752
苗栗縣 2,691
雲林縣 2,526
宜蘭縣 2,484
新竹市 2,249
南投縣 1,922
屏東縣 1,747
嘉義縣 1,607
基隆市 1,045
花蓮縣 975
嘉義市 743
台東縣 627
澎湖縣 264
金門縣 241
連江縣 49
總計 125,019
















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