pay-what-you-can yoga wisdom

In the yoga community, there has been a lot of discussion about the pay-what-you-can model for classes and studios. But why should only asana practices be available and accessible on a donation basis? timeless publishing, a yoga micropress based in the mountains of BC, is trying out an innovative experiment in sustainable publishing which will make the wisdom of yoga accessible to anyone who seeks it.

The press’ latest release, a reprint of their classic Time to be Holy, is available as a print-on-demand book and downloadable PDF. And for the next 21 days, it’s available on a pay-what-you-can basis (from June 16 until July 7). If you’re feeling generous, you can donate as much as you want, and if your budget is tight, you can chip in as little as $1.

timeless publishing is aware that yoga is a practice of choice and responsibility, whether you’re on the mat or consuming media. Their approach to printing the yogic teachings is as conscientious and compassionate as the yoga practices themselves. “Never before have our personal choices and business practices had such an enormous impact on our environmental and global connections,” they say  on their website. “‘Sustainable publishing’ for us means that on one hand we are reducing our ecological footprint by becoming a carbon neutral publisher; and on the other hand, we’re creating a sustainable financial model in today’s print industry.”

Time to be Holy is a collection of writing from Swami Sivananda Radha, a spiritual leader who dedicated her life to interpreting the ancient wisdom of yoga for Western minds. The material is drawn from satsang (a devotional service inspired by the ancient yogic tradition; also interpreted as a community gathering for yogis on the spiritual path) talks that Swami Radha gave at Yasodhara Ashram, and the tone is conversational and wise. Organized into thematic chapters, the topics covered range from the spiritual search, to self-worth, to service and beyond.  rather than being an instructional guide or yoga philosophy primer, the book invites reflection on how we can live our lives with authenticity and grace. It’s a practical and inspiring book that’s relevant to anyone on the yogic path.

Download the pay-what-you-can PDF here.

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  1. heck, all of the best museums in nyc do it, why not keep it expanding? i think it’s brilliant, as long as people are honest with themselves. a little bit harder on that second part…

  2. Thanks for letting me know about this. I love Radha! Have you ever read her book “Diary of a Woman’s Search”? I just gave my copy to a friend as a gift, and I’ll buy it again for myself some day. It’s a wonderful read! 🙂

  3. Thanks Roseanne! Way to go!

    We will be blogging about sustainable publishing ~ and how we approach it here at timeless, in the next few weeks 😉 Will love to bring the discussion to your community too!