“I think it’s a really sad day for the yoga community,” Linda Sparrowe, Yoga International’s editor in chief for the past two years, told Yoga Journal. “There’s really nothing to replace it.”
The Yoga International website, however, had a different story. It declared:
As we say goodbye to the beloved magazine that has been the go-to source of wisdom for accessing authentic yoga, we are breathing new life into Yoga International. Using state-of-the-art technology, we can now offer you access to content that cannot be matched by print—our goal is to provide you more. Much more.
The new website promises more content, more frequently than a print publication. In addition to regular new video and audio posts, there will be fresh material from their existing columnists and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait’s popular Yoga Sutras column – new features and content channels are planned for the near future.
Yoga magazine closures break a little piece of my heart (having gone through the experience firsthand with ascent magazine’s closure in 2009). But evolution is good! And it sounds like YI is evolving with the times and responding to where their readers are – as well as what makes economic sense.
Not that the online world is always sustainable. The Magazine of Yoga, a stellar online magazine, closed in early 2012 because of unknown reasons. Anyway, I wish YI best of luck in their next phase and will be watching what happens.