r.i.p. yoga international: another yoga mag bites the dust

r.i.p. yoga international: another yoga mag bites the dust

Longstanding yoga publication, Yoga International, closed at the end of June, the Yoga Journal blog reported yesterday.

“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.yoga-international

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.

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  1. This makes me sad. I’ve always respected Yoga International for their commitment to publishing substantive articles, even though substance doesn’t sell like commercial content does. I’m glad they’ll still be online, but I have to say I much prefer sitting on a comfy chair holding a paper magazine to sitting at a desk reading on a screen. Here’s to Yoga International continuing to bring yoga’s roots to us all.

  2. This could be a good thing. Yoga International has always had great Yoga philosophy content, but most of it was inaccessible online or without a subscription. I was just about to explore their site for material for Best of Yoga Philosophy. I wanted to subscribe, but couldn’t find an RSS feed.

    Now I’m sure they will put more of their content online and I will be able to include in my “virtual magazine”, to everyone’s benefit! I’m actually kind of excited about this.

    But the passing of the venerable print magazine is sad, as was Ascent’s, which you ran so skillfully. Thanks for letting us know.

    Bob W. Editor
    Best of Yoga Philosophy

  3. Just reread my comment above. I want to clarify that I did not mean to say that the passing of the print magazine is a good thing, like it sounds in my opening sentence.

    I was jumping ahead to their planned expansion of their online magazine. That’s what I mean is a good thing.

    I’m posting this to Best of Yoga Philosophy to let everyone know.

    Thanks again for the article.

    Bob W.

  4. Namarupa just announced it is returning to biannual publication after being digital for five years.

  5. This is sad news…
    I found YI only a few years ago – as I searched for another magazine after the end of ascent (which I still treasure and re-read all the back issues I possess with surprising frequency!)

    I just can’t help but feel that this is an unfortunate reflection of the current trajectory of yoga culture in North America – glossy, photoshopped, generic and white. Boo to that.

  6. Well, I’m sure YJ will start covering substantial stuff to fill the gap, right? 😉

    More seriously, I can’t say I’m surprised but am disappointed a bit.

  7. I’m sad. Yep there will be more content on the website but you can’t read a website in the bath! I used to enjoy reading YI while I had a soak – but no more. I picked up the August YJ this month – first time in a long time – and couldn’t believe how vacuous and empty of real content it was … and if I see any more pictures of Kathryn Budig’s backside (or any other region) I think I’ll scream! Seems like any publication of any substance has migrated to the web. I still miss Ascent too 🙁

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