Ed­i­tor’s Let­ter

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change—jobs, apart­ments, scenery, re­la­tion­ships, health, opin­ions, and so on. Ac­cept­ing change is hard for some­one like me who is drawn to struc­ture, or­ga­ni­za­tion, and clear goals and ex­pec­ta­tions, but

I can hon­estly say that I’m al­ways hap­pier when I let go of rigid­ity and con­trol and sur­ren­der to the nat­u­ral ebb and flow of things. When I trust that I am ex­actly where I’m sup­posed to be—in­stead of try­ing to force an out­come— team­work im­proves; cre­ativ­ity flour­ishes; and my life feels more in­ter­est­ing, rich, and full of op­por­tu­nity.

Teacher Rosie Acosta’s story, on page 46, is the per­fect ex­am­ple of how life can point you in the right di­rec­tion if you are open to read­ing the signs. De­pressed, anx­ious, and on pro­ba­tion af­ter grow­ing up in a vi­o­lent neigh­bor­hood in East Los An­ge­les, Acosta vis­ited a med­i­ta­tion cen­ter at the sug­ges­tion of her mother. To­tally out of her realm, the high school se­nior was skep­ti­cal but cu­ri­ous. Once there, she found her­self at­tracted to talks about be­ing re­spon­si­ble for your own hap­pi­ness. Fast-for­ward 17 years, and Acosta has stud­ied with some of the coun­try’s most in­flu­en­tial asana and med­i­ta­tion teach­ers, and she in­spires thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery day through her own teach­ings and well­ness pod­cast.

On page 38, we share an­other pow­er­ful story of trans­for­ma­tion: Plagued by mal­adies that were tak­ing both a phys­i­cal and men­tal toll, au­thor and Ayurvedic prac­ti­tioner Sa­hara Rose Ketabi was able to turn her health around only af­ter find­ing Ayurveda. The seven chakra-in­spired soups she shares here, from her new cook­book, Eat Feel Fresh, can help you, too—whether you’re feel­ing un­bal­anced or just want some­thing fun to serve as the sea­sons change and the hol­i­days pull our at­ten­tion to­ward fam­ily, friends, and fes­tiv­i­ties.

Take self-care a step fur­ther on page 78, where Ali­son West, founder of the Yoga Union Back­care & Sco­l­io­sis Cen­ter in New York City, teaches a se­quence for deal­ing with back pain and poor pos­ture. West’s in­no­va­tive use of a dowel— a prop you won’t want to live with­out af­ter try­ing— is truly trans­for­ma­tional.

And while we are talk­ing about change, it seems ap­pro­pri­ate to ac­knowl­edge shifts here at

Yoga Jour­nal. What started in 1975 as essen­tially the tech­ni­cal news­let­ter of the Cal­i­for­nia Yoga Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion has mor­phed into a na­tional me­dia brand reach­ing mil­lions of peo­ple ev­ery month in print, on­line, and via so­cial me­dia. The con­tent we share has shifted de­pend­ing on our ed­i­tors, trends in yoga and well­ness, and the pulse of the mag­a­zine in­dus­try. We’re con­stantly try­ing to re­spond to reader needs and pro­vide valu­able ser­vice in the form of yoga prac­tices, phi­los­o­phy, and teach­ing tips that will help you find har­mony on and off the mat. As we move into a new phase, we aim to be more in­clu­sive, rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and real. And we hope you will con­tinue to reach out and share with us what is (or isn’t) work­ing for you—via so­cial me­dia or at ed­i­[email protected]­ga­jour­nal.com—so that we can evolve to­gether.

SELF-RE­FLEC­TION Cover model Rosie Acosta med­i­tates at the Self-Re­al­iza­tion Fel­low­ship tem­ple in Los An­ge­les.

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