IN MY LIFE, THE ONLY CONSTANT HAS BEEN
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.