Be­gin Again

Yoga Journal - - EDITOR’S LETTER - Tasha Eichense­her BRAND DI­REC­TOR, CON­TENT & AU­DI­ENCE

Ac­cord­ing to the United Na­tions, there are an es­ti­mated 2 bil­lion peo­ple world­wide who prac­tice yoga. That means there are 2 bil­lion dif­fer­ent ways yoga ex­presses it­self and 2 bil­lion dif­fer­ent ways a yogi can look. At Yoga Jour­nal, we want to honor ev­ery­one’s yo­gic path. Whether your prac­tice is rooted in move­ment, breath­work, ser­vice, mantra, de­vo­tion, med­i­ta­tion, or study, you are mov­ing to­ward aware­ness— and we want to sup­port you along the way.

That’s why we’re mak­ing a few changes this year. We want to bridge old and new, the past and the fu­ture, in an ef­fort to find com­mon ground, to cel­e­brate the ben­e­fits of the prac­tice, and to help lead the com­mu­nity to­ward so­lu­tions to some of mod­ern yoga’s big­gest chal­lenges in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, ac­ces­si­bil­ity, safety, abuse of power, and the best way for­ward. When you turn the pages of this re­designed mag­a­zine, scroll through our so­cial feeds, visit our refreshed web­site, or lis­ten to our new pod­cast, you’ll start to see (and hear) a more rep­re­sen­ta­tive Yoga Jour­nal—one where master teach­ers such as Maty Ezraty, who started Yo­gaWorks, are paired with new yo­gapreneurs such as Jes­samyn Stan­ley; one where you can find in­spi­ra­tion re­gard­less of where you are on your yoga jour­ney.

In 2019, you’ll find two dif­fer­ent cov­ers on most is­sues. We’re go­ing to take more op­por­tu­ni­ties to share what yoga looks and feels like. To us, both Maty and Jes­samyn rep­re­sent im­por­tant per­spec­tives on lead­er­ship—our theme for this is­sue. Maty helped to pop­u­lar­ize yoga, but she avoids so­cial me­dia and is wor­ried about its rip­ple ef­fects. Jes­samyn is a rel­a­tively new teacher and ris­ing so­cial-me­dia star. Her mes­sage of deep body ac­cep­tance is pi­o­neer­ing a new way of reach­ing peo­ple with the prac­tice.

By bring­ing their voices to­gether, along with the voices of other pop­u­lar teach­ers and thought lead­ers, we aim to spark con­ver­sa­tion about lead­er­ship in yoga: What form does it take? What form should it take? What roles do lin­eage and tra­di­tion play? How can the com­mu­nity chart a course for­ward that fos­ters re­spect, in­tegrity, and in­clu­siv­ity?

In this is­sue, we also work with beloved Yoga

Jour­nal con­trib­u­tors An­nie Car­pen­ter, Sally Kemp­ton, and Ju­dith Han­son Lasater to of­fer up rock-solid asana, phi­los­o­phy, and anatomy les­sons. Plus, you’ll find yoga re­treats that dove­tail with lead­er­ship train­ing to help you step into your own power. There’s also a chance to learn from the work of Ex­hale to In­hale, a non­profit ded­i­cated to bring­ing trauma-in­formed yoga to sur­vivors of do­mes­tic and sex­ual as­sault. Fi­nally, find free­dom in ec­static dance and part­ing words of wis­dom on mov­ing your prac­tice off the mat and into the world—for the ben­e­fit of all.

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