Our goal is to be of service to yoginis and yogis as they plan their yearly, monthly or weekly activities, and to inspire them to deepen their practice by offering accessible information on different yoga-related topics, as well as on yoga events happening all over the world. We also aim to provide a space for all to express and share their views and creativities through contributions. We are committed to learning from our readers’ feedback and suggestions, so each year’s edition better reflects the yoga community’s needs and desires.
As a print publication, we are aware of our environmental impact. Yogagenda 2012 and Yogagenda 2013 used vegetable-based inks which reduce the amount of depleting compounds released into the air and are safer to dispose of. We worked with recycled paper and/or paper from traceable sources, and these -as well as our printers- were FSC certified, therefore complying with socially and environmentally responsible forestry criteria. Yogagenda 2014 and Yogagenda 2016 have been printed on demand. That means we only print what our readers buy and the copies go directly to the final user or wholesaler from our FSC and PEFC certified printers; this reduces dramatically the environmental impact of transport as well as the amount of paper waste from unsold issues.
As an online resource, we also think of the environment and use a carbon-positive web hosting service. Eco Web Hosting calculates its carbon emissions and ensures that more than this total is absorbed by the trees they plant in Ransom Wood Business Park in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Each year we donate copies of Yogagenda to projects dedicated to helping those in need. The first year we supported the program RESPIRA ALEGRIA , an initiative offering free yoga classes to socially excluded persons in order to help them improve their physical and mental health. RA is currently working in prisons and centres for people with learning and physical difficulties in Barcelona, the city where Yogagenda was first published.
We also donated agendas to THE PRISON PHOENIX TRUST, a registered charity offering support in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, secure hospitals and probation hostels around the UK and the Republic of Ireland. With their work, their teachers encourage people in the development of their spiritual welfare, through the practices of meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.
Another initiative we have donated agendas to is THE HACKNEY YOGA PROJECT, a project that made yoga accessible to refugee and asylum-seeking women in East London. This project evolved into OURMALA, a UK-based charity also working with the refugee and asylum-seeking community in London and offering yoga classes to women who have experienced atrocities such as torture, sexual violence in conflict, human trafficking and FGM (female genital mutilation).