Goodbye Ascent Magazine, We'll Miss You



Oh no, another magazine gone, finished, doors closed, bye, bye. The Montreal-based ascent happened to be one of the finer yoga publications -- one that eschewed the commercialism of the mainstream yoga community (no leotards or celebrity yoga hype, thank you very much) and for 10 years produced engaging, well-edited and creative content.

In fact, just this month ascent was nominated for a 2009 Independent Press Award by the Utne Reader for best spiritual coverage. I always wanted to write for ascent and now I'll never get the chance. Fortunately, the archives are still on-line so I encourage you to read it while you can. Their blog should stick around for a while too. In the meantime, here's how the publishers explain the magazine's demise. Sadly, it's the same old story.

Our staff, board of directors, founding editor and publishers spent this past year exploring the question of "sustainability" in the context of global, financial, media and environmental shifts. We discerned that ascent is no longer sustainable in this current environment - ecologically and of course financially. With paper & postage costs increasing, our financial subsidies decreasing, and Canadian culture and magazine grants under threat, the cost of producing ascent is simply too high.

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