Linda Sparrowe is a true yogini because she effortlessly marries deep wisdom with complete joy and delight. Every time I am lucky enough to spend time with her, we laugh and enjoy life, and when it is time to part ways, I realize that because of her generosity, I have grown wiser. — Margi Young, OM Yoga teacher (NYC and San Francisco)
Linda Sparrowe has a long and varied career as a writer, editor, speaker, and mentor in the holistic healing arena, with a special emphasis on women’s health. As the former editor-in-chief of Yoga International magazine and past managing editor of Yoga Journal, Linda has been instrumental in bringing the authentic voice of yoga to thousands of practitioners—and teachers—who are ready to take their practice to the next level.
As editorial director of InnoVision Health Media, Linda relaunched Alternative Medicine magazine as Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living—to great acclaim. Her mission was to create a publication that helped people understand the connection between their health and the choices they make in their everyday lives—the food they eat, the products they use, the way they manage stress. She often was called upon to "translate" complex medical concepts into language the consumer could understand and ghost-wrote or heavily edited several medical experts.
During her magazine tenure, Linda quickly became known for her ability to forge creative partnerships for publications and companies with limited budgets and reach. She conceived Natural Solutions' Beauty With a Conscience Awards, in concert with Whole Foods Market and Teens for Safe Cosmetics to help women find alternatives to the chemical-laden skincare products implicated in breast and reproductive cancers. She brought together seemingly disparate (and somewhat competitive) companies in the yoga world to offer an on-line and in-print event sponsored by Manduka, Yoga International magazine, and a variety of online video companies.
She has lent her writing and editing skills to a variety of book projects, including, most recently, editorial direction for and ghost-writing of a celebrity memoir and a spiritual self-help book. She has authored several books of her own including Yoga At Home: Inspiration for Creating Your Own Personal Practice (Rizzoli Publications); YogaMama; A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health: A Lifelong Guide to Wellness (with Patricia Walden); Yoga for Healthy Bones and Yoga for Healthy Menstruation (all Shambhala Publication titles); and Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book, a coffee table book which chronicles the history of yoga and showcases more than 350 photographs of awe-inspiring yoga poses (by David Martinez).
Linda is on the advisory board of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and has contributed a chapter in the book Yoga and Body Image (Llewellyn Pubs, 2014) and the foreword to the upcoming book Yoga and Eating Disorders. Her talks and practices on body image appear on yogaanytime.com, as well as in audio and video interviews online. She is featured in the films Yoga Woman and What Is Real? a film about Jivamukti Yoga.
A long-time yoga teacher from OM yoga/NYC, Linda co-leads the Courageous Women, Fearless Living retreats for women touched by cancer—her heart's work. She also leads workshops for yoga teachers on how to teach women who may be facing any number of challenges from body issues to anxiety or depression.