Our 300th Issue
Have you ever read your old journals and been amazed at who you used to be? That's the experience we had at CATALYST last month as we perused the past 30 years of publishing this magazine. I speak of not just the magazine's transformation through time, but the community we write about. It has grown and matured in ways unforeseen in 1982 when we started what at the time seemed like a lark.
When CATALYST magazine began, publishing in 1982, "natural" and "organic" were still considered hippy words—like peace, love, environment and all that other kooky stuff. In Utah, the going was easier: The predominent religion encouraged a healthy lifestyle; a 1932 church publication even taught that refined flour was contrary to church doctrine.
Culture Reporter. Cross Pollinator. Change Agent—perfect terms to encapsulate 30 years of food reporting from a magazine that was deliberately christened "CATALYST." It has been a hallmark of its historical edibles' editorial to tend towards the educational and uplifting by presenting the who, the where, the how, the what and, of course, the why.
The first thing people say when I tell them I am CATALYST's art director is "How do you find those great covers?" Truth be told, they find me.
Over the years we've been wrapped in the artwork of young (at the time) art students like David Habben and and Wendy Ajax; teachers like Susan Makov, François Camoin and Patrick Eddington. Cultural icons and legends like Alex Grey, Carl Jung (yes, that Carl Jung); even Everett Ruess.
In writing this brief history of Salt Lake yoga, I'm relying on memory, CATALYST archives and a little help from some yoga friends. This is by no means an exhaustive history. Please leave comments online if I've left something out that's important to you. We would like to have a complete and accurate history of yoga in Sat Lake City.