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International Journal of Yoga Therapy publishes scholarly articles about yoga therapy, yoga practice, and yoga philosophy. We encourage submissions from researchers, scholars, yoga therapists, yoga teachers, and healthcare professionals. The journal aims to represent views, practices, and research from all major traditions in yoga and from modern healthcare, integrative medicine, and psychology.


The journal publishes high quality reports of original empirical research. We welcome articles about pilot studies and findings that may benefit other researchers and practitioners. Case studies should be reported in the context of a thorough review of the relevant literature and a broader discussion of the cases’ implications for future research or practice. Names and other identifying information should be changed to protect individuals’ privacy. All research involving human participants must have received prior approval by an Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.

Issues in Yoga Therapy

The journal welcomes scholarly articles that address issues, challenges, and controversies in the research and practice of yoga therapy. Articles in this category include, but are not limited to, considerations of policy issues related to the integration of yoga and health care, explorations of common challenges that yoga therapists and teachers face in their work, and discussions of yoga philosophy as it relates to contemporary yoga therapy practice. Articles in this category must include references to relevant yogic texts and supporting materials, all of which are to be cited using APA format, and should not be based solely on the experience or opinions of the author(s).

Yoga Therapy in Practice/The Yoga Tradition

Yoga Therapy in Practice/The Yoga Tradition articles should review a topic of importance and relevance to practicing yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and healthcare providers. Articles in this category include, but are not limited to, discussions of specific populations or medical conditions and recommended best practices, reviews of research on a topic of relevance to yoga therapy, or reviews of the history of some aspect of yoga therapy or yoga philosophy. Articles must be supported by published research, research in progress, established interventions at yoga therapy clinics, classical yoga texts, and/or original interviews, all of which are to be cited using APA format. They should not be based largely on the experience or opinions of the author(s). Review articles must contribute something new to the literature.


The journal invites submissions of Perspectives regarding any topic relevant to the research and practice of yoga therapy. Perspectives are not peer reviewed and are limited to 500–1500 words. Perspectives are typically solicited by the editor. Please contact the editor for guidance prior to submitting a Perspective, at ijyteditor@iayt"dot"org.

Review and Selection of Manuscripts

All articles are initially evaluated by the editor for suitability of topic and format. Articles that meet the basic requirements are assigned to a minimum of two peer reviewers chosen on the basis of their expertise and experience. Peer review is blind, meaning that the author’s identity is not revealed to reviewers. Reviewers and the editor evaluate the article’s contribution to the field of yoga therapy and make specific suggestions for revisions. When making a recommendation to publish or reject an article, reviewers take into account the quality of scholarship, the use of writing that is appropriate for a scholarly journal, and the relevance of the topic to yoga therapists, researchers, and practitioners. Potential authors wishing to view the current peer review guidelines for the type of article they plan to submit should email the editor (ijyteditor@ iayt"dot"org) and indicate the article category into which the intended submission falls. The editor makes the final decision to accept or reject a manuscript. Most manuscripts go through at least one round of revision before they are accepted. Following acceptance, articles are edited for clarity and adherence to journal style guidelines.

Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts

All articles are to be submitted via email to ijyteditor "at" iayt "dot" org. Include a brief introductory note and article abstract in the body of the email and attach the manuscript as a Word document. All manuscripts must be written and formatted according to the APA Publication Manual, 6th edition( Research articles must include a note acknowledging any funding sources or potential conflicts of interest, a statement of adherence to ethical guidelines for the use of human participants (when applicable), and informed consent to use photographs of or publish case information about students/clients. We encourage authors to provide a reasonable number of high-resolution photos and well-drawn figures, particularly for descriptions of yoga practices or discussions of anatomy. Please do not email photos, figures, reference sections, or appendixes as separate files. Articles are limited to 4000–6000 words unless authors have received prior approval from the editor.


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