Yoga Therapy Today Submission Guidelines
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Yoga Therapy Today (YTT) began as a membership newsletter, Yoga Therapy in Practice, and evolved into a membership magazine format. Articles are published in YTT about aspects of yoga therapy in the form of educational articles and perspectives; opinion pieces designed to stimulate discussion, in particular on how to define the field and profession of yoga therapy; case reports; interviews; international perspectives and reports; conference reports; membership news; business and professional development advice; and media reviews. Education also includes discussion of applied practice and dialogue regarding IAYT’s educational standards for the training of yoga therapists.



Deadlines for Submission

Submissions Format

Guidelines for Specific Types of Submissions

Review, Selection, Preparation, and Revision of Articles


We encourage insightful, reflective submissions from yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and healthcare professionals, as well as those who would like to share their experiences while under the care of a yoga therapist. Points of view from all traditions in yoga are welcome and should be reflective of that tradition’s teachings; we also welcome the viewpoints of nonaligned informed individuals.

Submissions to YTT are intended for the yoga therapy community, with a focus on the therapeutic applications of yoga. Articles may be submitted based on experiences in communicating yoga therapy foundations and applications to various communities—be they spiritual, health care, military, or other—in order to reflect back to the membership the ways in which yoga therapy is evolving. Submissions will also be considered that aim to educate the broader healthcare community on the nature of yoga therapy.

We welcome photographs, tables, charts, and other images to accompany your submission. Please consult with the editor before sending any files.

You are welcome to email the editor of Yoga Therapy Today, Kelly Birch, at YTTEditor@iayt"dot”org, to discuss any ideas or rough drafts before sending the final version of your submission.



Submissions are considered on a rolling basis and can be sent at any time during the year.

For publication in a specific issue, submissions should be sent at least three months prior to publication, as follows:

  • Spring issue: Published May 1, submission deadline is February 1.
  • Summer issue: Published August 1, submission deadline is May 1.
  • Winter issue: Published January 1, submission deadline is October 1.

In some instances, the deadlines can be extended. For example, if an article is timely or fits into the theme of a particular issue of YTT. Please send all submissions by email to the editor, Kelly Birch, at YTTEditor@iayt"dot”org.



  • Please send your submission in a Word document, Calibri font 11, 1.15 line space. (PDF submissions will not be accepted.)
  • At the top of the first page, include the title of the article, your name, your email address, and the date submitted.
  • Insert page numbers and running headers
  • Name your document as follows: Last name, title of submission, date submitted (month/day/year). For example, Westwood_TeachingMeditation_Jan4_2014.
  • Word count varies according to the type of article:
  • Educational/perspective: 1,800–2,500
  • Conference reports (other than SYR/SYTAR): 750–1,200
  • Case reports: 1,800–2,000
  • Media reviews: 650–850
  • Short opinion piece: 1,000—1,200
  • After your submission is accepted, you will need to provide a short bio and headshot. For articles, the bio should be 40–60 words; for reviews, approximately 35 words. These word counts include any websites, emails, or phone numbers.




  • Your article must have a central, well-developed theme; clarity of expression; and continuity of ideas. Articles that contain advertisement or self-promotion will not be accepted.
  • Formulate the article with a comprehensible flow and keep your audience in mind. Will they understand what you say without further explanation? Be as explicit as possible in your explanations and description to minimize the work on the reader’s part to understand what you are saying. The most common error made by writers is that their writing is not explicit enough.
  • Support any claims with source references or state that the information comes from your observation, a conversation or email with a peer or teacher, and so on.
  • If you are including information about or a quote from a client or colleague, please be sure to get permission from that person prior to submission.
  • Personal reflections are welcomed in the context of education, discussion and opinions, and inspiration.

Case Reports

Case reports offer invaluable insights and information that help move the field of yoga therapy toward establishing best practices in the care of clients. Case studies may also serve to inspire as well as educate. Case studies may describe a single case or a series of related cases.

  • Begin your report with background information on the client (age, gender, occupation, etc.) and a few introductory sentences about yourself (training, experience with this kind of client or condition). Include background information that will help clarify the subject of discussion, including any relevant research. If pertinent, explain why the case report is novel or how it helps to further the field of yoga therapy.
  • Describe the case in chronological order. Include the following where relevant:
  • initial assessment of client, including any pertinent information from a physician or other health care provider
  • your advice and recommendations to the client
  • the client’s response to treatment
  • what was effective and what was not effective and how you judged the efficacy of treatment as the case evolved
  • any unanticipated or adverse effects
  • the final outcome and status of the client
  • Also welcome is input from the client describing their experience of yoga therapy.
  • Include enough detail so that readers can determine whether the yoga therapy provided may be relevant to their own clients, as well as providing enough information for readers to come to their own conclusions about the case.
  • In your discussion and conclusions about the case, you may provide recommendations to other yoga therapists based on your insights from the case study. However, avoid sweeping claims and beliefs that are not substantiated by evidence or reasonable explanation.


Leaders in the field of yoga therapy are candidates for interviews. These may be individuals who are influencing the field and profession of yoga therapy as it relates to healthcare policy, standards, or education, or who have yoga therapy practices in healthcare, education, prison, or recovery settings. Nominations for interviews are encouraged. Please contact the editor, Kelly Birch, prior to conducting an interview intended for publication in YTT.


Media Reviews

As of May 2015, media reviews will be published online and open to the public. It is advisable to contact the editor prior to writing a review intended solely for YTT. If you are new to media reviewing, please read some past YTT reviews to get a feel for what is published in YTT.

  • For any review, whether it is a book, DVD, or other media, write your review keeping in mind the ways in which a yoga therapist might use the medium. Will it be useful for experienced yoga therapists to deepen their own practice? Is it something that yoga therapists might recommend to their clients for their education?

  • Include a general overview of the structure of the book or DVD, who the author’s intended audience is, and information about the author such as their qualifications and experience relevant to the book or DVD.
  • Does the book achieve what it set out to achieve and is it done in a clear and comprehensible manner?
  • Include what you liked or recommend about the book and also anything that you didn’t like or found unsatisfying, incorrect, and so on. In other words, be truthful about the book or DVD that you are reviewing, bearing in mind that you are writing a review, not an endorsement. Consult with the editor if you have any concerns about this aspect of writing a review.
  • Include a short bio of yourself, 20-30 words, including information relevant to your qualifications for writing the review.



The editor evaluates all submissions for relevance of topics, presentation of ideas, and adherence to in-house style and format. All submissions are subject to editing and copyediting. At least one revision is usually required from an author and sometimes several rounds of editing are needed. Articles are also copyedited for adherence to style and clarity. Please be prepared for this process and allow enough time for revisions as you submit your article.

The editorial process is one of collaboration and mutual respect. The intention of the editor is to help bring out the author’s voice in a clear and compelling manner, fairly and without bias or censorship.

The Editorial Process

Please adhere to the following guidelines; check with the editor if you have any questions or need clarification.

  • If your article is provisionally accepted, you will receive your submission back from the editor with guidelines for revision. Usually at this point there is minimal line editing; guidelines are given in the form of comments balloons. Please work directly in the document sent to you and don’t delete the comments balloons. Turn on "track changes” so that the editor can see your revisions.
  • If after revision your article is accepted for publication, the editor will go through and line-edit your submission. Read through the entire document before making any changes.
  • In the edited document, accept all the edits first, using the "track changes” function in Word "accept all changes.” Working from a clean document, make your revisions with "track changes" turned on so that the editor can see your work. At that point, you can revise or change any wording. Please keep the comments in the document to allow the editor to see specifically how you addressed each point in the revision guidelines. Please ask the editor if you need assistance in using "track changes.”
  • To address the comments/suggestions, please add the information directly into the text (the editor or copyeditor will not add it for you). If you disagree with any of the editor’s changes or guidelines, please explain your reasoning in a comment balloon and add your initials. Make sure that you address all comments, to reduce the need for extra iterations of the article.
  • While revising your submission, keep in mind that you must stay within the specified word count unless advised otherwise by the editor.
  • Rename the document with your initials and date before returning to the editor.
  • Please be aware that provisional acceptance is subject to satisfactory revision by the author and the editor’s decision is final. Occasionally an article accepted for one issue may need to be postponed until a later issue due to various space constraints.


  • In addition to following formal manuals of style, YTT follows an in-house style guide. Submissions should adhere to the following guidelines:

    Use series comma throughout.
  • Use lower case for yoga, therapy, medicine, but initial caps for specific types of yoga such as Hatha Yoga, Tantric Yoga, etc.
  • Italicize Sanskrit words the first time you use them only, regular font thereafter, except for asana, pranayama, mudra, karma, which are always regular font.
  • Always use pose names in English; Sanskrit is optional. If you include the Sanskrit name, place it first followed by an English term in parentheses, for example, trikonasana (triangle pose). Diacritics are not used for Sanskrit. It is useful to describe any pose that may be known by another name, or include a diagram or photo.

References are cited in the text with a sequential superscript number. If a reference is cited more than once, use the same citation number. Include sequential citation numbers in reference list at the end of the article. Except for this convention, format your references in the APA style (search for APA style guides online resources for details).