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 studies; yoga therapy program training reports; interviews; international perspectives and reports; conference reports; membership news; business advice; and media reviews. Education also includes discussion of applied practice and dialogue regarding IAYT’s educational standards for the training of yoga therapists.
We encourage insightful, reflective submissions from yoga teachers, yoga therapists, ayurvedic practitioners, and health care 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 non-aligned informed individuals. YTT is not a peer-reviewed publication.
We welcome photographs, tables, charts, and other images to accompany your submission. Please consult with the editor before sending any files.Deadlines for 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 two months prior to publication, as follows:
- Winter issue: September 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 in chief, Kelly Birch, at kbirch@iayt”dot”org. Submissions Format
- 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): 750–850
- Case studies: 1,800–2,000
- Short opinion piece: 850–1,000
- Please 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.
Guidelines for Specific Types of Submissions
- Your article must have a central, well-developed theme; clarity of expression; and continuity of ideas. Articles must not contain advertisement or self-promotion.
- Pitch your article specifically to 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.
- 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 studies 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; and
- the final outcome and status of the client.
- Also welcome is input from the client describing his or her 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.
Yoga Therapy Training Program Reports
- 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.
Training reports from graduates of yoga therapy trainings from an IAYT Member School are a priority, although submissions on yoga therapy trainings from graduates of non-Member Schools may also be submitted.
The purpose of YTT’s training reports is to provide members with a perspective from a graduate of the program being described. Reports should help enable members decide if the training will be appropriate for them personally and professionally. Training reports are also informative for those offering other training programs to see what is being taught in the field of yoga therapy. Please avoid a "marketing" perspective; rather, it is a report of the training and your experience of it. Review reports in recent issues of YTT for general structure and content.
- Begin your report with a very brief background about yourself and why you took the training (please keep this information strictly relevant to the training program).
- Describe any prerequisites for the training and what graduates can expect to know and be able to do upon graduation. Include any certificates/credentials received and how certification is achieved.
- Describe the format of the training: is it in modules? Is it online, on campus, a mixture? How long is the training and where is it held? Include names and credentials of the faculty and what they contribute to the training. Is mentoring offered during the training? Supervised sessions? Is there any follow-up mentoring or other support available for graduates? Describe whether the training includes anatomy, physiology, yoga philosophy, and so on. Is mentoring offered during the training? Supervised sessions? Is there any follow-up mentoring or other support available for graduates?
- Refer wherever relevant to the Educational Standards for the Training of Yoga Therapists. Without necessarily going into detail about whether each specific competency is covered in the training, consider giving some idea of the scope of what is covered and how far it would go to fulfilling the competencies requirement so that the reader can make an informed decision.
- End with a very brief summary of what you gained personally and professionally from the training. Please limit this to what you feel would be informative to others considering this training program.
- It is often useful to consult the director of the program to confirm the accuracy of the program training details
Interviews 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.
- We like to include good, high-resolution photos with the training reports. These can come from you or fellow graduates or the director. We need permission from people in the photo to print their image. More details about photo submissions can be obtained from the editor of YTT.
Review, Selection, Preparation, and Revision of Articles
The editor evaluates all submissions for relevance of topics, presentation of ideas, and adherence to in-house 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.
Revising Your Submission
- If your article is provisionally accepted, you will receive a version from the editor with guidelines for revision. Please work directly into the document sent to you. Accept all the changes first, using the "track changes” function in Word, and then make your revisions with "track changes" turned on so that the editor can see your work. 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.
- 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).