Editorial Submissions / Guidelines

Yoga Journal covers the practice and philosophy of yoga. We welcome professional queries for the follow departments:

  1. Om. This front-of-the-book section covers myriad aspects of the yoga lifestyle. These short (150- to 400-word) reported pieces are largely freelance written.
  2. Eating Wisely. A popular, 1,400-word department about relationship to food. Most stories focus on vegetarian and whole-foods cooking, nutritional healing, and contemplative pieces about the relationship between yoga and food.
  3. Yoga Scene Featured on the back page of the magazine, this photo depicts some expression of your yoga practice. Please tell us where the photo is from, what was going on during the moment the photo was taken, and any other information that will help put the photo into context.

E-mail a well-written query to queries@yjmag.com.

Please note: While we review all queries submitted, we regretfully cannot respond to each one. If we are interested in your story idea, an editor will contact you within six weeks. Please do not call or send follow-up emails to queries sent.

We encourage you to read several issues of Yoga Journal carefully before submitting a query. Please pitch your article idea to the appropriate department and indicate the projected word count, and what sources you’d use. If you’re pitching a seasonal story, keep in mind that we assign six months ahead, so a New Year’s story for a January issue would be assigned in June. In your query letter, please indicate your writing credentials and links to samples of your published work. We consider everything except a contracted assignment to be submitted on a speculative basis.

Please paste your editorial query in the body of your email. Except in the case of Yoga Scene, emails with attachments will not be considered.