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YJ Flashback: 14 Covers the Editors Still Love

Take a peek at some of the highlights from 14 of our most memorable issues, including the guest teachers, models, and wellness experts who have shaped the magazine.

Yoga Journal turns 40 this year, and it has been both a wild and crazy and methodical and well-aligned ride, thanks to the guest teachers, models, and wellness experts who have shaped the magazine over the last four decades. Take a peek at some of the highlights from 14 of our most memorable issues and stay tuned for more special content celebrating our 40th anniversary daily.

Issue: May 1975

Yoga Journal’s first issue

Cover model: Jean Girardot, one of two assistant editors when Yoga Journal launched, and a Bay Area Iyengar teacher, in Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
Photo: Staff photographer Christopher Wentworth
Also in this issue: An essay by Judith Lasater on yoga as meditation; step-by-step instructions for how to practice Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend); and YJ’s first mission statement: “…Our intention is to bring you material that combines the essence of classical yoga, with the latest understanding of modern science.…”
Price: 75 cents

Learn more about The History of Yoga

Issue: August 1976

Cover story: “Iyengar: The Lion and the Lamb,” an essay about a student’s first-time experience with B.K.S. Iyengar, father of Iyengar Yoga
Photo: Steve Baczewski
Also in this issue: “Hygienic Health Tips” for the skin; a feature on Kundalini Yoga titled “Sex, Evolution and Higher Consciousness”; and a story on the benefits of eating seaweed
Price: $1.00

See alsoA Tribute to B.K.S. Iyengar

Issue: December 1981

Cover story: Yoga + Football, including a profile of a California high school coach who incorporates yoga into his winning team’s training program
Cover model: Richard Draeger, 17, Novato, California, football player
Photo: Naomie Kremer
Also in this issue: The Americanization of yoga, with comments from Ram Dass, Lilias Folan, Judith Lasater, and more; Robert Svoboda on the history of Ayurveda; and recipes for a vegetarian Thanksgiving
Price: $2.00

Learn more about Poses for Athletes

Issue: December 1994

Cover story: A feature on the popularity of high-tech pilates, written by Linda Sparrowe
Cover model: Maraba Hansill
Photo: Christine Alicino
Also in this issue: How residents of the Kripalu ashram are changing the traditional guru-disciple relationship, by former YJ Editor Anne Cushman; “transformational politics”; and pose instruction for Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose) from Donna Farhi
Price: $3.95

See also Bringing Yoga to Life: The Everyday Practice of Enlightened Living

Issue: June 1997

Cover story: “Will Organic Food Stay Organic,” the debate over who should regulate the organic food industry
Cover models: Celebrity organic farmer Joel Salatin and his son
Photo: Jim Richardson
Also in this issue: Yoga and anti-aging; the popularity of Qigong; and John Friend teaches Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose) in a column for beginning yogis
Price:$4.95

See alsoYoga for Beginners

Issue: October 1998

Cover story: Is the rising popularity of yoga “hype or real cultural soul searching”?
Cover model: Danielle Bastion
Photo: David Peterson
Also in this issue: The combination of yoga and Buddhism; a special section on infertility and yoga; and stories of yoga from Death Row
Price: $4.95

See alsoYoga, Inc.

Issue: June 2002

Cover models: Jivamukti yoga co-founders Sharon Gannon and David Life in Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
Photo: David Martinez
Also in this issue: Yoga to break addiction; John Schumacher and Patricia Walden on the law of Karma; and Maty Ezraty teaches Marichyasana D (The Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi)
Price: $4.99

See also Lotus Pose Step-by-Step Instructions to Release Tension

Issue: April 2003

Cover model: Richard Freeman, renowned Asthanga Yoga teacher in Chakorasana (Moon Beam Pose)
Photo: David Martinez
Also in this issue: A yoga retreat guide; how to sit comfortably in meditation by Linda Sparrowe; and the social benefits of community gardens
Price: $4.99

See also Three Summer Road Trips for Yogis

Issue: June 2006

Cover model: Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga creator Shiva Rea in Kalaripayat, an ancient Indian martial art
Photo: Debra McClinton
Also in this issue: The Western adoption of Tantra; Leslie Kaminoff on pranayama and high blood pressure, your immune system, and asthma; a Kundalini Yoga home practice with Gurmukh Khalsa
Price: $4.99

See also Self-Massage: Boost Your Immune System

Issue: September 2010

Cover model: Sarah McLachlan on the annual music issue practicing Utthita Hasta Padangustasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose)
Photo: Erik Almas
Also in this issue: A celebration of 6,000 years of yoga; the rising stars of seva, or selfless service; and Sally Kempton shares meditation tips
Price: $4.90

See also YJ’s 2015 Good Karma Awards

Issue: May 2011

Cover model: Coral Brown underwater on the “blue” issue, dedicated to “Ideas for Saving Seas, Streams & Life on Earth”
Photo: Howard Schatz
Also in this issue: Doug Keller on how to access and use transverse abdominis; home practice with Kia Miller; and Japanese vegetarian recipes
Price: $4.99

See more 5 Yogis Share How Practicing Near Water Inspires Them

Issue: June 2011

Cover models: Christy Turlington Burns, Elena Brower, and Faith Hunter, and on the flip cover, Seane Corn, Patricia Walden, and Kathryn Budig
Photo: David Martinez
Also in this issue: Women yogis and changemakers; step-by-step instruction for Eka Pada Galavasana by Natasha Rizopoulos
Price: $4.99

See also Game Changers: Seane Corn Interviews Yoga Community + Social Justice Leaders

Issue: February 2014

Cover model: Ai Kubo in Mermaid Pose for the once-traditional all-white Jan./Feb. cover
Photo: David Martinez
Also in this issue: Andrea Ferretti on how to get back on your mat after a break; The Yoga Revolution: 21 big and small ways yoga is changing the way we live now; and clothes that you can wear at the studio and the gym
Price: $5.99

See more 6 Inspiring Stories: How the Practice Changed These Yogi’s Lives

Issue: October 2014

Cover model:Kathryn Budig in Vrksasana (Tree Pose) on our award-winning redesign issue
Photo: Jeff Nelson
Also in this issue: A 21-day vegan challenge; yoga and body image by Chelsea Roff; and Ayurvedic remedies for a cold
Price: $5.99

See more “Yoga and Body Image Campaign Reminds Us That Yoga is Beautiful + for Every Body”