|International Editor||Dayna Macy|
|Former editors||Kaitlin Quistgaard|
|Frequency||9xs a year + 5 SIPs|
|First issue||May 1975|
|Company||Active Interest Media|
|Based in||Boulder, CO|
Yoga Journal was started in May 1975 by the California Yoga Teachers Association (CYTA), which included William Staniger, Chairman (aka William Golden since 1982), Rama Jyoti Vernon, President, Janis Paulsen, Secretary/Treasurer, and board members Ike and Judith Lasater, Rose Garfinkle, and Jean Girardot. Staniger was the founding editor. Judith Lasater was Copy Editor, Paulsen, Elmer Brunsman, and Girardot were Assistant Editors, and Ike Lasater was Business and Advertising Director. Their goal was to combine "the essence of classical yoga with the latest understandings of modern science." The journal grew from the CYTA's newsletter, which had been called The Word. Initially, the journal was staffed by volunteers, and contributors were unpaid.
By the mid-1990s, as yoga's popularity in America grew, circulation for Yoga Journal reached 66,000. During these years, key figures at the magazine included former publisher Michael Glicksohn, former editors-in-chief Stephen Bodian and Rick Fields and former longtime managing editor Linda Cogozzo. In the fall of 1998, John Abbott, a former investment banker at Citicorp and a yoga practitioner, bought the magazine, and brought in Kathryn Arnold as editor-in-chief. In January 2000, they redesigned and relaunched the magazine. Since their arrival, the paid circulation has grown from 90,000 to 350,000; the readership is now over 1,300,000.
Yoga Journal has won major media awards including eight Western Publications Association's Maggie Awards for "Best Health and Fitness Magazine," and the Award's top honor for "Best Overall Consumer Publication."
Each issue of Yoga Journal contains in-depth feature stories on the themes of yoga, food and nutrition, fitness, wellness, and fashion and beauty, as well as the following columns and sections:
|Basics||Yoga Journal's most popular column. Presents yoga asana and philosophy in an easily accessible format for people who are new to yoga.|
|Eat Well||This award-winning column examines the connections between health, spirit, and food.|
|Home Practice||Tools for doing yoga in the privacy of your own home|
|Yogapedia||In-depth instruction on moving from the simplest form of a pose to the most advanced. Written by authoritative master yoga teachers.|
|What's the Buzz||Covers trends, news, fashion, people, places, and things that make the world of yoga fun and rewarding|
|Be Well||Information on herbal remedies, Ayurvedic medicine, nutrition, bodywork, and other modes of natural healing that can be part of a yogic lifestyle|
|Wisdom||How yoga philosophy can provide modern practitioners with a road map for living a more evolved life.|
|Travel||Features writers who explore themselves while exploring the world.|
Yoga in America surveyEdit
Yoga Journal's 2012 survey, Yoga in America found the yoga market to be worth more than $10 billion per year. The data, collected by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau (HISB), shows that 20.4 million people practice yoga in America.
Yoga Journal has 11 international editions, published in Australia, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, Thailand and Turkey. In Brazil, it was published under the name Prana Yoga Journal until 2011.
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