investigating the philosophy, science, and spirituality of yoga

JOY: The Journal of Yoga is an international and transdisciplinary journal dedicated to work in asian philosophy, consciousness studies, and yogic spirituality. JOY welcomes contributions from researchers and yoga practitioners exploring the philosophy of yoga, neuroscience of meditation, schools of eastern thought, historical development of the yoga tradition, ayurvedic medicine, and spiritual phenomenology. The journal seeks to provide a forum for east-west comparative analysis and potential applications of yogic philosophy to contemporary concerns. In particular, JOY aims to investigate the impact of yogic practices upon cognition, health, and social interactions.

Founding Editor: Douglas J. Phillips II, Palm Beach State College

"So Bhrigu went and practiced tapas, spiritual prayer. And then he saw that Brahman is joy: for from joy all beings have come, by joy they all live, and unto joy they all return. This was the vision of Bhrigu Varuni which came from the Highest; and he who sees this vision lives in the Highest. Oh, the wonder of joy!" -Taittiriya Upanishad

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If you are an author and researcher who would like to submit a manuscript for publication, please send a copy in MS Word format to Upon acceptance, articles will be posted on the JOY website and uploaded to the academic databases of our institutional subscribers. Articles are indexed and abstracted through EBSCO Information Services Bibliographic and Full Text Databases.


Vol. 8, Number 1, Spring 2009
Suryanadi Anuloma Viloma Pranayama Modifies Autonomic Activity of Heart by Varun Malhotra, OP Tandon, Rajkumar Patil, Tarun K Sen, Stany W Lobo, Nagamma T, Rahul A, Anshul Singh, Shreekant, Sonam Motani, and Atulya Choudhary
Natural Healing of Problems of School Teachers with the Inner Science – Yoga by S.Thangarajathi and B.Tamilselvi
The Yoga of Romantic Relationships by Tatiana Forero
"Knowledge is Power"- Is it really? by Hella Naura

Editorial Note: JOY issues now released in the Spring and Fall of each year

Vol. 7, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2008
Multiple Phase Locked Loop Guidance in Meditation: A New Scientific Explanation by Neela Iyer, A. Prabhu Britto, Vladimir Petrov Velikov, Justin Chernow, Elizabeth Maier, Dr. A. Nagappan, Dr. M. Rangasamy, Dr. N. Malmurugan, and Dhyanyogi Omdasji Maharaj
The Mathematical Modeling of Pranic Body by Sarita, V.K. Katiyar, and P. Pradhan
The Magic Doorway into the Divine: The Awakening by Devrah Laval
Yoga: Corruption and Renewal by Swami Lord Collins

Vol. 7, Number 1, Fall/Winter 2008
Yoga and Sustainability by Shonil A. Bhagwat
Towards a Topology of Moving Yoga: Transcending B.K.S. Iyengar and His Cultural Moment by Eric Shaw

Vol. 6, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2007
The Sense of Yoga as Portrayed in the Bhagavad-Gita by C. Thriveni
A Yogic Passage from Punjab India to West Chicago by Sedef Olcer
The Wisdom of The Buddhist Teachings: The Hindrances and Our Health by John C. Kimbrough
Reflections on Teaching Yoga and Buddhism in Cambodia- The Prison is the Temple by John C. Kimbrough
Introducing Yoga to Rural Villagers in Cambodia by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 6, Number 1, Fall/Winter 2007
Reprise for an Ancient Art: “Have some Pop Yoga with that Cafe au Lait?” by Eric Shaw
A Comparison Between the Symptoms of Schizophrenia and Experiences of Spiritual Growth by SS Patil
Examining the Birth of a New Theology Through Chuang Tzu’s “Discussion on Making All Things Equal” by Deborah Sullivan

Editorial Note: JOY is published bi-annually

Vol. 5, Number 2, Spring 2006
Self Massage After Yoga by Kristine Kaoverii Weber
In the Shade of the Yoga Tree: A Living Context for Practice by M.L. Youngbear Roth
The Truth About Being A Yogi: Giving and Forgiving- An Art of Moral Self Interest by M.L. Youngbear Roth
Sah Aham, Sah Aham! by M.L. Youngbear Roth
Sip Your Cup of Tea - Part I by Autumn Shishon
Looking At God’s Plan, Part 1 – Why is it Sometimes So Painful? by John C. Kimbrough
Looking At God’s Plan, Part 2 – What Does it Call For? by John C. Kimbrough
Looking At God’s Plan, Part 3 – How Does it Materialize? by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2006
Foundations of Yoga, Part 1: Yama and Niyama by Swami Nirmalananda Giri
Foundations of Yoga, Part 2: Ahimsa (Harmlessness) by Swami Nirmalananda Giri
Foundations of Yoga, Part 3: Satya (Truthfulness, Honesty) by Swami Nirmalananda Giri

Vol. 4, No. 4, Fall 2005
Yoga, A Way of Life by P. Nachimuthu
Yoga and Pilates: Why Both are Ideal for You! by Deborah Harris

Vol. 4, No. 3, Summer 2005
The Power of Simplicity in Holistic Living by Prem Nirmal
The Yugas: Divine Agents of Change by Bunny Paine-Clemes

Vol. 4, No. 2, Spring 2005
The Practical Philosophy of Lao Tzu by Stephen Mosley
Comparison of Buddhist Emptiness and the Socratic Knowledge of Ignorance by Arthur E. Ianuzzi

Vol. 4, No. 1, Winter 2005
Celibacy is Not About Denying Our Sexuality by John C. Kimbrough
Looking for a Mystical Experience or a True Development of the Consciousness? by John C. Kimbrough
Is Yoga Really a Light for People and The World? by John C. Kimbrough
Yoga and the Tsunami by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 3, No. 6, Fall 2004
In Search of the Self: Notions of Identity in Buddhist Psychology and Contemporary Neuroscience by Doug Phillips
Kriya: Internal Alchemy for the Soul by Swami Anandakapila Saraswati
If We See It As A Gift by John C. Kimbrough
What Makes Us Lose Our Mindfulness by John C. Kimbrough
Seeing and Understanding What is Standing in The Way: The Current State of the Ego by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 3, No. 5, Summer 2004
Embodying Transpersonal Psychology Through Yogic Practices by Kathy Falge
Tantra - The Serpentine Ascent by G. Kumar
A Critique of the Hameroff and Penrose Theory of Consciousness by Doug Phillips
The Noble Eightfold Path of Buddhism – How Does It Enlighten Us? by John C. Kimbrough
Yoga Consists of Ministering to Others by John C. Kimbrough
Yoga: The Practice of Non-Greed by John C. Kimbrough
Struggling with the Practice of Yoga? You are not Alone. by John C. Kimbrough

Editorial Note: JOY is published seasonally

Vol. 3, No. 4, April 2004
The Fourfold Yoga- Yoga Therapy by G. Kumar
Be Gentle On Yourself by John C. Kimbrough
The Magical Voice of The Scriptures – 2 Timothy 1:7 by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 3, No. 3, March 2004
The Myths of Meditation! New Light on Dhyana by Yogi Harinam Baba Prem Tom Beal
My Journey to Spiritual Awakening via Hatha Yoga by Ina Marx

Vol. 3, No. 2, February 2004
Rousing the Kundalini by Hella Naura
The Magical Voice of Scripture - Yoga Sutras 1:14 by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2004
Why Sri Aurobindo Is Cool by Craig Hamilton
Closer to OM by Lori Lichtman-Sander
Mastering Non–Violence by John C. Kimbrough
The Magical Voice of Scripture – 1 Corinthians 11:28 by John C. Kimbrough
The Correct Approach to Learning and Practicing Yoga by John C. Kimbrough
What Brings about Success in the Practice of Yoga: Avoiding Overeating by John C. Kimbrough
Look to Yoga by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 10, October 2003
Yoga: A Scientific Lifestyle by Aarti Sood Mahajan and R. Babbar

Vol. 2, No. 9, September 2003
The Ethical System of Yoga by Peter N. Jones
The Fourfold Yoga- Universal Love by G. Kumar

Vol. 2, No. 8, August 2003
Tools, not Rules by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 7, July 2003
Pain and Yoga by JoAnn Matray
Relationships - The Yoga of the West by Peter Russell
The New Age Movement: A Paradigm Shift to Divine Consciousness and Universal Philosophy by G. Kumar

Vol. 2, No. 6, June 2003
Cyberspace: The Network Frontier by Doug Phillips
Yoga and Buddhism as Psychotherapies by John C. Kimbrough
The Doctrine of Yoga: Humility by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 5, May 2003
On Basic Principles of Yoga by Vladimir Antonov
A Wise and Prudent Friend by John C. Kimbrough
Stengthening our Inherent Traits by John C. Kimbrough
Doubt, Certainty, and Submission by John C. Kimbrough
Finding Our Way by John C. Kimbrough
Ways to Cultivate the Consciousness: The Practice of Hatha Yoga by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 4, April 2003
Understanding the Hindrances to Living a More Skillful Life by John C. Kimbrough
Hindrances to Progress on the Path of Yoga- Languor by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 3, March 2003
The Dance of Shiva by Paresh
Do You Have Any Videos? by John C. Kimbrough
Demonizing or Enriching One Another by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 2, February 2003
Growing in Our Aloneness by John C. Kimbrough

Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2003
The Benefits of Yoga by Becky Richmond

Vol. 1, No. 2, November 2002
The Journey by Jason Light

Vol. 1, No. 1, September 2002 (Inaugural Issue)
The Fourfold Yoga- An Introduction by G. Kumar
Religion Understood as “Science”: Yogic Technique and Cognitive Liberty by Jason Mierek
The Integral and the Spiritual in Ken Wilber and Jean Gebser by Steven Swanson
The Fourth Dimension and the Emergence of Transperspectival Thought by Ossaim
The 'Superman' in Aurobindo and Nietzsche by Lars Rosenblum-Sorgenfrei
Breaking Through Anew by Steven Swanson
Light Cords: The Phenomenology of Life and Death by Doug Phillips
Pranic Therapy III by G. Kumar
Pranic Therapy IV by G. Kumar
The One and the Many: A Fundamental Philosophical Problem in the Principal Upanishads by Georg Feuerstein
Poet Praise: The Concentration of Faith by Nashid Fareed
An Apology to Gandhi and King by Nashid Fareed

Online Yoga Manual by John C. Kimbrough
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