Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Embodied Philosophy platform. We accept submissions that would be considered for our quarterly print journal, TARKA, and/or to be published digitally. We are especially interested in innovative, interdisciplinary work that straddles realms of scholarship and practice. Our primary areas of content are Yoga Philosophy, MindBody Studies, Dharma and Contemplative studies. In addition to more accessible yet scholarly work, we also are seeking journalistic pieces addressing current events through a contemplative lens.

Length of Submissions

For articles published in our Journal, we are generally looking for shorter articles (900-1500 words) on introductory topics and longer articles (2500-5000 words) on more specialized topics or research. For articles published digitally only, we prefer shorter contributions of not more than 2500 words. Although we will consider longer articles.


We compensate $100 for short original articles and $250 for longer articles. If you have a previously published longer article that you would like to draft into a shorter article to be published on our website, we compensate a flat $50 per article.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit according to the following guidelines:

  • Provide a short summary or abstract (100-200 words) outlining the basic idea of your original article.
  • Provide a link to a writing sample, so that we can get a sense of whether your style fits our platform.
  • If your article is accepted for publication, please follow our style guide carefully (link below) to ensure a smooth editing process.
  • EP Style Guide
    Please follow our style guide for all article submissions.

Current Call for Papers:

Tarka #8 | On Teaching

The dance of learning and sharing knowledge is integral to being alive. The idea that all of nature adapts, constantly taking on new survival skills and patterns, is the basis of evolutionary biology – the effects of which can be positive or negative. Thus, one might argue, to be alive is to be open to the possibility of learning. This idea also places a sacred value on the exchange of learning and teaching. If learning is the act of being receptive, responsive, and skillful with the knowledge available, then teaching is the art of presenting and shaping knowledge. In the words of the poet Mark Van Doven, “Teaching is the art of assisting discovery.”

What does it take to be a good teacher? Or, to actively cultivate a frame of mind that engages learning from a variety of sources? Teachers come in many forms, as parents, elders, gurus, babysitters, formal educators, pets and animals, nature itself, and more. Yet, to intentionally take on the role of a teacher, in formal education, as a yoga teacher, or as a leader within a community, bears a particular responsibility and opportunity. A good teacher is transformative and, sometimes, salvific. Good teaching also emerges from a shared moment between student and teacher. Thus, the cultivation of the classroom – as a distinct location, a virtual space, in a yoga shala, or in the intentional moment – is also an artform that greatly impacts teaching.

In this issue of Tarka, On Teaching, we will explore pedagogy within the contemplative and dharmic traditions. In particular we are interested in articles that discuss methods and techniques for good teaching, including ethics, practical exercises, rubrics, evaluations and feedback, and general reflections born from experience. We also welcome articles that focus on leading teachers or gurus and how and why their teaching is/was impactful.

Articles that meet the following criteria are especially welcome:

• Longer articles (3,000-4,000 words)
• Short articles that address key topics/terms by responding to the question, “What is…..?” or “Who is….?” (900-1200 words)
• Articles that detail a practice or a key element of practice  (500-2,000 words +/-)
• Book reviews
• Submissions of artwork and/or poetry are also welcome 

Abstract or intention to write due by November 1.  Papers due January 24, 2022.