The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety

The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety

The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety

The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety


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Based on cutting-edge NIH studies, a practical, accessible guide to yoga for reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression, with the goal of balanced emotional health.

The Yoga Effect helps readers overcome the de-energizing effects of depression and move into a state of calm and focus. Based on the program developed through three NIH-funded studies at Boston University School of Medicine, these sequences are medically proven to trigger a physical and mental release of fear and worry. The book offers:
  • A customizable prescription for maintaining centeredness, confidence, and balance
  • Straightforward, accessible sequences, with 40 black & white photos clearly illustrating the poses
  • A short, well-rounded practice that includes breath work and poses with clear explanation of how each sequence contributes to physical, mental, and emotional wellness
  • Differing levels of practice for readers' varying levels of physical abilities
Written with an MD, The Yoga Effect is a proven pathway for cultivating inner strength that can be accessed at any time, offering hope and a solution for anyone looking to transform their mental and emotional health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738284965
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 12/17/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 509,022
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Liz Owen is the coauthor of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back. She has taught yoga since 1990 and is coauthor and lead yoga teacher for three NIH-funded studies conducted at Boston University School of Medicine. Liz has led workshops for people living with depression and anxiety, as well as teacher training immersions for professionals, since 2011, and has also taught Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back workshops for 15 years. Liz lives with her husband in Arlington, MA.

Holly Lebowitz Rossi is the coauthor of Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back. She has worked as a freelance writer for two decades, specializing in health, wellness, religion, parenting, and yoga. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Slate, Prevention, Guideposts, and NPR's All Things Considered. She was a founding employee and Health & Healing editor of Holly lives in Arlington, MA with her husband and son.

Chris C. Streeter, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Boston University School of Medicine and a Lecturer at Harvard School of Medicine. A NIH-funded researcher for over 20 years, she is currently the director of the Boston Yoga Research Center and the Director of Functional Neuroimaging for Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Foreword Chris C. Streeter, MD xi

Preface: How to Use This Book xv

Science and Yoga for Emotional Health

Chapter 1 The Journey Toward Becoming Whole Again 3

Chapter 2 How Yoga Can Support Your Healing Journey 19

Chapter 3 The Life Force in Your Body 27

Chapter 4 Getting Ready for Your Yoga Practice 33

Yoga Practices for Depression and Anxiety

Chapter 5 Center 55

Chapter 6 Empower 75

Chapter 7 Energize 93

Chapter 8 Calm 109

Chapter 9 Balance 129

Chapter 10 Looking Ahead with Hope and Confidence 149

Appendix A Full Practice Sequences 159

Appendix B Sun Salutation Sequence 171

Acknowledgments 175

Further Reading and Resources 179

Notes 185

Index 197

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