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
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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 Beliefnet.com. 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
Further Reading and Resources 179