THE YOGA EFFECT – Liz Owen and Holly Lebowitz Rossi announce a new book published by Da Capo Lifelong / Hachette. The Yoga Effect: A Proven Program for Depression and Anxiety is an accessible, engaging, and evidence-based program to help you ease depression and anxiety through the practice of yoga. Available for order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, and BAM!

Yoga for a Healthy Lower Back, by Liz Owen and Holly Lebowitz Rossi, Shambhala Publications.



SAMAMKAYA YOGA, New York, NY – June 10-11, 2023

For info on in-person and live stream weekly classes, click here, OR for more info on workshops, click here.


Relax, unwind, and practice yoga on the calm and peaceful island of Holbox, a virgin tourist destination on the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula. The venue for our yoga retreat is Villas Flamingos, a boutique hotel whose waterfront location, directly on the sparkling waters of the Yum Balam Reserve lagoon, make it a unique destination. Our twice daily yoga sessions will be held in a thatched-roof palapa at Casa Hridaya, just a short walk from Villas Flamingos. In our third floor aerie, we practice with views of the ocean laid out before our eyes. Between classes there will be time to cool down in the seafront pool, walk along the beach to town, paddleboard in the pristine waters, go for a kayak tour, bike around the island, or simply surrender to the slow rhythm of island life by doing “nothing”. Click here for more details.

This retreat is full – waitlist is underway, please email


Our latest study on Yoga for Depression and Anxiety has been published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, March, 2017, with impressive results. In a group of beginning yoga practitioners diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, practicing 90 minutes of yoga twice a week, along with some home practice, significantly decreased symptoms of depression and anxiety as measured by MRI technology and Beck’s Depression Inventory scale.

To find out more, here are a few articles of note:

It’s Official: Yoga Helps Depression

Yoga Helps Reduce Symptoms of Depression, Study Finds
Psychology Today

Yoga May Ease Depression, According to a New Study

Boston Magazine

Yoga Needs to Cut the Bullshit: All the Pseudoscience Can Detract From the Way Your Practice Can Actually Help

And for those interested in reading the study and abstract, here is the full study.

Photograph by Andree Lerat
Image Credit: “The Goddess in India: The Five Faces of the Eternal Feminine” by Devdutt Pattanaik.