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 – Oct. 21-22, 2023

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


Enjoy the beautiful New England fall season in the quiet beauty of Block Island, Rhode Island with a three day retreat. Our time includes two nights at The 1661 Inn, four yoga sessions, two champagne breakfasts, one dinner at Spring House, and two “wine & nibbles” hours.

The Nature Conservancy named Block Island “One of the Last Great Places”. You’ll have plenty of time between yoga sessions to walk, hike or bike around the island. Experience its natural beauty, shop in the quaint town center, or just relax at the hotel’s beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Block Island Sound.  Click here for more details.


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.