Yoga for Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Date(s) - 20/10/2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Shirley House


As the nights get longer, and the daylight lessens, we may notice a change in how we feel in our mood, energy levels and bodies.  The darker period of the year can leave many people feeling depressed or a little down, making it difficult to manage everyday activities and possibly leading to ill health.  Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is brought about by changes in the season, and can be quite devastating for those who suffer.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • persistent low mood
  • loss of pleasure or interest in normal activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • lethargy
  • craving carbohydrates (leading to weight gain)

The cause is not fully understood, but it is often linked to lack of exposure to sunlight, which may prevent a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus from working properly.  This can have an effect on various hormones in the body that control our energy levels and mood.

According to the NHS website one of the main treatments for SAD is to take lifestyle measures which include ‘getting as much natural sunlight as possible, exercising regularly and manage stress levels’.

We can’t promise the sunlight, but in this workshop, we will look at how Yoga can help us maintain a healthy body through the practice of simple movement and Asana.  We will learn a routine that promotes the free flow of energy or Prana around the body, and look at how we can release bodily tension through various basic postures, which will help us to maintain a feeling of wellness that can boost our energy levels and help relieve a bad mood.  We will also learn simple breath awareness and visualisation that allows us to connect with our inner storehouse of prana or energy, and learn proper relaxation to allow us to maintain our energy levels throughout the winter as well as helping us to keep our immune system healthy.

We will also discuss diet and other forms of exercise that can be useful in controlling the symptoms of SAD.

Please note that whilst Yoga is a safe practice, it should be considered complementary to the conventional treatment of SAD, and it is advisable to see a GP if your symptoms are serious or persistent.

COST £25 / £20 concessions


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