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Yoga For Winter Blues

Yoga For Winter Blues

At this time of year, when the days are so much shorter, you might be not feeling fully yourself or that you don’t have much energy. Gemma Clarke, an experienced Hatha, Vinyasa & Yin Yoga Instructor, explains that you might be suffering from SAD and how yoga can help.

The days have got much colder and shorter here in the UK and without doubt, it now feels like winter! With the sun not rising much before 8 am and setting around 4 pm, this reduction in daylight hours can start to take its toll on you and result in you feeling less energetic, a lack of motivation and general feelings of fatigue and sadness.

These symptoms, commonly known as the ‘winter blues’, are actually a real and well known medical disorder known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Symptoms of SAD can also include body aches, decreased levels of social engagement, trouble maintaining focus, irritability and negative thoughts.

What causes SAD?

Research shows that SAD is caused by lack of sunlight, which decreases our levels of vitamin D as well as lowering our levels of serotonin and dopamine (neurotransmitters which control our mood and work to keep us feeling positive). 

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