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Keeping the Winter Blues at Bay
Lucia Cockcroft, Director of healthy holidays company Satvada Retreats - and experienced yoga teacher - has created a list of eight different ways in which to help stave off the winter blues incorporating yoga.
By: Satvada Retreats
Wintertime is also a time of year that can act as a trigger for people who suffer from a condition that is now recognised by medical experts as Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) or winter depression.
Lucia Cockcroft, Director of healthy holiday company Satvada Retreats, who has been practising and teaching yoga for 15 years, has created a list of eight tips to help get through the cold, dark, winter months.
· Rise at 7am (or earlier): getting up early allows plenty of time to enjoy a hearty breakfast and perhaps get a little exercise before the rest of the day takes over
· Take advantage of the early start by practising a little yoga: sun salutations are a wonderful way to energise your whole system, and feel stretched and rejuvenated. A 10-15-minute yoga practice will also help kick-start the lymph system
· Use a light box: if you feel sluggish or a little down in the winter, invest in a light box, which may help to restore energy levels and lift your mood
· Set aside ten minutes before bed-time for some mindfulness meditation. Science has shown that a regular, simple mindfulness practice can help reduce stress levels, improve sleep and help us switch off
· Take a lunch-time walk, regardless of how heavy your workload is. As well as gaining some 'head-space' you will maximise exposure to natural daylight, and burn off some calories
· Eat well for optimum health: think warming vegetarian and whole food: vegetable-rich stews and casseroles, home-made soups
· If you can, treat yourself to a regular massage. At this time of year, think hot stones, or ayurvedic massage, to stimulate the lymph system and boost immunity
· Treat yourself to a retreat weekend: it's surprising what a positive effect a few days of yoga, meditation and good food – in a peaceful location – can have on both body and soul
Satvada Retreats (www.satvada-
The three-night break costs from £365 pp (two sharing) which includes all tuition, full-board accommodation and return transfers from Diss train station.
Other treatments including massage and reflexology will be available to book at a supplement. Call 020 8133 5995 (www.satvada-