What is depression?

Depression affects people in many different ways and ranges from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to physical symptoms such as constantly feeling tired and poor appetite.

Depression symptoms can range from mild to severe which include feeling persistently low in spirit on a milder level to feeling suicidal and that life is no longer worth living at a more severe level.


What causes depression?

Usually there is a trigger for depression. This is often a life-changing event such as, bereavement, losing your job or even having a baby.

Additionally, people with a family history of depression are more likely to experience it themselves.

Depression can affect one in four people at some point during their lives and can affect anyone, young or old.


Treatment options for depression


Generally, depression can be improved through life-style changes such as exercising more. Our Pilates classes help to strengthen core muscles and allow you to meet new people and socialise during your busy week which can enhance your self-esteem and help your body heal.

Therapy and counselling

Talking therapies such as counselling are useful when treating depression as sometimes it is easier to talk to a stranger than to your family and friends. During therapy sessions, a trained counsellor listens to you and can help you to find answers to your problems in an open-minded environment.


Yoga has been seen to be very important as a mindful sport which allows you to exercise while improving your energy levels and reducing the impact of stress on the body. Yoga can reduce depression by easing your breathing and allowing you to focus on your body and its healing naturally.