Those of you who live in the dark regions of the world maybe familiar with a little thing called SAD. For those of you blessed with sunshine year round that stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder. My first few years up here I was in denial that I was affected by the dark, but deep down I knew better. One of the reason I moved away from Washington was because the dark, rainy winters were beginning to bother me. I justified the move by saying that at least the snow would make it better, right? I would want to ski and it would seem brighter with snow for all available light to reflect off of. The reality is that I grew up in Colorado, I spent the first eighteen years of my life in a sunny climate, of course I have SAD. Now each winter I work hard to fend off the SAD demon. First thing in the morning I turn on my "happy light" as I call it, many watts of super duper simulated sunlight. Exercise is key, the more endorphins running through my body the better. Too cold outside to ski or bike? Then it is time to ramp up the yoga practice. The hardest part about SAD is the beginning of the downward spiral, it usually hits me this time of year and when it is compounded with a cold I find it hard to jump start my schedule of dealing. So I look at my pictures of the sunlight, my travels to warm places, blooming summer time flowers and remind myself that it is almost the darkest time of the year, and then it will be time for the sun to make its way around again.