Yoga Therapy for Cold Depression

A powerful 7 week protocol, as taught by YB, to identify and heal Cold Depression (precursor of Burnout and Major Depressive Disorder), which causes a numbness and insensitivity to the body’s energy and results in an inner emptiness. Heals the extreme search for constant stimulation.

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Yoga therapy for Cold Depression


Yogi Bhajan described a state of mind that he called Cold Depression. He said it would reach epidemic proportions in the times we are now living in, and as we transition into 2038. Cold Depression is when a person is depressed but does not feel the depression because they are numb – frozen – to themselves. Thus the depression is “cold”, and is the result of long periods of unrelenting stress where the body becomes insensitive to depression. Cold Depression does not just affect individuals but increases to profound levels, often occurring across populations and becoming a group phenomenon. This can be recognised in the current emphasis on energy that is so much in mass consciousness: energy crisis, energy drinks, energy bars, renewable energy, energy healing, energy medicine, and even “Energy Yoga”. Each day we feel that we need more and more energy just to survive and we reach outside of ourselves to get that energy in the form of caffeine, sugary foods, alcohol, drugs, overworking, loud music, and extreme sports. The 7-week protocol for Cold Depression educates you around what Cold Depression is, how to recognise it in you, and how to combat the symptoms effectively. The course focuses on how Cold Depression affects vitality of spirit and leads to destructive risk taking behaviour and to self-sabotage and gives tools and techniques to combat the inevitable progress of Cold Depression into either Burnout, or Major Depression Disorder; both conditions are reaching epidemic proportions in modern societies.

This 7-week protocol is based on extensive research conducted by the Guru Ram Das (GRD) Institute of Medicine and Humanology, led by Dr Shanti Shanti Kaur, who was a direct recipient of Yogi Bhajan’s teachings on Cold Depression. The Institute has spent thirty years researching the effectiveness of Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, as a healing form for serious illness, and has recently been certified as a member of IAYT (International Alliance of Yoga Therapists) with all the courses that are conducted by the GRD Faculty receiving international recognition.


The course on Cold Depression is very relevant to the times we are living in, which affect us all. As the pace of life increases and the levels of stress are commensurate with the pace, increasing to unbearable proportions, people have lost the ability to feel themselves. They have become disconnected from their authentic identities. This is experienced as a pervasive emptiness or loss of meaning in life. Our movies, video games, television shows, and other media images, are becoming more and more violent and shocking in an effort to stimulate ourselves and to feel, to raise ourselves from the sense of emptiness that pervades all of life.

If you recognise yourself in some of the following symptoms, this protocol is for you.

  • I can’t start my day without a cup of coffee, and then I need to keep drinking coffee or energy drinks just to get through my day
  • I’m so angry all the time, I just want to break things
  • Nothing I do makes any difference
  • I need more and more stimulation all the time, it’s like my fix
  • I can’t relax enough to sleep, can’t sleep much and can’t stay asleep
  • I eat for stimulation not appetite
  • I eat to numb my sensations or to avoid them
  • I can’t be alone; I need to seek people out as a distraction but can’t really connect with them
  • I can’t remember things, can’t concentrate, feel too distracted
  • I’m angry and defiant; I’ll show the world, force it to take me seriously
  • I don’t really want to live but I don’t want to see that so I’ll keep going at full speed till I crash and burn
  • Sleeping is for when you’re dead so is relaxing
  • I’ll just keep pushing and pushing and ignore the pain till can’t feel it anyway, taking care of yourself is for wimps.

In current Western society Cold Depression can be seen everywhere as a phenomenon with burnout now an official diagnosis in Sweden and Germany. Cold Depression happens upstream from burnout and depression and if recognised and treated, will prevent these conditions from developing so saving the long and costly process of recovery from either condition.

The 7 week protocol costs R5000 and must be done as a whole for best results. There are 7 segments with in-depth information on Cold Depression, awareness raising exercises that highlight the parameters of the condition, and tools and techniques to replace these parameters with healthy behaviours. There are some home practices to assist in the integration of the learning. The course can be repeated many times in order to fully integrate all the healing processes.


For thousands of years yoga has been taught as a method to tranquilise the mind and enliven the body. In recent times evidence-based research shows that the practices included in yoga like postures of the body, relaxation, visualisation, and controlled breathing and meditation, can normalise an activated autonomic sympathetic nervous system, calm tension in the muscles, lower blood pressure, enhance endocrine system activity, reduce physical and emotional discomfort, and improve general wellbeing (Emerson et al, 2009). The conclusion of a large meta-study analysing the results of many research studies highlights yoga and meditation as a very effective complementary treatment for severe mental illness, particularly for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression (Cabral et al, 2011).  The difference between yoga therapy and a yoga class lies in the intention. In yoga therapy sessions for either individuals or groups, the intention is to focus on the specific condition that is being experienced by the client/group, while in yoga classes the intention has a more general focus on strength building, stretching and breath and visualisation exercises. Kundalini yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, was taught to healthy people, while Kundalini yoga therapy has a very specific focus on how to treat illness. After an appropriate intake, and assessment, therapists will focus on the specific symptoms that are troubling their clients and identify methods to help them manage those symptoms. The therapist’s job is less about teaching yogic techniques and more about helping clients to overcome their challenges and gain independence.


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