Benefits of Yoga

Increased Flexibility

The heat allows you to safely reach new levels of flexibility. The warmer our muscles, ligaments and joints become the more length and movement we’re able to find within them.

Cardiovascular Strength

Practicing in a heated room means your heart rate rises to a quicker rate in order to maintain the body’s temperature. Combined with a fast flowing practice using all of your muscles to hold poses, your body is having a good cardiovascular workout.

Mindful in The Moment

Unlike other exercises yoga has that added beauty of making you feel at one with yourself. During that one-hour class you literally forget everything and just focus on YOU. Your body, your breathing and how you feel when you’re doing the various poses.

Detoxing Inside and Out

With all of that sweating you’ll be doing wonders for your skin. From the moment you step into the room and start sweating, your pores open flushing out toxins. The yoga practice itself also detoxifies your muscles, organs and glands.

Feel Stronger

If you attend class regularly you will start to improve your balance, stability and overall joint health. The results of yoga can be addictive! Once you notice how far you’ve come you become more invested in it.

Remember – if you have an injury then please consult a doctor before starting yoga and be sure to let your teacher know. 

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Why self care?

Candle lit bubble baths, a facemask, getting your nails done are all nice things to do for yourself. A bit of ME time is always good to have, we all need some TLC from time to time. But although these acts are all a form of self-care, there are a lot of other things which count towards loving yourself.

First off, no one can tell you how you should engage in self-care. There’s no right or wrong way to practice it. Just listen to what your hearts really wants to do and do it. We all know about the types of self-care published over social media, the pamper sessions, the shopping trips, the manicures – and there is nothing wrong with doing that but there are also other self-care practices too, that aren’t ranted and raved about online.

So apart from the glamorised forms of self-care, which we all know and love how here are some other ways to show yourself some love…

Doing The Basics

Sometimes when you’re really struggling to get through the day for whatever reason even simple things like taking a shower, brushing your hair, getting dressed and fuelling your body with good food all count as self-care. These small everyday tasks which people are so used to doing can actually feel monumental if you’re going through something difficult. Whether it’s personal stress or professional stress, life can really get you down sometimes so if you can motivate yourself to take that first step out of bed feel damn good about it!

It’s Ok To Say No

If you’re a bit of a people pleaser the word ‘no’ probably doesn’t exist in your vocabulary. However, it’s important that you’re not forcing yourself into things just because you feel bad if you say no. You don’t have to go to every party, event or even cinema date with your friends if you don’t feel up to it. This doesn’t mean that you’re being boring or you don’t want to see your friends. After a long week at work sometimes you just want to get in your pjs and chill out on the sofa. Remember you are entitled to decline if you need some downtime, don’t ever feel guilty for that!

Acknowledging What Hurts Your Heart

Writing a list of everything that upsets you is actually quite therapeutic. Are there any particular people who are draining your energy? Are there any personal conflicts on you mind? Are you part of something, which no longer makes you happy? Write a solution down to every point and one by one act upon it. If you have to cut people out your life or limit interactions with them – do it! Don’t feel guilty about putting your own needs first.

 Being Kinder to Yourself

We all feel compassionate towards others. You know like when your friend is upset and you instantly just want to hug them, support them and help make them feel better. We need to apply this same level of compassion to ourselves. Too often people are their own worst critic, constantly judging themselves and feeling bad about things they’ve said and done. During times like this it’s important to accept your feelings and rather than beat yourself up about it create a caring space for yourself. A place where instead of feeling angry with yourself and going over things multiple times you take a step back and basically be your own best friend.

Self-care is more than just treating yourself on the weekend; it’s about making positive choices for your long-term wellbeing. So please remember to celebrate those small self-care victories, even if they don’t involved glitter bath bombs.

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Perfectionism vs OCD

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where you feel the overwhelming need to check things repeatedly, perform certain routines repeatedly or have certain thoughts repeatedly.

The obsessions create such an anxiety in your mind where you feel if you don’t carry out these actions something bad will happen. OCD can take over someone’s life to point that it stops them leading a full, happy and productive life.

OCD is a real condition that deserves compassion and understanding. Which is why it’s so frustrating when people who haven’t got the condition say they have.

There are so many people who say things like: “Oh I’m so OCD…” But in actual fact they haven’t got it, they’re just perfectionists who have extremely high standards when it comes to certain things.

Perfectionists can get hung up on things like, how well they did at work that day, if their outfit matches their nails, or if they got all the creases out the shirt they ironed. Yes, they like things a certain way and they will do what they have to to achieve that. But they don’t have the irrational, excessive thoughts that come with wanting things a certain way like OCD sufferers do.

Perfectionists choose to do things in a particular way and it doesn’t affect their quality of living or interfere with their everyday routine. People with OCD have to do things a particular way and it affects their life in so many ways.

If you’re concerned that you may have OCD it’s important to get help especially if it’s having a significant impact on your life. You’re not alone and there are support groups and websites like OCD Action which can help.

It’s so important we all recognise the seriousness of OCD and how it affects people and help spread awareness. By doing this hopefully people will understand and refrain from misusing a serious illness as a word to describe their personal traits.

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Bestseller by Ahmed Faiyaz

Blurb: Akshay Saxena, an out of work editor of a defunct literary magazine in the UK, is told to move to India for a year to help shore up the value of Kalim, an ailing Indian publisher. Akshay finds himself in a job where he has to do the impossible. Angus Lee, the new owner of Thomson Lee Books, wants at least five bestsellers in the coming year, failing which the business would be wound up. He has to find a way of making a success out of books he would never publish or would never even read. To complicate things further, he has to contend with motley crew of has-beens and misfits working for the publishing house as well as wannabe writers, dealing with their follies and derisive tactics, and battle his own affections for Zorah Kalim, the impulsive daughter of his former boss. Will he succeed in bringing out that one ‘bestseller’ from his publishing house? And what about his own life and love in office? Find out in this riveting read.

About the author: Ahmed Faiyaz is the bestselling author of Love, Life & All That Jazz…, Another Chance, Scammed and the editor of the Urban Shots anthologies. He was born and raised in Bengaluru. Apart from being a passionate writer, he dabbles with film-making and travels to lesser-known destinations to better understand life and the times we live in. He lives and works in Dubai, with his two boys and their tabby cat named, Bob.

Review: Akshay Mathur, 30+ aged divorced person is terminated from a UK based magazine. He is compelled to work in India at Kalim Publishing that frequently bargains nature of literature.Things dependably don’t go his direction and the supremo of the distributing bites the dust a grievous passing. The onus is on him to keep the machine gear-piece in the wheel turning.He is given a final offer of putting five books on the success outlines inside a year by Angus Lee who has a noteworthy stake in Kalim distributing.

Akshay is encompassed by an accumulate of brilliant characters – Sita, secretary of Iqbal Kalim, Tarun -CEO and writers like Sudhir, Vinod Dutta, Anya Malik who are in converses with the distributing house for distributing their books in the science fiction, erotica and sentiment genres. The street isn’t smooth for Akshay and his group as they are always under flame for supporting VIP Roshan Khan. Will Akshay be able to deal with various creators getting his throat looking at for the smash hit diagrams ? Will he be able to live on others desires on the expense of trading his own advantages and respect?

I have personal experience of working in a publication house. Akshay’s character was fleshed out well, the story was from his point of view. His change from a go getter to an individual inclination defensive towards his endeavour was cheering to witness.

The writing style and setting of the book was convincing and good. Every character have been planned and grown appropriately. There were funny moments in Tarun’s activities and cheered at how Akshay manages it in the end. Their discoursed and clever trades were astounding. This book was completely a single sitting reading for me. you want to peruse something new and similarly engaging, do check this book. It is great! I loved the title “Best Seller” – indeed it is one.

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WHEN HARD WORK ISN’T PAYING OFF IN A PLANNED WAY

take a break

How often do you hear these words, but do you actually take heed? Sometimes we become so engrossed in what we are doing that we start to lose focus.  This can result in feeling overwhelmed.

But taking a timeout makes us feel guilty; like we are going to miss out on something vital if we actually take care of ourselves.  The truth is we won’t.

Whether it’s for a couple of hours, a day, or longer, taking a break helps clear the mind, gets you back in touch with what really matters and will give you a new source of inspiration.

It can also give us the opportunity to see something from a different angle. However, if we don’t step away from a situation, even just for a little while, our judgment becomes clouded and we are unable to find the answers that are often right in front of us.

work smarter, not harder 

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “hard work always pays off.”  Well….not always.  It is important but sometimes we equate hard work to working long hours or tirelessly pursuing something, but being open to finding new and better ways of working is just as important.

Think outside the box and look beyond your current circumstances. Sometimes help comes from the most unlikely of sources but we need to take the time to identify who and what that might be.  By networking, researching and constantly learning we can open up other possibilities and ways of working that most often than not will have us saying “why didn’t I think of this before?”

It’s also important to take a rounded approach to everything you do.  Write down all the tasks involved in what it is you are working towards, prioritise them and then make sure you dedicate some time to them.  For example, if it was up to me, I would just spend most of my time taking photos for my blog but that’s not going to get me anywhere.  Equally important, however, is promoting my posts on social media, connecting with other bloggers and reading and commenting on other blogs.  It will vary for different people but you can apply this concept to pretty much everything.

you’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down

Sure, we may not be where we want to be, but there is always something that is going right.  However, if we convince ourselves otherwise then that becomes our reality.  I know sometimes it’s easier said than done, but it’s important to keep a positive attitude.

To do so we need to appreciate the journey and not just wait for that end goal before we feel like we have accomplished something.  The reality is that we’ll always be striving for more so if we don’t appreciate and celebrate even the smallest of achievements along the way, we will never be satisfied.

remember when it was even harder

We become so consumed in our present struggles that we often forget what it was like before.  Using our past as a means to reflect is always a good idea.  It’s a bit like remembering when you had zero followers on Instagram!  Yet we so easily forget about those things because we are constantly on the look out for more.

Try to make it a point to jot down your progress that way when you look back on it you’ll realise how far you have actually come. And remember, everyone has to start somewhere.

it wasn’t meant to be easy

Who said it was easy?  It’s important not to believe everything you see and hear on social media or even within your circle of friends.  Some people make out like they have it all or it could just be that is how you perceive it.  The truth is everything in life comes at a price.  Everyone is on their own personal journey and we all work hard in different ways; that doesn’t mean it’s any easier than it is for the next person.

In fact, when things are going too well, I start to worry about what’s going to go wrong.  I don’t think you should live your life that way, but it should never be a breeze either.

maybe it’s just not the right time

I used to be a “it’s now or never” kind of person.  However, I’ve learnt the hard way that putting that kind of pressure on yourself is unnecessary.  Things that I thought I wanted but never got, I now realise weren’t good for me in the first place.  Equally, there is no such thing as never, sometimes you just have to wait your turn when the time is right.

Often there are bigger things at play that are beyond our control.  You need to remember that nearly everything we do is linked to a number of other factors and people.  So many times things get put on hold because other people have their own set of priorities and your now is their later.  Don’t take it personally and accept that these things happen. Instead, use your time more effectively and focus on other tasks.  This way the waiting game will be easier to deal with.

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Importance of Gratitude

Gratitude is so important in order to step back, reflect and appreciate all the aspects of our lives that we often take for granted, that others may not be as lucky to have. Life is more than the latest iPhone model, the poshest house, or the fanciest car.

Of course, it’s normal to feel down about things and to have a little whinge every now and then (what else is Twitter for, am I right?). Always remember that your feelings and emotions are VALID. I would hate for anyone to read this and think I’m implying that they should “get over their problems” or something along those lines because that is the furthest thing from my intentions.

What I do want to share, however, is that many of us live such fortunate lives and tend to overlook the simplest of things, unintentionally focusing on the negative of every situation. Ever notice that we tend to automatically think of the negatives? The worst case scenario? The one thing that’s bugging us, while ignoring the plethora of good things? The array of positive outcomes?

While mindlessly scrolling through Instagram the other day, I saw a post that struck my attention, suggesting that every time you say or think “I have to *insert annoying inconvenience here*”, replace have to with get to.

get to study.

get to go to the gym.

get to cook dinner.

get to walk to work today.

get to wake up early.

You get the point?

This is such a simple, revolutionary exercise that can really shift your perspective of everything. Something I’m integrating into my life, doing this works to realign your priorities and allows you to highlight everything little thing that you are thankful for, whether you realise it or not.

Being grateful isn’t always easy. Life happens, throws you curveballs and makes you question “why me?”. But never lose sight of the beauty of life, no matter how dark and cloudy it may seem. Nothing is ever permanent. You may have had a bad day, a bad week, a bad month, hell, even a bad year, but don’t let that define you. You are more than your negative experiences. Focus your energy into the good, instead of the bad and watch your mindset transform.

Sometimes it’s best to focus on what we do have, rather than on what we don’t. Be grateful, always.

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TIPS FOR NEW BLOGGERS

Do Your Research

Make sure you research what platform you want to have your blog on. There are so many out there and it can be quite daunting trying to select one that suits your needs.

Don’t Invest Too Much At The Beginning

I was very tempted to go with wordpress.org or purchase a premium account straightaway. It gives you more control over your blog, and let’s be honest, the custom domain name does look more professional if that’s what you’re after.

If you want to be self-hosted. Do your research, weigh up the pros and cons, and make the decision that is right for YOU.

I think being self-hosted is great for those who wish to expand their blog into a business or career and have the technical skills and resources to effectively manage their self-hosted blog. But for beginners like myself who blog purely for a hobby and aren’t massively gifted when it comes to technology, it was just too much trouble for what it’s worth.

Interact With Other Bloggers

Get in touch with the blogging community. Follow other bloggers on Instagram, Twitter, etc. and actually read and comment on other blogs. Doing this can:

1. Give you inspiration on what type of blogger you want to be, and

2. It will make your blog seen and known, meaning more people are likely to be aware that it exists.

Be Authentic

People won’t want to read your blog if you’re anything other than yourself. Create your own blogging/writing voice and you’ll attract the right audience.

Think about it, if you decide to blog a lot about a particular topic that you’re not so passionate about (for example, fashion) because you think it’ll make your blog really popular in a short amount of time, you’ll attract people who like reading about fashion.

This means your audience will expect to see new fashion posts everytime they visit your page, and you’ll be stuck trying to satisfy your audience with posts that you don’t really want to write.

Therefore, you are more likely to not sound authentic in your writing, as you’re not genuinely passionate in what you’re blogging about.

Don’t BAfraid TAsk For Help

We all need a little help sometimes, and blogging is no exception. Blogging can be very confusing and difficult to figure out at times, and it can be beneficial to ask fellow bloggers for help because they’ve been in the exact same boat as you at some point.

Set Realistic Goals

The keyword here: Realistic. If you’ve just started your blog, you can’t expect to rake up millions of views/followers within the first few months, even years. It’s good to be optimistic, but remember to be realistic in what you want to attain, or else you’ll just end up disappointed.

Don’t Compare Yourself TOther Bloggers

In the world of blogging, I’ve learned it’s generally best to run your own race because comparing yourself to other bloggers often brings disappointment.

Instead of comparing your blog to another blog that has been running for years, compare your blog to what it was previously, and see how far you’ve come as a blogger. You’d be surprised to see how your writing style has changed, and if you take photos to accompany your blog, your photography skills.

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Few of my Instagram thoughts

Instagram is such a creative platform and it is something that I have lately found myself thinking more and more about on a regular basis. I mean I have a special kind of love for the content I create on Instagram, but there are so many things that Instagram need to improve to make the platform what it used to be – I mean we put all this work in, it should be fun! There are few thoughts which run across my mind and I am sure many of you will relate to it.

1. Why’s no one seeing my posts? 

It is so annoying that barely anyone sees my posts, but I’m at that point where I genuinely don’t care anymore, I’m just enjoying the creative process!

2. Shadow banning, Instagram what are you playing at? 

A lot of bloggers, myself included don’t spam, we don’t spam hashtags, we come up with incredible content to share with people, why do they feel the need to shadow ban creatives like this?

3. Why am I seeing posts from 5 days ago? 

I don’t need to see posts from like 5 days ago, I want to see posts from about 5 minutes ago, and not only that if people are seeing posts from 5 days ago on their feed is that why people aren’t interacting with my feed? Or maybe people just don’t like my content?

4. Oh my gosh look at how amazing everyone’s content is? 

I am absolutely loving so many Instagram’s right now, I mean it gives me all the envious vibes, mainly because I’m like oh my gosh look at all the photos. I mean seriously if I could get photos like some of my favourites, I would be in my element.

5. Will my Instagram ever grow? 

I have been stuck on a certain number for ages, but I’m just gonna continue to do my thing. Numbers aren’t everything but it would be amazing to see that people enjoy my content.

6. I’m loving creating content

Lately, I’ve kind of found my own signature, I’ve found my own wavelength that I’m enjoying doing right now, the whole process of taking photos – even the editing! I used to hate editing, now I’m finding a groove and I enjoy it so much!

7. People please follow me if you want, but don’t follow & then unfollow. 

Ugh the follow/unfollow game is strong. It is so annoying, like if you want to follow then follow, but don’t just do it to just get me to follow back. It isn’t necessary, it honestly must be so exhausting going through and following and then unfollowing.

I’m not gonna lie Instagram does have it’s shortfalls, it’s a pain, it drives me mad, but do you know what, creating is so much fun, I’m learning to just enjoy it for what it is, another platform to share my creativity.

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Why I love Coffee

1. The Aroma 

There is no smell I love waking up to more than fresh brewed coffee. There is just something so inviting about the smell of coffee that makes me feel ready to face the day or feel renewed midday. I actually love the aroma of coffee very much. They’re heavenly, but they’re nothing quite like the scent of a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

2. The Taste 

I have always loved the taste of coffee – it was never something I had to acquire the taste for or get used to. I appreciate the taste of coffee without any creamers or sugar. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I began to be able to taste the difference between the different roasts and brands. When you appreciate coffee for more than the caffeine it provides, that’s when you truly begin to love coffee.

3. It Gives Me Energy 

Now, don’t get me wrong…I do love coffee for the caffeine it provides! Somedays coffee really is the only thing that can get me up and feeling like I can accomplish my dreams and goals. It gives me the boost I need to stay focused and energised. It’s my midday pick-me-up that perks me up and keeps me fuelled for the rest of the day.

4. It’s Conversational 

There is nothing more inviting and comforting than conversations over coffee. This has become a trend in today’s culture – going on coffee dates, meeting up for coffee, etc. Unlike most trends, this is actually a good trend that should stay. Coffee and conversation just make sense. I have has so many awesome and meaningful conversations over coffee with a ton of different people. The warmth of coffee just sets the tone of acceptance and understanding, which is why I believe it’s the most conversational beverage.

5. It Helps Me Relax 

Believe it or not, coffee helps me relax. Like I have mentioned before, from its scent to its taste, it’s overall and inviting experience. Because coffee is so inviting, I think it’s just natural for me that I feel comforted and at ease when I can sit back and enjoy a cup. I am not a morning person at all, which means I wake up slowly. Coffee is a great way to ease me back to life, but keep me feeling relaxed at the same time.

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