I’m not going to lie. I never thought that I would actually write a post like this. Not because I thought yoga was stupid or anything like that. It was just because I never thought it was something that I could really do. There was just something about the prospect of yoga that didn’t seem very me. I’m not extremely flexible and so I didn’t think it was something that I’d ever enjoy doing.

When my mental health took a turn for the worst last November, I really read into the different ways I could get help with my depression. Other than medication and counselling, exercise was the other way that people said their depression seemed to get better. The thing is, my uni hours are a little crazy and it’s a little difficult to fit in. But I also know that I can’t use that as an excuse and when it comes to my mental health. I need to make sure I can fit in anything that could help me.

As much as I thought yoga wasn’t for me, I was always in awe of people in all the different poses. I loved seeing pictures of people practising yoga on Instagram. Eventually, it just got to a point where I thought I may as well give it a try. I had nothing to lose. If I didn’t enjoy it, I could just quit it. Especially since I wasn’t planning on going to a class. I was either going to find some videos on YouTube to follow or I was going to see if I could find an app. yoga mindfulness

I ended up going with an app called Daily Yoga which has been absolutely amazing and is something that I’m still using. It had a beginners programme and for ten days they had around 30 minute yoga sessions where it took you through the basics of yoga. It really helped me to understand some of the basic poses and it started to help me with my flexibility and my balance.

For me, yoga has been such a great way for me to find some inner peace. Whenever I’m in a really bad place, I pray but it’s also really nice to have something else to do as well. I can see the difference that it’s doing in regards to my mental health. Yoga has given me something more positive to focus on when everything feels like it’s going down hill. I’m putting a lot of my energy into something productive that helps me and that makes me feel so much better about my situation.

It’s given me a sense of achievement as well. Don’t get me wrong I do get that feeling from other things in my life but I wasn’t a sporty or active person. So, I’ve never really had a sense of achievement from something like this. It’s such an invigorating feeling though. I honestly do love it and it’s a feeling that I don’t want to let go of.

It’s not just the mental health benefits that’s made me fall in love with yoga so much though. I love how stretched out I feel afterwards. I prone to have my body ache so badly when I’m stressed out. My back kills me and everything just feels like it’s cramped up. Yoga has been amazing to just stretch out all of my body and to help it relax a little bit. My body feels so much lighter afterwards.  My flexibility has always been something that I’ve wanted to improve and I’d love to be able to actually do the splits one day and I feel like my daily yoga routine is slowly but surely helping me get there.

What kind of things do you guys do to keep active? Let me know in the comments.

Much Love,

Saira xo

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Now that exams are over with, I’m paying a little more attention to my skin again. Admittedly I did let go out of my usually rigorous cleansing routine over exam season. My face is proof of that. However, that cleaning routine is back into place and I thought I’d share with you guys what I do in the morning.

My morning routine starts off with using the Biore Charcoal Anti-Blemish Cleanser. I’m sharing this gel cleanser with Zara at the moment and it’s doing wonders for my skin. It’s leaves my skin feeling so clean and if I was just to use that and nothing else, I wouldn’t have a huge problem with it. It takes away any oil build up that I’ve had during the evening. Especially on my forehead with is prone to getting oily because of my fringe. View Full Post

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Title: Paper Ghosts
Author: Julia Heaberlin
Publisher: Penguin UK
Release Date:
 April 19th 2018
Pages: 368
Format: Ebook
Service: Netgalley
Buy: Waterstones

I am in love with a good mystery at the moment, so when I saw this title pop up on Netgalley I had to request it. I was so excited when I got accepted for it. I started reading it straight away and suffice to say, I found it hard to put down after that.

This murder mystery follows a young woman as she tries to put the pieces together after her older sister’s disappearance quite a few years ago. It’s something that always played on her mind and she finally managed to get her prime suspect to go on a road trip with her. She’s determined to get any and all information our of him that she is sure he has on her sister.

I did love the mystery part of this book. I was in a constant argument with myself as to whether Carl was actually a murderer or whether he genuinely had no clue as to what was going on. It was a really well paced book I thought. Nothing was dragged out too much and I didn’t get bored reading it. There were small pieces to the puzzle that you were given in each chapter but I still couldn’t help wondering what was going to happen.

It was a race for me to get to the end of the book. Not because I didn’t enjoy it but because I really needed to know what the truth was. There were so many things that pointed towards Carl being a killer and then some thing that didn’t;t make any sense at all. However, one thing I did find was that it was hard to connect all of the characters. They seemed so cold and detached from everything and it made it hard to empathise. It was the main thing that did put me off of this book.

The plot as a whole was great though. The only thing that I think ruined it was the ending. I really didn’t like the epilogue at all. I  felt like it was a little bit of a cop out. There were things that I felt were a little too unrealistic at the end and it didn’t make sense to me. I just feel like it let down the book a little.

Overall, this wasn’t my favourite mystery/suspense book that I’ve read but it wasn’t too bad. I guess I just had higher hopes for it was all.

Rating: 3 stars

I was given this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review of this book.

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I’m back with a haircare review this time for you guys! I am absolutely in love with Lush’s shampoo bars. They are brilliant! They’re got a really good range of them and they leave my hair feeling so healthy and clean. Since I loved those so much though, I thought it was about time I tried a conditioner from there. I haven’t heard amazing things about the conditioner bars, so I thought I would try out the American Cream conditioner. View Full Post

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hamilton west end musical theatreI’m still in utter shock and awe from this! Around nine months ago, Zara got me tickets to see Hamilton as a birthday present. And last Saturday, we travelled up to London to go and watch. Oh. My. God. The entire day left me emotionally exhausted and in so much awe of the cast. I couldn’t believe what was going on in front of my eyes.

The day started with a four o’clock alarm so we could catch a five o’clock train. I’m not sure how many people actually enjoy having to wake up at four but I was way too excited to care. I ended up listening to the soundtrack on the way into London. Hamilton has been a show I fell in love with from the first moment I listened to the soundtrack and I’m so thankful to Michael for introducing me to it. View Full Post

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