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New Delhi: IITians Prasoon Gupta, Manish Goyal, Badal Goel and Anil Nagar have one common trait besides graduating from the premiere institute. They resigned from their lucrative jobs to start a business on their own. Their endeavor proves that India is gradually graduating into a ‘start-up nation’.

IIT Roorkee alumni Prasoon Gupta filed his resignation in February 2014, and launched a quick service restaurant, Sattviko. The venture which is influenced by sattvik and yoga philosophy became a runaway success.

In no time, Sattviko outlets developed a staggering customer base who immediately became an avid fan of the food and beverages of the eatery.

“Our customers love and support also helped us win the ‘Best Debutant Restaurant Chain’ Award in December 2014”, said Gupta.

FRSH has enthralled its customers by providing doorstep services. It caught the fantasies of people by serving freshly sandwiches prepared salads and sandwiches. The founder, Badal Goel, another IITian ,  targeted those who wanted a break from the junk foods.

Founded in 2014 in Gurgaon, FRSH spread its wings at various locations across Delhi and Noida. One of the major customer bases of the company is corporate offices in Gurgaon. FRSH is also considering to initiate services in metro stations, apartment clusters and schools.

In November 2013, another IIT Bombay graduate Manish Goyal quit his high profile job to start Foodies Compass.

“As a backpacker and traveller, there was always this problem of what to order due to lack of visual and credible sources. So, we introduced this website and app where people can see visuals of food before they order,” said Goyal.

Foodies Compass, provides menus with pictures of food of more than 150 restaurants in Gurgaon, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. In very quick time it became one of the most visited food-based websites of India.

Yet another graduate from an IIT (IIT BHU), Anil Nagar, left his job at Cognizant Technology Solutions to set up his dream project Career Power in April 2010.

Career Power has become a reputed institution that imparts training to students for cracking entrance exams for getting jobs in the banking and service sector. Reportedly, around 85,000 aspirants have managed to get a job by studying in Career Power. He also launched a website in April 2012, bankersadda.com. The website is considered to be one of the most dependable websites among job aspirants.

With an increasing number of youngsters starting their own ventures, an overall development of India is inevitable as this would generate a lot of job opportunities besides strengthening the economy of the country.

 

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New Study Shows Link Between Meditation And Greater Focus

Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size.

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Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health.

Pranayamic breathing – an important part of yoga and meditation – has a unique ability to strengthen our focus and a new study by Trinity College Dublin has unlocked its secret. The researchers note that pranayamic breathing affects the levels of a natural chemical in the brain called noradrenaline. The latter is released when we are challenged, curious, focused, or emotionally excited. When present at the right levels, noradrenaline helps the brain grow new connections and helps us concentrate better on important tasks.

The old masters were on the right track

The researchers noted: “Practitioners of yoga have claimed for some 2,500 years, that respiration influences the mind. We looked for a neurophysiological link that could help explain these claims.” The researchers did so by measuring breathing, reaction time, and brain activity in a small area in the brainstem called the locus coeruleus, where noradrenaline is made. Noradrenaline is affected by stress; when we are worried or anxious we produce too much, and cannot concentrate. When we feel lazy, on the other hand, we produce too little and once again, focus is lost. One way to boost levels is through yoga; another method which can complement the latter is the consumption of medical grade focus supplements, which contain compounds such as octopamine (which has a similar effect to noradrenaline).

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Conversely, those with lower mindfulness ratings had greater activation of this part of the brain and also felt more pain. Pixabay

Pranayamic breathing aces the right balance

In the above study, researchers noted that brain activity in the part of the brain where noradrenaline is produced raises slightly when we inhale and drops slightly as we exhale. Thus, balance is achieved and we can focus on what we have set out to do. Pranayama not only boosts concentration but also produces “changes in arousal, attention, and emotional control that can be of great benefit to the meditator.”

What is Pranayamic breathing?

Pranayamic breathing involves controlling and extending breath, with a view to manipulating your vital energy, battling stress, and improving your mood. It is often used in meditation and yoga and interestingly, many yoga experts rank pranayama as even more important than asanas (the postures performed in a yoga session). In yogic tradition, breath is said to carry a person’s life force. Interestingly, scientific studies back this assertion to the extent that pranayamic breathing is able to boost brain function and change the actual structure of the brain. In recent studies, pranayamic breathing has been found to lower or stabilize blood pressure, lower stress, and reduce anxiety and depression.

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In order to comprehend better the Indian seers constructed the special “BOAT” – named Yoga/Meditation.

Implications of the study for aging

The researchers are excited that their findings could signal a way to prevent brain aging. They stated that if brains typically lose mass as we age, practices such as pranayamic breathing greatly reduce the rate of brain shrinkage, thus potentially helping keep dementia and related diseases at bay. Because keeping noradrenaline levels at an optimal level can help the brain grow new connections, meditation is an ideal activity to pursue.

Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health. Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size. To make the most of the effect of breathing on focus, consider joining a yoga class or learning the essence of pranayamic breathing online or through an app like Prana Breath or Universal Breathing.