Shilpa Shetty Nailing Chakrasana Might Take Your Eyes Off The Blue Maldives Ocean

Shilpa Shetty Nailing Chakrasana Might Take Your Eyes Off The Blue Maldives Ocean

Shilpa Shetty, who celebrated her wedding anniversary in Maldives recently, shared a video from the beach destination on her Instagram to better explain “today’s mantra”. “Life will be simpler if you don’t bend backwards for anyone but yourself,” Shilpa captioned her video, in which she can be seen doing the Chakrasana with utmost perfection. Shilpa Shetty, who performs the Chakrasana on what appears to be the deck of a plush sea villa, will surely distract you from the picturesque Maldivian background. While sharing the video, the 43-year-old actress also added a life lesson of sorts to go as a side note with the essence of Chakrasana.

“We bend backwards when we are insecure, seeking attention/approval, lacking confidence or in fear. This asana will definitely help you change those things,” read a part of Shilpa’s caption.

Shilpa Shetty, who is a yoga expert, also added a disclaimer about practising the posture under guidance and with care. “Bend backwards for yourself and see the world bend forward… with respect,” she added.

A quick look at Shilpa Shetty’s Instagram will reveal she is an inspiration on how to balance binge-eating and a healthy lifestyle. Shilpa Shetty’s Sunday binge posts are as regular as her yoga videos. On International Yoga day this year, Shilpa took guided yoga enthusiasts to perform the simplest yoga asanas with ease.


Sushmita Sen And Rohman Shawl Are Giving Us Major Fitness Goals

Sushmita Sen And Rohman Shawl Are Giving Us Major Fitness Goals

Sushmita Sen And Rohman Shawl Are Giving Us Major Fitness Goals

“I will never be able to thank you enough for introducing me to gymnastic rings,” wrote Rohman Shawl


Sushmita Sen And Rohman Shawl Are Giving Us Major Fitness Goals

Sushmita Sen in a still from the video. (Image courtesy: sushmitasen47 )

Sushmita Sen and her rumoured boyfriend Rohman Shawl are giving us major fitness goals and how. On Wednesday morning, both Sushmita and Rohman shared videos from their workout session on their respective Instagram profiles. In the video posted by Sushmita, the former beauty queen can be seen exercising with gymnastic rings as Rohman cheers for her. She wrote: “First workout of my 43rd year. I rise to the gymnastic rings, carrying no burdens of the past, no wait of the future, only this moment completely aware and alive.” Sushmita addressed Rohman as “my man” in her caption and added, “To celebrate life as I witness my Maa and “my man” applaud every effort and truly appreciate all the blisters.” Rohman too shared a video of himself exercising with gymnastic rings and revealed that it was Sushmita Sen, who introduced him to gymnastic rings. He wrote: “I will never be able to thank you enough for introducing me to gymnastic rings. You inspire me in every walk of life and how!”


Happy Birthday Yami Gautam: Diet And Fitness Secrets Of The Uri Actor You’d Love To Steal

Happy Birthday Yami Gautam: Diet And Fitness Secrets Of The Uri Actor You'd Love To Steal

Bollywood actor Yami Gautam turns 30 today and the beauty is celebrating her special day by revealing some facts about herself on Instagram. Gautam, who is going to be seen opposite Vicky Kaushal in the upcoming film Uri, is a self-confessed chai lover, as is mentioned in her Instagram bio as well. Today she shared with her Instagram followers that she is a foodie as well. Yami is often seen sharing pictures of herself indulging in delicious treats on her Instagram page. She is also quite a big fan of travelling around the world and her sister Surilie is most often seen as her travel companion. So then how does the incredibly fit Yami Gautam maintain her toned physique? That is possible through a rigorous fitness and diet routine, of course, and Yami Gautam makes sure she follows both sincerely. After all, you don’t just end up with as svelte a figure as Gautam, without doing anything!

Yami Gautam Diet

As mentioned earlier, Yami Gautam loves to travel and like most Bollywood celebrities, the beauty was in London this winter with her sister and she couldn’t help but get her hands on some warm waffles with hazelnut sauce. She posted a picture of herself with the waffles on Instagram, saying, “My favourites … Surilie,, Nutella Waffle n this chilled London weather.”


Shilpa Shetty: ‘I Understood The Value Of Fitness When I Had My Baby’

Shilpa Shetty: 'I Understood The Value Of Fitness When I Had My Baby'

From making her debut in Bollywood with Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Baazigar to winning the international reality show Celebrity Big Brother 5, delivering commercially successful Hindi films and establishing herself as a fitness enthusiast, Shilpa Shetty Kundra has done it all. The actress says people tend to focus more on superficial elements rather than real body strengthening when it comes to fitness.

Shilpa Shetty had led a group of 2,353 people to create the Guinness World Records of holding the abdominal plank for 60 seconds. The event that happened on Sunday was organised by Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company.

Talking about her transformation from an actress to a fitness enthusiast, Shilpa told IANS here: “I think we tend to focus more on size, shapes, how well we fit into designer clothes rather than on core strengthening, agility, endurance etc.

“I understood the value of fitness when I had my baby because I realised that I am responsible for another life and to take care of him, I have to be physically and emotionally strong and healthy. So that becomes my constant motivation,” added the mother of a seven-year-old boy.

Shilpa is also known for acting in commercial potboilers like Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Pardesi Babu, Dhadkan and Life in a… Metro. She was also praised for her role in the film Phir Milenge that dealt with AIDS.

Now as a YouTuber, she is enjoying the fruit of success. Many people are subscribers of her YouTube channel where she shares healthy recipes and fitness tips.

“At times, shooting a video for YouTube costs me more than anything else,” she said with a laugh.

“But my idea of starting the channel and sharing easy recipes was to encourage youngsters to take a step towards healthy eating. I know this for a fact that the number of youngsters staying independently… away from family is increasing every year.

“They mostly don’t know how to cook healthy yet tasty food at home and end up eating processed food that damages their health. So, as a fitness enthusiast I had to find a solution to that,” added the actress.

Shilpa Shetty did not appear in films for quite some time. Still, she managed to stay in the public eye by encouraging people to practise Yoga and judging dance shows like Nach Baliye and Super Dancer.

Sharing her love for yoga, she said: “Yoga offered me a healthy mind and simple lifestyle. Of course, I cannot live like a yogi because then I have to give up a lot of materialistic things which I also love, but my life is very simple, healthy and I eat to live. I do not live to eat.”

“One of the very important things that yoga has taught me is to be emotionally secure and stay centered and connected to myself. Yes, in the entertainment business, we are quick to judge on the basis of appearance and at times, others’ comments might affect one’s confidence level. But always remember, others’ judgment, which is shallow, does not define who you are.”

It is observed that many youngsters are addicted to social media. They go through anxiety and stress because of bad lifestyle. Shilpa advises them to try yoga.

“Yoga helps to align our body’s chakras and strengthen our inner confidence. Once you are emotionally strong, how people perceive you, does not affect your personality. Yoga is the need of the hour,” she explained.


Tim Cook wakes up at 4 a.m.—here’s the rest of the morning routine that sets him up for success

Apple CEO Tim Cook prepares to greet customers that will purchase a new iPhone X at an Apple Store in Palo Alto, California.

Tim Cook knows how to get a jump on the competition.

Cook is one of many successful leaders who wake in the wee hours and rely on a strict morning routine that sets them up for success. The 58-year-old revealed in a recent Axios interview that he starts each day by rising just before 4 a.m.

He then spends the first hour of every morning reading user comments about Apple products. He says doing this helps him “focus on the external people that are so important to us.”

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple unveils new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York City. Apple debuted a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro. 

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple unveils new products during a launch event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30, 2018 in New York City. Apple debuted a new MacBook Air, Mac Mini and iPad Pro.

Next, Cook gets in some morning exercise. “I go to the gym and work out for an hour,” he says, “because it keeps my stress at bay.”

Cook, who once described himself as a “fitness nut” in a Fortune interview, has a morning routine similar to those of many other successful leaders. In fact, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson have all talked about the importance of waking up early to exercise.

“I seriously doubt that I would have been as successful in my career (and happy in my personal life) if I hadn’t always placed importance on my health and fitness,” Branson once wrote in a blog post.

And like lots of less famous folks, Cook is trying to use his smartphone less than he currently does, with the help of the iPhone’s new Screen Time feature. “My notifications are declining, the number of times I pick up a device are declining and the only reason they are is because we built this functionality into our operating system and I now know what I was doing,” he told Axios.

In October, Chris Bailey, author of “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distractions,” shared a few suggestions with CNBC Make It for those looking to kick a smartphone addiction, including putting the phone in grayscale, disabling notifications and leaving it in airplane mode for several hours each day. According to Bailey, for every minute you spend taming the many phone-related distractions you face, you gain an extra 10 minutes in productivity.


‘Shark Tank’: Why Mark Cuban and A-Rod invested $700K in these genius portable protein powder pods

With fitness trends like “strong not skinny” (over 7 million Instagram hashtags and counting) and diets like keto and paleo being all the rage, added protein in food and drink has continued to be big business in 2018.

Sunday’s episode of ABC’s “Shark Tank” was right on trend: Two founders pitched a portable protein powder pod so novel it got a $700,000 investment from Mark Cuban and former Major League Baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

Vade Nutrition husband and wife co-founders Joe and Megan Johnson from East Lansing, Michigan were both college athletes (Joe was a wrestler at Michigan State University and Megan a cheerleader at the University of Arizona), and Joe was a fan of protein powder. But they wished it was less messy and more convenient to use on the go — they had to pre-measure it and trying to use it in their car after working out left their seats and console covered in powder, according to the Vade Nutrition website. That lead to the idea of portable protein powder pods; the Johnsons quit their jobs and started a business.

Vade’s protein powder pods, which have a patent pending, are encased in a food grade film (so it’s edible) that dissolves instantly when shaken or blended. The scoops of protein contain 100 percent whey isolate protein, 20 grams of protein, 90 calories and no fat or sugar and a 1.6 pound package (30 servings) currently starts at $34.99 on the website. (For comparison, many of the top-selling protein powders on Amazon have 120 calories or more, slightly more protein and sell anywhere from about $5 to $18 a pound.)

The Johnsons started selling their product (patent pending) online in July 2017 to test the market, they told the Sharks. So far the company has $80,000 in lifetime revenue and social media buzz, all unpaid, according to the founders: Fitness influencer Carrie Lynn Beamer (who has 60,000 followers) praised the product on Instagram and athlete Jamie Hagiya (who has 120,000 followers) posed with the product when it was included in the Gainz fitness subscription box in April.

But the Johnsons were also upfront with the investors that mistakes had been made; ahead of the launch at a fitness expo, they spent $50,000 on the protein powder only to discover when it was delivered that it was flavored incorrectly. They were unable to use the inventory, and they weren’t able to get their money back.

“Welcome to being an entrepreneur,” Cuban said, smiling, after hearing the story.

The Johnsons came to the tank looking for $250,000 for a 10 percent stake in the business, having already burned through $300,000 to get there.

Cuban offered a deal: $350,000 for a 20 percent stake. He saw potential in licensing and expanding to new products, and was particularly excited about their pending utility patent.

“When you’re grinding and your back is against the wall, you take the path of least resistance to cash,” Cuban told the Johnsons. “On the one hand, you have a patent, and that’s your hammer… your hammer is more important than everything else right now.”

Lori Greiner also said she might be interested.

“Lori, you’re thinking, so that might take awhile,” returning guest judge Rodriguez joked, jumping in with another offer.

“This business is right in my wheelhouse,” Rodriguez reasoned. “Between my sports background, the gyms that we own, we have access to over 1,000 gyms.

“We just bought a company called Ice Shaker here last season, and it’s up over 500 percent. I did that with Mark.” Indeed, as a guest judge last season, Rodriguez along with Cuban invested $150,000 for a 15 percent stake in Ice Shaker, an insulated protein bottle business founded by Chris Gronkowski, brother of NFL star Rob Gronkowski.

Rodriguez told CNBC Make It in February that investing in Chris was a good decision. “He’s under promised and he’s over delivered,” Rodriguez said. “Our sales have done incredibly well.” And Cuban has been happy with the deal too: “[I] love him,” Cuban told CNBC Make It of Gronkowski in October.

So Rodriguez and Cuban teamed up again and offered the Johnsons significantly more money than they had even asked for, but more ownership too: $700,000 for a 40 percent stake. The entrepreneurs countered with a 25 percent stake. “No,” Cuban said.

The Johnsons accepted anyway. After all, as Joe said, for a protein powder on “Shark Tank,” Cuban and A-Rod are “the dream team.”


Fitness app MIRROR pulls in $38 million in capital, using a reflection to boost your workout

The Smart Mirror

Smart Mirror offers in-home fitness training   2:54 PM ET Fri, 16 Nov 2018 | 01:38

Getting to the gym has eternally been a problem for busy people looking to squeeze in a workout. The latest solution to that problem is high-tech, yet surprisingly simple.

A mirror with a built-in video screen has instructors leading exercise classes. The company behind it is called, quite simply, MIRROR. Founder Brynn Putnam is no stranger to the fitness startup game. Back in 2010, the Harvard-grad and former professional ballerina founded the successful fitness studio Refine Method.

“MIRROR is really the first entrant into this smart screen space. We are the next and newest screen in your life since the iPhone. I think what’s exciting about that is that we are paving our own path,” Putnam told CNBC at her Manhattan office.

Mirror provides highly varied workouts in cardio, yoga and strength training

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Mirror provides highly varied workouts in cardio, yoga and strength training

The product costs $1500 up front, plus a $40 monthly subscription for unlimited live and on-demand classes.

The business model is very similar to Peloton, the in-home spinning bike. But with MIRROR there is no bike, which opens up the exercises to be more body-weight focused. The most popular categories include yoga, pilates, boxing, cardio, strength, and stretch.

“I think our competitors like Peloton have done a great job demonstrating the market opportunity, demonstrating that two-thirds of Americans that work out do some sort of working out at home,” said Putnam. “For us, the big differentiator is we are a workout agnostic platform.”

Beyond just the everyday citizens who are buying the product, Putnam says MIRROR is catching on among professional athletes as well. “They are using the mirror differently than we anticipated. Many of them are using it for off-season training, and they are exploring different types of fitness they may not otherwise do in a public setting. So you have baseball players taking a yoga class for the first time, or basketball players trying out boxing.”

MIRROR has raised $38 million in venture funding from top firms like Spark Capital and Lerer Hippeau, becoming the latest option in the $83 billion per year global fitness industry.

“We are the canvas you can explore any type of workout experience and eventually, potentially other experiences outside of fitness,” Putnam told CNBC. “I think for investors, they have been really excited about the possibilities for growth.”

Mirror provides highly varied workouts in cardio, yoga and strength training

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Mirror provides highly varied workouts in cardio, yoga and strength training

One athlete who is taking advantage of MIRROR is Katarina Jamskikova, an elite marathon runner who is balancing motherhood while pregnant with her second child. She needs the flexibility to augment her training at home while she prepares for the next Olympic trials.

“It’s refreshing to run outside, but you still need to maintain your core and strength, and that you can do in the convenience of your home, and you don’t need a gym membership,” she told CNBC recently.

Putnam, the company’s founder, sees pro athletes as just one dimension of the product. “We have already been in contact with a handful of sports teams about the ability of integrating the mirror into their facilities,” she said.

“I think everyone is excited about the prospect of connecting athletes to trainers outside their immediate geography. So you have a trainer in New York who connects with a high level golfer in Arizona, and they can work together,” Putnam added.


Secret Santa: Many people don’t know what their spouse spends on holiday shopping

Women shopping online during christmas

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For many consumers, the real magic of the holiday season is the sleight of hand it takes to hide overspending from their spouse.

Almost half of Americans say their spouses or significant others do not know how much they spend during the holiday season, according to a new survey of 1,000 U.S. adults from

Another survey, from Quicken, came to a similar — but somewhat more ominous — conclusion.

The software company queried 1,046 married adults, with 7 in 10 couples saying they agree on a holiday spending limit. But of those, 47 percent say they have deceived their spouse about how much they spent on gifts.

Some of the problem could stem from a mismatch in ideas over who’s in charge of the holiday shopping. In the survey, 85 percent of women said they do all of the shopping, while 46 percent of men said they do.

The ease of online shopping — which often does not even require taking your credit card out of your wallet these days — also makes it easier to lose track of your own spending, as well as your partner’s, said certified financial planner Lili Vasileff, founder of Divorce and Money Matters in Greenwich, Connecticut.

But couples who keep each other in the dark about holiday spending (purposely or not) are setting themselves up for trouble. In a survey earlier this year of 2,145 adults from the National Endowment for Financial Education, 75 percent said financial deception has had a negative effect on their relationship.

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“If people are communicating about [the spending], then you wouldn’t have issues,” Vasileff said. “I think what gives rise to conflicts is the lack of the communication, which is the number one source of conflict in marriage.”

Holiday overspending can have financial consequences, too, including debt, said Tiffany Welka, vice president of VFG Associates in Livonia, Michigan. To stay on track, work together to set out a budget or spending plan. Stick to charging only what you can pay off in full each month.

“Spending more than that leads to trouble,” she said.


“Education Most Important Issue Faced By Muslim Community”: Hamid Ansari

'Education Most Important Issue Faced By Muslim Community': Hamid Ansari

Former Vice President Hamid Ansari on Friday said among the identified issues faced by the Muslim community, education has been the most important one.

“We have identified the issues (faced by the Muslims) a number of times. The issue is of identity and security, it is also of education. And I feel education is the most important issue,” Mr Ansari said during the 12th Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer Memorial Lecture On ‘Muslims of India: Past and Present’.

Education, according to him, “has been neglected by all segments of the community and it has only confined to a small section of the community”.

“Delhi has a large number of Sikhs and most of them were refugees. They have not only rehabilitated themselves but have also set up their religious institutions as well as their educational institutions. If a small community can do that, why can’t a much bigger community,” he asked.

He also said that, “190 million (of population) is not a minority except in terms of legal technicality”.

He also suggested that, “interacting on a continuous basis with the wider community of fellow citizens is the answer” to remove the mental barriers.

“It (the interaction) does not have to confine to our idioms and our manner of behaviour. If I interact with another person, I will do it on the level of equality not on saying my way is the only way.”

He also said this formula (of interaction) has worked in different parts of the world, and he does not see any reason why it will not work in the country.

The lecture, dedicated to Indian reformist-writer and social activist, was organised by the Centre for Study of Society and Secularism.

Delivering the lecture, A.G. Noorani, Advocate, Supreme Court and Constitutional Expert, advised the Muslims to involve themselves in national issues.

He also said “denying the discrimination is to denying the truth”.


China’s fintech revolution is potentially ‘a very big risk,’ says finance president

Vince Zhang, President of Phoenix Finance, speaks during Fireside Chat on Day 3 of CNBC East Tech West on November 29, 2018 in Nansha, Guangzhou, China.

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Vince Zhang, President of Phoenix Finance, speaks during Fireside Chat on Day 3 of CNBC East Tech West on November 29, 2018 in Nansha, Guangzhou, China.

The sheer number of fintech companies setting up in China has the potential to become “a very big risk,” according to the president of Chinese financial investment platform, Phoenix Finance.

Speaking at CNBC’s East Tech West conference in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China, Vince Zhang said many of the country’s estimated tens of thousands of financial technology firms lack the controls to make them sound instruments, either for consumers or the wider economy.

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“A lot of companies are not (there) in terms of their business plan, in terms of their risk management process, in terms of their overall management,” told the Financial Times’ Louise Lucas Thursday. “A lot of these corporate control mechanisms are not in place.”

In recent years, China has seen a surge in the number of companies trying to harness technology to capitalize on what Zhang described as China’s “fintech revolution” and capture the country’s many millions of previously unbanked consumers. For other industries, that technological drive may be “okay,” said Zhang; but “for anything related to financial services, (it) is pretty dangerous,” he said.

“Without proper risk control mechanism personnel, without proper ways of communicating with regulation, it’s potentially becoming a very big risk going forward.”

Zhang called for more regulation in the space, particularly with regard to consumer protection and risk control. He says he foresees that taking shape from next year, as the issue gains greater prominence on the national agenda.

“I would predict in 2019 it’s becoming more regulated,” said Zhang. “There will be less and less players in this field.”