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Why do you weigh less in the morning?

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Another reason why you may weigh less in the morning is that you burned the calories from the food you ate at night. In fact, you may also see lower reading than normal in your weighing scale, if you have weighed yourself right before a workout. However, the low reading is not because of any changes in your body fat, but it is because you sweat a lot while working out which causes you to lose some water from your body. Here are obvious signs that you are putting on weight.

Avoid weighing yourself after dinner as it is usually the biggest meal of the day and the weight of the food and the beverages you consumed put together can make you weigh a lot.

That being said, there is no ideal time to weigh yourself in a day. The best thing to do is to weigh yourself every day around the same time to get the accurate comparison. Also, use these trackers to find out if you have lost weight.


The Best New Music for Yoga: October Edition

Piano compositions predominate in this month’s collection of music for yoga—perhaps because slow and spacious piano has a strong affect on creating the introspection that autumn invokes. Whatever the reason, we certainly welcome the shift from summer’s upbeat, fun and funky tunes to more calming and contemplative compositions.

Footfalls Echo by Visionary Hours

These simple yet mesmerizing compositions of strings, guitar, flute, french horn, and clarinet float on top of shimmering and undulating ambient drones. These mellow tracks would be best to place at the start or end of a yoga playlist.

Lost Lands by Richard Raiding

This mysterious two track album’s 40 minute long piano compositions are best suited to be played for a gentle yoga practice, bodywork or general relaxation. Both songs start and end with minimal and repetitive notes but have a rich and complex center.

Europe, She Loves by Library Tapes

This original score by Swedish pianist David Wenngren is haunting yet beautiful. These eleven piano, synth, and cello compositions are gentle, spacious, soft, and introspective.

Cantando EP by Dom La Nena

This collection of four cover songs from Brazilian singer and cellist Dom La Nena have a happy and sweet lullaby sound due to their slow tempos, bright strings, and minimal arrangements. Each song is beautifully sung in a different language to further mesmerize and entrance the listener.

Solo Acoustic by Alan Gogoll

Mr. Gogoll does not disappoint with his latest release of solo acoustic guitar compositions. These eighteen songs exude a deep and complete sense of joy and sweetness with his unique fingerpicking and guitar thumping style.

Owl Music by nicoandmartin

Composed specifically as instrumental lullaby music for children and their parents, this lovely album also works well for a bedtime yoga practice. A nostalgic and soulful French gypsy jazz vibe emanates from the use of the double bass, piano, harp, concertina, guitar, shruti, and sansula.

No Going Back by Dan Mehta

While these beautiful piano, synth, and string compositions were scored for a short documentary they easily translate for a soundtrack to a mellow yoga practice.

Cavalcade by All Sum Null

These solo piano compositions from the land down under are simple and sweet and would work best at the end of a yoga playlist.

Just One Drop by Radharani

This sweet and soaring kirtan album is the result of musician Radharani spending four years in India studying mantra and devotional chanting. Blending Eastern and Western instrumentation, Radharani has created a beautiful and well produced album of original and traditional melodies. She earns bonus points for including an unexpected cover of the 80s classic “Higher Love.”

University Rankings released by HRD Ministry

The HRD Minister, Smriti Irani, released the ‘India Rankings 2016’ on Monday 4th April 2016, at Vigyan Bhawan. IIT Bangalore and IIM Bangalore came in the top of the list. Here’s the top ten list of universities.

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Top 10 Universities in the country

1. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
2. Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai
3. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
4. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
5. Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam
6. University of Delhi, Delhi
7. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi
8. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram
9. Birla Institute of Technology and Science –Pilani
10. Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh


Top 10 Engineering institutes in India

1. Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
2. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
3. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
4. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
5. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
6. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
7. Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad
8. Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
9. Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar-Rupnagar
10. Indian Institute of Technology, Patna


Top 10 Management institutes in the country

1. Indian Institute of Management, Bangaluru
2. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
3. Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
4. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
5. Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur
6. Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
7. International Management Institute, New Delhi
8. Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
9. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
10. Indian Institute of Management, Indore


Top 10 Pharmaceutical institutes

1. Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal
2. University institute of pharmaceutical sciences –Chandigarh
3. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
4. Poona College of Pharmacy, Erandwane, Pune
5. Institute of Pharmacy, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
6. Bombay College of Pharmacy, Mumbai
7. Birla Institute of technology, Ranchi
8. Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi
9. JSS college of Pharmacy, Ootacamund
10. JSS college of Pharmacy, Mysuru


Check out few of the best Engineering college rankings. These colleges are known to be the best under IP university rankings.

UPTU colleges  are also worth your time to glance. Also check out complete list of affiliated colleges.

Which Indian Company is Partnering with IIT Madras

In order to increase the efficiency of its plants the Indian Oil Corporation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. As part of the MoU the company will use the robotic system developed at the IIT Madras for diagnosing faults in the high-temperature steel pipelines in the refineries of the company.

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According to the Dean of Industrial Consultancy and Sponsored Research at the IIT Madras  Krishnan Balasubramaniam, the reason why the company wants the assistance of IIT madras is that the cost of bringing in the foreign experts runs into several crores of rupees. According to Balasubramaniam, the robotic arm developed at the institute can do the diagnostic function by using the same principle and technology used in X-ray and ultrasound techniques to look inside the tubes and check for abnormalities. (ENA Bureau).

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3 Meditations to Embrace Autumn

Autumn’s arrival signifies a time of transition and release. The rustle of falling leaves, the final bountiful harvest, and the chilly, misty mornings alert us that change is in the air. Sometimes it can be difficult to maintain balance with so much shifting in the world around us. Incorporate the following simple meditations for autumn into your practice to aid in grounding, centering, and connecting to the powerful energies of fall.

1. Let Go

This meditation is centered around releasing thoughts, patterns, behaviors or people that no longer serve you in a positive way. This a great seasonal meditation as it directly relates to the changes occurring in the natural world: leaves changing color and falling, plants releasing seed and dying back, and a general sense of slowing down and settling in. This practice can be done either inside or outside. Come to a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, and bring your awareness to your breath. Feel the fullness and expansion that comes with each inhale, and the release and contraction that follows each exhale. As you feel your body settle, focus your thoughts on one thing that you would like to release from your life. Connecting to your breath, inhale that which you want to manifest, and exhale that which you desire to release. For example: Inhale, “I am strength and wholeness.” Exhale, “I release self judgement.” Continue this practice for ten or more breaths.

2. Gather Resources

What can you harvest and preserve to nurture you through the cold months ahead? For this meditation have paper and a writing utensil handy. Come to a comfortable seated position, close your eyes, and focus on your breath. Focus on all the resources and blessings that fill your life. As you sit in stillness, notice the sensations that arise in your body. Maybe you feel warm and happy, peaceful or safe. Pay attention to that. After ten minutes or so, open your eyes and pick up your writing materials. Draw a big circle on the paper, and in the circle write all the blessings and resources that you thought of during your mediation. Be as creative as you want with this part, maybe also incorporating color or pictures. Remember that each item you write in the circle is something that you can refer to when times are tough, or when you need a boost. Keep the paper in a safe space like a special box or journal, or hang it somewhere prominent in your home where you will notice it throughout the day.

3. Go on a walk

This meditation is best done outside, either in a large grassy space or on a nice trail in the woods. When you are ready, come to Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Stand tall, with feet firmly rooted on the earth. Slow your breath, feeling full expansion and contraction on the inhales and exhales. From this place of inner stillness, begin to walk, moving slowly and mindfully, connecting the lifting of each foot with an inhale and the placing of each foot with an exhale. If you are in a field start at the perimeter and work your way inward. If you are on a trail simply follow wherever the path leads you. As you walk, maintain focus on your breath and the sensation of your body moving through space. Notice the feel of air on your skin, and the sounds and smells around you. Move as slowly as you’d like, while maintaining the connection of movement and breath. Let your intuition tell you when it’s time to stop. Come back to an easy standing pose and on an inhale raise your hands up and overhead. On an exhale bring your hands to prayer position at heart center, embracing the sense of serenity and peace.

As the seasons shift we too transform, release, and renew. As you move through your yoga and meditation practice, remember to always meet yourself exactly where you are, with gentleness and loving kindness regardless of the season.


4 Ways Yoga Can Defeat Your Ego


Pain, unhappiness, criticism, and impatience are all common ills of an out-of-whack ego. The ancient yogis believed that ego, or Ahamkara, is the primary source of suffering. This Sanskrit term translates to “I-making” and refers to the function of the mind that creates our sense of self and identity. If our ahamkara is healthy and balanced, we’re able to meet all of our needs to survive, grow, and achieve our goals. If our ahamkara becomes distorted by negative thought patterns and false beliefs, it can lead to feelings of separation, pain, and suffering. Fortunately, yogis have developed and cultivated many different techniques to balance the ego and reduce much of our day-to-day mental misery.

1. Get to know yourself

The first step in overcoming ego is to see it and understand it. Yoga forces us to take a good, hard look at ourselves. Sitting on our meditation cushions or breathing deeply in our downward dogs will naturally produce states of introspection, contemplation, and self-reflection. Combining yoga and meditation techniques with journaling and philosophical study will further encourage the mind to notice the unhealthy and unhappy patterns of the ego. Studying modern psychology can also be helpful to understand and appreciate the positive functions of a healthy ego.

2. Embrace stillness. Practice silence.

Being immersed in a busy, noisy, and hectic environment will naturally increase the fight-or-flight protection function of our Ahamkara. As the stressors of our surroundings increase so does our mindset of seeing others as threats to our body and ego. The ancient yogis created the idea of a hermitage to retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life and to examine and subdue our egos. While a traditional yoga hermitage was hidden deep in the forest or high up in a mountain cave, we can create a quiet space inside our homes to embrace stillness and counteract the distractions of modern living. Spending just a few minutes of meditation every morning in a clean, quiet, and calming space can reduce stress and soften our armor against the outside world. Spending a longer and dedicated time on a yoga vacation or meditation retreat will have even more profound effects on balancing our egos.

3. Learn to move inward

The ego is born from looking outward and is kept alive by our constant obsession with everything around us. In order to weaken the ego and find that sense of oneness, turn inward. Practice closing your eyes in a particularly challenging asana flow. Ask your body to speak to you. Next time you fall out of a pose, instead of looking around the room to see if anyone noticed, focus on your body and breath.

The less we compare ourselves with everything around us, the less we worry about what other people are doing, and the more we can turn inward and look inside ourselves.

4. Go where you don’t want to go

Somewhere deep down our ego is aware of its own fragility. It is afraid of oneness for when we feel oneness, it challenges the very notion of self. Because of that, our ego will try to keep us from any practice that will bring us closer to oneness.

So stay in pigeon for a few more breaths. Add an extra five minutes to your meditation. When your brain gets overactive during savasana, return to your breath. The more you go where your ego is avoiding, the closer you will get to defeating that ego.

Buddhist and yogic philosophies both discuss the idea of oneness and the idea that our ego creates a divide between us and this sense of oneness. This divide causes deep pain and suffering. Yoga works to erode the illusion of separateness and return us to the oneness we’re all a part of.

User Cautious on Tren Side Effects before Putting Power to Test

Bodybuilding works as a constant tryst of putting one’s powers to test. It is like a personal competition with your own stamina! How much hard training can you endure? In addition to physical strength, one needs solid mental backup to support the reps and the pushes physically. The world of a gymnasium is highly competitive and it is easy to be influenced by peer pressure. Doing anything under pressure ultimately may be a rash choice because you might lose the usual caution in a lapse of reason. Tren is a well-known anabolic product for bulking and cutting cycles, but its uncontrolled usage eventually has several side effects. It is important that you should be aware of pros and cons of Tren use.

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Physical abuse problems

Androgenic steroids such as Trenbolone Acetate predominantly act by charging up the reproductive hormones like testosterone. While the benefits become visible very fast, yet you need to be sure that your unique body can handle all the additional boost ups. In fact, it should be necessary to mention the fact that no supplement can benefit you all by itself when you cut short on the gym schedule. One needs to balance up the dose of power by putting it in real hard work at the machines. Effects linked to Tren use include several disastrous results on manliness such as shrinkage of testes, male pattern baldness, sprouting of body hairs, impotency, and growth of male breasts. If all these sound frightening to you, make sure that you are judicious and practical on using the product.

Other serious issues

Apart from the physical side effects, one should attend ample thoughts to the emotional and psychological negativity associated with Tren overuse. It is necessary to understand that since the drug is a scheduled substance, it must have a role to play in altering your consciousness for the worst. One major problem in realms of brawn is the predominance of ‘beef ego’. Mostly, you might become a brute that nobody likes. Neither do you feel very confident inwardly because of a guilty conscience!

Healthy relationships begin to fall apart and you may gather a group of harmful associates. All these consequences can get you to slip into depressive procrastination and undisciplined lifestyle, further ruining your great physique. Finally, you also lose a lot of money due to all these abusive effects, lose your sleep over it and fall into the depression cycle.

Right use

For right use, first you need to find a genuine product. Since it is a contraband substance in USA unavailable over-the-counter, the only way to obtain it by camouflaged online packaging. However, there would be many fake Chinese and Indian products doing the rounds, trying to cash out on the hype. Look up a reliable retailer after you assess the user experience in service website.

Along with a thorough cognizance on effects linked to Tren use, you should be able to devise the perfect dosage for your individual body needs. The amount needed would depend also on your bodybuilding status. Rookies should not exceed more than 100 mg of Tren for a 8 weeks cycle. Intermediate users may find something in the range of 200 mg as suitable. Advanced bodybuilders must not exceed the critical threshold of 500 mg to avoid further problems.

April 2016 now crowned as the driest month on record

Driest AprilApril 2016 has turned out to be the driest one in the last many years. Accordingly, it was also one of the hottest on record with temperatures continuously settling above 40 degree Celsius at several places. Heatwave like conditions did not even spare the hills of North India. On the other hand, Northeast India remained cool with rains lashing the region throughout the month of April.

Record-breaking temperatures were witnessed in several areas in the country with Bangalore losing its pleasant weather crown. Heatwave in Telangana and Odisha claimed hundreds of lives as well.

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Pre-Monsoon showers were almost absent from the country. Cumulatively, India received 30.8 mm of rainfall against the normal of 38.9 mm. This amounted to 19% of rainfall deficiency, which actually falls in the ambit of normal rains. However, the situation was grim as most of the contribution came from Northeast India. North, Central and West India performed extremely poorly in terms of pre-Monsoon showers.

The table below shows the cumulative rainfall figures for the month of April in several cities of India against their normal averages. (figures in millimeters)

Driest April


Looking at the figures above we could say that Northeast India received very heavy showers and most of the places like Guwahati and Silchar exceeded the monthly average rainfall.

The subdivision of Assam and Meghalaya witnessed 75% excess rains. Andhra Pradesh received excess rains to the tune of 15%. On the other hand, Punjab was rain deficit to the tune of 94% and East Uttar Pradesh was 100% rain deficit. All the subdivisions in Northwest India remained parched. West Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh did not receive any rainfall at all.

This April, 27 subdivisions of the country received scanty or deficit rains while 4 subdivisions receive no rain at all. In the year 2014 when the pan India deficiency was 42% in April, 18 subdivisions witnessed normal rains. But, this year only 4 subdivisions recorded normal rains.

April 2012 had witnessed 24% excess rains while the next year was 21% rain deficit. Even then, in 2013, normal rains were recorded by 5 subdivisions. In 2014, the pan India rains were deficit to the tune of 42%. However, 12 subdivisions received normal rains.


Heatwave alert in Madhya Pradesh as mercury crosses 45°C

Heat in Madhya PradeshHeatwave has raised curfew-like situation in several parts of Madhya Pradesh. Sunday was the hottest day of this season so far in the state with the mercury rising above 45°C in Northern parts of Madhya Pradesh. Nowgong in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh is the hottest city in India at present with maximum touching 46.5°C on Sunday.

Here’s a look at the temperature profile in rest of the places:Temperatures in Madhya Pradesh

The mercury refused to come down at night as well. Thus, minimums are also settling close to the 30-degree mark in most of the places.

On Sunday, traces of rainfall were witnessed in Sagar and Gwalior. However, these rains occurred in the late afternoon hours and failed to bring any relief from the heat.

Heatwave returned back to Central India including Madhya Pradesh last couple of days back. Reason for this sudden rise in temperatures could be attributed to cessation of pre- Monsoon activities and change in wind direction. At present, the winds are blowing from northwest and west direction up to Central India. These hot and dry winds travelling from Balochistan and Rajasthan have joined hands with bright sunshine to bring heatwave.

Heatwave conditions have already spread across most parts of Central and North Madhya Pradesh, rapidly extending to some more parts of the state during next 48 hours.

No weather activity is likely over the region for the time being. Therefore, temperatures will continue to settle near the 45-degree mark.

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