Meditation, yoga & lifting weights: How ClearTax founder keeps his mind & body in shape

While meditating helps Archit Gupta keep his mind sharp, he also does yoga and lifts weights regularly.

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Gupta also listens to 'bhajans' and tries to focus on his mental health.
For Archit Gupta, founder of ClearTax, playing a variety of sports is key to keeping his mind and body in shape.

Mind

“Meditating after a good workout has proven to be useful and helps keep my mind sharp. I try writing notes and whiteboarding for thinking out aloud and brainstorming with the team. “Mental health is important to maintain a work-life balance. It’s like being a top athlete. The longer you can stay in the zone, the better you can perform. Long hours, remaining calm as a leader, seeing the needs of the team and placing them above your own, all of these come from a sound, meditative mind.”


Soul

“I enjoy listening to bhajans with my family. I am not super religious, but my grandfather used to have us listen to bhajans as children. This helps me keep my soul at peace. Good food, time with family, being in nature, running/lifting, working with great people, they all let me be thankful for whatever I have. I enjoy my work and spending time with my family. I am at peace when I can maintain a healthy work-life balance.”

Body
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“Fitness is everything for me. I want to accomplish a lot, and key to this is remaining top of the fitness game. And I don’t just mean physical fitness: A happy mind is as important as a fit body. I exercise 3-4 times a week, and lift weights regularly. Over the past year, I have added weight training into my regimen. I have started using kettleballs to push myself.

“I love doing yoga, which my wife teaches me. Apart from that, I also enjoy morning runs at Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park. I prefer exercising early in the morning as I have more control over my time. There is work in the evening, and also worse traffic. “But most importantly, build a habit of consistency. It’s even more important than what workout you do. I find that when people get fancy with their routines, they may actually fall off the fitness wagon. “I play ultimate frisbee, a niche sport, but lovely to play with a team. I would love to learn swimming. If I could play a sport with anybody, I would pick tennis with Roger Federer, football with Lionel Messi or basketball with LeBron James. I want to learn from the best in the world, about the spirit, determination, focus, and commitment they bring.

“I am a vegetarian, and I prefer eating many small meals besides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Diet hack: Stop eating after 8 pm. I eat more protein-rich food and those light on carbs, so I don’t feel sleepy after a meal. Eating fresh food is the key. Avoid deep fried food and restaurant food. Anything home cooked is good.”

Aerial, Acrobatic, Aqua: 5 Types Of Yoga That Are Becoming A Fitness Trend
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Yoga is more than a form of workout. It helps you relax, improves mental health, and pushes you towards a healthier lifestyle. The ancient Indian form of workout has gained immense popularity all over the world.

People are opening up to the idea of experimenting with their fitness routine, and yoga with a twist is the new rage amongst health enthusiasts. Combining yoga with acrobatics and Pilates works wonders for people who are looking to add flexibility and mental-well-being to the mix.

On International Yoga Day, here's a round-up of five types of yoga that taking over the fitness world.

Also read: Beat Stress With Yoga & Meditation: Apps For Step-By-Step Asanas To Stay Fit

Yoga is more than a form of workout. It helps you relax, improves mental health, and pushes you towards a healthier lifestyle. The ancient Indian form of workout has gained immense popularity all o..
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Aerial Yoga, as its name suggests, is a gravity-defying technique inspired by Pilates. Poses in this form require a nylon or silk hammock hanging from the ceiling.

Bringing Pilates, yoga and cardio under one form, it is touted as one of the best ab exercises of all time. This form of workout focuses on stretching body muscles, strengthening upper back and the spine.

Aerial Yoga, as its name suggests, is a gravity-defying technique inspired by Pilates. Poses in this form require a nylon or silk hammock hanging from the ceiling.Bringing Pilates, yoga and cardio un..
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One of the most interesting and old forms, this one combines acrobatics, yoga, Thai massage and healing arts in one form. Deemed as one of the most vigorous and risky forms of the ancient Indian workout, this one requires strength, flexibility and technique training.

In order to practice acro-yoga, one must have a partner. Over time, it helps one get a stronger core, muscles, arms, chest and may also improve relationships over time.

One of the most interesting and old forms, this one combines acrobatics, yoga, Thai massage and healing arts in one form. Deemed as one of the most vigorous and risky forms of the ancient Indian work..
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Going by its name, aqua yoga requires people to practice poses inside water. While one can opt for a warm water pool, open water sources are better options for this form of yoga.

Using the principles of basic yoga like breathing and mindfulness, it has a soothes impact on people and strengthens the whole body, and facilitates pain-free movement. Given its mental well-being benefits, aqua yoga is believed to be a healing activity.

Going by its name, aqua yoga requires people to practice poses inside water. While one can opt for a warm water pool, open water sources are better options for this form of yoga.Using the principles ..
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Props are add more value and fun to the yoga poses. Wheel yoga is performed using a rubber and fibre-based wheel that pushes the stretches and the fitness routine. used to deepen yoga practise and taking it to a new level.

One of the biggest benefits of this form is that it makes back-bends and inversions easier. Other benefits of this form includes improved flexibility, better breathing and lower risk of injuries.

Props are add more value and fun to the yoga poses. Wheel yoga is performed using a rubber and fibre-based wheel that pushes the stretches and the fitness routine. used to deepen yoga practise and ta..
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Laughter yoga, first spoken about in Madan Kataria's 2002 book named 'Laugh For No Reason', involves prolonged voluntary laughter. It works on the principle that voluntary laughter has the same effect on mental well-being as spontaneous laughter. This form is practised in groups through eye contact and jokes.

Besides lowering stress, laughter yoga is known to strengthen the immune system and reduce pain. Combined with yogic breathing, laughter yoga becomes effective for overall well-being.

Laughter yoga, first spoken about in Madan Kataria's 2002 book named 'Laugh For No Reason', involves prolonged voluntary laughter. It works on the principle that voluntary laughter has the same effec..
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