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SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

Breathe To Live

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Breathing is considered a ‘life giver’ to all living beings. People always say that we ‘ eat to live’ but yogis believe that we ‘breathe to live’. So for most of you out there who are not conscious of how the respiratory system works, let me remind you again about the workings of this vital system in simple terms. Visit

In general terms, when we inhale air into the body, oxygen from the air passes into the blood and when we exhale, carbon dioxide is being expelled from the body. Oxygen is required for energy production, therefore as a result of chemical reactions due to the production of energy, carbon dioxide is released and must be eliminated. Otherwise, it will cause the cells of our body to be poisoned.

The respiratory system consists of the:

(a) nose
(b) pharynx ( throat )
(c) larynx ( voice box )
(d) trachea ( wind pipe )
(e) Bronchi ( main airways in the chest )
(f) lungs


Nose - filters, warms and moistens inhaled air

Pharynx( Throat ), Larynx ( Voice Box ), Trachea ( Windpipe )
- passageway for air to and from the lungs

Bronchial Tubes, Bronchioles, Alveoli
- from the trachea, air goes into the right and left bonchial tubes
The bronchial tubes ( plural sense, its called bronchi: singularly its called bronchus )
lead directly into the lungs where they divide into many smaller tubes ( bronchioles )
which connect to tiny sacs called alveoli ( air sacs )
- alveoli is where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between air in the lungs
and blood occurs ( diffusion / exchange of gases ). In the lungs, oxygen binds the
haemoglobin whereas carbon dioxide is released from haemoglobin into the alveoli.
Oxygen is then transported by the haemoglobin to the tissues where it is released.
Carbon dioxide from the tissue cells is bound by alveoli and is transported to the lungs to be
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So voila, now you know what happens in your respiratory system when you breathe. If you prefer, you can perform an active meditation by focusing on the ‘process of respiration’ as above. Please make sure you are breathing fully into your lungs as oppose to having a short breath. Remember, the anceint yogis have a saying which goes like this:

…..the number of breath you take determines the length of your life……..


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SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

Basil + Garlic + Chilli Olive Oil Infusion

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Pesto is one of my favorite sauce for pasta dishes. So, tired of going around supermarkets looking for basil and sometimes not finding it, I decided to plant some so that I can have it anytime and whenever I have sudden cravings for pesto. After an overgrowth of my basil plant, I decided that to make use of my basil leaves, I have to find something else to do with it other than pesto all the time.Then came my basil + garlic + chili infused olive oil project. It’s so convenient as it can be used in salads, as a dip, in pastas and lots more. For those of you whose mouth are watering now, here’s the recipe you can use. It’s easy and I think even if you are crappy in the kitchen, you will be able to survive this oil infusion ordeal.

You need:

500 ml             olive oil

1 cup / 8 oz      fresh basil leaves

5 – 8 cloves     garlic

3 – 5                red dry chillies

To make a deliciously aromatic infusion:

1) Wash the basil and leave it to dry because water content disrupts the infusion process by causing fungus to form during infusion process

2) Blend garlic and dry chillies

3) Pour 200ml olive oil in a pan, add the blended ingredients and ½ cup of fresh basil leaves, then simmer for about 2 – 3 minutes on low fire ( do not allow it to boil )

4) Remove pan from stove and let it cool

5) Pour ingredients from the pan into an airtight glass container

6) Finally add the remainder ingredients in the container

7) Store in the fridge for about 2 weeks. You can opt to infuse it longer than 2 weeks. The longer you infuse, the richer the taste


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