The Dolly Lammy Attends the International Breath Foundation (IBF) in Austria

The Dolly Lammy attends the International Breath Foundation (IBF) Conference in Reinchenau, Austria

IBF attendees loved The Dolly Lammy and many recognized the important role he can play in reminding people to “Just Breathe”.  He is your visual aide to use the power of your breath.   Wolfgang Schareck explained the symbolism of the various features of The Dolly Lammy in a presentation at the conference.




“The Dolly Lammy has become my teacher to study and practice life while here on earth in my body.

The Dolly Lammy does this very simply for me.

Its uplifted head, relaxed shoulders and straight back, reminds me that good posture promotes healthy breathing and living.

Its neutral face with the black head and white body reminds me by balancing my yin and yang energies, I balance my ego and enables me to leave it outside before I enter someone else’s home.

Its white body and white arms teach me to be pure of heart and action with everyone I touch.

Looking at its RIGHT arm with the message of “Just Breathe”, I am reminded that to live life to the fullest is simply to breathe in the RIGHT way for ME and me alone.

Its expanded gut and belly reminds me to focus my mind on that part of my body and move it in and out, which activates the up and down movement of the diaphragm with every breath I take.

After all, it is one of the largest muscles in the body used strictly for breathing.

When I look at its black feet, I am reminded to always be grounded to Mother Earth with every step I take.

The black and white of the ears remind me to always keep my mind wide open and listen to the sounds of the universe.  This helps me to share the message of The Dolly Lammy with others who might care to listen.

The big ears also remind me to always speak with loving intent and integrity, as I never know who might be listening.

When I see the complete body with its big tummy, I feel the lamb of God in the body of Christ, the shepherd. Since Christ studied with the Buddhist in Tibet while here on earth, I balance in my heart the principles of the western and eastern philosophies that these wise sages taught us to live by while here on earth.

When I touch the Dolly’s body and feel the many pellets inside, I am reminded to celebrate with loving intention every single cell in MY body.

And finally, when I reflect on the name The Dolly Lammy, it reminds me that the name is a play on words to describe a child’s toy.  I recognize that in order to heal on all levels I need to connect fully with my innocent child within with unconditional love.

It is our vision that The Dolly Lammy be an effective reminder for everyone to ‘Just Breathe’ and also as a symbol connecting all breath workers worldwide.

Together, The Dolly Lammy and our company is all about the DIAPHRAGM MOVEMENT, and if you see merit in our message, we would be honored if you joined us on this exciting journey of life.”

Wolfgang Schareck

Co-creator of The Dolly Lammy and Co-founder of The Dolly Lammy Breathing Company


Deep breathing the best for Seniors



In his book  Bodymind, Psychologist Ken Dychtwald, PhD. as a co-director of SAGE, the highly acclaimed health center for the elderly explains it this way:

“I and others experimented with a variety of growth techniques and practices in an attempt to revitalized the minds and bodies of older men and women. Among the practices that we experimented with were relaxation training, electromyograph biofeedback, deep breathing, hatha yoga, bodymind awareness exercises, massage, Feldenkrais exercises, individual counselling, meditation, T’ai Chi, music therapy, and Gestalt therapy. After the first year of practice and research we interviewed the participants about which techniques seemed to be most effective for each of them in the restoration of emotional energy, physical well-being, and feelings of interpersonal connected-ness.

The answer was almost unanimous: DEEP BREATHING. How remarkable that a process so simple could wield such profound power and have such possibilities for people who are more exaggeratedly blocked than many of us younger folks. My experience with these people has overwhelmingly reconfirmed my belief that the degree to which we allow the flow of life to breathe through our bodymind profoundly influences the degree to which we are in fact “alive”, regardless of age.”

Another What If: Breathing

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Imagine if you were a child – let’s say before the age of 4 or 5, the age of pre-reasoning where the brain has not yet learned the ability to reason why something makes sense or not. Imagine that you were just learning to discover the world around you.

Now what if, on that journey of discovery, you recognized that all the different pleasurable feelings of touch were a building block in adding emotional, mental and physical awareness to your already deep spiritual connection on this earth as a human being? You’d come to regard your body as a vessel, or a tool, used for exploring and navigating your environment.

Now imagine being told rather harshly, as many of us are, that there were certain parts of the body you should not touch?  Certain ways your body should and shouldn’t be used? Wouldn’t confusion set in, kindled by someone you considered an authority on life, someone you depended on to guide you safely into this new life? Might your body not start to feel like a foreign landscape, full of treacherous obstacles, rather than a useful tool, a container for your self, where utility and health are key?

Does this sound familiar?

We start out life thinking of our body as a wonderful tool. We start out trusting our bodies to do what we tell them. Young children simply do, and are; they don’t assign value judgement to walking a certain way, to talking or standing or feeling a certain way – to breathing a certain way. Infants and young children breathe properly, using the diaphragm to fully expand the lungs and moving the belly in and out. It’s only as adults that we learn to hold our breath when uncomfortable or ashamed. Shame reshapes the way our bodies work naturally and at the same time, reduces their efficiency.

But your body is more powerful than shame, guilt or fear. And The Dolly Lammy can help you re-learn what your childhood body knew instinctively: to breathe with your diaphragm, efficiently and correctly, making your lungs work to their full capacity.

And breathing right is only the first step. Let The Dolly Lammy help you awaken long-forgotten instincts. Start today.

How do you make your body go?


Imagine your body as an automobile.

It’s a machine, with an engine and moving parts. You have a lot in common with this car. You both need fuel and maintenance. Your arms and legs are like the wheels. Your digestive system is like the gas tank. The wiring and the onboard computer is like a simplified version of your nervous system. And a car needs to be driven with care; neglect and misuse will cause damage and breakdowns.

What are you doing to keep the automobile in top condition? How do you make it go?

You know where we’re going with this: the diaphragm is like your gas pedal. It drives your respiratory system. It helps you to put more oxygen into your bloodstream. And if you give it the attention and exercise it needs, it will help ensure that your vehicle is always in good shape.
–The Dolly Lammy

The Fountain of Youth



Here’s a “what-if” story.

I would imagine most everyone likes to think of one now and then.

Just look at all the people who say they are positive thinkers because they imagine the glass is always half full. If you stop to think about it for a moment, doesn’t it make much more sense – since the glass is only imaginary and it’s not like we are carrying the darn thing around in our hand – to make the glass completely full? How about overflowing, so that when the crap tries to land, it is simply washed away?

To take it one step further, what if you had that fountain of positivity in your heart all the time, nurturing your body and soul?

Now that’s what I call positive thinking.

Who says the fountain of youth can’t be right inside of us?

Back to the here and now: did you know that the diaphragm is one of the largest muscles in the body? Or that its connection to the heart is essential in helping it to function properly? It stands to reason that the more we activate the diaphragm, the stronger the heart, the richer the flow of blood, the more vibrant the body and the more your imaginary fountain of youth can overflow.

The beauty of this “what-if” is that it doesn’t have to have an ending. The more we learn about the diaphragm, the more chapters we can add to the story of our lives.

–The Dolly Lammy


An Ode to the Diaphragm

jellyfish The Diaphragm baby swimming

Paradise Cafe

Welcome and enjoy paradise cafe
Where you find life’s menu
Prepared by chefs of all eternity
Meals of taste delights
Limited only by imagination
Like Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Without the additives
Fly with the eagles the heavens above
And walk the earth below
And taste the food for the soul and beyond.

To order just close your eyes
And make up magic dishes
From the menu of the diaphragm.

Have no fear
This food is nature’s best
For body and soul
To journey earth and heaven
At the same time
Here now

–The Dolly Lammy

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Even more ways to de-stress.

Are you wondering whether there are even more ways that conscious breathing with The Dolly Lammy can make a difference for you? Good news! We’ve added several new articles to our Learn How Lammy Can Help page in a variety of subject areas, including:

  • Breathing Deeply is Better for Your Body
  • Stomp out Stress with Deep Breathing
  • Conscious Breathing for Classrooms
  • We Can Help You Solve Office Stress!
  • Breathe Your Way to Success

Check it out now, and learn how The Dolly Lammy can help you change your life.

Some Health Benefits of Breathing using the Diaphragm

Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing:

  • live longer, be more positive & keep performing at your best
  • detoxifies and releases toxins from your body
  • releases tension
  • relaxes the mind/body and brings clarity
  • relieves pain
  • massages organs
  • strengthens the immune system
  • improves posture
  • improves quality of the blood
  • increases digestion and assimilation of food
  • strengthens the lungs and nervous system
  • makes the heart stronger
  • assists in weight control
  • can take you on your spiritual path
  • balances the breath with the energy

Benefits of The Dolly Lammy:

  • helps you with all of the above

Ways To Deal With Anxiety

ways to deal with anxietyMany children will experience some form of anxiety during their childhood. Some anxieties can be a part of larger problems and disorders, like OCD, and might require professional consideration.  Many anxieties, however, are as simple as the clichéd fear of the dark or of monsters under the bed. Others are more intense, like fears and phobias of animals or heights. Your child may just be going through an anxious phase that is natural for their age or they have a manageable anxiety that’s just persisted for a long time. Many of these anxieties can easily be confronted and managed, especially if you follow these helpful steps from Kids Health, Psychology Today, and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

As always, breathing helps. When your kids become anxious, remind them to breathe consciously, using their diaphragms to take deep breaths. Taking control of one’s breathing is the first step in taking control of the situation. Deep diaphragmatic breaths will calm your kids down, especially when you encourage them to breathe as a form of meditation. When they get anxious have them close their eyes and focus on breathing in and out slowly with the diaphragm. Slow deep breathes are an integral part of meditation and relaxation activities that will help you children deal with anxiety. [Read more…]

From the archives…

July 12th, 2011:

Greetings, readers! Today we have a surprise for you: a brand-new video!

Meet Bob. Bob’s a busy guy, and busy can often mean stressed. Find out how Bob learns to deal with stress in the workplace: with the help of his new breathing buddy, The Dolly Lammy.