How do you make your body go?

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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

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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

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Stress Management for Kids

Stress Management For KidsToday, stress has become as much a part of children’s lives as it is a part of adult life. School, homework, social pressures, family issues, and various other factors can all be overwhelmingly stressful for kids, especially when they lack the coping mechanisms that most adults already have.

It’s not always easy for a parent to know when their child is stressed. In kids, stress can often manifest as a stomach ache, as acting out in school, as trouble sleeping, as a lack of concentration, or as a whole host of other similar issues. Even when you know the culprit is stress, children might be unable to express how stress is affecting their lives. Or they are just unwilling to be straightforward with their parents about what is truly stressing them out.
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How to Deal With College Stress By Using Your Diaphragm – Let Me Show You How

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College is an exciting time. It’s an opportunity to create new friendships, broaden horizons, and begin to carve out your path in life.

It’s also a time of new pressures and stresses. For many, it’s the first time living away from home without any immediate family to rely on. Then there are exams and deadlines, first dates and study groups, and for many students there are part time jobs and bosses to deal with too.

To say college is stressful is an understatement!

College stress is unavoidable. However remembering to activate the diaphragm while breathing, or belly breathing, is an easy and effective solution to help students manage stress

More than half of college students reported above average or tremendous stress levels in the American College Health Association National College Health Assessment. In addition, 30% of students say stress has a negative effect on academics. [Read more…]

Benefits of Deep Breathing: Six Secrets You Should Know

Benefits of Deep BreathingBetween the moments of birth and death we take countless breaths and barely give any of them a second thought.

I’d like to argue that by giving the breathe the attention it deserves we can help heal ourselves and live longer, healthier lives.

In a future blog post I’ll talk about the many mental, spiritual, and emotional benefits of deep breathing. For now, let’s focus on six physical benefits of deep breathing or more specifically diaphragmatic breathing. [Read more…]