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By Columnist Julie Rammal – International Celebrity Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates Pro:


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What do we all have but incorrectly use? Lungs! Our lungs are magical organs that can take us to another state of mind, feed our cells with energy and oxygen, remove bodily waste products and can change our mood instantly.

Breathing seems so simple but has become one of the most difficult tasks to do today because we are often so involved with other things that we have forgotten how to breathe correctly.

To create better breathing, explore these five powerful breathing exercises that reconnect you with yourself:

Universal Breath

Univeral breath Julie Rammal

The Benefit: Use this breath to maximise the universal power force.

The Exercise: Close your eyes and open your palms.

Breathe in deeply through both nostrils for 5-7 seconds.

Then slowly observe the release of the air out through your nose for 8-12 seconds.

Repeat for 1-3 minutes.

Photo Credit: JakeMazzone – Courtesy of Julie Rammal

Delta Breath

Delta breath Julie Rammal

The Benefits: This exercise is the perfect breath when you are feeling mentally stressed, have sleep disturbances, migraines, headaches, or mixed emotions.

The Exercise: Put your hands on your forehead and close your eyes.

Take a couple of natural breaths to calm your mind down.

Then inhale deeply through your nose and exhale into the back of your throat.

The deeper you breathe, the more you will disconnect.

Build your practice by starting at 1 minute then gradually increasing to 10 minutes over time.

Photo Credit: Jake Mazzone – Courtesy of Julie Rammal

Nadi Shodana

Nadi Shodana Julie Rammal

The Benefits: This is the perfect breath to channel your energy, and to clear and calm your mind.

The Exercise: Cover your right nostril with your thumb. and inhale slowly and deeply through your left nostril.

Inhale slowly and deeply through your left nostril.

Exhale through your left nostril.

Beginners should start with 5-10 rounds of breath.

Intermediate and advanced 20-30 rounds of breath.

Photo Credit: Julie Rammal

Breath Stretch

Breath Stretch Julie Rammal

The Benefits: Opens your lungs and awakens your senses.

The Exercise: Reach your hands upwards while inhaling for 5-7 seconds.

Exhale the last atom of air out of your lungs.

Repeat the same breathing cycle breathing in deeper each time.

Photo Credit: Julie Rammal

Good Night Breath


The Benefits: Releases any tension you’ve built up during the day.

The Exercise: Before bedtime, close your eyes and let go of all the mental and physical tension of your body.

Inhale deeply and hold your breath for 3-7 seconds.

Open your mouth and making hissing sound as your slowly exhale deeply.

Perform 10-20 times.

Remember, your breath is the union between your body and mind. By breathing and practising these exercises, you can open up to a new healthier life and body.

Photo Credit: Lauren Rushing – Breathe

About Our Alternative Complimentary Medicine News and Review Columnist

Julie RammalJulie Rammal is an International Celebrity Personal Trainer, Yoga and Pilates Pro, and a leading holistic fitness and Ayurvedic practitioner. She has trained some of the biggest stars and Royal families in the middle east. Therefore, it is no wonder she is called, “The Middle East Princess of Holistic Fitness.”

Growing-up in over 40 countries, Julie has helped thousands of people to find themselves by connecting back to their body and mind. Her diverse fitness background in: Aerobics, dance, gymnastics, Pilates and  Yoga have led her to create the first holistic fitness dvd that focuses on changing, connecting, and training the body and mind together in a 2-week program to make you younger, firmer, and slimmer! Her recently produced DVD, “IN LIGHT OF CHANGE” (52 minutes, www.jsport.co) was a huge hit seller.

Julie demonstrates a variety of fitness moves inspired by aerobics, primal movements, stretching, Yoga and Pilates. She honors the mind and body. Julie focuses on spreading her messages of natural holistic fitness, health, and motivation to inspire our current and next generation to connect to a healthier and naturally fitter, stress free population.

Disclaimer: The information published in this column are based on the author’s own professional and personal knowledge, and opinion. This information and opinion are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any manner. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical condition and consult a qualified medical professional before beginning any nutritional program or exercise program. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on InShape News.


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