|***This post is sponsored by The Breathing App***|
It's one of those natural bodily functions that most of us take for granted. We breathe slowly when we're at rest, and we breathe excitedly when we're anxious or being active. Most of our breathing is a result of our actions, but it is possible to actively control our breathing as well.
Enter The Breathing App!
Developed by Edwin Stern and Deepak Chopra , The Breathing App (click HERE for website) is based on resonant breathing. By teaching oneself how to slow down...taking in as few as six breathes in a minute (instead of the typical 15-18), will not only calm your body, but also your mind.
How does it work, and what are the benefits?
From the website:
Anyone who knows me will attest to my lack of technology gadgets and know-how. Well, The Breathing App is a perfect fit for me. It's very basic in what it does, but very user-friendly.
This can be practiced once a day, or several times a day (as your schedule allows). Like any kind of relaxation method, it is most effective if used daily (ideally from 10-20 minutes). You can choose any position that works for you...sitting, lying down, eyes open or closed (if using the musical cues).
As for the breathing ratio, you have four choices:
**inhale for 4 seconds, exhale for 6
**inhale for 5 seconds, exhale for 5
**inhale for 6 seconds, exhale for 6 (which is TRUE resonance)
**inhale for 5 seconds, exhale for 7
My thoughts and observations:
*It took me awhile to acclimate to using the app to control my breathing. The first couple of minutes of each session were always a struggle to stay in rhythm with the timer. After those initial minutes, though, I found myself easing into a deep breathing pattern and the inhales/exhales came easily.
*For myself, I found the 6:6 ratio the most relaxing and it felt the most "natural" for me. The 4:6 ratio was really hard to maintain...it felt like I was breathing too fast.
*I used the ball screen (inflating/deflating) for most of my initial sessions, but eventually discovered the "galaxy" screen (with the musical cues) to be the most effective for me.
*I had the most success when I was alone. Trying to focus on my breathing while listening to a football game, tv show, or music simply did not work for me (shocker, I know). I'm one of those overly-excitable/easily distracted types...if I'm in a noisy room, surrounded by numerous noises, I cannot focus on any one thing (because I will hear EVERYTHING going on around me).
Are you interested? Do you have trouble controlling your breathing at times? Ever feel stressed? Give The Breathing App a try--it's currently available for iOS devices (and it's FREE!), but Android will be coming soon. You can find it in the iTunes store!
***Disclaimer*** I received a few promotional items in exchange for the opportunity to test and review The Breathing App. All opinions are my own.
**I'm linking this with Nicole and Annmarie for the Wild Wednesday Workout