50,000 - 100,000 downloads
- Can adjust breaths per minute
- Aural and visual cues
- Soothing chanting in the background
- Slightly hoodoo
Slow breathing exercises to lower stress and increase general well-being
I don't know much regarding New Age hoodoo (nor that voodoo that you do), but I do know I'm a big fan of breathing. Saagara's Pranayama app purports to take this oxygen addiction of mine to the next level with graduated, meditative breathing exercises.
The app is actually pretty cool - select your desired pace of breathing (from slow to slower to slowest), and the timer will count down six minutes of guidance. Inhale and exhale based on the rotating circle, or simply listen to the shifts in the musical tones and breathe along with them. The aural cues mean you can easily close your eyes and meditate while following the slow breathing patterns.
I tried this in the office immediately after downing a shot of espresso (good morning!), and, shockingly, it actually seemed to work. I felt myself growing more aware of my heartbeat and simply focusing in general. I don't know if it was because I normally breathe like a hummingbird or if it can be attributed to the soothing effects of the chanting, but I liked it (would breathe again).
The free version of the app only includes the "Beginner" setting. You'll have to pony up for the more hardcore modes.
Saagara's Pranayama takes respiration to a whole new level.
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This is the free version of 'Universal Breathing: Pranayama'
Stressed? Balance your life and experience a relaxed meditative state to relieve your daily stresses and tensions. Pranayama's simple and intuitive guide to deep breathing features a progressive course based on the principles of yoga, to help you find balance and stress relief.
Combining the power of breath with technology, Pranayama is an easy way of improving your health and reducing stress. Using music and animated visuals to guide you to slower deeper breathing, Pranayama by Saagara enhances the way you feel and leaves you with more energy, stamina, and focus.
* * HEALTH BENEFITS * * * *
Even practicing slow breathing for only 15 minutes a day can reduce stress and stress-related illnesses. Pranayama has been used by people for the following potential health benefits to help with:
2) High Blood Pressure
6) Improves overall stamina and fitness
**Please ensure you have a high spec phone for best performance**
**Also available on the Mac and PC**
Samsung Galaxy Tab
HTC Desire HD
HTC Inspire 4G
**This App and other free apps are available for the PC and Mac as well**
Screen time out issue resolved
It crashes even after repeated download...
It makes me aware and focus on breath alone!
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Had a great session, haven't had to click a single ad yet. The only thing keeping this app from a 5 star rating is the lack of illustrations in some of the explanations which would help clarify the text.