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Universal Breathing: Pranayama

Universal Breathing: Pranayama

1,000 - 5,000 downloads

Pros
  • Can adjust breaths per minute
  • Aural and visual cues
  • Soothing chanting in the background
  • Works....?
Cons
  • Slightly hoodoo
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Expert's Review
7.5
Great

"Take a deep breath"

Reviewed by / Nov 06, 2013

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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Developer's original description available here
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What's new in this app
1) Fixes Screen Timeout issues
2) Redesigned course as recommended by yogic experts now including the 3 Bandhas (3 locks).
3) General performance optimizations and animation improvements
You can download the Free version to ensure this app runs well on your phone before downloading the paid version.

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:
1) Migraines
2) High Blood Pressure
3) Depression
4) COPD
5) Asthma
6) Improves overall stamina and fitness

* * * * UNIQUE FEATURES * * * *

Practicing slow breathing is not as easy as it seems. Pranayama guides you with the following features:
- It does counting for you so that you can focus on awareness and technique.
- Choose from 5 different Music styles to guide and condition your breathing
- A structured course that gradually reduces your breathing rate as you progress through the sessions.
- Each music style has it own individualized background music to transport you to a more relaxing place as you practice.

Please ensure you have a high spec phone for best performance before downloading this application. You can download the Free version to ensure this app runs well on your phone before downloading the paid version.

Tested on
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Acer Iconia
HTC Desire
HTC Desire HD
HTC Inspire 4G
HTC EVO
Nexus One
Samsung Fascinate
Motorola Droid
Droid X
HTC G2

**This App is available for the PC and Mac as well**
http://www.saagara.com/health-tools/pranayama

Recently changed in this version

Major update
Improved performance, quicker load times
Two breathing courses to choose from in the app
A) Traditional breathing or B) Saagara Breathing Course


Comments and ratings for Universal Breathing: Pranayama
  • (69)

    by Alex Santayana on 28/03/2014

    App seems resource intensive but its very nice to use

  • (69)

    by John Robinson on 24/03/2014

    There is no option to use the app with screen off. The developer made very similar app with the screen off option and wants us to spend another £ 3 on his new app instead of supporting this one. Very disappointed:-(

  • (69)

    by Nicholas Smith on 05/01/2014

    Don't know what to say it would be perfect with background audio. Update: Just subtracted a bunch of stars. After supporting this app for years, I have no more patience for the developer. You didn't give us background audio, you gave is a wake lock so our screen will never shut off, it will overheat, damage the display and drain the battery. Jerks!

  • (69)

    by Qasim Mashwani on 03/01/2014

    This application has a great interface and features but had horrible performance. from the way it behaves I'm positive the performance issue is related to the fact that this is a HTML5 app or a browser wrapper for a webapp. Please don't take advantage of paying customers by giving apps built using technology that is known to be substandard in performance. Performance and speed are the only thing

  • (69)

    by Kay Hofmann on 10/08/2013

    Good app, very relaxing

  • (69)

    by B Tika on 29/06/2013

    A simple concept, well executed.

  • (69)

    by Sirius V on 11/01/2013

    This is a very vital program for all meditators, many people wants to learn meditation but have not learned proper breathing to clear the space within and out. I have been a meditator many years now, and breathing is most important for growth.