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    Published: 2013-11-06, by .

    Slow breathing exercises to lower stress and increase general well-being

    7.5
    • Can adjust breaths per minute
    • Aural and visual cues
    • Soothing chanting in the background
    • Works....?
    • Slightly hoodoo

    "Take a deep breath"

    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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    by Janel , Appszoom

    Nov 06, 2013

    Description

    Stressed? Balance your life and experience a relaxed meditative state to relieve your daily stresses and tensions. Health through Breath is a simple and intuitive guide to deep breathing that features a progressive course based on the principles of yoga to help you find balance and stress relief.

    Just some of our reviews:

    “The benefit of Conscious Breathing is so underrated. This is the perfect app.”

    “This has helped with my blood pressure and with sleeping”

    “I train in several martial art styles and this app may be the BEST one for meditation and breathing which results in less stress and more power”

    “Love using this after a long, stressful day.”

    Combining the power of breath with technology, Health through Breath - Pranayama is an easy way of improving your health and reducing stress. Using music and animated visuals to guide you to slower deeper breathing, Health through Breath 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 include reducing: Slow breathing and meditation have been shown to help in:
    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.
    - Music cues that use distinct tones for each phase of breathing.
    - A structured course that gradually reduces your breathing rate as you progress through the sessions.
    - Fully customizable sessions

    Our animated graphics give you a way to visualize your breathing. You can choose either the dial animation, which shows you the relative length of each breathing phase, or the human animation, which shows you the physical aspects of proper breathing techniques.

    Want to know how your organs work during breathing? Just slide the transparency button to get an insider’s look at the body. With Health through Breath by Saagara, better health is at your fingertips.

    **** ABOUT PRANAYAMA ****

    Pranayama is composed of two Sanskrit words: Prāna, which means life force, or vital energy (for the breath particularly) and "āyāma," to suspend or restrain. It is often translated as control of the life force. When used as a technical term in yoga, it is often translated more specifically as "breath control." For current students of yoga, our app can help you improve your technique without much conscious effort, so that you can focus your mind purely on breathing and technique. It is a portable, customizable tool that will take your practice of yoga to the next level.

    * These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA

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