The Breathing App (TBA)
is inspired by the resonance, the scientific name that describes what happens when our heart rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, and brainwave function come into a coherent frequency. It occurs spontaneously when we breathe at a rate of five to seven breaths per minute (instead of our usual 15-18). It results in a calm, restful alertness, and many other benefits.
The effects of resonance support the innate ability of our body, nervous system, and emotions to restore themselves through the balancing of the complementary branches of our autonomic nervous system, which control our heart rate, blood pressure, digestion, respiration, and many other automatic functions of the body.
There have been hundreds of scientific studies performed on resonant breathing, which show a wide array of benefits, including reduction of inflammation, reduction of stress, improved sleep, improved resiliency, and strengthening of cardiovascular function.
How is it possible for one breathing technique to do so much? The answer lies within our nervous system. By breathing at resonance, we enter into an even balance between the two branches of our autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic (which moves us towards activity) and the parasympathetic, which moves us towards rest.
The sympathetic branch is our accelerator and speeds us up. The parasympathetic is our braking system, which slows us down. We alternate between these two every second of the day, with each breath we take.
However, in our fast-paced, information-heavy world, we often lean towards acceleration. Spending just a few minutes consciously breathing sends signals of balance to our brain, telling us that we are ok, and brings us out from the part of our brain that makes us feel overwhelmed, into a state of calm. With resonant breathing, you learn how to apply your brake at will, rather than being sidelined by anxiety, distractedness, or excess stress.
Our world is very much in sympathetic overdrive: we are overly active, overly plugged in, and live in a world of both heated politics and climate. It’s important to learn to cool down, so that we can be as effective in our lives as possible, and conscious breathing is one of the best ways to do that. The Breathing App, by virtue of toning the vagus nerve, reduces inflammation and induces a state of restful alertness and mental clarity.
Resonant breathing is like a stress reset button.
Eddie Stern, a yoga teacher, author, and lecturer from New York, created the concept, and drew the blueprint for the app.
Moby, a musician, DJ, author, and photographer born in New York City, who has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, developed the breathing cue sounds.
Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, NYT bestselling author of over 85 books, founder of the Chopra Center and Jiyo.com, guided the science and context behind the app.
Sergey Varichev, an app developer and coder from Belarus, currently living in Amsterdam, did the coding, and co-designed the app.
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Thank you for using TBA! This update contains features and improvements:
● Returned sound on the space screen with no pause between inhale and exhale
● The breathing ball movement synchronized with a sound (with a short natural pause between inhale and exhale)
● Sound on/off feature
● Sounds tuned to match the coherent monitor precisely
● Updated visual design
● Tap screen to Start/Pause
● Auto-hide controls during breathing after 6-sec
● Support iOS 13
● Multiple bug fixes and performance optimizations
While the app is updating, take a few gentle breaths: inhale, exhale...
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Newly limited visuals?
This is my favorite of the many breathing apps I've tried! Very effective, wonderful sounds and not too many choices to get distracted by. However, when I first downloaded it a few months ago there were multiple backgrounds and visual styles to choose from, and I do miss the variety in that regard. Now it seems to be stuck on a night scene which is pretty but feels off if I'm using the app during the day. Would love to have some other options but overall very grateful!
Nearly 5 ⭐️
This app is better than any others I’ve tried. Most are too busy w visuals and sounds and not great cuing by the sounds used. So it’s great that the visual of the ball is so calm in color and form. The sound is more meditative. I would like to suggest the addition of an option that has no visual and uses a simple soft tone to indicate the start of each inhalation and exhalation and maybe a different tone just for the end of the cycle. It would allow for those w stimulus sensitivities to use it. I find the constant sound brings the breathing focus outward vs inward. If you could add this, it would be 5 ⭐️ for me! Still kudos for how simple and less “hyper” it already is!!!
I really like this breathing app. The visual is the most soothing of the breathing apps I’ve seen. I love that there is not a number count down which I find stressful and that the color scheme is monotone not bright. Other colors could be nice if they were soft, earth kind of tones but like this far more than some of the other vibrant apps I’ve seen. I only wish you could specifically set the amount of seconds for inhale, hold and exhale, that would make this app perfect. There’s no hold option currently. There’s another app that does this, included an option to hold the exhale too, but I’m not fond of the visual.
- Edwin Stern
- 58.8 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- © 2020, Eddie Stern and Sergey Varichev
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.