Resonant breathing is like a stress reset button.

Inhale, exhale ...
... and after just a few minutes see if you feel a little bit calm, just let that soak into you.

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.

About Resonance

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.

About Creators

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, 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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What’s New

Version 2.1.2

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 Reviews

4.7 out of 5
235 Ratings

235 Ratings

k•mage ,

Much love for this app.

I downloaded today and appreciate the simplicity in that I don’t have to muddle through a barrage of other features or decisions. The resonant audio is memorable enough to stay with me even after I’ve finished a session and stays with me when I move onto something else.

The directions to swipe right to change screens could use a little more clarification, it’s not a negative would just improve user experience. Only other question is if there is an intentionally to pairing the ascending tones with inhale and the descending tones with the exhale? Just a personal preference on my part perhaps and I can make it work for me either way.

Thanks for this!!! As expressed by a precious reviewer, this is a great tool for managing what can be a very hard world.

Developer Response ,

Thanks very much for your kind review! I'll pass along your suggestion to our team (which is just me, Sergey, and Max). There is an intentional pairing of the breath with the ascending and descending - you can see that demonstrated when you watch the circle. It's basically just a cue, that's all - plus an inhale is expansive and moves up, so the sound moves up with it. Thank you again! Eddie

ClubEd ,

Just right

I tried 7 different apps for breathing, and this is one of the two I will keep for everyday use. It is straightforward and easy. I like the tone guidance- not jarring like a ding, not a voice repeatedly saying inhale/exhale- which is anything but relaxing. This app has the best audio option, and the best visual option for timing/guiding breaths in the least intrusive and most effective way. Some days I concentrate on yogic breaths and other days it is just regular breaths, but the guide works effectively for either. The other app I am keeping is for box breathing, which paces you to hold your breath for intervals. So if you added that kind of box or other types of hold your breath at intervals option, this excellent app would be even better. Thanks

Moonatic ,


Because I have some trauma in my past and because I deal with the daily cumulative trauma that comes from being a WOC in this society, as well as the inter-generational kind, I have really reactive sympathetic responses which I’ve been working very hard for a few years to change. I’ve been re-educating my nervous system to support more parasympathetic states such as rest and relaxation/connection. I also practice Ashtanga yoga. This app had helped me tremendously to tell my brain that it is ok to be centered and calm, and thus my body. It helps me come back to feeling safe in my body, my skin, this moment.

I also suffer from visual motion sensitivity and I cannot tolerate that ball growing and shrinking without feeling motion sick. If the sound option was not available I couldn’t use it. I love this app. It has changed my life, for free.

I got my Mom, who suffers from depression and anxiety and bradycardia on it. I have my step Mom who has anxiety on it. A few co-workers with anxiety and stress on it. It helps stop a panic attack in its tracks for some of us.

I also recommend it to my students. All of whom are BIWOC.

Developer Response ,

Thank you very much for your comments and for sharing your story. One of the specific reasons that we developed this app was so that people who suffer from anxiety, depression, or trauma, could have a simple and friendly tool in their pocket to help them calm the nervous system when needed. We also understand that racial trauma is a very real thing, and the stress that comes along is a chronic source of anxiety. If this app helps you to find parasympathetic states within you, then I consider it to be a massive success, and am truly grateful that you left this comment to share with everyone how you have been using it. If there are any other ways that we can serve you or your community, please let us know. Yours truly, Eddie

App Privacy

The developer, Edwin Stern, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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