Our Long Deep Breathing iPhone App has new been updated with some new features and it now supports many other breathing exercises besides Long Deep Breathing.
I received a number of requests to expand the App and enable control of the duration of the inhale, hold-in, exhale and hold-out. Now the App can do this and for those of you who already have the Long Deep Breathing App already it is a free upgrade. (For new users: cost is 99 cents, Works on iPad Touch, iPhone, and iPad, requires operating system iOS 4.1 or later— Just go to the iTunes store and search for Long Deep Breathing, or click this link:
Most forms of conscious breathing are very beneficial and breathing exercises (called pranayams in yogic terminology) have been used for millennia to improve physical, mental and spiritual health. Try the One Minute Breath—20 seconds to inhale, 20 seconds of holding the breath in, then 20 seconds to exhale. You can use the App to help you gradually build your lung capacity by starting with shorter intervals and gradually lengthening the intervals as you practice over the weeks.
For me having a chime sound and meditating with my eyes closed enables me to go deeper into meditation than if I’m watching a clock or timing my pulses.
Here is what Yogi Bhajan said about the One Minute Breath: “Use the One Minute Breath each day. Practice it to the point that you have mastery. All knowledge of the universe, here and hereafter, of the underworld and the heavenly skies, will dawn on you.” Even if you don’t achieve all this, you will still feel many benefits! (Yogi Bhajan is the man who brought kundalini yoga to the western world and I have been following his teachings since 1971.)
So try out the App…my patients and new yoga students love the Long Deep Breathing part of the App…..now more advanced yoga students can time more complicated pranayams!