Paced Breathing

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About this app

Featured in James Nestor’s best-selling book, Breath, Paced Breathing uses visual, audio and haptic cues to guide you through your practice. Whether meditating, strengthening your lungs or simply relaxing - join the thousands who love using Paced Breathing everyday.

* Relieve Stress
* Meditate — (especially good for Kundalini, Hatha, Pranayama)
* Strengthen Lungs — (improve lung capacity and aid recovery)
* Falling Asleep

* Adjustable timing for each part of the breath (inhale, hold, exhale, hold)
* Ramp mode: gradually increases or decreases breath times
* Visual, audio, and vibrate cues
* Reminders / notifications

Regular breathing practices have been shown to help improve your:
* Cardiovascular health [1][2][3]
* Relaxation [2]
* Stress responses [1][4][5]
* Mood [1]
* Attention [4]
* Alzheimer's risk [6]

Hey! My name is Mihai, an engineer born in Romania and raised in Michigan. My ideal day is working on apps, like Paced Breathing, that help others. I’m hopeful someday soon I can work on apps like these full time! Hearing from users always makes my day, shoot me an email with requests, bugs, things you like, or just your story!

* "The best breathing app out there (I've tried 12 apps, this is the only one that works for me). I have recommended it to over 100 people over the 7 years I've been using it. I use it at least 5 x a week. Gives me instant calm" — from R. Hall

* "LOVE this app. Very simple and easy to use. You can set time for inhale, exhale, and pause after each if you wish. You can watch it or listen…Thank you! Ads Not intrusive. Ads turn off when the app is active” — from Denise

* "This is a wonderfully simple app. The default sound tone is just right for me and I like that I get to set the volume and it stays there whether or not the volume of the phone ring or other apps are different" — from Eleanor

* "I've never written something like this in a review but... I love whoever wrote this app :-) Gets to the point in 0.2 s. No long annoying splash screens. No attempts to extort money... Super reliable, simple and 100% effective. I was looking for something that would let me take some breaks during normal meditation to do some controlled breathing, for example our most natural pattern - continuous 5.5 s inhale, 5.5 exhale. This app lets me remain in silence, fixing my rhythm by vibrations, and just... works perfect! BRAVO. A lesson to all developers how to make useful apps!" — Adam

* [1] A study published in Front Public Health (2017) shows slow rhythmic breathing decreased blood pressure response to stress and improved moodL:
* [2] Study in PLOS ONE (2019) shows slow paced breathing can improve relaxation and cardiovascular function:
* [3] Study in American Journal of Cardiology (2002) shows slow, paced breathing can significantly reduce blood pressure in hypertensive patients:
* [4] Study in Frontiers in Psychology (2017) shows diaphragmatic breathing improves attention, reduces negative affect, and lowers stress in healthy adults:
* [5] Study in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2005) shows benefits of Sudarshan Kriya, a specific yogic breathing practice, in treating stress, anxiety, and depression:
* [6] Study in Nature Scientific Reports (2023) shows slow paced breathing counters pathways that lead to Alzheimer’s disease:

PB is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any medical conditions. Consult a healthcare professional before starting any new breathing practices, especially if you have any pre-existing health conditions.
Updated on
Jun 23, 2024

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Ratings and reviews

1.73K reviews
Eleanor Harris
November 30, 2023
This is a wonderfully simple app. The default sound tone is just right for me and I like that I get to set the volume and it stays there whether or not the volume of the phone ring or other apps are different. The one thing I can't seem to fix is that an icon doesn't show on any screen on my phone. I have given it all permissions I can find but it doesn't work. So o have to go onto the apps on settings and open it from there. Can anyone help me with this?
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Paced Breathing LLC
December 1, 2023
Hey Eleanor! I'm really glad to hear you like the app! 🥰 Here are instructions for adding the PB app to your phone's home screen: — If that doesn't help, just shoot me an email:
Andria Gardella Henderson
April 26, 2023
Happy to hear this app will get an update! I was having problems with the app quiting when the screen turned off on my new phone, but now it seems to be working. Being able to run a session with the screen turned off is one of the great features of this app. The other two I utilize are the ease with which you can toggle sound and vibration on and off, and the ease with which you can change the duration of a session. On all other apps I've tried (many!), making those changes is a hassle.
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Paced Breathing LLC
April 25, 2023
Hello! An update is coming soon! (I'm rewritten the app so it's modern and there is just one codebase for Android and iOS. I have the basics done, now I'm just adding all the extra features like profiles, then Android will get an update)
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