Ap Review: Breathing

Breath is a huge part of mindfulness. Most guided meditations start by prompting you to check in with your breath, either by taking deliberately big and slow breaths or simply noticing what your breath is doing. I’ve shared some breathing exercises that I use with clients in the past.

Strategic Breathing

Breathing is a free ap by Max Strom that educates about the importance of mindful breaths and teaches how to use your breath to self-regulate and relax. Soothing visuals, animations, and simple instructions make this ap easy to use, and the exercises can be done anywhere.

(I feel obligated to point out that Max Strom is not a mental health professional. He is a philosopher, yoga instructor, author, and several other things according to his website. This does not mean that these exercises aren’t therapeutic, especially since no ap should be used as a substitute for therapy.)

Breathing technique: Ocean Breathing

The free version of Breathing gives education about how our breath affects our emotions, a five-minute standing evolution, and seated evolutions. There is a paid upgrade with more standing evolutions and some “deep relaxation” meditations.

Breathing seems like a great resource for people who are learning about mindful breathing and want to learn from guided meditations.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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