A Pedometer for Your Breath

A new app protoype aims to track breath rates and give you feedback. Why? Because your rate of breathing can also shed light on how your brain is working throughout the day.

It probably comes as no surprise that we all stop breathing at points throughout the day—when checking email, texting, in meetings, and in other situations that may cause us some anxiety. This is why you need Breathware.

With Breathware, you can become aware of how your breath changes. The app measures breath rate through a sensor that you wear at your waist and sends the data to your phone.

The point is not to force you to breathe in a particular way, though. Neema Moraveji, co-founder of Breathware and director of Stanford’s Calming Technology Lab, says “there is no universally good way to breathe.” Instead, the app allows you to know how you’re breathing. And that can affect your thinking. Smooth, deep breathing is related to smooth, deep thinking. “The breath is mirroring the thought pattern,” says Moraveji.

To learn more about Breathware, watch this short video.

This web extra provides additional information related to an article titled, “Breath Care,” which appeared in the August 2013 issue of Mindful magazine.