It’s been a while since I wrote about mindfulness and meditation, and the reason is that in all the thesis stress, I’ve been slacking off.
However, I recently started doing some breathing exercises, based on the instructions from an iPhone app. It is called Pranayama by Saagara and -of course, as a cheap graduate student- I use the free, lite version of the app.
Here’s what I really like about the app:
1. Guided with just two sounds
The app uses a sound for inhaling and one for exhaling. As a result, you can simply close your eyes and focus on the breathing meditation.
2. Different levels
The free version offers two breathing schemes, and for each scheme you have 5 options for the length of breathing. So, even though it has way less options than the full version (of which I read in the comments that it still has ads in there, so probably it’s a bad buy!), it does have enough material in there to keep you entertained for quite some time.
You can chose from different options between 5 minutes to 60 minutes to time your breathing meditation session.
4. Automatic tracking
The app also has a log, that gives an overview of what you have exercised so far. However, I just checked my own log and apparently the memory is cleared…