One Deep Breath was my first experience building a mobile app.
The largest challenge I faced was self-imposed: the mental barrier of feeling like One Deep Breath was “done” and ready to be released to the public.
We had tested the app thoroughly and the results of our beta test were great, but I still had that nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite ready – that we should add more features, more content, more options before launching.
This happened for months, and I ultimately regret the decision to delay the launch due to these self-imposed restrictions.
In the end, I learned that there will always be more features/content/bug fixes that you can add, and you can “launch” several times.
I’m a big fan of Flutter, so naturally, some of my favorite apps are those that are built using Flutter, including Betterment (finance / investing app) and Rive (animation tool).
I’m also a really big fan of how Duolingo has turned language learning into such an engaging and game-like activity.
I began working on One Deep Breath in September of 2019.
Originally, One Deep Breath was a much different concept, focused on a broader range of wellness practices, including meditation and yoga.
Ultimately, we made the decision to focus on doing one thing, and doing it well: breathing and breathwork.
We had two main groups in mind: First, the plethora of people out there who struggle with stress, anxiety, or sleep issues and find it challenging to carve out 10, 15, or 20 minutes a day for a meditation or yoga routine. A lot of these folks also find meditation and yoga mystical or confusing – we wanted to strip back these wellness practices and focus on simple, science-based breathing exercises that don’t require tons of time or a quiet, isolated location.
The second group is what we call “Pulmonauts” – individuals who love delving into the growing world of conscious breathing and the science behind it. These are the hard-core enthusiasts and biohackers who love to push the limits of their practice and explore new areas.
I started One Deep Breath as an everyday individual looking for relief from stress and anxiety, but over the years I’ve grown into quite the pulmonaut, and we find a lot of our users doing the same – as they take control of their mental health, they begin to explore the world of breathwork with great interest.
What makes One Deep Breath special is what we don’t do: we don’t offer a library of meditations, yoga videos, or workout routines – instead, we focus on doing one thing to the absolute best of our ability: helping our users take back control of their health with the breath.
We do our best to make sure that each exercise is on the app for a specific reason: it is either grounded in the latest available scientific research or has been used for thousands of years in various breathwork practices.
Additionally, we strive to educate our users on the science behind the content, so that they can grow their own practice and expand their knowledge. We’re not afraid that our users will “out-grow” One Deep Breath – our goal is to empower people, even if that means that they no longer need One Deep Breath to help improve their mental and physical health.
A wide array of new content from every facet of breathwork: Ancient Pranayama exercises, a full collection of content Buteyko Method, and dozens of techniques that are emerging from the latest peer-reviewed scientific literature.
We have a few more massive features coming to the app, but we have to keep them under wraps, for now :)
If you know someone who might struggle with stress, anxiety, insomnia, or issues focusing, send One Deep Breath their way.
Additionally, if you ever have any questions, feedback, or just want to say hi, shoot me an email at [email protected]
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Categories: Health & Fitness
Date: March 31, 2022
Developer: Sam Rystrom