PTSD Awareness Day


In recognition of PTSD awareness day on June 27th, I’d like to reach out specifically to sufferers of PTSD and share a tool that can be immensely beneficial for managing the debilitating effects of anxiety and stress brought on by PTSD.  BreathBuddy, a new iphone app that was just released this month, empowers users to tap into the powerful calming effects of conscious breathing.  See more info in the Press Release below.

I have 3 uncles who served in Vietnam, and while each suffered their own trauma, one in particular has been severely affected by PTSD.  It is with great hope that I wish all sufferers of PTSD find peace of mind and balance in their lives.


Brick Thornton
Creator, BreathBuddy


Contact: Brick Thornton, Yogayana, 415.216.3051

New BreathBuddy App – Beats Stress and Lowers Blood Pressure

BreathBuddy, a new iphone app just released this month, makes managing stress as easy as breathing in and breathing out.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (June 21, 2011) — According to the latest statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 30 million adults have an anxiety disorder.  Dozens of scientific studies have found that breathing exercises are an effective form of non-drug treatment for stress and anxiety.  BreathBuddy, exclusively for the iphone and ipod touch, takes the guesswork out of breathwork by guiding users through simple breathing exercises.

“In my personal yoga therapy sessions, I’m able to help my clients tune into the breath to relax and focus, but they weren’t empowered to bring the practice home and sustain the benefits.  BreathBuddy put their very own personal breath coach right in their pocket.”  says App creator and Yoga Therapist Brick Thornton.

BreathBuddy learns your natural breathing rate with a specially designed algorithm, then coaches you through breathing exercises that are customized to bring maximal results.  Each session gradually improves your breath rate, and BreathBuddy gives you instant feedback and charts your progress.

The National Center for PTSD, in accordance with the US Department of Veterans Affairs explains:
“Breathing retraining is a skill that helps you relax. When people become anxious or scared, their breathing often changes. Learning how to control your breathing can help in the short-term to manage immediate distress.”

BreathBuddy is now available on the Apple App Store.  To download or for more information, see


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