Take a deep breath. Now take another. That's the idea behind HeartMath Inner Balance. This accessory for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch helps you synchronize your breathing and steady your heart rhythm, all while focusing on positive emotions. The goal: to enter a state of "psychophysiological coherence." That is, you won't just be calm and content, but focused, too. Find out if $99 is too much to pay for mental discipline.
Design and Setup
At the top of the app is the heart rate variability (HRV) line that moves up and down based on your brain activity. The more agitated you are, the more jagged the line appears.
Swipe once more to the left, and you get a screen displaying your HPV, pulse, and other metrics recorded during your session.
The purpose of the Inner Balance app is to teach you HeartMath's Quick Coherence technique. The three steps are to focus on your heart; breathe slowly and deeply; and recall good feelings. With practice, the Quick Coherence technique should be able to move you from an agitated to a calm and focused state in about a minute.
Each time you start a session, the app asks you to rate your current state. There are eight settings: Excited, Happy, Peaceful, Content, Sad, Bored, Anxious and Angry. We were fairly calm, so we selected Content. After starting the session, we were told to time our breathing with the movement of the multicolored circle, and in no time, we were able to smooth out our brain activity, and get into the "green" zone, the second-highest zone.
Ironically, while watching the hockey game, we were even more focused, and able to get into the "blue" zone. However, the Devils were playing pretty poorly, so we also hit the red, or angry zone fairly often, too.
The other change we would suggest is that the text is a little hard to read in the menus. It's difficult to make out the light blue or white text on a gray background.
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