Nationwide (Sept. 12, 2012):  “Learn how to exhale, the inhale will take care of itself.” That adage, coined by “Breath Guru” Carla Melucci Ardito went viral on the Internet and has been tweeted, retweeted and quoted all over the web thousands of times. Now, those who want to learn how to achieve proper breathing technique and enjoy the many benefits of unencumbered respiration, can do so in just 10 minutes with the BREATHING LESSONS app. Carla, a yoga instructor and breath technique expert with more than 20 years of teaching experience, guides users through an animated video illustrating the anatomy of the breath and the healing, calming, and strengthening effects of better breathing. BREATHING LESSONS, a visually appealing, informative, and user-friendly digital application, is now available for download on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch. Price is $4.99.

“Letting go is the key to a good inhalation,” Carla instructs, as she explains how inhalation is automatic and emphasizes the importance of long, purposeful exhalations for restoring balance to the body and mind.

BREATHING LESSONS points out how tension in the jaw, abdominal muscles, and hips prevents us from breathing well and how we can use the breath to overcome the stress that creates these blocks and prevents the body from moving freely in all its activities. The figure in the video demonstrates proper posture as Carla’s narration takes users through the movements of the diaphragmatic muscles as they enable full inhalations and exhalations. The proper alignment of the rib cage over the pelvis, and how the sternum and shoulders as well as the head, neck and jaw work in tandem with the spinal column to produce a relaxed breath, is demonstrated. The beauty of the breathing apparatus is underscored throughout the tutorial.

The final section of BREATHING LESSONS is an interactive session that allows users to apply the awareness and skills obtained in the preceding lessons. A touch of the screen will alternate from exhalations to inhalations so they can work with the app at their own individual pace. BREATHING LESSONS is the perfect companion to have while waiting to see the doctor, before an important meeting or talk, or anytime you need to stay focused and calm. A new tip will appear on the practice screen every week, making BREATHING LESSONS a tool users will want to go back to again and again, though they will see marked improvement after just one session.

“The body has an intelligence that can only be communicated to the brain through breath,” says Carla. BREATHING LESSONS is an essential tool for unlocking that wisdom.

These are just some of the benefits of proper breathing:

-Correct and sustain healthy blood pressure

-Maintain a healthy variable heart rate

-Increase lung capacity

-Alleviate anxiety

-Aid digestion

-Alleviate menopausal symptoms

-Increase metabolism

-Balance your nervous system

-Eliminate fatigue

-Sleep well

-Alleviate sinus pain and pressure

-Improve focus

-Relieve pain

-Release tension

Carla Melucci Ardito has been helping people explore the relationship between the body and breath for more than 20 years. Inspired by her own healing, and by working with her students, Carla has designed Breathing Lessons, an effective program for teaching users how to find the correct postural alignment so that they may enjoy the benefits of the most powerful tool there is for achieving a sound mind and body: unencumbered respiration. Carla trained as a yoga teacher at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC and continues to study the science of the breath and its relationship to overall wellbeing.