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People around the world are using Spire to reconnect with their body, be more productive, and sleep better at night.

“Spire is a sleek, beautiful tracker that monitors your breathing patterns and activity to give you a snapshot of how you’re feeling.” -BuzzFeed

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What It’s Really Like to be a Spire User

Want to know what using Spire is *really* like?

Here at Spire we love what we do, and hear all the time how we’re changing people’s lives for the better, helping them become calmer, more present and aware of their breath. Below are some stories from users about how Spire has helped them, and how they are using the tool in their everyday lives. Read more ›

What I Learned From My First Week With Spire

When our users first try out Spire, there is usually a range of emotional feedback. Below is what a new user learned after her first week with Spire.

I started using Spire about a week ago. It’s been great, but I’m almost embarrassed to admit what I’ve learned so far. My first day of using it was a Thursday, and not a day I thought was particularly stressful. I put the Spire on in the morning, clipped into onto my pants and noticed that I started out the day mostly focused, and calm. But then I was surprised that pretty much the minute I opened my computer, my Spire let me know I was tense. I didn’t feel particularly tense, going through my regular routine of emails, but once I started to pay attention I did notice a tightness in my chest. Read more ›

Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

Mindfulness is now mainstream.

More wearable technology companies are starting to understand the potential impact of mindfulness – and we’re thrilled. Since 2014, we’ve talked about why breath and mindfulness are the next frontiers in wellness. Back then, pundits called our app, market-focus and breakthrough breathing sensors “niche.” They were wrong: now, almost every other major wearable technology company is attempting to enter the space we’ve led.

But there is a big difference between a paced breathing exercise using LEDs on your wrist and actually measuring and impacting your breathing and state of mind in daily life. At Spire, we continue to invest in developing deep technologies and experiences that do what wristbands cannot: provide real-time insights on your breathing and measurable outcomes to improve your state of mind in daily life.

We do it by actually sensing respiration, improving mindfulness, and training in breathing practices. Here’s how:

Patenteblog_quote1d Respiration Sensors

Spire’s sensors – which go beyond simple accelerometers – and algorithms measure respiration patterns continuously, throughout the day (not only when to stop to meditate).

This means Spire can:

  1. Notify you in-the-moment when your breathing changes – like when you are getting tense or haven’t taken a deep breath in a while. This is key!

    “I set up an immediate alarm to notify me of my ‘Tense’ streaks, and that really helps me to become instantly aware of the fact I have to get calmer.” -A.C.
  2. Deliver a complete picture of your day to help you understand your breathing and state of mind all day long. For example, understand what makes you tense, what brings you calm, and when you get most focused.

    “I’ve also noticed that I’d often become tense when speaking about my work projects, or discussing things with my team members. Spire helps me there as well, notifying me of a tense streak.” -J.G.
  3. blog_quote2Visualize your breathing, in real-time, while doing any breathing practice or meditations.

“The breathwave visualization is the best thing I’ve ever used as a breathing technique for calming down.” -J.J.

Spire feeds your respiration data to algorithms that strip out the noise and classify it according to the way you normally breathe (what’s calm for you is different than calm for another person).  Our algorithms are based on dozens of laboratory studies around the world that distinguish how respiration patterns vary with cognitive and emotional state.

The success of wearables has been built on using new sensors to measure and provide feedback that you can directly use. This rule is no different when it comes to breathing and mindfulness: measuring your breathing is paramount.

blog_quote3Mindfulness:

Mindfulness is the practice of creating space between stimulus and response; it helps you respond to life situations versus reacting irrationally. This requires strong ability to direct one’s attention as well as the ability to observe without judgment.

A core technique in mindfulness is to use breathing as an anchor for attention. This is because respiration is the only autonomic function you have direct control over. Greater mindfulness practice results in a lower resting respiration rate, among other clinical outcomes such as reduced depression and stress. The guidance in the Spire app is based on protocols from clinical studies to alleviate anxiety and pain, increase heart rate variability, reduce blood pressure, and more.

Meditation:

Meditation is the exercise of practicing to be more skilled with our attention and to have greater awareness and control over emotions. The most common meditation technique is to maintain attention on the breath.

At Spire, we’ve always believed that helping improve wellness requires more than just tracking steps and calories burned. That’s why we’ve always taken a holistic approach to personal health.

Body + mind, together.

Calm, Focused, or Tense: State to State

Which State in the US is the most Tense? How about Calm? With Spire’s new state of mind map, you can see how tense, calm, or focused each State in the US is at any given moment throughout the day.

Is California, with it’s laid back style the most calm state in the US? With crippling rush hour on the East Coast is it one giant mass of tension?

These are a couple of the questions we wanted to answer with the Spire State of Mind Map!

Now, you can track the state of mind of your entire state throughout the day. We created one map for each state of mind: Calm, Focused, and Tense. The darker the color the more Calm, Focused, or Tense your state is at any given time.

Not a surprise at all is that New York state is a solid, dark red color from 6pm to 8pm eastern time. Must be all those traffic filled streets and packed public transit cars!

A Tense New York State of Mind.

A Tense New York State of Mind.

Head over the spire.io/stats to see how your State compares to others!

 

Global Meditation for Compassion: Contest Winner!

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

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Learn meditation with Deepak. Track it with Spire.

Spire is the first activity tracker for state of mind. It tracks how you breathe throughout the day and helps you avoid tension, increase calm, and be more focused. www.spire.io

I heard once that meditation without community is like sex by yourself: it’s effective, something dramatic may even happen, but there’s always the sense that something’s missing! 😉

I wanted to tell you about a special meditation event taking place this weekend: a globally synchronized meditation event starting Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 9AM Pacific Time.

The goal? 500,000 people meditating together.

Meditating with others has been shown to have greater health effects than meditating alone within health groups. Many people have contributed to making meditation accessible around the globe, each in their own way. One of those people has been Harvard-trained physician, Deepak Chopra, MD.

This Saturday, Deepak hosts the Global Meditation for Compassion. Join online (or in-person at a meditation circle hosted near you) and meditate with the same intention as everybody else: greater compassion towards ourselves and one another.

Contribute your breath, win a Spire

Register for the event then wear your Spire as you meditate. Email [email protected] or tweet us @spire_inc a screenshot of your Spire app showing the streaks you achieved during the event. You’ll be entered into Spire’s Global Meditation Contest to win a free Spire with packaging signed by the Spire team. (Submit by Monday, July 13, 2015 at 11:59PM, winner will be notified July 17, 2015.)

‘See’ you Saturday 9AM PDT / 12PM EDT!
Neema