ZEN & TECH 1: How to breathe your way to lower stress

ZENandTECH 1: Just breathe

ZENandTECH is a new podcast by Georgia and Rene, your friendly neighborhood iPhone Live and iPad Live co-hosts. This podcast goes beyond iOS, to center you inner geek, help you deal with the demands of a connected life, and nurture your superhero in training. In the debut episode, Georgia and Rene introduce the new show, try to define stress, recommend some apps (and non-apps!), and go over basic breathing exercises. Follow along!

Read on for the topics, our big Nexus One give away, exercises, our tech (and zen!) picks of the week, and more!


  • What is ZENandTECH?
  • What stresses do we face in our connected lives?
  • How do we rate our stress levels?


  • Rene is giving away his Nexus One! Just follow us and re-tweet this to enter!
    • Nexus One give away! Follow @ZENandTECH @GeorgiaTiPb @reneritchie and RT to enter! http://t.co/PEEh4VV


  • Basic breathing


  • Do basic breathing, 8-12 times a day if you can
  • Write down your stress level before and after you breathe

Tech Pics

  • [Evernote] is a great, cross-platform, cross-device note taking app to use to keep track of your homework, to journal, and to otherwise stay organized on the go and at home.

Zen pics

  • [Field Notes] are for those who prefer to write with pen and paper, but want to do it in style.
  • Head massagers are cheap, simple, and just feel good.


This episode of ZENandTECH is brought to you by the Android Central Store, your one stop shop for everything Droid to Galaxy and back again. Check out the extended battery for the Verizon Thunderbolt while you're there. It's 38% off right now and, frankly, if you're on LTE, you need it.



You can reach all of us @ZENandTECH, via email at podcast@zenandtech.tv, or leave a comment below!

Thanks everyone, you're the best community on the web and we love having you with us!


While Georgia is a therapist, she's not YOUR therapist. Everything said or implied on this show is for informational and entertainment purposes only. And shouldn't be taken in any way as a replacement for proper, professional care.

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Rene Ritchie

EiC of iMore, EP of Mobile Nations, Apple analyst, co-host of Debug, Iterate, Vector, Review, and MacBreak Weekly podcasts. Cook, grappler, photon wrangler. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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ZEN & TECH 1: How to breathe your way to lower stress


I rarely miss the iPad and iPhone podcasts. Both are excellent.
The ZENandTech podcast is even better. Excellent (and generous) idea to do this. I very much look forward to the next one!!

I made it about 10 mins in but just didn't hold my interest. I guess i don't care about therapy :P Maybe guest spots on tech and "real job" they do? We've seen spotlights on devs and what not so this could be interesting.

I like it and will listen again!!
Look at Rene, all dressed up, he's not sporting the "Doc Brown" hairstyle he usually has during the podcast's. J/K.

It is ok, but I think this type of podcast requires video for illustrations. Or perhaps, you can add video later for breathing techniques and such.

I love that our main host of this site is not only an Android user, but also the giveaway is an Android device...does anyone else see the irony in this??"

Probably getting sick and tired of all that AdMob spam. Which is, of course, the whole point of Android. That's why it's free.
Oh wait. I forgot that Microsoft gets a royalty for each copy of Android. So no, it's not free.

I was pleasantly surprised by this on Sunday. Thank you. I, for one, need some zen in my life right now.

Really enjoyed this podcast. I've done a similar breathing exercise for a few months, and have found it very effective. Great show.

I have to admit when I first saw this post I kind of thought if was a joke, however, I just listened to the entire podcast after a 18 hour work day. I did the breathing exercises with you and I have to say, it really relaxed me and it was just what I needed. Thanks for doing this, I look forward to more from both of you. I'm going to try and stick with the breathing exercises and see how it goes. Thanks again!