It sounds so simple: you take a deep breath when a butterfly opens its wings, and exhale when they close. Yet the research is clear: a few deep breaths can really help with toxic stress. We offer a simple yet profound tool – a sweet butterfly metaphor – to move from being stuck in fight or flight mode, for a healthier relaxation response

The Free Mobile App

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Now for users of all ages and in dozens of languages, our free app has soothing music combined with gentle animation and (optional) supportive dialog, helping promote calm, regular breathing. Choose which wings you like as you explore inner peace. Then, soar calmly through the beautiful skies, collecting points for a beautiful surprise as you relax, breathe, and enjoy the moment. [press release].

Web Resources

Visit for videos and text translations, coloring activities, songs, and so much more!

Project History

The Breathing Butterfly project began years back when we were confronted with studies on the harmful effects of toxic stress [learn more] . We’re adding to our resources regularly, and reaching out to parents, teachers, youth groups, educational institutions, weekend festival attendees, and hospitals in an effort to bring the Breathing Butterfly to more people everywhere. Are you using our Breathing Butterfly? Please let us know! We’d like to document your results, and learn how we can make this a more helpful page!


If you can’t find an answer on our website, we want to know about it. We’re here to answer your questions, and all our team members are well versed. If you are a practitioner or educator looking to incorporate the Breathing Butterfly into your program, why not be in touch?