How you exhale matters.

The Shift is a practical tool designed to slow your exhale so you can breathe better, calm your nervous system, and increase peace of mind.


If we breathe better,
we think better.

With all our daily distractions, we rarely pay attention to the way we breathe. This means most of the 23,000 breaths we take each day are shallow, which can negatively impact the way we think and feel.

When we pause to think about our breath and slow down our exhale, we can create a sense of calm so we begin to think and feel better consistently.

This is where the Shift comes in. It’s a simple tool that helps you slow your exhale. So whether you are in need of an anchor in an anxious moment, or want to better connect to the present moment, the Shift can help.

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The benefits of better breathing

Breathing happens automatically, which means we don’t think about it enough. When we don’t think about it, we take shallow breaths, which can agitate our nervous system and leave us in fight-or-flight mode. When we slow our exhale, and stop our shallow breathing, we can lower anxiety, reduce stress, improve sleep, increase focus, and so much more.

The science behind a slower exhale.

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Easy as inhale, exhale, relax, repeat.

The Shift is always with you. It is your anchor in an anxious moment, and your constant reminder to take a moment to breathe better, think better, feel better.

Inhale deeply through the nose to fill your belly with air. Think about your breath.

Exhale gently through the Shift for 8-10 seconds to release all the air from your lungs.

Relax your jaw and shoulders after you finish exhaling. Continue to think about your breath.

Repeat to make a routine of better breathing to experience the benefits day in, day out.

She was drowning in anxiety.
He was stressed out.

Meet Todd and Vanessa Steinberg, co-founders of Komuso Design. They created the Shift because they felt like passengers in their own lives: overwhelmed by anxiety and stress, feeling disconnected, searching for answers.

This is their story

Got questions?
We’d love to help.

For example: why do I need help breathing if it happens automatically; or, couldn’t I just breathe through a straw and receive the same benefits? Here’s a list of the most common questions we get about the Shift, and our answers.

If you have more questions, hit us up on social. We are committed to supporting your breathing journey every step of the way.

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Most people know that slower breathing works to relax them, yet still don’t do it. Why? Because we take 23,000 breaths per day and they’re all unconscious. The Shift is physical and because you’re wearing it, those slower breaths become more consistent as a daily practice. Whether you’re stuck in traffic, can’t sleep at night, or simply have an anxious mind…The Shift is there to immediately bring you back to calm.

Think of your inhalations as the gas pedal and your exhalations as the brakes. Stress triggers short inhales which launches you into ‘fight or flight’ mode. With 50,000 thoughts and 150 phone notifications everyday, we enter this state of mind too often which makes us feel tired and tense. Extending your exhales immediately reverses this state within two minutes by lowering cortisol (stress hormone), blood pressure, and heart rate. We used this proven science to engineer a tool that allows you to access these longer exhales more often which makes you breathe better as a habit.

The Shift is the first of its kind so we can appreciate the initial confusion. We were inspired by a proven straw breathing technique to silently calm the mind but wanted to design something more practical and worn as a commitment to breathing better. We use medical grade 316 stainless steel with precious metal colors baked though so it can be used safely everyday. We also tested and patented the tube length and diameter in order to create ideal exhalations that physiologically trigger calm. You could absolutely use a straw but we found that random sizing can be ineffective and flatten in your pocket. Wearing The Shift as a necklace is a commitment to breathing better as a daily habit which makes you feel better whenever you need a breather.

You can test drive The Shift for 30 days risk free. If it hasn’t changed the way you feel, we’ll send you a free postage label (if located in the US) to ship it back for a full refund. You have nothing to lose, except anxiety.

Komuso is now FSA and HSA eligible! ⁠This means you can take full advantage of your pre-tax dollars to support your health journey with Komuso.⁠If you contribute to an FSA/HSA and have available funds, you can simply checkout through that option after you add a Shift to your cart.


I am grateful that I made this purchase. I have a very busy life, am new to mindfulness, and have a difficult time reminding myself to slow down. Having the shift on me is a tangible...

In love with this!

I love this so much! It’s so beautiful, elegant and so well made. It really helps lower any sort of stress. It is the perfect tool to help you with taking a moment to breathe and...

Worth the wait

I am a yoga teacher and I still don't find I take in full breathes as I should. The shift has made a tremendous change in my life. I would recommend anyone buy this.

Thanks KOMUSO xo

Since I received my shift I have not only worn it everyday, but also used it to help me in stressful situations or just to help me relax and practice my breathing techniques my psychologist has...

Fabulous,pretty and so comforting

I love my Shift,I do blow gently through when needed,but I also love the tactile aspect too,it’s great just to hold when I can’t feel I can blow through it ie on public transport/publi place etc....

Overpriced Golden Straw or Real Results?

When I first bought this, there was a nagging voice in the back of my head that made me ask, am I about to spend over $100 on a golden straw? I'm so glad I didn't...

Does the Shift really work?

Curious about what the Shift can do? Don’t take our word for it. Read our reviews to learn more about how the Shift has helped others make a habit of better breathing.

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