When I first heard about Deepak Chopra’s Leela, I couldn’t imagine how Chopra could connect the polar opposites of a fast-paced video games and the mind-chilling elements of meditation. I was intrigued, to say the least.
Leela is a production resulting from the alliance of Chopra and THQ Inc. that uses the gaming technology of either the Kinect for Xbox 360 or the Nintendo Wii to help players maintain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance.
The Xbox version detects your body’s movements, while the Wii requires you to hold the controller. Either way, the games pick up on the movements of your body to help you “relax” and develop into that state of “balance and flow” that Chopra continuously refers to in his writings.
Once you think about it, doesn’t it seem perfectly logical that Chopra could use game systems, created to follow our body’s movements, to guide us into a state of relaxation? Simply shift the focus away from competition and high scores, and instead, make the goal of the game something we’re all striving for: inner peace.
How can Leela help you get there? The game’s main focus centers around the ancient system of Chakras, the body’s seven energy centers (each spot is highlighted with its color on the screen).
Leela invites you in with seven specific exercises focused on each chakra, gradually increasing through 40 levels of difficulty. You start with the root; your hips, with circular moves (nothing strenuous–chakras react to gentle movements) that mimic yoga’s gentle moves. The heart chakra exercise calls you to harness fireballs that release gems imbedded in descending rocks. While these chakra exercises are important, the key to these exercises is how they narrow the focus to each chakra; bringing the “attention” there. This is one of Chopra’s constant prescriptions for healing. The game moves you through progressively higher levels, as you complete the game’s exercises. For shattered nerves, zone out with Leela and the game’s guided meditation mode, where the accompanying soft voice talks you down into a state of calmness and receptivity. Here the focus is on images and teaching you important breathing techniques that relax your nervous system. You can express your creativity by creating your own mandala. I am intrigued by the “Oracle” game I have yet to “unlock.”
This game is certainly a refreshing change from mind-numbing video games, and I am looking forward to future editions of of this game — one that might include yoga too! This meditation/relaxation game is certainly a refreshing change from mind-numbing video games, and something I hope to see expand.
Also check out the Leela Mandala Facebook App to create and customize your own personal “mandala” – artwork that expresses an individual’s unique essence and intentions. If you’re interested in being entered for a chance to win a copy of Leela, provided by THQ, along with a Wii console, provided by BlogHer, leave me a comment below, answering the following question:
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