Leela means "Play" in Sanskrit & it’s a new Interactive Meditative Gameby Deepak Chopra

deepak chopra's leela on the xbox kinect

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I’m a bit of a gamer, and my husband defines the word. I don’t play, or even like, most of the games he plays. And since I don’t have too much free time on my hands any longer, I don’t really play games unless they’re going to enhance my life in some way, which is why I’m super excited about “Deepak Chopra’s Leela.”

Other than when I’m asleep, I don’t spend much time relaxing. I try to stretch before bed every night but not in an introspective and quiet way, I do so while watching TV, so the idea of a game that forces me to focus, breathe, and practice awareness really grabbed my attention. Using the Kinect for Xbox 360 without clumsy controllers just makes it all the more appealing.

deepak chopra game leela on the xbox

When you turn on the game, you hear the soothing voice of Deepak Chopra, guiding you through the steps with soft background music that resembles the game “Flower” a little. It’s immediately relaxing, and I found myself inhaling deeper than moments before. I felt the tension and rigidity in my body loosen before gameplay had even begun.

First, you create your personal Mandala, which means “circle” and becomes your avatar for the game. There are two main parts of the game: “Play” is active and “Reflect” is introspective/meditative. Under play, there are 7 different movements that align with your Chakras, the way of understanding the way energy flows inside of you, and each movement has 7 levels that, when unlocked, move you forward to the next movement. From the base of your spine to the crown of your head, the levels correspond with Chakras, aligning mind and body to the spirit of the universe.

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Beginning with Origin, gameplay forces you to slowly move your hips back and forth to tilt and rotate the planet towards the rain or sun to plant seeds and grow trees and grass. The second movement, “Life” focuses on the chakra just below your belly button and pelvis and is fertility-based. By twisting your hips one way and the other, you move and connect seeds to pods to nests creating what resembles sperm and eggs. With my difficulties getting pregnant, I particularly like this movement and hope it will bring a sort of calm to my uterus and a fertile breeding ground for babies. But if nothing else, there is a sense of meaningfulness while playing, and it is 100% relaxing with an element of playfulness and fun.

playing leela xbox kinect

I’m currently still on the “Life” movement, breathing and twisting and rocking myself into a calm awareness that is surprisingly peaceful. I’m excited to continue playing every day for at least 30 minutes to just center myself because it has done wonders so far. I have felt more balanced and focused since beginning to use it. Deepak Chopra said he thought games like Leela could “accelerate neural development and biological evolution,” {source} and I kind of love the sound of that.

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Though I played with the Xbox 360, Leela is also available on Wii and BlogHer is giving one away along with the game Leela from THQ!

So Lovecats, how do you find balance and peace in this crazy and stressful world we are living in? Comment below and tweet for a chance to win A NINTENDO WII SYSTEM & a LEELA game of your very own!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

126 Comments

  • Alison Purple

    November 11, 2011 |

    Dude, this looks awesome! I would love to play and have this “game”. Dealing with chakras makes me very happy!

  • shannon p.

    November 11, 2011 |

    what an awesome “game”! would love to try it out (and not sneezing at a chance to win it, nosiree!)

  • Megan

    November 11, 2011 |

    I would love love love to give this a try!

  • Marsha

    November 11, 2011 |

    this would be a nice change from the dizzying marios, karts, and whatnots.

  • Blog- The New Black

    November 11, 2011 |

    I would love to win this game! My boyfriend loves video games to relax, I on the other hand, usually enjoy reading, a bath, or yoga to help me relieve stress. Thanks for the contest!

  • Xuan

    November 11, 2011 |

    What an interesting game. I would love to try something like this out.

  • Brenda

    November 11, 2011 |

    Looks very zen! pick me pick me 😉

  • All That Glitters

    November 11, 2011 |

    I love yoga! I just got into it a year or two ago but it’s amazing how it calms and empowers me at the same time.

  • antique engagement ring

    November 11, 2011 |

    Love yoga especially Ashtanga!

  • Kari

    November 11, 2011 |

    You find the coolest, most fun tech toys! Color me green with envy, or maybe just a shade (if I win?!?) hehehe…

  • Cara

    November 11, 2011 |

    I had no idea Deepak Chopra had a game ou!! so cool!! I think its time I get an xbox!!

  • Sara Pierce

    November 11, 2011 |
  • Sara Pierce

    November 11, 2011 |

    Trying to find some soothing exercises… especially things that will help in the delivery room in a little over a month!

  • rena

    November 11, 2011 |

    My first thought was that I would love to share this game with my mother who is going through difficult times health-wise.

  • Laurie

    November 11, 2011 |

    I’m totally wanting this for Christmas!! Right now I do yoga and I love it, but I definitely have the most trouble with the breathing! All the other real serious “Yogis” breathe on a whole other dimension – maybe this will help me to get their “yogi” level!

  • Allie

    November 11, 2011 |

    I live yoga, not bikram as much but any other kind!

  • LDH

    November 11, 2011 |

    WOW! What an awesome place you have here! SO much to see! I have perused many of your posts and enjoyed getting to know you a bit.

    Exciting giveaway! Thank you for stopping by my place and leaving your comment!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  • sookhyun

    November 11, 2011 |

    wow amazing giveaway. would love to try!

  • Bess

    November 11, 2011 |

    Yoga, definitely! Though I recently moved, so I need to find another class. Maybe I’ll win this, and can use Leela for relaxing!

  • Ginger

    November 11, 2011 |

    This looks pretty cool! A game I’d actually want to play! Guess my husband will finally get that Kinect unit that he’s been whining about!

  • VK

    November 12, 2011 |

    I practice yoga three to four times a week, without it I’m a wreck. 🙂

    This game looks amazing and thanks for your blog it’s always full of great ideas!

  • Lily

    November 12, 2011 |

    I’d love to give this a try!

  • dawn

    November 12, 2011 |

    I take time for myself in the morning. This is time I don’t talk to anyone but turn my thoughts inward.

    affurmation.blog @ gmail.com

  • Andrea

    November 12, 2011 |

    Super cool – I find peace by praying, usually best achieved during my morning shower.

  • Sarah Jean

    November 12, 2011 |

    When I’m really stressed, I do 20 minutes of a mixture of yoga and pilates, and then either hang out with my fiance or play with my pets. It makes me feel more connected to myself and the things/people I love.

  • K.M.

    November 12, 2011 |

    Nice .. I would def. try this out ♥

  • Marcy

    November 12, 2011 |

    Would freaking love to win it!!!!!

    Marcy
    [email protected]

  • Monica's Closet

    November 12, 2011 |

    Sounds perfect. I have RLS and arthritis and have such trouble relaxing and getting to sleep at night. This is a must have. Thank you for this, I had no idea ” grown up” games like this were available.

  • teachergirlblogs.com

    November 12, 2011 |

    I find balance and peace by making daily time to do the things I love. Taking a zumba class or reading a book, or just watching an episode of a TV show that make me laugh until my sides hurt.

    I hope I win!

  • Shannon Hawley

    November 12, 2011 |

    I tried to copy and paste it to Twitter, but the link was to long, but id love to win it. So please oh’ please pick me:)).

  • elizabeth

    November 12, 2011 |

    Awesome…I’d love to win!

  • Jasmine (Fashiongrail)

    November 12, 2011 |

    I write in my gratitude journal every day and that brings me inner peace.

    I’ve also tweeted – https://twitter.com/#!/FashionGrail

  • artsavesyou

    November 12, 2011 |

    I find my calm by taking my son onto my bed and just laying with him and staring into his eyes while he giggles.

  • artsavesyou

    November 12, 2011 |
  • Growing Up Goffstown

    November 12, 2011 |

    Love me some Deepak…

  • my little celebration

    November 13, 2011 |

    I find peace by working really hard during the week and then fully relaxing on weekends. Keeps me balanced!

  • my little celebration

    November 13, 2011 |

    I tweeted about the giveaway, too!

    http://twitter.com/#!/mycelebration

  • Elizabeth

    November 13, 2011 |

    I relax throughout the day by meditating for a moment when I get stressed. I put a relaxing song on and for the full duration of the song I focus only on slowly breathing in and out.
    I’d definitely like to try out the Leela game too!

  • Ashley

    November 13, 2011 |

    Deep breathing really helps me refocus and de-stress during the day. I would love to see how the Leela program teaches me new breathing techniques!

  • Amy B.

    November 13, 2011 |

    I think this is a amazing concept. Sleep is a big stress reliever for me. When I don’t have enough of it, life is definitely more stressful.

  • susan1215

    November 13, 2011 |

    I find peace by ending my day reading and listening to music

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  • susan1215

    November 13, 2011 |
  • Chardae J

    November 13, 2011 |

    I find peace by writing. I do a lot of journaling and I write a lot of fiction. If it wasn’t for writing I have no idea how I would make it.

  • Dee

    November 13, 2011 |

    I find peace and balance by not scheduling anything on Sunday and just enjoying the day and by taking evening walks 🙂

    deeg131 at gmail dot com

  • Dee

    November 13, 2011 |
  • Anonymous

    November 13, 2011 |

    This is a great offer. It would be cool to try this out!
    Alyson
    Alyiecat(at)aol(dot)com

  • Ashley

    November 13, 2011 |

    I do yoga and take hot baths to relax.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

  • Amy

    November 14, 2011 |

    I tried to find balance and peace by setting “me” time for myself each day, even just 10 to 15 minutes. It’s a good way to unwind, plan for the future…or just day dream about the next vacation. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • Clio

    November 14, 2011 |

    wow, looks like a great game and I’d like to win it 🙂

  • Maggers

    November 14, 2011 |

    Whoa, this would be a really awesome thing to add to my yoga practice.

    glamgoddess 21 at yahoo

  • Unknown

    November 14, 2011 |

    MY hubby is the ultimate gamer too and I do not touch the stuff! I would for this though!
    TT

  • Elise

    November 14, 2011 |

    This sounds absolutely wonderful! I recently just discovered your blog and have become obsessed! 🙂

  • atout

    November 14, 2011 |

    This sounds like such a great experience. I need more balance in my busy life and would love to try this out.

  • M

    November 14, 2011 |

    Yoga helps me relax.

  • Lindsay Varney

    November 14, 2011 |

    Balance and peace?…uh yeah, that can definitely be difficult to achieve in this crazy fast-paced stressed-out world! 🙂

    I came to terms with the fact that, for the most part, this IS the pace of life. Life won’t “calm down” or become “less busy”…so we have to make time, schedule and plan for balance and peace. Tho I get stressed just like everyone else, this realization helps me choose the activities that compliment me and my lifestyle. I’ve been a long-time practicer of Bikram yoga and an avid runner. Generally I seek activities based in breathing and channeled focus. And time with my girlfriends, a good book or sitting on the beach almost always do the trick. 🙂

    This is a fantastic prize you are giving away, btw! I would be honored…

  • Patti

    November 14, 2011 |

    I like to run. I find it clears my mind and helps me to relax.

  • Patti

    November 14, 2011 |

    I tweeted about your contest!

  • Kayla Crawford

    November 14, 2011 |

    I LOVE your blog Maegan! &&& I LOVE anything by Deepak Chopra!!! I am so surprised by what new ideas and products are out there…who would have thought that there would be a WII game for meditation?!?! I am definitely in need of something to help me relax and reflect about my chaotic life…I would be FOREVER grateful to win this prize pack and start changing my weekly routine to add some “me” time! Thanks for the chance to implement something tangible into my life to help me remember to de-stress and breathe!!

  • Alex

    November 15, 2011 |

    I could use all the peace & tranquility I can get in my life. I would love to win this 🙂

  • isahrangme

    November 15, 2011 |

    using xbox to relax? awesome!

  • isahrangme

    November 15, 2011 |
  • Lacretia

    November 15, 2011 |

    I am addicted to my yoga! Deep breathing, deep stretching, and this Leela sounds right up the same alley!

  • sammy

    November 15, 2011 |

    My two sons believe we live in the dark ages – little technology in our house. BUT if we would win… well, then I could not say no, right? 😉

  • m-m-m

    November 16, 2011 |

    This looks really neat. I could use it!

  • One nutty wife

    November 17, 2011 |

    I find peace by praying
    [email protected]

  • One nutty wife

    November 17, 2011 |
  • Karina

    November 17, 2011 |

    by taking walks

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

  • Nicole Martin

    November 17, 2011 |

    What a neat concept! Normally I align chakras in yoga class, and then it all goes out the window the next day at work, once I’m all stressed out again 😉 I’d love to reinforce this on a more regular basis!

  • erinkathleen

    November 17, 2011 |

    Unfortunately, I often find that I don’t balance peace and stress all that well! I let the craziness and negativity of work seep into too much of my life…I’m working on it. I find that taking my dog for long walks, or curling up on the couch with a craft project really helps calm me down. My fiance always does a great job of putting things in perspective. He’s pretty no-nonsense, and he helps keep the crazy stress at bay!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • susan1215

    November 20, 2011 |

    I find peace by reading and walking through the woods enjoying nature

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  • susan1215

    November 20, 2011 |
  • Cassie

    November 21, 2011 |

    I would love to win this. A Wii and meditation?! Yes, please 🙂

    I also tweeted –> https://twitter.com/#!/Cassie_W/status/138644633830961152

  • Emily Couch

    November 21, 2011 |

    I need a little bit of zen in my life!! I’d love to win this package!

  • Jen and Tonic

    November 21, 2011 |

    I’d love to win this, and give it as a gift to my boyfriend!

  • Songberries

    November 22, 2011 |

    I like to run on mountain trails, it just makes the whole day great!
    Songberries2(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Mrs Spanglish

    November 22, 2011 |

    Every night before bed the H and I just have a quiet moment to actually just talk and relax without being busy cooking dinner or cleaning or anything. It’s really nice 🙂

  • Deb

    November 26, 2011 |

    I have a great husband, and he allows me to have my own time and space. He takes the boys out sometimes for the entire day and I find a lot of solace working in the peace of my garden during that time.

  • Tabathia

    November 26, 2011 |

    I love taking bubble baths to just soak away the stress
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Tabathia

    November 26, 2011 |
  • marcia goss

    November 27, 2011 |

    I find peace by going for a walk by myself.
    [email protected]

  • marcia goss

    November 27, 2011 |
  • The Sunshyn

    November 28, 2011 |

    I find balance and peace by taking time to relax in my hot tub every night before I go to bed.
    chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

  • The Sunshyn

    November 28, 2011 |

    I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/140987494261989376
    chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

  • Jammie

    November 28, 2011 |

    I find balance and peace, by walking to clear my mind when life gets to stressful. sweepmorey at gmail dot com

  • Jammie

    November 28, 2011 |
  • Lindsay Varney

    November 28, 2011 |

    Maegan, I forgot to include my tweet post:

    https://twitter.com/#!/beLOVEd_Lindsay/status/137184639826661376

    Glad you’re feeling better, and thanks!!

    ~Lindsay

    belovedbylindsay (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Anonymous

    November 30, 2011 |

    dog walks and meditating! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

  • Anonymous

    November 30, 2011 |
  • Sirena Sparklestar

    December 1, 2011 |

    Whenever I just sit down, zone out and spend time with my cats, I feel so at ease. The sound of their purring is so soothing and lulls me into a peaceful state. Sounds silly, but it’s so true!

  • Norma

    December 1, 2011 |

    I try to remember what I have to be grateful for when things get stressful
    bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

  • LAMusing

    December 1, 2011 |

    I would LOVE to win this! I stay centered with lots of hot baths and an occasional relaxation video on YouTube
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

  • LAMusing

    December 1, 2011 |

    Tweet! https://twitter.com/#!/LAMusing/status/142111170323693568
    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Eileen

    December 2, 2011 |

    Well we really dont have much PEACE as far as “peace and quiet” because
    life has been constant crazy for years for our family with 6 kids always running for sports and family events. I have learned after becoming ill to pass on perfection and not stress out about having everything JUST SO. My balance is also found with the whisper of little prayers every day…it just seems to ground me. Lately the calm and balance seems like it should be rattled even MORE, with a new live in grand daughter depleting our sleep, but really, cuddling and rocking a tiny angel puts everything in perspective. It takes you out of the rat race and makes you just sit down and see the world with new wonder.

    thank you for hosting and clearing up some of my questions about the meaning of the “game”.

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com
    (mammablestx6)

  • Eileen

    December 2, 2011 |

    tweeted too!

    https://twitter.com/#!/2sic2mooov/status/142499505240145920

    thankyou!

    ejrichter60 at gmail dot com

  • cw

    December 3, 2011 |

    I find balance and peace by doing yoga

  • purplelover04

    December 3, 2011 |

    I try to find me to relax and for the fun part i love playing with my nephew

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  • purplelover04

    December 3, 2011 |
  • Naomi

    December 3, 2011 |

    To destress and relax I do yoga, talk to my hubby, have some ice cream.

  • karenmed409

    December 4, 2011 |

    Take a big breathe, and I ask myself if there is anything my stressing will do to benefit the situation? I grab my bike and head out to the lake and bike the trails, it lets me clear my head… just some quiet time for myself.
    karenmed409 at comcast dot net

  • Anonymous

    December 5, 2011 |

    Prayer and exercise keeps me centered especially when life gets stressful
    flyergal82 At (yahoo) /dot/ %com$

  • Anonymous

    December 5, 2011 |

    tweeted
    http://twitter.com/#!/flyergal82/status/143482404919721985

    flyergal82 At (yahoo) /dot/ %com$

  • Lynn

    December 5, 2011 |

    I find balance and peace by going on a run with my dog.

    rawrms (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Lynn

    December 5, 2011 |
  • Georgia

    December 5, 2011 |

    I always start my morning with meditation then some inspirational reading. Everyday, first thing first.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  • Georgia

    December 5, 2011 |

    Tweeted here too

    https://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/143713477784117249

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  • jakiesmom

    December 6, 2011 |

    i find peace and balance working in my garden
    nannypanpan at gmail.com

  • this free bird

    December 6, 2011 |

    Now THIS is my idea of a game. Well aside from Super Mario…is that still available?? I was a gamer back in the day. Fingers crossed!!

    These days I find peace at pilates and acupuncture. Two awesome methods for inner balance.

    Awesome giveaway!!
    Carrie
    carrieonnn(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Hayley O'Hara

    December 6, 2011 |

    I feel like this would be a good addition to my daily routine! 🙂

  • coriwestphal

    December 6, 2011 |

    Baking always seems to calm me down. And eating the rewards is even better! How can you be crabby with a brownie in your hand?

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • coriwestphal

    December 6, 2011 |
  • Anne K

    December 7, 2011 |

    I try to get enough sleep… when I don’t get enough sleep I feel off. Of course, that is much easier said than done, so when I’m stressed I will have a hot cup of tea!

  • Anne K

    December 7, 2011 |
  • marybug2

    December 7, 2011 |

    I go for walks and most of the time, just by taking a nap, it makes me feel balanced.
    [email protected]

  • marybug2

    December 7, 2011 |
  • Carmen

    December 7, 2011 |

    I take time to play with my baby girl. She (almost) always relaxes me and we have fun

  • Angel Jacklyn

    December 7, 2011 |

    I PRACTICE MEDITATION MYSELF DURING THE MORNING & RIGHT BEFORE I DOZE OFF. I SINCERELY BELIEVE IT’S HELPED, BUT IT’S ALSO TAKEN ME A LONG TIME TO GET THE PATIENCE TO DO IT! THANKS FOR THE CHANCE DOLL! YOUR GORGEOUS!

    [email protected]

  • Angel Jacklyn

    December 7, 2011 |
  • SUEB0B

    December 7, 2011 |

    Spending time in nature is what brings me peace of heart and relaxation.

  • L0veLindsey

    December 7, 2011 |

    I work with a dog rescue and blog to destress. It doesn’t work very well.. lol.. (creates more stress, but it’s worth it). This game might actually help, especially on my hubs’ deployments!

  • Behind the Lashes

    December 7, 2011 |

    IN! Thank you for a great giveaway!

  • Fatty Bumpkins

    December 8, 2011 |

    I find peace and balance by finding a good book and a hot cup of tea. It is usually my only quiet time. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway 🙂

    Renee
    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  • BeccaBuckle

    December 8, 2011 |

    This sounds just amazing. Our Wii just died over Thanksgiving and I’ve been so sad… On top of that I’ve been trying to find something to help me relieve stress and this game looks awesome for that. *crosses fingers*

  • Mari

    December 8, 2011 |

    I exercise daily, and read a book before bed. Also, cuddling with my pets relaxes me.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  • Mari

    December 8, 2011 |
  • Howell

    December 8, 2011 |

    I find balance by reminding myself to breathe slowly.

    hlee99 (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Atreau

    December 8, 2011 |

    I’ve set aside time each day to do some stretching and breathing and that’s helped center me.