Review of Deepak Chopra’s Leela – win a Wii console!

I tried a video game for the Wii console this weekend: Deepak Chopra’s Leela.

Actually, calling this a game is a bit of a stretch. Leela is relaxation and meditation software based on the ancient system of the seven Chakras, or understanding how energy flows through your body and mind. Each Chakra corresponds to a specific part of the body, mind, or spirit-the lower belly, the naval, the heart, the throat, the third eye, the crown, and the root. Deepak Chopra's Leela for the Wii Gaming Console
Photo taken with iPhone 4s

During game play, you are asked to use the Wii remote, held horizontally with both hands, to complete movements and tasks based on each of the Chakras. The movements are simple, the visuals are colorful, and I really enjoyed the music that accompanied each level.

I’m all about immersing myself as much as possible when playing a game, as I use them as a form of escape, so I played this in the dark with the volume turned up. I highly recommend trying it that way. I admit, my competitive side got ahold of me when trying to complete the tasks for each level, and I had to remind myself that “beating the game” isn’t really the point of this experience. Once I stopped thinking about ‘winning’ and just enjoyed myself, I got a better idea of what Deepak Chopra is trying to accomplish with Leela.

Deepak Chopra's Leela for the Wii Gaming Console
Photo taken with iPhone 4s

As you complete each task, new levels are unlocked. At the beginning of each section, the Chakra you’re exploring is explained in detail. I knew very little about the seven Chakras, and these educational tidbits ended up being my favorite part of Leela.

The “Movement” levels for each Chakra mimic more of a traditional gameplay, but there is also a “Reflect” section which consists of seven unlockable levels per reflection group and focuses on meditation and awareness.

Leela is put together beautifully with its visuals and soundtrack. If you play it with the expectations of a typical video game, you’ll probably be disappointed, otherwise, sit back, enjoy something new, and appreciate it for what it is!

 

Now the fun part! A giveaway!

BlogHer and THQ are giving away one Wii Console and a copy of Leela to one of our lucky readers!

Here’s what you do: Leave a comment on this post and tell me your favorite ways to find balance and peace in your life. We all deal with a number of different stressors on any given day, so share your tips for staying centered (and staying sane – ha!)

 

Da Rules:

No duplicate comments.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

a) Leave a comment telling me how you find balance and peace in your life

b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post

c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post

d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older.

Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail.

You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/11/2011 – 12/8/2011.

Be sure to visit the Promotions & Prizes page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

 

Oh, and one more thing.. 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.

Facebook App link: http://goo.gl/h9PPD

Comments

  1. LOIS PAYTON says

    I fine peace with prayer and being with friends from my church, Talking to God always making you feel better, GOD BLESS AND KEEP YA’LL SAFE

  2. Amy Zachek says

    I find balance and peace by spending a lot of time in nature, working on self-introspective activities. It has changed my life!

  3. Theresa Jenkins says

    I think I do better under pressure…I seem to go into a funk when it’s all calm and sane around here

  4. Krystal R says

    I’m an energy coach so I have a few tools I use, but mostly, I find balance and peace though asking the right questions, being willing to hear the answers that come up, and letting go of whatever comes up. 

  5. Debra F says

    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.

  6. says

    Im still searching for a way to find peace and balance in my life. One thing that really makes me feel better and relaxed is to listen to my music. I put my ear buds in and push the rest of the world out so that it is just me, my thoughts, and my music!

  7. says

    I like to go outside on a full moon to soak in some  positive lunar energy sitting on the ground, quietly reflecting. I also like to go out on a new moon to lie on a blanket and gaze at the stars :)

  8. says

    I find peace by giving myself a “mommy time-out”, sitting in the middle of one of our garden areas, and deep breathing while enjoying the beauty of the plants surrounding me. If I am unable to have a time-out moment, I find balance with one or both of my children…laying face-to-face, holding hands, and looking into their eyes while quietly taking deep breaths and counting together, between each breath.

  9. Kayla says

    I find balance and peace from listening to relaxing music and reading. It makes a TON of difference, and I can really find myself losing myself in the book. It helps!

    raised.alternative (at) gmail.com

  10. Geoff K says

    I find balance and peace through art – going to a blank canvas with a clear mind and expressing my thoughts and emotions through the imagery I create really helps keep me centered and balanced.

  11. Sarah Hirsch says

    my favorite way to find peace and balance is to give my mind ‘quiet time’ without interruption, just to mellow out.

  12. Geargoyle says

    Sometimes I lose my peace 10 times a day, so I guess I get a lot of practice finding it! Deep breaths are good. Five quiet minutes to myself can be a blessing. And always remembering that these frustrations are all fleeting and things will always get better is key. Thanks for offering this incredible giveaway! I’d love to try such a unique game!

  13. Margaret Smith says

    My favorite is to go for a walk around our neighborhood. I really feel less stressed after a nice walk.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  14. says

    What a fun giveaway.  :)  My secret to keep myself/ my life balanced and sane is to separate time for myself.  Might not be much, could be 15 minutes to an hour, depending how busy the day is.  Those are the time for me to think and plan…or just day dream the location of my next vacation, if I ever get one! Ha!  :)

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  15. says

    Yoga has worked for me in the past! I think I need to start doing it or something like what you’ve described here–I’ve been awfully tense and crabby lately!
    Thanks also for a chance to win!kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  16. Susan Smith says

    I get up and hour earlier than everyone else so I can get myself ready, read emails and have a cup of coffee before I begin my day.

  17. Mandy says

    I try to set aside some time each day to work in my journal, draw, or do something creative. That’s what relaxes me the most.

  18. Ashley Lopez says

    I think the Leela program is an excellent idea, which I hope to try some day. Any assistance for me to gain balance and peace in my busy life is welcomed with open arms! Right now, when I need to regain focus and balance, I find myself sipping on coffee while enjoying a good book.

  19. says

    I find balance in a variety of ways. Walking, knitting, yoga, pouncing on my cat and chasing my dog. But most of my peace is found on the couch next to my husband and business partner.

  20. Andrea Gomes says

    I find balance and peace by sitting and looking out the window with a warm cup of tea and my dog by my side. It helps spending some time by myself!!

  21. Jennifer Roden says

    What a cool give-away!! I have a hard time finding peace and balance in my life, especially during this holiday season! I do try to take time for myself by going to the gym and getting in a few yoga sessions a week. I also try to get a massage once a month or so!!

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