And go play: http://apps.facebook.com/yogaretreat!
Yoga Retreat has been soft launched! http://apps.facebook.com/yogaretreat is the address to go. In addition to practising and teaching yoga to customers and curing their ailments, there is bunch of other stuff to do:
The Steam Room is your first building project and quest line starts at level 6. It is meant to relieve the Achy Muscles you get from practising all that yoga! It functions only once every six hours, but you can use your friends’ steam rooms as well (have you invited any?!).
The Juice Bar is one of the major building projects in the game and quest line starts at level 8. Once it is ready, you can start making nourishing juices from the various ingredients collectable in your and your friends’ resorts. Juices earn you money and they are used in helping customer ailments.
The Beach is a new extension to your resort that unlocks a new set of restorative yoga poses. Quest line starts at level 18. These restorative poses can only be performed at the Beach. The Beach will feature four mat spaces and a wall, plus a space for meditative walking.
Reputation is a measure of how much your customers like your resort! Reputation is gained by being helpful and effective in teaching yoga at the retreat. A neat resort helps (remember all of those leaves?!), also your customers do not like the sight of worn yoga mats. Reputation increases the payoff from teaching customers. Completing juice bar enables reputation.
Advancing in yogic practises is the ultimate goal for your game character. To advance in yogic path, you must collect six virtues: Generosity, Truth, Kindness, Happiness, Practice and Purity. Completion of Beach enables virtues. Practice is gained by practicing yoga. Meditative and restorative poses increase Happiness. Truth comes from helping people with ailments, while Purity comes form keeping yourself and your environment clean. Generosity is gained by refreshing your friends’ mats and resources and having your friends try out yoga poses at your resort. Kindness is gained by picking leaves at your friends’ resorts and having your friends visit your steam room.
Have fun while playing!!
So big day tomorrow. We’re soft launching and you can start playing Yoga Retreat! I’ll post the link tomorrow as well as more detail on the content.
Yoga Retreat is first in the world social game with authentic yoga content. Game features genuine yoga practices as taught in the hatha yoga tradition in addition to fun retreat management mechanic.
Some of virtual retreat customers in the game will have ailments that you need to cure. These ailments can help you discover meaning of different yoga techniques, for what purpose physical poses are actually meant for.
In addition, you can build perfect idyllic yoga retreat for your customers through quests, adding a Steam Room, Juice Bar, Beach as well as more features such as reputation and virtues!
And while playing (or working) it’s good to keep in mind:
It’s been a long time since I’ve written to our development blog…
We’ve been testing and bug fixing the game, as well as had a little vacation before the launch. Today I was writing an About Us -section that we’ll feature under the game, and thought that now it is actually a good time to recap why I started the Yoga Retreat project in the first place.
Yoga has been important part of my life for quite some time. One of the meanings of word yoga is union, mostly interpreted as union of body and mind via following of one’s breath. As my professional background from last few years was from free to play games, I started to wonder if it would be possible to create a game that would unite authentic yoga practises and fun casual management game mechanics within a virtual world environment. Gradually Yoga Retreat concept was born.
I wanted the game to give players a yoga game break, and while playing, enable those interested to learn from yoga to do so in a fun way that would not feel like learning! As the game is not about war, and it features authentic well-being content, I also hoped everyone could play it without guilt (sometimes players feel guilty while playing as it is not “useful” spend of time) as game deals with a practise that can be good for you.
And when I say good for you, I do speak from my own personal experience.
There was a time that I was not living the life I wanted. I was afraid to make changes, and why? Well, because what happens next is unknown! Step-by-step my own yoga practise has enabled me not only to leave my computer related back and neck pains behind for good, but also to face life with a different attitude. Also, when I practise a challenge pose these days, I am actually training and focusing my mind on how will I face a real challenge in my life, not so much how I develop the particular pose technically on the mat. Do I try one more time, or do I give up, or do I do what is the correct work to do, or what just looks superficially to be correct alignment, and so on.
Bottom line. Yoga has been a powerful tool in helping me to move into a direction that feels true to me (such as establishing Gajatri Studios) and thus be happier in my life. Why should yoga be so serious that you could not play with the practise? Why should fun games be based on purely imaginative content with no benefit or authenticity? Isn’t authentic content more engaging than just imaginary stuff? These types of questions started to pour out of me when I took the time to listen to what’s going on.
And thus the game, to light up and lighten up an ordinary day with some fun while introducing and featuring yoga practises.
The upward facing dog pose picture attached to this blog post (featuring one of the Yoga Retreat game characters) is a back bend within sun salutation, and one of my favorites to hold for several breaths in the beginning of my own practise. I feel opening of the psoas (that is too tight from all that sitting in front of my mac) as well as opening of the chest and the heart. What might be your favorite pose..?!