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..?!