We are adding ZenVR: a meditation learning system taught in Virtual Reality, to our list of mental health related games and apps.
The experience combines the structure and teachings of real-world classes in the practice of meditation with the immersion of VR. With progressive lessons taught by your own instructor, you can learn the basics of meditation and a variety of mental and physical techniques you can use to bring balance, focus, and calm from virtual reality to your reality. Revisit curriculum at your own pace for learning retention using practice mode’s build-your-own meditations.
ZenVR began as a Master’s Thesis project at The Georgia Institute of Technology. The experience has been empirically proven in the respective paper to successfully guide novice meditators through their journey and affect real-world change, increasing mindfulness and equipping them with tools they can use in their daily lives. Now they’ve transformed their prototype into VR’s meditation learning system for major VR platforms to share the benefits of meditation with the world.
“We all deal with managing stress levels, and we look forward to providing you with some potential new mental frameworks and breathing techniques for helping to deal with your stress. ZenVR is designed to be like training wheels for real life. Learning to calm the mind and then how to apply it as we guide you into a practice you can embody anytime, anywhere when outside of VR”
In dealing with stress, you may find particular benefit in the breathing techniques covered in the curriculum:
- 1-2 breathing, found in Lesson 1
- 5 Count Breath (Exhale Counting), found in Lesson 3
- 10 Round Counting, found in Lesson 5
- Mindfulness of Breath, found in Lesson 7