Breathing and Meditation Software App - Lotus Pond
The Lotus Pond garden, orderly yet free-flowing, promotes a sense of calm and tranquility. Relax under a cherry blossom tree as a large lotus flower, floating over the water ahead, animates in response to a soothing "whooshing" sound – gently guiding the breath as it expands (inhale) and contracts (exhale).
The Lotus Pond Virtual Reality Application:
- Was developed and copyrighted by EconoTeque.
- Can be used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Employs an orderly and free-flowing Lotus Pond garden; the garden:
- Promotes a sense of calm and tranquility:
- Allows people to relax, mentally, under a cherry blossom tree located near a large pond; in the pond, there is a large lotus flower, floating on the water.
- The cherry blossom tree and the large lotus flower sway to and fro to a "whooshing" sound – gently guiding the patient’s breathing as he/she inhales and exhales.
Users interact with the water by throwing a stone into the pond and watching the pond ripple. As the experience intensifies, a light shines on a closed lotus in the center of the pond. The lotus slowly opens, as the water ripples. Then the light gently pulsates on the opening flower to guide user breathing.
A pulsating light and rippling water along with a breath-like whooshing sound, imitating an inhale/exhale pattern, subtly guides the users’ breathing. With the opening of the lotus flower, the sound imitates a longer deeper breath.
While there are many forms of mindfulness, focus on the breath is a common practice that is easily taught and suitable for beginners. Long-term practice is known to provide clinical relief; significant effects can be measured even after a single session.
Breathing practices or methods that slow breathe rate are effective interventions for reducing stress and anxiety, which can be measured by a number physiological measures.
Heart rate variability (HRV), for example, is a complex measure related to autonomic function; increases in HRV are associated with improved health and reduced stress response.
Breathing rates of 4 to 6 breaths per minute are associated with improved HRV. Breathing practices are a powerful way to induce a calm state and promote stress-reducing physiological responses.
The reduction in breathe rate should be gradual as trying to force a slow breathe rate too quickly can lead to distress.
The Lotus Pond - Calm Experience Trailer