We’re having lots of fun building a regular practice and playing games with these Yoga Cards! Below are our favourites so far….
Some of these are designed to be practiced everyday or even multiple times a day to build strong bodies and strong minds! Group games can be played in families or school/community groups to build strong connections within the group – Enjoy testing out our suggestions and why not add your own too?
Packs of I am….Yoga & Mindset cards can be ordered HERE
See It, Say It, Do It
Place the pack of cards face down showing “Who Am I?”
Take 3 cards from the pack
Turn over the first card, do the pose
Notice how you feel
Say the “I am…” phrase 3 times
Say it quietly
Say it normally
Say it loudly!
Notice how you feel
Do the same with the other cards you chose
Now you’re all done!
This allows for some artistic expression…
Choose 3 cards from the pack
Lay them out in front of you
Try out all of the poses
Explore moving from one pose to another smoothly (like a dance)
How does it feel?
Rearrange the order of the cards if you want to, to get the right flow that feels good for you
Put on some music and move through your Yoga flow 3 times to the music noticing how it feels each time 🙂
This is great if you are trying to change a mindset habit in your family as it helps remind you to think differently numerous times everyday! For example, if you want to show more gratitude, the “I am Grateful” card can be used to remind you everytime you see it to think of something you are grateful for
Choose whichever cards you want to encourage more of (for example an anxious child might benefit from seeing “I am Confident” or “I am Bold” or “I am Adventurous” lots of times a day)
Place the card somewhere in your home where you will see it a lot, for example, on your front door as you go out? Whenever anyone sees the card they do the pose and say the phrase! (This is a whole family style game so fully expect to see Dads doing a Lion 🦁 roaring face before they leave the house just like everyone else, children love to see their parents participating and you get to grow your mindset too – win win! 🙂 )
Based on the traditional snap game with a Yoga twist!
Share out the cards between those playing (can be played alone too) and take turns to place a card in the middle showing the pose, when 2 cards match in colour jump up and do the pose! Keep playing till all the cards run out and then start again if you like!
Who Am I?
I love this game, it encourages positive communication and descriptive language between players and it’s lovely to watch children play this with each other
One player takes a card from the pack and without looking holds it against their forehead asking “Who am I?”. The other player(s) then describe what the card shows using description and association (without actually saying what it is) the player holding the card is tasked to figure out which card it is.
You can play this many ways – either describing the picture, describing the pose (how it looks without doing the pose) or describing the phrase (without using the word) depending on the child’s age/ability you can decide which version will work best.
Everyone chooses a card from the pack but keeps it to themselves-don’t show anyone
The first person in the circle will start off the story by introducing their character from their card and explaining what they are doing for example One day a little boy called Robbie saw a frog in his garden….
Then the next person adds to the story using something from their card and so on and so on until everyone has contributed to the story using their card
This game is an incredible self-esteem booster and great for encouraging children to focus on each other’s strengths and good qualities and tell their friends what they like about them 🙂 This works best as a group game – the more compliments the better!
Place all cards pose side up in the middle of the circle (spread out so they can all be seen)
Choose someone to go first – they close their eyes and hold their hands out in front of them ready to receive cards into their hands.
Everyone else takes turns to choose a card they feel describes their friend/family member. Each place a finger on the card they choose until everyone has chosen – collect up the chosen cards and give to the person with eyes closed so they can see all the compliments they’ve been given.
I really encourage you to play this game as a family and amplify each other’s strengths. My children told me it felt really good to receive the compliment cards – Who doesn’t like a compliment? Let’s encourage this in our children and our families 🙌🏻
Each person takes a card and either in pairs or small groups they are tasked with fitting the two poses together. When we played this in pairs we went round the circle and each pair showed their Yoga puzzle for the rest of the group to guess the two poses they had for together 🙂
Based on the traditional game “Stuck in the Mud”; requires a larger group of children.
Choose 2 players and split the card pack between them – these players will be the “stickers”. The rest of the group move around the room while the stickers attempt to catch them to give them a card. Once someone is caught and given a card they assume the pose on the card. Other players can unstick them by mirroring the pose back to them.
I will keep adding to this blog post with more and more games from my own classes – feel free to share your own ideas and ways you use the cards in the comments section and let’s get a long list going between us 🤩
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