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Yoga Card Game Guide

My intention with these FREE downloadable yoga cards is to create a dynamic resource that can be used by yoga teachers as teaching aids, and for yoga students wanting a fun way to practice yoga at home.

Yoga Pose Card Features

(1) Each pose in the directory comes with an A4 downloadable yoga card. The cards can be used as a teaching aid, or as a fun handout to give to your students. 

(2) Each card can be combined with any other card in the directory. That means there is a limitless amount of yoga practices you and your students can create with the cards.

(3) Yoga cards are a fun yoga practice planning tool for yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainees and students of yoga.

(4) Yoga cards will help to inspire your yoga students to practice their yoga daily at home, instead of only once a week at a yoga class. If a student of yours practices yoga daily, they are much more likely to come to your classes for several years. Cultivating a daily yoga practice within the minds of your students is great for them, and also means you don't have to spend loads of time on yoga marketing tactics to get more students to your classes.

(5) The yoga cards will have hundreds of beginner, intermediate and advanced poses, categorised, numbered, and colour-coded by the following types: ashtanga, bandhas, bolster yoga, chair yoga, inversions, kundalini, laughter, mantras, meditation, mudras, partner yoga, pawanmuktasana, pranayama, prone, relaxation, seated & floor, standing, strap yoga, supine.

(6) Each yoga card includes:

* Asana name (including Sanskrit name)
* Stick figure (image of the pose)
* Stick figure image of a preparation pose
* Stick figure image of a follow up pose
* Colour coded category
* Unique Number 
* Difficulty level 
* Seconds (recommended time to practice) 
* Video (download, print, & scan camera over QR code) 
* Benefits of the pose 
* Written instructions for the pose
* Modifications
* Precautions (relevant medical warnings)

(7) The Yoga Pose Directory page will soon have lots of recommended 10 minute themed yoga practices - ideal for quick home practices. For example, the "chair yoga for seniors over the age of 80" practice will have several recommenced cards (e.g. chair yoga cards 2, 6, 8, 23, 27 and 31). The practitioner can decide which order to practice them in, pick only one card, or pick three cards, hold poses, not hold poses, flow, not flow, or whatever he or she is feeling in the moment.

(8) Playing with these yoga pose cards are a fun way to learn the asanas if you're going through a yoga teacher training course. Each time you pick up a card, you're learning and absorbing the information. When you see the cards on your yoga mat, it will also help to stimulate the brain with sequencing strategies that you wouldn't have thought about by reading a book, or concentrating hard with pen and paper at the ready. The simple act of moving the cards around can spark ingenious ideas for new sequences. Even though you're enjoying the "game", you'll be getting a great "yoga teacher" brain workout!

(9) Your students could take turns in picking a card, and teaching the class from the card by reading it out. I know this might sound radical. You're the teacher. You should be teaching. That's true. And you will. You'll be free to observe everyone and walk around making adjustments and giving praise. It will build confidence in the student being given the mantle of teacher, which increases the chances of them practicing yoga daily at home.

Sanskrit Pronunciation

Baddha Padmasana
Pronunciation: BAHD-uh pahd-MAHS-uh-nuh
Baddha = Bound
Padma = Lotus
Asana = Pose

Video

Steps

Baddha Padmasana1. Sit with crossed legs. 2. Place right foot on left thigh, and left foot on right thigh. 3. Sit tall. 4. Bring right hand behind back toward left hip, to hold right big toe in right palm or index finger. 5. Bring left hand behind back toward right hip to hold left big toe in left palm or index finger. 6. Hold. 7. Release. 8. Repeat with right foot placed on left thigh and left foot on right thigh.

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Benefits

Physical
Stimulates pelvis, spine, and abdominals.
Stretches ankles.
Strengthens leg joints.

Emotional 

When in the pose, your body is bound into the infinity symbol which symbolises eternity (no end or beginning), empowerment, and everlasting love. 

Clears chakras and rebalances body.

Heart-opener that energises the anahata (heart) chakra.

Stimulates manipura (solar plexus) chakra which allows your body to eliminate negative behaviours and unwanted habits.

Eliminates karmic obstacles so energy can flow freely.

Cultivate a state of stillness.

Cultivate awakened consciousness.

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Prep Poses

Bound Angle Pose

Bound Angle Pose

 

Each pose usually has several suitable preparation poses. Our Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator will recommend preparation poses when you select a pose. This makes your life a little easier. Discover how 1000+ yoga teachers, yoga therapists, yoga teacher trainers, and yoga teacher trainees use the Yoga Lesson Plan Creator by liking our Facebook page.

Follow Up Poses

Baddha Konasana A

Baddha Konasana B

 

Blossoming Lotus Pose (Vikasita Kamalasana)

Cock Pose (Kukkutasana)

Elevated Lotus Pose (Utthita Padmasana)

Half Lotus Pose (Ardha Padmasana)

Lion Lotus Pose (Singhasana)

Lotus Peacock Pose (Padma Mayurasana)

Reclined Bound Lotus Pose (Supta Baddha Padmasana)

Uprooting Yoga Pose (Uttpluthi)

Upward Lotus Pose (Urdhva Padmasana)

Each pose usually has several possible follow up poses. Our Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator will recommend follow up poses when you select a pose. Discover how 1000+ yoga teachers, yoga therapists, yoga teacher trainers, and yoga teacher trainees use the Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator by liking our Facebook page.

Modifications

Bound lotus pose on stomach (Gupta Padmasana)

Chant “Om” silently or quietly.

Each pose usually has several possible modifications. Our Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator has  2000+ pose modifications to choose from. That means you can effortlessly cater to a mixed ability class, and to your private yoga clients. Discover how 1000+ yoga teachers, yoga therapists, yoga teacher trainers, and yoga teacher trainees use the Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator by liking our Facebook page.

Precautions

Ankle pain.
Knee pain. 

Our Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator includes an option to add pose precautions to a lesson plan. These precautions are pre-filled for you, so you don’t have to do anything. Discover how 1000+ yoga teachers, yoga therapists, yoga teacher trainers, and yoga teacher trainees use the Yoga Genie Lesson Plan Creator by liking our Facebook page.

Peak Pose Plans

One easy way to add the WOW factor to a yoga lesson plan is to weave a theme around a Peak Pose. Below are ideas for themes that you can use for Bound Lotus (all poses leading up to a Peak Pose should help prepare your student’s body and mind to summit the pose).

Anahata Chakra Theme: Bound Lotus Pose is a heart-opener that energises the anahata (heart) chakra. You could introduce your students to the chakras, bring awareness to the importance of being open to receiving and giving love, being open to eating with consciousness (going to a plant based diet).

Infinity Theme: When in Bound Lotus Pose, the body is bound into the infinity symbol. Infinity symbolises eternity (no end or beginning), empowerment, and everlasting love. There are endless themes you could dream up using “infinity”.

Karmic Obstacles Theme: Bound Lotus Pose helps to melt away karmic obstacles so that energy can flow freely.

Lotus Flower Water Drop Theme: Bound Lotus Pose helps grab the wandering mind and focuses it. When the body is in the  confined position on bound lotus, your mind can either fill with noise, or fall silent like a drop of water on a lotus flower.

Lotus Flower Quote Theme: “Every struggle is like mud – there are always some lotus seeds waiting to sprout.”

Lotus Flower Quote

Manipura Charkra Theme: Bound Lotus Pose stimulates manipura (solar plexus) chakra which invites the body to eliminate negative behaviours and unwanted habits.

Peeling An Onion Theme: Experience that is viewed as negative can become locked within tissue as emotions, creating dis-ease in body and mind. Bound Lotus Pose helps peel away an unhealthy layers of fear, insecurity, anger, resentment, and jealousy as if they were layers of an onion. When an emotion is peeled and exposed, acknowledge the new layer of you with calm awareness, and gently give gratitude for it. And be aware that the peeling never ends. It’s an ongoing practice of compassion to self and all your fellow humans who are also feeling exposed and vulnerable when a new layer is revealed. 

Self Love Theme: Bound Lotus Pose is a heart-opener that energises the anahata (heart) chakra. You could say something like this when your students are in Bound Lotus Pose. 

“When opening your chest, you’re also opening your heart chakra. You are stretching spiritually by unlocking the heart centre. This unlocking opens you up to receive and give more love in your life.”

Stillness Theme: Bound Lotus Pose cultivate a state of stillness and awakened consciousness.

Supportive Universe Theme: Bound Lotus Pose has a self-sustaining energy. As Yogi Bhajan says,

“When any posture is held over time, the universe comes to support that person.”

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Yoga Sequences

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