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How to Play with Yoga Cards for Kids

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Yoga cards for kids provide an engaging and easy way to practice yoga poses, whether your child is a beginner or an expert yogini. Introduce one yoga pose at a time or put a few yoga poses together to create a meaningful story sequence. Make the yoga experience relevant and meaningful to your children, and no doubt, they will be coming back for more.

Use the yoga cards in your home, classroom, or studio. Or take yoga cards with you on your travels. Yoga cards also encourage independent creative play. Let children’s imaginations run wild, while they move their bodies!

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Today, I’d like to share with you nine ideas for playing with our yoga cards for kids:

1. Sort Poses and Keywords

Use the category color band on each card to help match the keyword and corresponding yoga pose. Then you can practice the poses associated with each keyword. Talk about your favorite pairs and which ones are easiest to remember.


2. Create a Yoga Story Sequence

Pick three to six yoga pose cards (with or without their matching keyword card). Then create a yoga pose sequence. You could make up a story or situation to go with the sequence. For example,  Dancer + Tree + Eagle cards: you could pretend to be a fairy who goes to a ball in the trees and dances with an eagle.

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3. Play a Yoga Pose Card Flip Game

Place only the pose cards facedown together in a pile. One player flips over the top card, and everyone has to “strike a pose.” You could do this with pose cards, keywords cards, or the whole pack.


4. Play a Memory Game

Place all the yoga cards upside down in rows. Take turns flipping up two cards at a time. If the player gets a yoga pose matched with its keyword, then that player keeps the pair. The game continues until all pairs have been matched up.

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5. Guess the Yoga Pose

Gather together a deck of keyword cards and place facedown. Each player takes a turn at selecting the top keyword card and has to guess the matching yoga pose. For example, if the player picks a “dog” card, he or she has to say or act out Downward-Facing Dog Pose. If the player can’t remember the matching yoga pose, then he or she can ask her friends for help. Repeat the process until each player has had a turn.


6. Gather Theme Yoga Cards

Choose one category of cards to gather together (ex. Travel, Earth, People, or Animals). Create a logical, safe yoga sequence with all or some of the yoga pose cards in that particular category. For example, in the Earth category, you might choose Seed + Flower + Tree to create a flow sequence.

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7. Yoga Pose Charades

Gather together a deck of only the pose cards and place them facedown. Each player takes a turn at selecting the top yoga pose card, without any other players seeing the card. The player demonstrates the pose on their selected card, and the rest of the children have to guess the name of the yoga pose. Repeat the process until each player has had a turn.


8. Brainstorm Keywords

Gather together a deck of pose cards. Pick one yoga pose card at a time and brainstorm a list of other keywords that could represent that yoga pose. For example, Squat Pose could be a duck, monkey, frog, or ape.


9. Create a Calming Sequence

Using the entire Yoga Poses for Kids Cards deck, have each child come up with his or her very own signature yoga pose sequence (maybe three to five poses, depending on the age and needs of the child) that could be used to help calm their bodies and minds. Spend some time going over their sequence, ensuring that it’s easy for them to practice and remember the sequence.

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Read my Calm Down Yoga Routine article on Childhood101

10. Play a Yoga Cards Dice Game

How to play a dice yoga game with yoga cards for kids:

  1. Grab a die from a board game you have at home.
  2. Write the numbers 1 through 6 on sticky notes, one note for each number. I wrote both the numeral and the number symbol found on dice.
  3. Have your child pick out 6 yoga pose cards from the deck.
  4. Stick a number note on each yoga pose card. I put the yoga poses in a logical yoga flow with standing poses first, followed by floor poses, and resting poses.
  5. Roll the die and practice the yoga pose associated with that number.

You could use a large die if working with a large group of kids. This simple dice yoga game would be great to bring traveling with you because all you need is a set of dice and yoga cards. Your child can easily change up the game by simply sticking the numbered sticky notes on different cards.

Yoga card game using dice | Kids Yoga StoriesMy daughter and I playing yoga dice game. Yoga cards for kids games using dice | Kids Yoga StoriesDice game: Picture credit to Infinite Kids Yoga.

11. Play a Yoga Poses Card Game

How to play a yoga poses card game:

  1. Sit on the floor, facing each other, and deal five cards to each player.
  2. Each player takes a turn flipping over one card from his or her own row of cards.
  3. The player who flips over the card showing the child in a pose becomes the “owner” of that card. Once the keyword match for the pose card is flipped over, all the players do the pose and hold it for ten seconds. The player who flipped the matching card hands it over to the “owner” of the pose card, and the game continues until all the cards are “owned.”
  4. Each player should always have at least five cards. Each time a pair is found, the player who hands over the matching card draws another card from the deck.
  5. If you have both flipped over all of your cards without finding a matching pair, then take turns drawing from the deck. The player with the most pairs wins.

Download the Yoga Poses Card Game instructions here.

Yoga Poses Card Game | Kids Yoga StoriesYoga Poses Card Game

12. Play Yoga BINGO.

Download thirty Yoga BINGO cards that have the twenty-five yoga poses from our Yoga Poses for Kids Cards (Deck One) or customize your own. Click here to get started!

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How Others Play with Yoga Cards for Kids

Bonnie says, “I am a speech language pathologist in the school system. When I tell you I use them every day, I am not kidding! We move through centers every 12-15 minutes, and before we move to the new center, we gather on our carpet, and a specific student gets a turn at picking a new pose. They LOVE IT! We can have 8-9 different centers in one day!”

Lisa says, “One young lady led a yoga class with them already!”

Denise says, “I used the cards yesterday as I was teaching a summer camp, and they already had the theme of kings/queens/gnomes. After acting out a yoga story about the kingdom, we played a game of memory, and I pulled some of the cards that we acted out in the story.”

Christine says, “We placed some yoga cards in the classrooms and took pictures of staff and children doing simple yoga poses together.”

Lisa says, “I did another Memory game with an 11-year-old yesterday. After studying the 12 cards for a minute, we put all of the animal cards face down (from the Good Night, Animal World book) and then took turns holding the pose names while the other chose a card. We then had to try to remember where the animal matching pair was—if we got a pair, we did the pose.”

Jodi says, “I place a yoga card under each yoga dot for the students in my PE class. We play music for them to dance around. Once the music stops, each child finds the yoga card under her yoga dot and practices the yoga pose.”

Claire says, “Last week I had a group of year 6’s (age 10-11) and the energy was really high in the room. I decided to hand the lesson over to them and see what they came up with. They each chose a yoga card and got into groups of 4-6. I gave them some time to come up with a story to link the poses. The results were fantastic and really diverse. I certainly wouldn’t have come up with as many ideas as they had. Their breathing and relaxation practice that followed was much calmer than usual because they had used up their creative energy and were ready to be guided. A great learning curve for me … Pass over the control!”

We hope you enjoy playing with the yoga card deck as much as we do! What other ways could you use the yoga cards for kids? Do you have your own games you use the yoga cards for?


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“I used the cards yesterday as I was teaching a summer camp and they already had the theme of kings/queens/gnomes. After acting out a yoga story about the kingdom we played a game of memory and I pulled some of the cards that we acted out in the story. The kids had a blast. Such good fun!”
Denise W.

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8 Responses to How to Play with Yoga Cards for Kids

  1. Maria Jesus Sousa October 10, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    How can I buy the yoga cardas and what´s the price?
    I’m from Portugal
    Thank you

  2. Kids Yoga Stories LLC October 13, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    Hi Maria

    Thanks for your message! Our Yoga Poses for Kids Cards are available for purchase on our website for $18.95 here: We ship internationally for a flat shipping fee of $10.00. So, it’s always more economical to buy more than one product on our online store.

    Let me know how else I can help!


  3. Nadja October 20, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    Place a yogacard on the back of each child. Let the other kids act out the pose and let the child guess. Give a hint if needed

  4. Brona February 14, 2016 at 1:52 am #

    Another game I’ve played with my younger kids is, I hide the yoga cards around the classroom then when I’m finished I tell the kids they can look for them! When they are close I’ll let them know if they are hot or cold! They also have 2 figures if its an animal tree or bird, big or small!
    They love it getting so excited to find the next card! Everyone gets a turn, the person who finds it then sits out, and so on until everyone has found a card!

  5. Stacy Flake March 3, 2016 at 6:45 pm #

    This article was filled with such wonderful information. I have actually spoken to Jodi via phone so it was nice to see her picture!
    What great ideas,

    I teach kids yoga and always searching for new and creative ways to teach.


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