My cousin reviewed Yogarilla with her daughter Ashlynn and here are her thoughts:
My daughter received Yogarilla, a deck of 55 illustrated yoga cards which come in a lunchbox style tin. The cards are designed for ages 3 and up, and my daughter is four and a half. My daughter sees me doing my own yoga, and she’s always interested to join in and try the poses. I encourage her to do so because I believe the practice of yoga to be beneficial, but she tends to lose interest after a short time.
When we received the Yogarilla cards, I was excited because this makes the practice of yoga more fun for children. Yoga becomes more engaging with Yogarilla because each card has two different activities your child can do that relate to the pose. The cards themselves are very sturdy and durable. They are large, 6” x 8”. Each card features a cute illustration of Otis the gorilla doing the pose. Each card includes step by step directions for the pose.
Some of the cards include a ‘challenge’ where children can extend the pose to make it more challenging by adding another component, very much like a real yoga class. This will be great as my daughter gets older, we can continue to use the cards. This is also perfect for families like ours with more than one child, who are of different ages, because the younger child and older sibling can both participate at varying degrees of difficulty. I really like this feature because so many of my daughter’s games are too advanced for baby brother and I find myself always telling her to save certain activities for his naptime. My favorite part about the Yogarilla cards was that each card offers adaptations, where the child can add a rolled up towel if they are unable to support themselves independently in that pose, or if they are unable to complete the pose there will be an easier version. This is important for children to feel successful, because I know that my daughter tends to get frustrated and give up if she feels like something is too difficult for her.
There are some cards which require a partner to complete the pose. The activities are great because they incorporate a child’s imagination and allow them to think creatively, for example, on the Superhero card, the activity asks “What would you change if you were a superhero? How would you help people? What would your uniform look like? What would be your special power?” Many of the adaptations incorporate physical activity, which is important to me since we live in an apartment, my kids are unable to go outside and play unless we get in the car and drive to the park, so I’m always looking for fun ways to get them moving at home. For example, the Dancer card asks you to make up a new dance and perform it for your partner. The boat pose card asks you to pretend you have oars and are rowing down a river.
My daughter is very goofy and silly and she loves the Yogarilla cards because they allow her to express her wacky side and get the wiggles out! My daughter loves role play activities and pretty much anything make-believe, so the ‘pretend you’re an animal’ activities are right up her alley! The Yogarilla cards would be perfect for a rainy day when you’re stuck inside, or if you’re like us, and you’re often stuck at home because baby brother is taking a nap. As a former teacher, I can also imagine how the Yogarilla cards would be an excellent addition to a classroom, since they incorporate the multiple intelligences.
Yogarilla is a fun way to teach children to relax and focus on their breathing, while at the same time offering a creative outlet for social communication. The deck even includes a guide to the extension activities, a helpful resource to parents/teachers when looking to focus on a particular skill set. As a classroom teacher, this would be a great class activity because you can split your class into groups, or partners, and distribute the deck.
I love these activities because you can just do a few cards, if you only have a few minutes. It’s nice to have that option, because I feel like so many of my daughter’s games have a certain time required to finish the game. Yogarilla is wonderful because it’s adaptable in pretty much every way conceivable.
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