YOGIS GAME RULES
OBJECTIVES OF YOGIS GAME
Have fun and move YOUR body!
Be creative, make up your own pose or perfect ones you already know!
Be kind to yourself and others!
Relax and breathe, become balanced!
THE SPIRIT OF YOGIS GAME
Can you make your body look like a Tree? How about a Mountain?
You are a Yogi on a mountaintop. One day the YOGIS GAME (YG) deck of cards appeared... The cards display nature (YG1), instructions (YG2), and actual Yoga poses (YG3). Creatively interpret what shape or pose you can make with your body to closely resemble the card.
DETAILS OF PLAY
THE YOGA POSE GUIDE STONES
*Important (Please Note): Clearance is required from your physician to physically exert yourself for this game.
Complete the YOGIS WARM-UP (about 5 minutes)
Do not hyper-extend the joints, meaning, do not push your joints backward (such as hyper-extending the knees). It is advised you may want a little bend in the standing knee to avoid this, locking the knee is okay but be cautious that you are not pushing backward!
The pose must be completed in BOTH DIRECTIONS, meaning if a POSE is not symmetrical, you must complete the pose the other way. This includes all TWISTS, SIDE BENDS, and 1-Leg and 1-Arm POSES.
Be mindful of your limitations and stop before you become discomforted or fatigued.
TIMING: In general, players must hold their poses without moving for 3 FULL BREATHS. The group may choose to modify the timing, however, for more or less intensity. Examples may include:
Hold a pose for 5, 10, 15, 20... breaths
Hold a pose for a timed duration (i.e. 20 seconds, 1-3 minutes...)
POSES can be completed in any way, including, standing, kneeling, seated, on your back, on your stomach, and even on your side. Change things up!
Please Note: Any pose can be skipped or modified according to each individual player, especially when playing YG3!
As a creator of Yoga poses, use specific details in your pose to represent the card, so that someone might guess what pose you are making without seeing the card!
Optional: For added difficulty, close your eyes during POSES.
Upon winning a card, the YOGI must take a FULL BREATH to finish the Yogic methodology.
Before each game, thoroughly warm-up the body! You may do your own warm-up or follow YOGIS GAME advice below!
You will want to move every joint and get your blood flowing with fluid, full-body movements. Keep it simple, this should feel good, do not do it if you are experiencing physical pain.
For convenience, you can watch the video below, this is me doing the YOGIS WARM-UP, there is no audio currently, you may want to read the text in the video and stay tuned for any updates here. Once you learn the movements, you could do this every day!
HOW TO PLAY YOGIS GAME
YOGIS GAME is a YOGA GAME!
To play the Quick Start Version
Please form a circle and place the YOGIS GAME Deck shuffled and faced down in the center. In turn, each player draws a card and everyone makes a pose to mimic the card in their own unique way! Whichever player drew the card gives it to another player whose pose they liked the best!
VERSION 1: YOGIS GAME Nature Deck (YG1): The game where you create poses that resemble Nature!
YG1 is purely creative!
Players make their own poses even if it is or is not already a Yoga pose, it still counts either way!
What details does a cat have? How about a monkey? Create a pose to elaborate on the features you like from the card!
VERSION 2: YOGIS GAME Pose Builder Deck (YG2): The game where you create poses by following the card's actions!
YG2 is creative with guidance!
In this deck, the cards give specific details for movements and positions to create and build your own Yoga postures!
Now add something specific to your pose... Can you pose on one leg? How about one hand? Use the details on the card to complete the card!
VERSION 3: YOGIS GAME Yoga Pose Deck (YG3): The game where you practice 54 Yoga poses!
YG3 shows actual Yoga pose pictures!
In this third and challenging deck, the cards demonstrate and name 54 Yoga poses!
Players mimic the pose picture to the best of their ability, be gentle on your body! Please read the Details of Play above section for safety.
The WINNER is the first person to earn 6 cards!
Please Note: All 3 of the YOGIS GAME versions were designed to be played alone, by combining 2, and or all 3 decks!
Form a group circle and place the Yogis Game Cards, shuffled, and faced down in the center.
Each turn begins with a player drawing the top card, revealing it to everyone.
Everyone else makes and holds their own pose, emphasizing details from the Yogis Game Card to the best of their ability!
The 'same' or similar poses can be completed by multiple players.
Make up your own or learn from the group! Have fun and encourage one another!
After the poses have been held for at least 3 breaths, whoever drew the card, will give it to the player whose pose they liked the best! Continue by repeating steps 1,2, & 3 by going around the circle!
The game ends after at least 15 minutes of playing OR until someone has 6 cards!
Any player who has the most cards at the end of any game, regardless of time or if someone leaves the game early, wins.
OTHER WAYS TO PLAY YOGIS GAME
Below are other fun ways to enjoy YOGIS GAME.
Please Note: These can be mixed and matched with the 'OTHER WAYS TO WIN YOGIS GAME,' and should follow the same basic rules for 'GAME START' and 'GAME END' described in the 'HOW TO PLAY YOGIS GAME' section, unless otherwise noted.
(1.1) WELL-BALANCED YOGI
In turn, draw a card.
Make a pose.
Hold a YOGIS GAME card or another object selected by the group:
Change it up! (1) the head, (2) the shoulders (3) the backs of the hands,(4) on the knee, and or (5) on the foot.
YOGIS must be close enough to place BALANCING OBJECTS on themselves at the same time, and there must be enough of the same objects to play with, again using the cards may be the easiest and fastest way to play, where everyone has the same object!
Examples of BALANCING OBJECTS: YOGIS CARD, Pencil, Rock, Stick, etc…
Whoever holds the pose and the object the longest wins the card.
If multiple players hold it for the time length, then the card goes into the center of the group circle in a GROUP PILE, in which everyone shares the point and adds it to his or her total number of cards at the end of the game.
The game ends after at least 15 minutes of playing OR when someone has 6 cards (excluding the center pile cards)!
Any player having the most cards at the end of any game, regardless of time or if someone leaves the game early, wins.
(1.2) WELL BALANCED YOGI
Same play style as WELL BALANCED YOGI (1) but this time:
Stand on a different surface to become less balanced! Use caution and your own discretion in choosing the surface here.
Examples of more challenging surfaces include standing on the grass, uneven ground, sand, or anything you feel safe standing on top of.
(1.3) WELL BALANCED YOGI
Combine the challenges in WELL BALANCED YOGI (1) and (2) for a more challenging game!
If poses become too simple, think creatively and make up something new!
(4) YOGIS CHARADES
Simple Play - Collaborative Group Play
The player draws a card and acts out the word on the card without making a sound nor speaking (if he or she does then the turn ends and the card gets put back at the bottom of the deck).
The first person who guesses the correct pose name on the card earns the card.
The first player to earn 6 cards, wins!
(5) GROUP POSE
Simple Play- Collaborative Group Play
Draw a card.
Whoever picked the card creates a pose based on the card for everyone to do!
Everyone shares the card and everyone wins, this version is to help everyone think about poses creatively as a group and gain confidence in your poses with group support!
Creative Play - Collaborative Group Play
Every player draws 3, 6, or 9 cards and can:
(Option 1) Play them one at a time per turn in gameplay order to create a group story to act out... OR...
(Option 2) Arrange 3, 6, or 9 cards into a storyline or storyboard of poses to create a sequence of movements/actions that make up a story
(Option 3) Draw 'X' amount of cards and cannot shuffle them, play in the order drawn to create a story!
OTHER WAYS TO WIN YOGIS GAME
Alternative and Advanced Ways to Win
(Please Note) Mix and match these with the 'OTHER WAYS to PLAY YOGIS GAME'
If you decide to mix and match rules, select from this section before starting your game. These are all optional and can be treated as a random way to win any other version mentioned above.
(1) WELL BALANCED YOGI
Balance a single card from the YOGIS GAME DECK and balance it on everyone's head, the last one holding the pose without dropping the card wins!
(2) THE HEAVIEST HAND
When the game ends, the player with the most cards wins!
IF there is a tie, where two or more players have the same amount of cards, then the player with the LEAST amount of cards wins!
(3) I BECAME A STATUE
Once a Yogi has entered the last challenge, he or she must sit perfectly still for 5 minutes (set a timer)!
Moving, talking, making sounds, blinking, or itching will automatically disqualify the Yogi and they will have to wait for the next round to try and win again.
(4) YOGIS GAZE
Staring contest. First to blink loses!
Players can complete this in pairs until 1 remains as the winner.
(5) LONGEST OM
At the same time, as a group, countdown from 3 and take a big, complete inhale. Fill your lungs all the way, in all directions, and then on your OUT-BREATH say OM (pronounced A-U-M) for as long as you can.
The last player to be making the 'M' sound at the end, wins!
(6) LONGEST COMPLETE BREATH
Whoever takes the longest COMPLETE BREATH wins (Please Note: you cannot block your air passages with your hands nor objects!)
COMPLETE BREATH means to start with a complete inhale, filling your lungs all the way, in all directions, INHALE, PAUSE-IN (hold the in-breath in), EXHALE, PAUSE-OUT (hold the out-breath out). OR play the options below:
LONGEST IN-BREATH HOLD
Everyone starts at the same time, the longest time held wins!
LONGEST OUT-BREATH HOLD
Everyone starts at the same time, the longest time held wins!
(7) RANDOM VICTORY
For randomized fun, roll a standard 6-sided dice (not included in this game version) and match the dice number with the options above (1 through 6 OTHER WAYS to WIN YOGIS GAME = 1 through 6 on the dice)!