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You guys! The brave and delightful Nadine Fawell has created something truly awesome: yogAttitude cards!!
And I feel like a total lucky duck for having the opportunity to test drive and review them for y’all.
Full disclosure: I was given a pre-release copy of the cards and workbook.
But holy-moly, I totally LOVE them and would buy them in a heart beat!
I’ve got a bunch of things to tell you about Nadine’s yogAttitude cards, so get ready for a walk-through of my test drive…
So what are yogAttitude cards anyway?
Well, there’s two kinds of cards in the box – those that show Nadine doing a yoga pose, and then all those Attitudes! All up, there’s 50 cards in the box – 25 poses and 25 Attitudes.
Adorably, they’re elegantly compact and come in a very cute wee box, so you can take them with you anywhere, including on holidays!
The cards are accompanied by a digital workbook (PDF format) which has bigger photos of all of the poses as well as beautiful descriptions of each Attitude (things like: accepting, nurturing, passionate, faithful etc).
How do you use them?
It doesn’t matter how experienced/inexperienced a yogi you are, yogAttitude cards can add a little magic to your practice!
In the workbook, Nadine lists some suggestions around how to use the cards. This is actually where the fun comes in!
Here’s a screen grab from the workbook of just a couple of Nadine’s suggestions:
Personally, I use them a bit like affirmation cards. As in, I make a pile of the pose cards and another one with the Attitudes. Then I intuitively choose an Attitude to go with 1-4 pose cards. Or however many I feel like.
Once I’ve gotten over the synchronicity (doh!) of whatever has turned up, I rearrange the cards into a sequence I like.
Then I repeat the process, so there are maybe three or four sets of cards, creating a group of sequences for me to practice.
I read what the workbook says about the Attitude and start practicing, all the while generating that bhava (feeling/attitude) towards myself and the particular pose I’m doing.
Why do I like them so much?
- I downright LOVE the idea of intuitively choosing a yoga pose in the way I might do with an affirmation or tarot card. It really speaks to the sense of “what do I need in my practice today”?
- People take yoga too seriously! In the classes I teach, I pay attention to the faces of my students. I’m always asking them to relax their face, to smile, to laugh… because too often their expression looks like they’re constipated! 😉
Y’all, this is just NOT what we’re meant to be doing with yoga! Getting in touch with various attitudes and generating that feeling while in various poses is fantastic. Especially if it’s a pose you normally associate more closely with torture or swear words than say, kindness or wisdom.
- Because the selection of poses is so random, I might find myself practicing a sequence I don’t do often/wouldn’t have thought of myself.
We all get stuck a bit in the way we’ve been trained or taught, right?
For example: placing half-moon pose after triangle pose isn’t something I do all the time. So the cards are freeing up my idea of sequencing, yeah!
- Besides how easy it is to pop them in your bag, I love the size of the cards for another reason. In some cases, they only show parts of the pose Nadine is doing.
So instead of very strict instructions about what a pose should/shouldn’t be, it’s left up to you to figure it out, all the while bringing FEELING into your practice.
- yogAttitude cards provide you with suggestions, but overall leave your practice up to you. Personally I sometimes find using yoga DVDs a little overwhelming. They aren’t working to my pace unless I get the remote out and hit pause. Plus, I don’t always want to follow the same sequence and the cards allow me to tailor my practice to suit how I’m feeling.
- I can choose to do a short practice or a longer one – it all depends on the number of cards I select.
- Change your mood and change your day – that’s basically it, isn’t it? I read something once that said simply the act of putting a smile on your face can affect your mood and brain chemistry. So, try practicing a little calmness or groundedness and see what happens…
- I don’t ever want my yoga practice to ever be something I do by rote, like a chore. Nadine’s cards are a light-handed reminder to keep life, feeling and spontaneity in my yoga. Hooray!
Yay, a discount!
yogAttitude cards are pretty darn affordable, but for a limited time, Nadine is offering a 10% discount.
Because she’s generous like that.
Just head over to her shop and use the code LAUNCHPARTY at checkout to get your very own inspirational pocket yoga practice.
It comes with peacock feathers on the box! 😉
Oh, wise and gorgeous Nadine, many thanks for allowing me to review your yogAttitude cards.
I really and truly think they’re brilliant and I’ll probably end up buying them as a gift for a few people. In fact, they’d make an awesome Christmas/Yule or birthday present.
Now I can truly say I’ve got yoga in my pocket. Yay!