Most of us are familiar with the game of physical and mental skill called Jenga where a number of wooden blocks are stacked in a tower and each player must try to remove one block per turn using only one hand without toppling the tower. Adding a yoga element to this classic game is a sure fire hit to include in yoga class. It maintains interest, can be used with any sized group, helps kids learn how to take turns, improves hand eye coordination, instills patience, and is easy to use again and again with endless variety.
Take a jenga game and write a different pose on each block. I took inspiration from the 60 poses included in Once Upon a Pose writing the English pose name on one side and the French name of the other thereby creating a bilingual game (the name in Sanskrit, Spanish, German, etc. would be equally as effective – See Language Learning Thru Yoga).
Have a couple of kids set up the game by stacking three blocks across three blocks until a tower is formed.
Choose a child to carefully remove a jenga block.
Perform the yoga pose written on the block.
You can place the block back on to the top of the jenga tower in order for it to continue to build. If you don’t want to repeat any poses during the class simply place the used jenga blocks off to one side. As well we more often than not simply run out of time long before the tower comes down.
Choose another child and repeat until all children have had a turn, class is over, or the tower falls over.
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