Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Workout Labs Yoga Cards Review

As I began to get more involved in my yoga practice, I felt it was time to invest in some educational tools to guide me.  I've always loved the idea of flashcards as a workout tool.  I used to use my very own DIY aerial flashcards to create routines for my Fabric & Flow class I had taught at my studio, Pole Harmony: Aerial Dance Fitness Indianapolis.   The use of flashcards freed up my creative energy and allowed me to put all my focus into my movement while the cards dictated my lesson plan.  As you can imagine, I was quite excited to discover there were yoga cards out on the market that would allow me to further explore areas of improvement as well as create easy to follow routines for my home practice. 

After some research, I decided to purchase the Workout Labs Women's Yoga cards from Amazon.com for $27.95 USD. The yoga cards are marketed as high quality waterproof plastic 5" x 3.5" cards.  The deck includes 47 poses, 3 breathing exercises, a meditation card, and 5 sequences.  Each card is divided by color coding and are organized by Dynamic Stretches (pink), Standing Poses (purple), Forward Bends (light green), Seated and Supine Poses (navy blue), Inversions (dark green), and Backbends (orange).

The cards have a picture of the pose on the front and on the back of the card there is information that details muscles each pose stretches or conditions, organs that benefit from the pose, and mental or emotional benefits. The information side also breaks down how to do the pose and any modifications that may be applied. 

List of poses in deck:

Cat Stretch

Balancing Table


Plank Flow

Striking Cobra

Palm Tree

Swaying Palm Tree

Standing Yoga Seal

Warrior I

Warrior II

Warrior III

Extended Side Angle

Extended Triangle

Revolved Triangle

Half Moon





Standing Forward Bend

Wide Legged Forward Bend

Downward Facing Dog





Extended Cobra






Inclined Plane

Seated Forward Bend

Head to Knee

Bound Angle

Extended Child's Pose

Wind Release

Half Boat



Fire Log

Eye of the Needle (MEN)


Cow Face

Half Spinal Twist (MEN)

Reclined Spinal Twist


Yogic Breathing

Alternate Nostril Breathing

Ocean Breathing


One of the things I don't like about the cards are the lack of sun salutation sequences in the deck. The deck also does not include the chaturanga pose. I feel like beginner yoga students would benefit from having a sun salutation warmup sequence in the deck as it is the first form of flow students often learn in their practice. Overall, I have found these cards to be beneficial to my practice in helping me focus on specific poses. I would certainly recommend these cards to any new or advanced practicing yoga enthusiast.

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