1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Keep your arms by your sides and flip your palms up
3. Inhale and make a big circle with your arms, as you connect your palms above your head
4. Exhale as you turn your palms out and press your arms down, returning them by your sides
5. Pull your shoulders back and keep your head up, eyes focused forward
6. If you want, close your eyes as you continue the sequence, and remember to keep breathing!
– 5 reps (focus on breath)
NOTE: Arms up/down = one rep
You can customize the reflection prompts to meet the needs of your students and your time constraints. Create a unique workout experience every time you return to this lesson by choosing different prompts — each workout can reveal something new for students!
How does your body feel after completing the workout?
How does your mind feel after completing the workout?
What does Calm mean to you in this moment?
Close your eyes and remember a time when you felt calm. What do you notice about this memory?
Think critically about the word CALM. What are some different ways that others might interpret this word?
Imagine a situation in your future in which you would like to remain calm. Describe one strategy you could use to help feel calm in this scenario.
Describe a family member or close family friend around whom you feel calm.
What strategies have you used to calm down before a stressful academic moment (i.e. a test, essay, or speech)?
Visit or reflect on a place in your community where you feel most calm and create a physical representation of your experience (a poem, drawing, social media post, etc.).
Write a poem describing a calm memory.
Create a pamphlet or website depicting a calming place where you have traveled or would like to travel.
Take your pulse immediately after entering the classroom. Next, complete the CALM workout and immediately take your pulse again. How do your readings compare, and what conclusions can you draw from your data?
Coloring in mandala patterns or other complex geometric shapes has helped provide stress relief, and may help some people achieve a calm, meditative state.