1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Step your right foot out about 3 feet in front of you
3. Keep your right foot flat on the floor as you raise your left heel all the way up
4. Keep your hips square and your arms straight down by your sides
5. Bend your knees and drop your hips and thighs down into a deep lunge
6. Keep your right knee in line with your right heel, and your right thigh parallel to the floor
7. Keep your left knee under your left hip, and your left heel up high
8. Lean your upper body back to maintain your posture — shoulders back and down, chest open, abs in
9. Lower your hips down and up (keep your feet steady!)
10. Complete the sequence and repeat on the left side
– 10 double count
– 10 single count
– 10 pulses
– 10 second hold
– Repeat (left side)
If you have knee or back discomfort or pain:
– Keep your back foot flat and decrease the bend in your front knee
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 Grit mean to you in this moment?
Describe a time when you remember showing grit. How did it make you feel?
Think critically about the word GRIT. What are some different ways that others might interpret this word?
Is grit something that you would like to demonstrate in your future? Why or why not?
Who shows grit in your family, and how do they show it?
Do you think grit is a useful tool for a student? Why or why not?
When can grit help a community overcome a challenge? What types of challenges might a community face that could not be solved by community members’ grit?
What words come to mind when you think of grit? Create a poem that incorporates each of the words you selected.
Why is the concept of grit controversial when it comes to equity in your country?
Do you think scientific research requires grit? Why or why not?
Think back to the definition of GRIT. In 2016, a 62-year-old former U.S. Marine broke the world planking record with a time of 8 hours, 15 minutes, and 15 seconds. That’s a lot of courage and resolve!