1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Close your eyes
3. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth, allowing your chest to rise on the inhale and sink on the exhale
4. Reflect on the presence of the room and/or your state of mind in gearing up for or completing a workout
5. Focus on your breath, stillness, and reflection
NOTE: Teachers are free to engage in a few minutes of silent or guided relaxation
A few questions for students to answer silently in their heads could be:
– Reflecting on the work you did or are about to do today, do you feel accomplished/ready?
– Do you feel aware of your body?
– Can you hear your breath? The sounds of other students breathing in the room?
– What sounds do you hear?
– Do you feel confident in your alignment?
– Can you quiet your mind chatter and be present?
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 Presence mean to you in this moment?
Describe a time when you felt completely present in the moment, and not distracted at all.
What types of activities require you to be fully present?
In what area of your life would you like to be more present?
When you are present, describe some sounds that you can hear in your home.
When you are present, describe some sounds that you can hear in the classroom.
When you are present, describe some sounds that you can hear outside in your community.
Practice presence by writing a list of all five of your senses, and what you notice about each of those senses in this very moment.
What practices and traditions do different cultures perform in an effort to be present?
Practice mindfully eating a healthy snack. Chew each bite twenty times before swallowing and pay attention to all five of your senses.
What’s one way to know you’re in the presence of a giant whale? A blue whale’s heartbeat can be heard from more than two miles away! Their heart is the size of a small car, and beats only 8-10 times per minute.