Grateful

Feeling or showing an appreciation of kindness; thankful

  • This workout takes approximately 10 Minutes
  • This workout is for students in Grades 6-8
  • Teacher Resources

Move

  • Type:  Breathing
  • Excercise:  Sun Salutation
  • Target:  Total Body + Warm-Up
  • Equipment:  None
Workout guide

Steps

1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Keep your feet hips width apart and parallel
3. Inhale as you turn your palms up and fly your arms in a big circle above your head
4. Exhale as you turn your palms down and float your upper body down toward your legs (try to touch your toes)
5. Inhale as your raise your upper body up halfway to a flat back
6. Exhale to stand up straight again

Sequence

– 3 reps

NOTE: Entire series (steps 1-6) = one rep

Reflect

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!

Icon of a body with vibration lines on the sides of it.

How does your body feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a profile view of a person’s head with a speech bubble where the brain would be.

How does your mind feel after completing the workout?

Icon of a question mark.

What does Grateful mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

Past

Do you remember a time when someone thanked you for something? How did it make you feel?

Present

Describe one thing you feel grateful for in this moment.

Future

Would you like to express your gratitude more in the future? What might prevent someone from expressing gratitude?

Real-World Connection

Family

Whom was the last family member you thanked, and what did you thank them for?

Learning Environment

Describe an object in your learning environment that you are grateful for.

Community

Write a thank you card to a member of your community (Mayor, first responder, essential worker, etc.) to express gratitude for their work.

Academic Connection

ELA

Reflect on your favorite book of all time and write a letter thanking the author of this book.

Social Studies

Describe an event in history that you are grateful for. How has this historical event impacted your life?

STEM

Reflect on a leader you are grateful for in the field of science, technology, engineering, or math. What would you like to thank this person for?

Fun Fact

Expressing gratitude toward people you love causes an immediate spike in your happiness.