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
– 3 reps
NOTE: Entire series (steps 1-6) = 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 Grateful mean to you in this moment?
Do you remember a time when someone thanked you for something? How did it make you feel?
Describe one thing you feel grateful for in this moment.
Would you like to express your gratitude more in the future? What might prevent someone from expressing gratitude?
Whom was the last family member you thanked, and what did you thank them for?
Describe an object in your learning environment that you are grateful for.
Write a thank you card to a member of your community (Mayor, first responder, essential worker, etc.) to express gratitude for their work.
Reflect on your favorite book of all time and write a letter thanking the author of this book.
Describe an event in history that you are grateful for. How has this historical event impacted your life?
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?
Expressing gratitude toward people you love causes an immediate spike in your happiness.