1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture against a wall
2. Walk your feet forward a foot or two as you lower your body down against the wall (like you’re sitting into a chair)
3. Track your knees in line with your ankles (if you need to adjust your feet)
4. Make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor
5. Push your feet into the floor and your back into the wall
6. Keep your thighs and feet together, and cross your arms over your chest
7. Pull your abs in and squeeze your thighs as you hold this position (don’t forget to breathe!)
– 1 minute hold
If there are no walls available:
– Lower down into a chair pose and maintain proper posture (see ANGRY exercise)
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 Perseverance mean to you in this moment?
Describe a time when you had a challenge or setback in your life that you were able to persevere through.
What strategies help you persevere through challenging times?
Consider a challenge you are looking forward to overcoming in the future. How could you persevere through this particular challenge?
Describe a strength within your family that helped you persevere through a challenge.
Create a class recipe for perseverance that you can refer back to on a challenging day. Your teacher will post this recipe on a wall in your learning environment.
Conduct research and create a list of resources in your community that can help people who are facing a hardship or challenge persevere.
What does the phrase, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” mean to you?
How might overcoming the challenges of social distancing and remote learning and working lead to future opportunities in our society?
What are some of your strengths in math? List as many as you can think of. How can awareness of these strengths help you persevere through challenges in mathematics?
Many leaders throughout history have shown a great deal of perseverance, and did not always succeed on the first try at something. Abraham Lincoln lost five separate elections before he became President of the U.S.