Release

Feeling of letting go from confinement, obligation, pain, or emotional strain

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

Move

  • Type:  Stretch
  • Excercise:  Rag Doll Stretch
  • Target:  Hamstrings + Lower Back
  • Equipment:  None
Workout guide

Steps

1. Stand in NaliniKIDS posture
2. Keep your feet hips width apart and parallel
3. Fold your upper body over at your hips, reaching toward the floor with your arms, keeping your head down
4. Shift your weight forward into the balls of your feet
5. Push your hips up toward the ceiling as you reach your arms down to the floor (imagine a rubber band in each of your hamstrings)
6. Grab ahold of your opposite elbows and let your head hang free (let go of any neck tension!)
7. Hold and focus on your breath, stretching a little deeper each time you exhale

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 Release mean to you in this moment?

Self-Connection

Past

Have you ever experienced a challenge in your life that was difficult to deal with at first? How did you release that pain?

Present

Sometimes holding on is the right thing to do. What is something you are currently holding on to?

Future

Identify and describe one action you can take today to help release an emotion you are holding on to.

Real-World Connection

Family

Describe a family tradition that members of your family used to hold on to but no longer do. Why did they release this tradition?

Learning Environment

What stress are you holding on to in your learning environment that you would like to release? How can you do this in a productive way?

Community

Release a positive message into your community by posting a positive review online for a local business.

Academic Connection

ELA

Draw a butterfly covered in spots. Within each spot, write a word to represent an emotion or sentiment that you would like to release to the world.

Social Studies

Describe some methods that are used to release current events to the public. How can you determine whether or not the source of the information is credible?

STEM

Describe a recent development in science that was released to the public. What was the response?

Fun Fact

Dogs have wet noses because they release a thin layer of mucus to help them smell.