By Phoenix writer Lillian Stern, ’22:
Students from Kellenberg Memorial have been incorporating yoga into their schedule to help relieve the stressors of everyday life and are finding it useful.
Scarlette Wrage, a sophomore, elaborates on how her class was first introduced to the new stress-reducing practice, “Adapting to the circumstances, my cohort has gotten creative in finding ways to de-stress and get to know each other better. On one particularly stressful school day, a few of my classmates remembered when our chemistry teacher, Mrs. Frem, mentioned the mental benefits yoga could offer, and proposed we take five minutes to try it out. Since then, yoga has become a routine in my cohort, 10R”.
Mrs. Frem, who teaches chemistry in the cohort, recalls her own “discovery” of yoga, “One morning almost twenty years ago, I found a short yoga program on public television that captured my attention and introduced me to its benefits. Yoga challenges the body by holding postures while also releasing tension through stretching and twisting. My cohort enjoys the quick stretch and the poses which clear the mind before we tackle complicated chemistry problems.”
Maraline Palmer, wholeheartedly agrees with her science teacher, “Yoga is a great way to clear our minds and distress before our next class. It helps us to focus and re-center our minds for the day ahead.”
Scarlette Wrage is grateful for the bonds created from trying something new, “Furthermore, it’s helped us connect as a class and become really good friends. I never thought I’d say that yoga helped make my school year, but it really has helped me and my classmates bond as well as de-stress over the past few months. It has also given me memories that will allow me to look back to this school year and smile.”
Mr. Brown, the sophomore’s homeroom teacher, brags about his student’s newfound skills, “Our Cohort, 10R, which many could say that it is one of the most spirited homerooms in America, derives much peace from a few minutes of yoga, particularly before we absorb the Norm training and such on Faith Fridays!”
Olivia Carmody, a very thankful sophomore comments, “We all have a fun time during this and are grateful to our teachers who let us take a little break!”
Between cohort walks, outdoor activity breaks, and now yoga, cohorts have enjoyed a diverse set of tools to break up the Covid protocol days throughout the year.