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Wednesday November 25, 2009
Young Claremont Students Pose Their Way Into Relaxation
By LILY COMBA
C oncentrating on deep breaths,
allowing every muscle in the
body to relax, meditating and becom-
ing calm: yoga. The beneficial effects
of yoga have influenced many athletes
at Claremont High School (CHS) to try
the activity. Regardless of what sport
a student may play, yoga has become
a wide spread phenomenon to help
student-athletes focus on their game,
relieve pain, become more fit and flex-
ible and most importantly experience a
decrease of pre-game anxiety.
“Doing yoga has helped me a lot; my
body feels a lot better while I am play-
ing than it did before I did yoga. Yoga
is also very relaxing and it prepares my Practicing yoga Kay Dorn (center)
mind for the game, it helps me focus on techniques, Kelyn holds the warrior
doing my job right and winning,” junior Hilt (top left) poses pose during a yoga
Steven Frazer said.
For many physically active students
the reverse warrior session at the
at CHS, yoga has been known to help and Margaret Claremont Club,
focus on upcoming trials. Yoga poses Gallagher (top where she regulary
facilitate an increase of oxygen to the right) balances to practices. Yoga is
brain, which enhances the yoga-enthu- perfect her tree a form of stress
siast’s ability to focus.
“As a result of yoga, I have found
position. all photographs taken by Steven Watts
relief for Dorn.
that before a game my body is more bench with an injury can often be short- shown to be tiring. As told by stu- “I believe that anything an ath-
relaxed and my head isn’t wander- ened for those who chose to do yoga to dents, being able to have the neces- lete does to enhance his/her ability
ing onto other things, like school; relieve stiffness and pain. sary fitness level for a game or prac- to concentrate, strengthen, perform
my mind-set is all on soccer,” senior “When I strained my hamstring in tice becomes harder and harder if the and relax will, most likely, allow the
Diego Ramirez said. the middle of the season I thought all school day drains away energy. Along athlete to perform at higher levels,”
Torn muscles, sprains, and many was lost for me starting back up again,” with its meditative mental effects, Athletic Director for CHS, Rick Dut-
other commonly felt ailments can be sophomore Alina Guido said. “Along yoga can greatly improve an athlete’s ton said.
relieved by doing yoga on a daily or with physical therapy, the expertise fitness, flexibility, and strength to From research and student inter-
weekly basis, as many athletes at school that yoga offered me for recovering the help him or her perform to their great- views, the practice of yoga has bettered
have discovered. Students across cam- injury was amazing: I was back within est. Without the need of crunches CHS athletes, both in school and out.
pus and in various sports have felt the a month or so, completely unexpected or push-ups, yoga also strengthens Student-athletes across campus are
effects of the strenuous stretch and but great!” important muscles that are used in now making yoga a part of their athlete
recovery that yoga has given them due After enduring a full day of classes, everyday life, but especially when regime, which has been proven to aid
to previous injuries. Time spent on the a game or practice after school has participating in a sport. the rest of their game.
Cross Country Stud: Moreno
By SARAH KIM
Great Season for X-Country
Q: How and why did you decide to join By JOEL CHEN showing their team spirit.
cross country/track? REPORTER Unlike the girls’ varsity team
A: I joined because I wanted to try some-
thing new. I planned on playing football but
so many people were already on the team
D espite setbacks of team
members becoming ill and
therefore negatively impacting
that will not be competing in CIF,
the boys feel secure that they will
perform well, as many of the ath-
and I didn’t think that I was going to play competition in past months, the letes are returning members who
that much. But in cross country, everyone CHS cross country Team has raced have experience in the sport.
gets to participate. through a successful and victori- “In addition to not losing any of
Q: Why and what do you like about ous season. This season, the boys’ the top runners this year, all of the
cross country/track? varsity team placed third in Base- new members are pretty talented
A: I like it because it is very competitive. line League, thus qualifying them also,” junior Khayree Jones said.
There is always someone better than you for CIF. The team feels confident Regardless of the obstacles
and you want to push yourself to do the best that they will do well because of that cross country has faced this
and try to beat that one individual. the dedication of team members season, Landers has led his team
Q: How do you think sports activities and guidance of their coach, Rob through a successful season imple-
have helped you as an athlete, student, and Landers, throughout the season. menting various techniques, such
individual? The girls’ team placed fourth, but as “visualization.”
A: It has kept me busy as an individual, unfortunately did not qualify for “He prepares us mentally with
and as an athlete, running helps me stay in photographed by Eunice Han CIF because only the top three a technique called ‘visualization’
great shape. schools were eligible. before every race. Before we run,
Name- Miles Moreno
Q: What elements do you think al- “This year, the girls had more he tells us to picture ourselves
lowed you to do well? Do you think your
Grade- Freshman dedicated people who wanted to running the race in our minds. He
talents are natural or do you just put in a Best Time- 15:34 (Woodridge) do well and improve, so that’s why constantly reminds us that running
lot of effort? you with the essentials that you need to we placed higher up in our league is 90% mental and 10% physical,”
A: I think that my talents come from perform to the best of your abilities? compared to last year. However, Jones said. “Coach [Landers] has
being a hard worker. I put in a lot of training A: CHS helps me in many different it’s somewhat difficult for CHS had a really big influence on the
over the summer and during the season with ways. It helps me stay busy and keep me to compete in Baseline League team this season. He gave us all
my teammates. out of trouble. It provides me with a good because we are the only Division II the right workouts and supported
Q: Currently, you are only a sopho- coaching staff and competitions not only school in the league, which means us through the hard times.”
more. What are your plans with cross from other schools but also from within we are the smallest school,” junior In the recent meet at Mt. Sac,
country/track with the rest of your high my team. Charlotte Selters said. the boys cross country team placed
school years? Q: What do you learn from practices The girls feel that they per- first in their heat and third over-
A: I plan on sticking with cross country and competitions that you incorporate into formed better than last year mostly all, thus qualifying them for CIF
and track until I graduate. Hopefully I can your daily life aside from running? How because they had more dedicated finals. They anticipate a quality
get colleges to look at me. do you think these skills will help you in athletes on the team who were finish to the season, and have high
Q: How do you think the CHS track the future? willing to work their hardest and hopes for a strong performance
team, in particular, helps you with your A: I learned that if you work hard raise the morale of the team by at finals.
goals? How do the school and team provide enough you can accomplish your goals.