The Power of Movement yoga fundraiser: what I learned about arthritis

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I love yoga. It’s instant de-stressing.

The soothing music, feeling my limbs get limber and that zen vibe that radiates throughout a class.

Ommmmmm.

When I found out about the Power of Movement, a yoga fundraiser for the Arthritis Research Foundation, I knew it was something I wanted to try. Raising money for a good cause and yoga? Yes please!

Last year it was held at Ryerson University. Yoga celebrity Jason Crandell led us through a great session and when I met him afterward he was really friendly. A great experience.

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So this year I’m in!

The event in Toronto has a new home at the Sheraton Centre Hotel and David Good will be teaching. I’m excited!

I learned a lot about arthritis participating last year and it was a reminder of how we take for granted so many things about our health.

I didn’t know that arthritis was an autoimmune disease, or that the majority of sufferers are working age.

The Arthritis Research Foundation gives these facts on their website:

  • More than 4.6 million (16.7%) Canadians aged 15 years and older report having arthritis.
  • Arthritis is the most common chronic condition reported by women and the third most common reported by men.
  • The economic burden of arthritis in Canada is estimated at $33 billion annually.
  • Arthritis is among the most common chronic diseases in children. An estimated 1 in 1,000 Canadian children below the age of 16 lives with juvenile arthritis.
  • For everyone of all ages living with the disease, arthritis has an enormous impact on quality of life. A prolonged course of arthritis may result in extended periods of pain and suffering, reduced sleep, depression and unemployment.
  • Arthritis is a more common cause of death than melanoma, asthma or HIV/AIDS.

An invisible illness. I can definitely to relate to that. Thought of as an old person’s disease? Check.

So my people putting on a brave face while being in excruciating pain.

Let us remember compassion for everyone, we never know what someone is really going through.

My grandmother has arthritis, so again, I’ll be heading to the mat to honour her.

This event is nation-wide so check it out!

Participants get a 25% Aveda offer and one month FREE on My Virtual Yoga. Another incentive to raise funds and downward dog in one huge yoga class.

Getting my zen on while helping to find a cure,

J

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