Power of Movement
Sunday, March 2, 2014
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TO THOSE WITH ARTHRITIS! Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser benefitting the Arthritis Research Foundation, will once again be held across Canada on Sunday, March 2, 2014
. Please consider making a difference to the 4.6 million people living with arthritis or an autoimmune disease. For information on registration and a location closest to you, visit www.powerofmovement.ca
Sweat Equity Yogathon
Raising money on the mat
By Erin Moraghan
Who needs a red carpet when there’s a sea of orange yoga mats? Sweat Equity’s star-studded Charity Yogathon on August 17 was host to nearly 100 yogis at the canfitpro Consumer Fitness + Wellness Show. The show, which took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, challenged participants while raising funds for an important cause.
Special thanks should be noted to canfitpro for making the event possible. Debra Antwi from Sweat Equity spoke about the significance of the yogathon. “The inspiration for this was to offer a unique and memorable experience for participants, while having all of the efforts support an important cause. With the incredible roster of teachers, we knew that the class experience could be even more meaningful by having it support a charity. After hearing about the difference that the camp programs make that are run through Coast to Coast Against Cancer, our mission was clear.”
Participants of the yogathon committed to three hours on their yoga mats--generously donated by Fitness Flow--in support of the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation. Alex Campbell from the foundation greeted the attendees with a few inspiring words, noting that every penny raised on this day supported camp programming for kids battling cancer. “Programs like these give children a chance to enjoy camp activities and be regular kids, while having access to treatment and care on-site.”
Despite the bright lights and hustle of the busy event, Moksha teacher Jessica Lemon grounded the group and started the class off with a meditation that connected participants to the cause and rooted them in their practice. "The participants may have arrived one by one, but they stretched, channelled, connected, and made a difference as a group,” noted Campbell.
Beth Shaw, president and founder of YogaFit Training Systems, followed Lemon with an invigorating sequence of flows, followed by dynamic star instructor Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, who came all the way from New York. Ahimsa Yoga’s JP Tamblyn-Sabo brought a balance of postures and included some tips for easier arm balances, while Ottawa’s Mark Laham mixed up the pace with surprise group hugs and a massage train! Toronto’s beloved Cynthia Funk brought the class to a beautiful close with her trademark meditative movements.
Participant and yoga teacher Edward Apostal said he really enjoyed the event because of the opportunity it provided to share a yoga practice with a broader community and noted that “the teachers were amazing, start to finish!”
“I loved that the music helped provide a steady flow of energy and inspiration throughout the class. Combined with the exciting mix of teachers and the incredible energy in the room, three hours flew by!” one participant shared. DJ Samer “Sam” Kuwatly was at the turntables spinning an eclectic mix of ambient beats to keep spirits high.
Attendees happily toted their swag bags donated by Hey Jute on their way out of the convention centre, feeling inspired by their collective efforts and the important difference they made for kids in our communities. “The experience was indescribable,” said Maggie Michelson, “I am so blessed to have been part of such a faith-filled event! The message I left with was to be strong and never lose hope.”