The Power of Movement
I had the amazing opportunity to lead the Yoga class for the Power of Movement event that was held in Toronto yesterday. Power of Movement is a national one-day fundraising event for arthritis and autoimmune diseases held yesterday in 23 cities across the country. YogaFit played a major role in most of these events with instructors and assistants helping to spread the word of Yoga and how everyone can benefit from a consistent yoga practice – everybody and every body, according to YogaFit :)
Before we started, I was surprised that I wasn’t nervous to teach to such a big group and in fact I was excited. To be able to share my yoga practice, something I hold so close to my heart, with hundreds of others, many for whom this was their first experience in a yoga class. My mother, who suffers from arthritis herself and a big inspiration for me wanting to be part of this event came out, along with many others who also deal with arthritis pain on a daily basis. Some shared, such as Farah Nasser from cp24 news, remarkable stories of debilitating autoimmune diseases and how they have overcome in their own way to be where they are today.
Beth often mentions how “our health is our biggest asset”, a phrase I also use a lot in my teachings. I was reminded yesterday how true this is. To be in physical pain everyday, the exhaustion that follows one around, and then to smile and pretend nothing is wrong, that is inspiration. To work tirelessly for a cause, raising money and awareness on top of fulltime jobs and taking care of families, that is inspiration. Looking out in to a sea of faces yesterday, knowing that everyone was there to support not only this cause but also each other was just simply beautiful! And then reflecting on the other hundreds of people right across the country doing the exact same thing, quite simply takes my breath away.
I am so grateful to have been chosen to lead the class yesterday. Truly an honor to guide this incredible group through practice and meditation and I was humbled by the sheer energy and love by everyone involved in yesterdays event. I am already excited for next years event and the fundraising possibilities we can achieve together!
In love and health,