On Sunday, March 8, the Power of Movement returns to Toronto. This annual event, backed by The Arthritis Research Foundation, raises funds and awareness for the 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis and autoimmune disorders.

There are more than eighty known types of autoimmune diseases, which can affect almost any organ, gland, muscle or nerve in the body, regardless of age or gender. These illnesses often go unnoticed or untreated and, as a result, autoimmune disorders have become one of the leading causes of death and disability in the Western world. The dedicated team behind the Power of Movement aims to change that.

Since its formation in 2007, the Power of Movement has expanded nationally. The event has raised over $1 million for its cause and changed the lives of those suffering from illnesses, like former event ambassador and yoga teacher, Dorna Chee.

Over a decade ago, Chee was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). She endured restless nights and insufferable days with swollen joints and severe fatigue. When she finally discovered yoga as a therapy for the debilitating side effects of her illness, she knew she had to spread the word. In 2005, Chee placed a call to the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre (AARC), setting into motion a movement that would later become the world’s largest yoga fundraiser.

This year’s event will be held at the Ryerson University upper gym (KHW 271) at 11:00 am and will be led by Lisa Greenbaum (Director of YogaFit Canada Inc.), Brigid Dineen (Life Coach for Lasting Change) and yoga therapist, Salimah Kassim-Lakha.

On Sunday, March 8, sport your best spandex and join yogis and amateurs alike, as they downward dog for a great cause! Visit Power of Movement for registration details. See you on the mat!