The Power of Movement Returns to Toronto on March 6

BY ZAKIYA KASSAM

On Sunday, March 6th, the Power of Movement returns to Toronto. The Power of Movement is Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser, benefiting 4.6 million Canadians living
with arthritis and autoimmune illnesses. Proceeds from this event will go towards
 the Arthritis Research Foundation. 
 
Since this event aims to bolster awareness, let’s be aware! So what is an autoimmune disease? autoimmune-01.png
 
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. When you have an autoimmune disorder, your body’s immune system is essentially attacking and destroying healthy body tissue by mistake. These illnesses often present themselves in ways that are non-specific and as a result, go unnoticed or untreated. Autoimmune disorders have become one of the leading causes of death and disability in the Western world. 
 
Autoimmune disorders are broadly grouped into two categories: organ-specific (meaning one organ is affected) and non-organ-specific (meaning multiple organs or body systems are affected). Type 1 Diabetes, Graves Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Lupus are all autoimmune disorders with no known cures, only treatments for symptoms. 
 
images.jpgFormer event ambassador and yoga teacher, Dorna Chee, was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) over a decade ago. 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.
 
When faced with these illnesses that we know so little about, the only thing we can hope to do is try to learn more. The Power of Movement aims to enable research in this vein.
 
This year’s event will be held at the Ryerson University Kerr Hall West Gymnasium (350 Victoria Street). Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. and opening ceremonies at 10:45 a.m.
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Learn more about the Power of Movement and how to register and/or donate, here.

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Zakiya has her degree in journalism from Ryerson University and currently works as a freelance content writer based in Toronto. Zak is a dedicated journal-er and enjoys writing and reading fiction, particularly science fiction, in her free time. Mental illness is something that has touched her life and the lives of her loved ones, so she is supportive of anything that brings attention to and provides new perspectives about mental health.

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