In Motion for a Cure

Posted by on May 2, 2011

If you know me, or have read this blog before, you know that I am a huge supporter of anything involving the fight against Breast Cancer. I’ve participated in a few Weekends to End Women’s Cancers as a volunteer, a safety crew member and a walker, as well as a couple years being involved in the CIBC Run for the Cure. When I’m not part of an event, I’m donating to the cause. Maybe there won’t be a miracle cure tomorrow but I have faith that together we can beat Cancer and I will continue to fight it.

Last year my mum and sister participated in a “full day fitness marathon” called Yoga in Motion. It’s basically a “day” of Yoga or Zumba with short breaks. Studies have shown that regular exercise can lower the risk of Cancer and thus this event not only raises funds, but actively involves each participant in fighting the disease! When my sister asked me to join the West End Warriors, I gladly agreed.

A few months of fundraising found me surpassing my goal and ready to spend April 11th on the mat. Or so I thought. The day proved much more intense than I had expected. Four 45-minute sessions; I did 3 Yoga and one Zumba; with 10 minute breaks (we got 30min for a very quick lunch). I lost track of how many Sun Salutations I did and I’m fairly sure my hips have never been so open. Even though I do work out, and have been regularly practicing Yoga for about 4 months, my whole body was sore for days; but I have no regrets.

As with other similar events I attended, there was a feeling of community and emotions ran high as organizers and volunteers shared some of their stories. I lost a family member to Breast Cancer in 2003 and know a survivor or two. Events like these are truly inspiring because even though each story is unique, there’s a common goal.

If you have a story to share, I’d love to hear it!

And in case you’re wondering, it’s not too late to donate!

Let’s stand strong, and in motion, for a cure!

Namaste.

         Runners Lunge

                                 That’s me, on the right, looking very serious.

    (Photo Credit: Yoga in Motion website, Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary)