Annabel Fitzsimmons: Meditating Mummy


There Is Power In Movement

Why I'm Doing Yoga For A Good Cause

There is power in movement.

Writers have long credited going for a walk or simply moving their bodies for breaking through creative blocks. Actors and dancers use their bodies as instruments to communicate ideas and tell stories. Many of us use exercise as a means to release stress. And on a more basic level, we all rely on our bodies daily to perform numerous small and big tasks. But how often do we take for granted our ability to move without impediment? Until we are physically sidelined—by injury or illness—how much do we truly appreciate the power of movement?  

Imagine a day when the simplest task becomes uncomfortable, or in some cases painstakingly difficult—for you, or your child. Because arthritis and auto-immune disorders are not age-ist. They affect kids, young parents, and middle-aged society without prejudice.

Consider these statistics:

Arthritis and rheumatic conditions currently affect nearly 4.5 MILLION Canadians

Arthritis is among the TOP THREE most common chronic diseases in Canada.

Arthritis affects nearly twice as many women as men

Each year almost 44,000 surgical procedures are carried out in Ontario specifically for arthritis and related disorders

This Sunday I’m celebrating the ability to move my body by doing yoga to raise funds for arthritis research. This is the second year I’ve been involved in the Power of Movement, Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser. It is a national initiative, and you can join a class in your city or join in by doing yoga at home in honour of the cause.

I’m co-leading the fantastic Whole Living Team with my friend and fabulous yoga teacher Lisa Barkin. We’ll be hitting the mat with hundreds of others in a class led by @jason_crandell.

I want my parents, my in-laws, my husband, not to mention my kids, to be moving freely for many, many years to come, which is why I support this cause so passionately. I hope you’ll consider checking out a Power of Movement class in your neighbourhood or, if you feel inclined, making a donation to such a worthy cause.

Here’s to celebrating the power of movement!


Read about how my clients originally inspired me to join this movement here.