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Yoga To Conquer Cancer

Dedicate Your Practice

On Sunday May 7th hundreds of local yogis will be bending and twisting to support any area of cancer research, clinic, lab, fund or patient care program in the first annual Yoga To Conquer Cancer, benefiting the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. We caught up with frequent Tonic contributor and one of the amazing yogis leading classes, Sari Nisker Fox, to learn more about this worthy event.


What does it mean to you to participate in Yoga to Conquer Cancer?

The definition of yoga is to unite and make whole. We are all interconnected and in order to heal and in this instance, find cures to disease, we must come together to raise awareness and funds on this shared mission. That said, it is a beautiful privilege to serve and participate in Yoga to Conquer Cancer, knowing that I can contribute to this mission.


What is your experience in teaching a large class such as this?  What makes it special?

I get such a  “yoga high” taking part in teaching and practicing with so many souls who share a love for this practice. Though every event is thematically different, these special classes always strike a chord in my heart as I am given the opportunity to support a collective with work that I am passionate about and have dedicated much of my adult life to. Practicing in large numbers generates this real palpable energy that, I believe, reminds us that change is possible if we come together, and care.


What benefits does yoga provide during a health issue?

The physical practice of yoga, meditation (even for 5 minutes!), and deep breathing all work in synchronicity to reduce tension in our bodies, minds and hearts. Negativity and stress greatly affect our health and unresolved, can lead to dis-ease. The purpose of yoga is to feel a sense of balance and “ease” again in the mind and body. Yoga helps to dislodge (as I like to think about it) and process all that happens to us in our life.  Moving our bodies, seeing different perspectives and forgiving are all ways that help to metabolize our experiences in an effort to stay healthy and well.


What is your personal connection to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre?

Cancer has taken the most special people from me and I will always support initiatives that are driven to fight this disease.  My own yoga practice has been my saviour, a constant in my life, a daily ritual that has helped me to navigate and cope through painful times.  Yoga rejuvenates my spirit, gives me space to breathe, and be calm in moments I thought were impossible to get through. This practice reminds me of how precious our lives really are. I am honoured to be on the Yoga to Conquer Cancer committee and keen to see it grow!


The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation at University Health Network is raising funds to lead the way in Personalized Cancer Medicine at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top 5 cancer research centres in the world.  Yoga to Conquer Cancer will take place Sunday May 7 at Branksome Hall.  Find out more at www.yoga2cc.ca