Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is the most common neurological cause of death in Canada and affects approximately 2,500 to 3,000 Canadians over the age of 18. It is a rapidly progressive neurological muscular disease that causes motor nerve cells to die and voluntary muscles to degenerate. In fact, most people who become affected with ALS lose motor control in their arms and legs within the first two years of diagnosis.
Needless to say, ALS affects not just the individual, but also the whole family. Those with ALS require expensive equipment and care, which puts a great deal of physical, emotional and financial strain on family members and caregivers.
To help raise awareness and money for research, as well as to move our bodies for those who cannot, the ALS Society of Canada is hosting its first ever ALS Yoga Challenge on August 18 at the Angus Glen Community Centre (at 3990 Major MacKenzie Drive East, just east of Warden Avenue). Registration is $50 for six classes, which run from 8am to 2pm. The classes will be taught by six certified yoga instructors and will cover a range in styles from Hatha, Yoga Flow, Kripalu and much more. There will also be live music from yoga musician John William Bauld. Call 1-800-267-4257 x 219 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to register today!