Locals taking part in yoga fundraiser

Open Space Yoga will join thousands of Canadians this Sunday as they take part in Power of Movement, the country's largest yoga fundraiser.

Money raised from the event goes toward life-changing research to benefit more than 4.6 million Canadians living with arthritis and autoimmune conditions.

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Since its inception in 2005, Power of Movement has raised over $1 million for critical arthritis research and engaged thousands of Canadians in a celebration of movement.

Millions are impacted by arthritis and autoimmune conditions. One in five adults and 50 per cent of those over 65 years of age in the U.S. have been diagnosed with some form of autoimmune disease: arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus or fibromyalgia.

With just a few days left, Open Space Yoga is currently the leading fundraising team in Canada with over $1,300 raised.

"The South Delta yoga community has been incredibly generous by sponsoring our team," says Power of Movement ambassador and Open Space team leader Jes Von Henzke.

"Most of us know somebody in our life that suffers from arthritis and other forms of autoimmune conditions. We are so looking forward to finishing off our campaign this Sunday with a very special yoga and music fundraising class for this important cause."

Open Space Yoga will be hosting an all-levels yoga class by donation this Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. The class will feature instructors teaching to live music played by guitarists Alec Von Henzke, Mike Soloman and drummer Miguel Staunton.

Registration info is at www.OpenSpaceYoga.com or call 778-858-9642.

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