Power of Movement 2016


The ability to do something or act in a particular way; potential; capacity


An act of changing physical position; a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas.

On Sunday, March 6th, we gather with the Arthritis Research Foundation for Power of Movement. It’s an opportunity to come together with other citizens to harness the power of movement individually within our own bodies, and collectively as it pertains to people coming together for a good cause. As we bring our energy and attention to the cause, we help build momentum and empower our society to find solutions for those living with arthritis and auto-immune diseases.

Physical movement is something that’s easy to take for granted, isn’t it? I walked down the street today and didn’t give it a second thought. I picked up a heavy bag, I led two yoga classes, I hugged my parter – all with ease. For more than 4.6 million people in Canada, it’s not so simple due to arthritis. Because it’s such a common condition, it might be easy to forget how debilitating it actually is. Many people with chronic pain end up hiding it well, and we might not even know about their struggle. Since it is a chronic issue, they find ways of getting on with life wherever possible, but the pain is still there, or is perhaps lessened by medication. So many are suffering in silence, and we have the opportunity to acknowledge the struggle and help to do something about it.

Yoga is very beneficial for people with arthritis, as it helps to reduce pain, increase flexibility, improve function and lower stress. And so Power of Movement makes perfect sense as it marries fundraising for the arthritis research with yoga, and gives us an opportunity to come together as a community to show our support. We are very excited that our very own Salimah Kassim-Lakha will be leading Kundalini Yoga at this year’s event. This is a new addition to the program this year, and it’s a great opportunity to experience the practice, whether it’s your first time or thousandth time. And it’s all for a great cause.

The Arthritis Research Foundation names 5 research priorities, which will be supported by the funds we raise together.  Quoting from www.beatarthritis.ca:

  • Personalized Medicine                           

“We currently lack the tools to predict how individuals will respond to different medications. Treatment is often by trial and error, which can be prohibitively costly and expose patients to harmful side effects. Research in Precision Medicine will allow us to better utilize current interventions and drive the development of more targeted/personalized therapies.”

  •  Innovation                                                                                 

“With available seed funding, scientists will be able to convert novel ideas to new research projects.  This initial support allows scientists to secure additional funding, by leveraging the investment up to seven fold, and accelerate the rate of discovery in order to achieve the ultimate goal… to beat arthritis. 

Innovation requires a willingness to take risks; seed funding gives scientists the ability to follow their instincts and apply new approaches to stubborn problems.  It is imperative that we act now to bring together the discoveries of modern science to help people live longer and more active lives. With investment, AARC’s scientists will make important gains over the next decade to achieve their goals and find a cure.”

  • Women and Arthritis                                                                

“It is incredible to think that of over 100+ types of arthritis, women are affected in greater proportions in all with the exception of three.  Our researchers are committed to finding out why women get these diseases more than men, what the impact is and how we can we improve treatment.”

  • Imaging Inflammation                                                          

“Inflammation is a common component of arthritis and all autoimmune diseases. Using high resolution imaging we will identify whether a particular therapy is effective or not, allowing for the patient to transition quickly from one treatment to another as required. This will be life altering for patients.”

  • Translating Research into Tangible Outcomes

“This research spans basic, clinical and population health research starting with discoveries in the laboratory which provide scientists with new insights and lead to the creation of new therapies.  From here experiential knowledge from highly acclaimed physicians and surgeons together with keen insights elucidated through comprehensive patient databases inform diagnosis and treatment in the clinic.  And with this knowledge researchers can, through patient’s experiences in the community deepen scientists’ understanding to help change public attitudes, and inform future areas of research.”

These priorities are very exciting as the outcomes will be life-altering for people living with arthritis. People like our co-workers, our friends, our family members, and all the people who suffer in silence. We can help – now is the time.

The Power of Movement.

To heal.

To circulate energy.

To bring a community together.

To raise awareness.

To raise money.

Join our team today, or donate here: https://beatarthritis.akaraisin.com/pom16/Yogapalooza 

The question that makes the yogi


“You probably never get angry”

“You must meditate all day!”

“What’s it like being a vegan?”

Wait … what?

Yes, these are all questions I’ve been asked before. Maybe it’s the shaved head or the sometimezy beard (sometimes I have a beard, sometimes I don’t). Perhaps it’s my long limbs and the range of motion in my hips. Or is it because I wear scarves and hug trees? Whatever it is, I’m always amazed by people’s ideas of how I live my life or what a “yoga person” should be.

All of the above is true for me, but these things aside, I’m just a dude who likes to ask “why?” a lot … and in my opinion, that’s what makes me a “yoga person.”

What does “why” have to do with it? Well, yoga is all about awareness – awareness of who we are and what we do, recognizing what’s going on around us and within us, and it’s this consciousness that will hopefully lead us to being aware of our true self, who we really are, and then choose to live that way. This is available to everyone.

All my life I always asked “why.” The questions became deeper and more introspective when I began studying yoga philosophy. Questions surrounding my behaviour, my habits, my actions, and of late, my beliefs and core values. “Why” became my drishti. As I developed this skill of examining, it became easier to ask and easier to answer.

Through this self-discovery, I’ve began to transfer this same idea and question to my students in my yoga classes, teacher trainings, and to my coaching and mentoring clients. As we journey together, we each look into ourselves and ask “why?”

Great minds like Simon Sinek, Danielle LaPorte, and Gabrielle Bernstein have inspired us to dig deeper into our lives and seek understanding of ourselves. Once we begin to discover the answers, then we become more grounded, can control how we respond to situations, and make conscious decisions of how we treat our bodies and spend our time. This is the goal of the yogi.

Through my Chakra Dance and Meditation workshop I facilitate, I take people on a journey of exploration using various songs and free form movement to help us connect to the subtle energy of our bodies. Once we activate and move this energy around, the meditation allows us to study these areas and take a glimpse in to our soul.

Of course movement helps us stimulate energy in our body. Yoga postures assist us in releasing physical tension so we can de-stress our minds, but it’s asking “why” that has a greater benefit. It’s what keeps us on this journey, and it’s the understanding we gain from this consciousness that moves us forward. Every answer revealed gives us insight to our purpose.


Paul Galloro is like a hug in human form. Through his many talents, Paul helps people evolve into the purest form of their authentic self. Paul is a Master Trainer for YogaFit® Training Systems, leading Yoga Teacher Trainings and workshops across North America and is Divine Wellness Coach based out of Richmond Hill, ON in Canada. Join Paul at his upcoming Chakra Dance and Meditation on Saturday, November 22 at TruBliss Yoga Studio in Courtice, ON.


Anderson Salas

anderson guitar yogaMy name is Anderson Salas, the Guitar and Yoga have been part of my life for many years, they have been essential tools for me to connect to the present moment and allow my creativity to emerge. They are the doors for my  inner self to express through and reach out to others with love.

Lana Sugarman

Lana is LanaHarmoniumHappya Jivamukti and Yin Yoga teacher based in Toronto, Ontario. Having discovered yoga in 1999, she has been graced with the teachings of many inspiring yogis, including David Life, Sharon Gannon, Sarah Powers, JP Tamblyn-Sabo, and all the beautiful souls from the Jivamukti Yoga Toronto community. Her classes are a mix of expressive asana, hands-on assists, and philosophy.
Also an actor and musician, Lana merges her love for Sanskrit and song with the practice of kirtan (call and response chanting). You can find her creating good vibrations at studios throughout Toronto and beyond, sharing the magic of mantras. She has had the opportunity to sing and play with David Newman, Brenda McMorrow, Mike Cohen, Swaha, Jim Gelcer, Lea Longo, and John William Bauld. In August, 2013, Lana released her first album of mantra/kirtan music,Invocation.

10 Reasons to Love, Like, and Attend Yogapalooza!

Curious about Yoga? Now’s your chance. We know it can be a little intimidating to walk into a Yoga Studio when you’ve never tried it before.  Yogapalooza is the perfect way to sample a wide variety of classes in a fun setting.  Join us for Yogapalooza – Movement, Music and Meditation at Harbourfront Centre in downtown Toronto on August 16 and 17.  Bring your family and friends to enjoy this special weekend of free events.

1. Free Yoga, Martial Arts and Dance – even a Silent Disco!

New to the practice?  Been at it for lifetimes?  Explore all different kinds of yoga, including Hatha Yoga, Laughter Yoga and Kundalini Yoga.  All ages, shapes and sizes are welcome.  Yoga is for everyone and our line-up of teachers will introduce you to the beauty of the practice.  Back again this year is Nia with Martha Randall – join in for expressive movement through dance.

Yogapalooza is proud to present an opportunity to try something new – Global Dance Party with Silent Disco Squad! Visit the Silent Disco page to request a tune and download the mix. On Sunday, August 17th at 1pm, we’ll turn Yogapalooza into a silent dance floor, where we all dance to the same beat, listening through our headphones. Invite passers-by to join in with our extra headsets and splitters.

Drop in for a class or two or stay for the whole day.   Lots of opportunity to interact with the teachers – ask a burning question, learn more about a certain style of practice and to connect with community.Check the schedule here.

2.   Yoga for Kids

Kids benefits from Yoga just as much as adults do.  Our Kids’ Space offers two full days of fun activities for kids of all ages – Laughter Yoga, YogaFit Kids and Story Time with Jennifer Amor are just some of the festivities we have in store for you.  Former WNBA All-Star Tammy Sutton-Brown will also be reading from her children’s book series, Cree and Scooter.

3.  Yoga off the Mat

Did you know? Many non-profit organizations are using Yoga and Meditation as the platform for their awareness and healing initiatives.  Introduce yourself to The Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Freeing the Human Spirit, The F-You Project and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, get involved in all that they have to offer the community.

4. Free Giveaways

Look out for the Lole women in yellow! Visit the Yogapalooza booth and ask for your Gift bag. Fill out a ballot to win a gorgeous Lole tote – a stylish addition to your practice.  Connect with Lole online HERE. And of course, everyone gets a souvenir Yogapalooza button for hanging out with us on Saturday and Sunday.

5.  Volunteers Rock!

Every teacher on stage, every person who hands you a button or helps you find your way to the event space has donated their time and energy to make this event come to life.  Isn’t it amazing what love manifests?

6.  Yogapalooza is Social Entrepreneurship

Doing good for the world and doing good for the community is what we are all about.  Yogapalooza is the biggest FREE outdoor Yoga event in Canada.  Our joy is to share the gift of Yoga and raise the consciousness of the world at the same time.  We have great vendors – including Healthy Life Cycle, LovBird Creations and Isola Jewellery. Our vendors believe in what we do.  Check out their booths and give them a high five for their vision, amazing products and services.

7. Go Big and Go OM

This year will be bigger and better than ever. Along with our neighbours, the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, we’re anticipating a great buzz with lots of people out to enjoy the festivities! Like our Facebook Fan Page to stay on top of all the exciting details.

8.  26 Degrees and Sunny!

What better way to enjoy a summer day than doing yoga outside by the water? Yogapalooza is the place to be!

9.  Practice yoga with a former WNBA All-Star!

You’ll be in good company when you practice alongside Tammy Sutton-Brown! Tammy spent seven years playing with the Women’s Canadian National Basketball Team, which included the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and multiple World Championships. The 6’3” center, a WNBA champion, spent six seasons with the Charlotte Sting where she excelled in her career, leading to her selection for the 2002 WNBA All Star team. Tammy Sutton-Brown will be practicing yoga with us as well as reading for the kids from her children’s book series,Cree and Scooter.


10. Hollywood North

You never know who you might see at Yogapalooza. Last year, Lawrence Fishburne and Gina Torres were seen checking us out!Our fav photographer, Hamidah Hemani, will be there to capture the highlights of Yogapalooza this year.  Give her your best smile and look for the final shots at the end of the festival.  Be sure to visit the Yogapalooza booth and Strike a Pose! Take pictures of your friends and family in their favourite yoga pose and tweet it out with our hashtag, #thisisyoga.

See you all at Yogapalooza on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 from 10am to 6pm at Harbourfront Centre.


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Yogapalooza Sweepstakes

Yogapalooza Sweepstakes Winner Announced!

Congratulations Chloee Teng on winning the Amazing Bag and Yoga Mat Combo from Lole of Square One

Don’t give up if you weren’t selected this time. More contests and prizes to come, so be sure to LIKE our page on Facebook and look out for information on future sweepstakes. Yogapalooza would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who participated this weekend.

lily tote bag  lily tote bag 1 yoga mat


Tamara Kim Sutton-Brown

FEVERRRRRRTamara Kim Sutton-Brown, better known to us all as Tammy. Born and raised in Markham, Ontario, Canada, Tammy first became a basketball sensation when she led Markham District High School to the Regional Championship for four consecutive years. Upon graduation, Tammy was recruited to play basketball for Rutgers University in New Jersey under the direction of the legendary coach, C. Vivian Stringer. The leadership provided by coach Stringer, in addition to the cultivation of her skills at the collegiate level has granted Tammy the opportunity to assume the role of Professional Basketball Player and to become a globally recognized top athlete.  Tammy’s talent was widely recognized, leading her to be an 18th draft pick in the WNBA to the Charlotte Sting in 2001and becoming only the second Canadian to play in the WNBA. Tammy spent seven years playing with the Canadian National Team, which included the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and multiple World Championships

Terri Wyllie

TW Photo1Terri began teaching Yoga from her home studio on Professor’s Lake in Brampton in 2005.    A few years later, she was fortunate to meet Amar Seepersad at The Tabla House  to study and learn the art of Tabla and Indian classical music.  This year at Yogapalooza she is excited to accompany Caroline Dupont who will be offering an uplifting call and response kirtan, blending both traditional Sanskrit chants with English verses.  This Kirtan will appeal to both experienced Kirtan lovers as well as newcomers.    Terri regularly plays Tabla for “Shine” with Annette Garcea and Lorysa Cornish at Free Spirit Yoga Studio in Mississauga, as well as other GTA studios who would like to share the joy of Kirtan with their community and students.  

Faizan Din – Dholak Player

Kaniz DinFaizan Din is in his last year of high school. He has been playing the dhol since 2007. Basically self taught, he has played at various wedding and religious functions included performing at the opening ceremonies for the mayor of Markham.

Theresa Micallef – The Forgiveness Project

fyou Drawing on passion for accessible yoga, Theresa Micallef is a core instructor for an innovative initiative called “Forgiveness Yoga”, by F-You: The Forgiveness Project. Theresa completed yoga teacher training at the School of Sacred Arts in Bali and brought her teachings home to Toronto.

The Forgiveness Project is an inviting, tell-all event that aligns personal growth with self-improvement. This event has the potential to impact our community and young adults by way of real-life portrayals of hardships, and overcoming barriers that at one point seemed insurmountable. Hearing first-hand trials and tribulations from people just like us can open the door to inspiration and the motivation to do better and most importantly, feel better.

Maneli Jamal

maneliAcoustic guitarist Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transforms his nomadic life experiences into musical movements using extended guitar techniques. There aren’t many players in his style that have Jamal’s balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas. His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements and real life stories. This becomes evident with having won countless music competitions around the world including Harbourfront’s 2014 Soundclash Music Awards held in Toronto. Having been brought up in a purely artistic and musical family has contributed to shape his unique story telling approach. He has toured all over the world including tours in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Europe and Africa.

Please visit his website to check out his sound, including video clips: www.manelijamal.com

Tribe MayaFire

Mayafire group yogapaloozaCome learn American Tribal Style®. Tribe Maya Fire teaches steps and cues from this improvised international dance form

Website: www.tribemayafire.com

Jenny Foster Vaya

jennyfosterJenny Foster Vaya brings energy and enthusiasm to the yoga stage, as she leads families in play, relaxation, and most importantly- fun! Jenny lives, loves, and teaches in Scarborough and owns the mobile yoga company Prema Yoga Website: www.premayogatoronto.com

Christine Lynes

Christine LynesChristine has taught Yoga in and around the GTA for the past ten years. Her current work involves developing a curriculum that engages participants of all ages in a self exploratory journey fusing creative expression with yoga asana. She hopes to bring this curriculum to world in the form of industry/professional settings as a team-building and collaborative experience. Traditionally, CreativeSOUL has offered these workshops to children, suitable for the classroom where Christine works as a Ontario public school Arts specialist teacher. Christine currently teaches a therapeutic style of Yoga suitable for adults and children alike.

Email: Creativesoulyoga@gmail.com

Silent Disco Squad

sdsHaving been twisted, stretched, deeply challenged, cracked open, and fundamentally transformed by his participation on the Dancefloor, David is here to see if we can take the power of the Dancefloor into everyday moments.

Website: SilentDiscoSquad.com

Ainsley Magno

Ainsley“If you want to soar in life you must first learn to F.L.Y (first love yourself).”- Mark Sterling. Join Ainsley Magno for a playful heart opening practice where we re-connect to the love that we are and learn to express that in all aspects of our life.

Website: www.ainsleymagno.com

Antoinette Kumar

AntoinetteKumarAfter more than 20 years of practicing and teaching several healing arts, Antoinette Kumar was inspired, and called to help other people realize the remarkable benefits from the practice of massage, meditation, and yoga specifically. Following her passion to support people in their pursuit of freedom from the conditions of everyday life, she became an accredited Yoga Network of Canada Certified Teacher; specializing in Hatha, Ashtanga, and Kundalini yoga, and meditation. To help her clients and students sustain their physical wellness, Antoinette also obtained a Level II Thai Massage Practitioner qualification in 2009. Before pursuing Yoga teaching, Antoinette worked as in acting, movement, and dance teacher for over 15 years.

Jennifer Amor

Jennifer AmorJennifer Amor is the author of I’m A Little Yogi: Yoga for Children. She believes practicing yoga is an essential tool to develop strong minds, bodies and instills in us the belief that anything we set our mind and heart to, is achievable.

Website: www.imalittelyogi.com

Normando Jones

normandoOver the past forty years Normando has been playing percussion and drum set in many bands. The movement of Yoga gives him the fuel he needs to express himself and contribute to the energy and flow of a yoga class/ routine.  Through the use of hand drums, didgeridoo, computer tracks and synthesizers the world of yoga becomes not only a form of exercise but an experience that allows the yogis to move deeper into their own awareness.  It has been said that the musical accompaniment helps clear the mind of the day to day thoughts and bring about clarity and oneness.

Allow him to share his talents to you.

Here is a little video:

Website: Normandojones.com.

Martha Randall

marthawebMartha is a Nia Black Belt teacher and on the International Nia Training Faculty presenting Nia Education intensives (White & Green) across Canada. She runs classes and workshops in Toronto and mentors Nia teachers worldwide. She brings 35 years experience and practice as a dancer and body/mind/spirit specialist, helping people take delight in their bodies and their dance

Website: www.martharandall.com