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Yoga for a Cause: Lululemon's Children's Tumor Foundation Fundraiser

Last Sunday, my local Lululemon (Clarendon) hosted an in-store yoga session in support of the Children's Tumor Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by the neurofibromatoses (NF).

Neurofibromatosis encompasses a set of distinct genetic disorders that causes tumors to grow along various types of nerves.  NF can also affect the development of non-nervous tissues such as bones and skin. Neurofibromatosis causes tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body.

The class was led by ambassador Sima Tamaddon from Xsport in Alexandria.  Sima has a great vibe to her yoga class, she brings a serious level of fun making the practice more about enjoyment. She talked you through advance levels and made an effort to adjust participants as much as possible.

I have to say, her flow had me seriously working up a sweat, which she made a comment about "loving." We went through each flow twice on both sides. There were a couple of moves (this being power yoga) that I had never done before. She had us go into utkatasana or chair pose and put our arms up like goal posts. Then we twisted from side to side keeping our elbows off our legs.

That wasn't even the best one. Toward the end of the practice she had us fold up our mats and put them in between our legs and lay on the floor. We squeezed our thighs together, did some yoga abs and some lifts.

Lululemon is hosting a happy hour fundraiser at Liberty Tavern on Thursday. If you are around from 5-8, a $5 donation gets you a wristband that extends HH specials. All proceeds are going to the Children's Tumor Foundation.

To make a donation, please visit https://grow.ctf.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=298.

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