When Ottawa-based nurse and yoga teacher Natalie Van Tassel’s 23-year-old son was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), she decided to do everything she could to raise awareness of the disease.
Her first effort started just months after her son’s diagnosis. She collaborated with local photographer Denise Sarazin to create a calendar featuring Ottawa yoga instructors in parks, streets and iconic buildings around the region. A community of instructors turned out to support the project, and all proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in support of research and programs.
MS is an inflammatory disease which affects the ability of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate with each other. It’s a complex disease with an unknown cause, and it often leads to immune deficiencies and physical/cognitive disabilities.
Yoga is proven to be effective in relieving symptoms of MS, particularly fatigue, numbness in the limbs and loss of flexibility – so a calendar of inspiring yoga photography is a natural fit for a fundraiser.
Buy the Yoga for MS calendar here.