I’ve been doing Yoga in Toronto for over 10 years, taking part in different yoga events, practicing at different studios and attending workshops all over the city. I’ve learned so much over the years that I’ve incorporated into my personal practice and shared with the students in my class. There’s something about the energy in this city that has really been an important part of my practice – maybe it’s because Toronto is the city I’m most connected to on this planet, or perhaps there’s an energy in the 416 that has been transferred from the universe, through my teachers, and into my heart  – whatever it is, it’s palpable. (Sidebar, 416 in angel numbers means “your prayers for growth have been heard and answered by your angels.”)

YogaFit Paul11Last year I was invited to represent YogaFit at Yogapalooza, an outdoor yoga event for the whole family right here in Toronto. Aside from raining all day (and being dressed in white created an impromptu wet t-shirt contest), the day was magical and brought together people from all over the place. It rained during one of my Kids Yoga classes, so both stages were combined into one area – I had adults (some who have never taken yoga before) playing Yoga games and dancing with the kids – they loved it, as did I!

This year, I was invited back to teach three classes over the course of the weekend – two YogaFit Kids! classes, and one YogaFit Vinyasa class. When the invite came in, I reflected on the yoga community here in Toronto. I’m truly blessed to be amongst some really talented yoga teachers,and although I know many from experiencing their classes and seeing them around the circuit, I haven’t had much of an opportunity to settle in and create roots in this wonderful garden of yogis and yoginis.

YogaFit PaulI’ve been practicing yoga for years, and have been blessed enough to share my experience with people all over the western hemisphere – I’ve presented at nine fitness conferences in Canada, lead yoga teacher trainings and master classes in every province except Manitoba, and have even trained people in the United States and Barbados. It’s been an amazing journey thus far and promises to be an even more exciting one in the future, but what excites me the most about this event is I get to root myself even deeper into the Toronto yoga community. It’s from these roots that I will be able to branch out and share some of this amazing energy with people around this country and beyond. It sounds like quite the responsibility, but I’m ready to take it on!

If you’re in Toronto this weekend, please join me and other Yoga teachers in Toronto for this amazing event. Check out the Main Stage and Kids Stage schedule for the assortment of classes being offered, and make sure you attend the Silent Disco on Sunday afternoonYogapalooza2013 207!

Just a quick thank you to the universe for giving me so many wonderful opportunities (like this one!) to share the beauty of yoga with the world! I can’t wait to see you all there!Yogapalooza2013 233