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Sunset yoga, 3,000 People and Pause Buttons

Time is a funny thing. There are days that feel like an eternity and then there are years that whiz by too quickly and you wonder, how has it already been that long? This is something that's been creeping into my thoughts lately (especially in my yoga practice): how life is going by fast... A little too fast if you ask me.

Where is the pause button at?
Or the half-speed button I clicked when listening to a professor's lecture who talked at the speed of sound? 

I think the reason this notion keeps creeping up in my mind is that I've now been in Toronto for THREE YEARS already. Which means it's been three years since I moved cities, changed career paths and said "see ya later" to my nursing degree. WTF. Three years ain't chump change.

Looking back, the first year was uber exciting on the job-front, but I ached for the familiarity of Montreal and being surrounded by people who knew me outside of their television screens on the home-front. I was surrounded by so many people yet felt more alone than ever before. It all changed when I met some of the best girls in the world, all through fitness. We trained for a 15km race (a first for all of us!) and bonded before sunrise week after week as we clocked kilometers. Toronto may be a big city, but the fitness community is smaller than you think and ridiculously supportive.

Last night I practiced yoga outdoors for the Lolë White Tour in Toronto with 3,000 other enthusiasts for an incredible night where the sense of gratitude for this community was all I could think about. 

 Photo credit:  Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

Photo credit: Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

We started as the sun was setting and finished as the stars were starting to appear. 

 Oh hey there tattoos.   Photo credit:  Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

Oh hey there tattoos. 

Photo credit: Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

This is a global tour that was founded in 2012 to create a global health movement, bringing people together through yoga and the white outfits symbolize peace. 

 Photo credit:  Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

Photo credit: Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

3 years later, I adore this city. With the skyline ahead and surrounded by thousands of like-minded people, I felt anything but lonely. 

 Photo credit:  Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung

Photo credit: Lolë White Tour 2016, Exhibition Place Toronto (c) Jesse Baumung