i am a yoga teacher, artist, and professional designer. i have lived and practiced in toronto, canada, since the turn of the twenty-first century. i used to live on the coast. both coasts in fact. i am bicoastal, and binational also—now pinned to a continental centre very far from the sea. but there are large lakes within sight. and a big city has a lot going for it. a big city has a lot to say for itself. i listen to the city, and sometimes i tell it to be quiet. it rarely is. mostly it rumbles. if you listen carefully, you can hear it purring, deep down inside. under all the surface sound, there is a great cat in the heart of the city.