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Melissa Lee  Wife, Mommy, Yogi, BC/Alberta Living πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ 200hr Yoga Medicine Teacher melissaleeyoga@hotmail.com

Leaving glacier lakes this colour for waters a similar colour, but a million degrees warmer. So excited to be hosting an amazing group of mamas for my first yoga retreat in Antigua. Bring on the sun, sand and beautiful views!!!! This trip is much needed πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ gorgeous towel from @tofinotowelco ... Photo by @gemmahobbphotography πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Between my daughter and son, I had a miscarriage. We went for an 11 week scan and there was no heartbeat. Even though miscarriages are so common, it was still super heartbreaking for us. It was such an isolating experience for me. It took my body a few months to get my cycle back and then we waited a bit longer to officially start trying again. During this time I became close with Jenn from @bloominglotusjewelry - I had mentioned I eventually wanted to buy a mala for healing. She knew what had happened and that I loved this one stone colour. She ended up surprising me with a custom mala - she included my favourite stone colour, but then added a couple of special beads for fertility and healing. It was one of the sweetest things I have ever received (I cried when I read her words). A few weeks after I received her mala, I went to a local back bending workshop and experienced my deepest backbends to this day. It's like my heart was open wide. A month later I got pregnant with my son. Sure, it was bound to happen, but I truly believe those two things are the reason I got pregnant when I did. Had it not been for social media/Instagram, I never would had started yoga and I never would have met people like Jenn - I know there are many pitfalls of social media, but the amazing people in this yoga community far outweigh the bad for me. So when things start feeling negative, I remember all of the amazing friends and connections I have made on here and am forever grateful. Take the good with the bad, Right? Thank you for reading, this is not something I have ever really talked about. I am also grateful for all the support throughout the years from all of you. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œ (I'm wearing my @bloominglotusjewelry mala and attached a picture of it up close as well. My first mala and most favourite mala) Thank you Jenn, you are truly an amazing person.

When our snowbanks are as high as houses πŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ™ŠπŸ™Š hahah (and not an April Fools Day joke πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). Happy Easter!!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. πŸ£πŸ’πŸŒ·β˜ƒπŸŒ¨

Lotus - something I don't practice often. I just feel like it is a pose that isn't great for my knees long term, so I will practice it here and there and when my hips are very open. First time I have ever tried this transition - lifting up, moving into headstand and back into lotus crow with a jump back. Such a great challenge - you can see it takes me a couple attempts to lift up πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ haha. I thought about trying it again to make the lift into crow smoother, but let go of my ego and my need for "perfection". So here's my video in real time and my challenge to lift haha. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ ps. Wore socks as a little cheat to my jump back - if you are just learning, it's a great way to start building strength and muscle memory for it (or if you are nervous to try).

Dedicating my first post for #toetaps / #toetaptuesday to @fitnessbyerin - she is such an inspiring mama and yogi - her practice is out of this world (umm her toe taps are actually elbow taps haha it's bananas). This isn't an easy thing for me to do and I'm super excited that it's something that is finally making sense in my body - even though these are quick holds. πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ Thank you Erin for always inspiring and always being so encouraging. Adore you πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ leggings from @yoga_democracy

It's cool, honestly, I don't like Spring anyways πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ the snow is really pretty and it's warm - so I can't really complain. Normally when we get snow it's -20 and you can't enjoy it, so at least we get to enjoy it. πŸ˜‰πŸ’ƒβ˜ƒ Happy Sunday - hope it's sunny where you are β˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ leggings from @betshewear

So here's my problem. I really, really dislike being cold. My house is kept at a minimum 23C (and most likely warmer because I will turn my fireplace on). I sleep with socks, long pants, a tank and a sweater on for 11 months of the year. It's a well known fact, I hate being cold. So it can be challenging living in a country (and a city) that is VERY cold for a large portion of the year haha. I would love to live somewhere warmer because my body hates the cold, but I can not imagine living anywhere but here, in Canada. I feel so incredibly lucky to be so close to amazing places like this. To paddle board on lakes that look fake, to witness breathtaking beauty that never gets old. So as much as I hate the cold, I will take it because this, right here, outweighs everything else. BUT when my kids are 18, I will be spending 4 months of the year south πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜ paddle board from @supbliss

From years of carrying babies, bucket seats, toddlers and groceries my left shoulder was pretty jacked and causing me some issues. So I started going to physio to help fix my shoulder up. Long story short, my scapulas have a tendency to wing and depending on the day and how tight my shoulders/back get can wing even more. A common message I get is that I need to strengthen my serratus (and rhomboids) to help keep them from winging. But after spending a lot of time with my PT (who is amazing), she actually thinks it's normal for my body. Yes, of course I have weakness in those areas, but everything is also firing as it should be. She said that my shoulder blades are just super mobile and that's my normal. So in poses like this one, my scapula will never be super flat against my back (something I have been trying to "fix" for over a year). Same goes for upward facing dog. Unless I have my fingers pointing off to the side vs forward facing my scapula will probably never lay flat against my back. Which is a perfect example of how yoga poses will look/feel differently for everyone. So while a pose might not look "correct" it will be correct for their body from an anatomical standpoint. And funny how I have been self conscious of my chaturanga and upward facing dog for a long time - when in fact, it's just the way it looks for me. Really valuable lesson πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Seva leggings from @kiragraceyoga 😍😍

I saw @kathrynbudig doing this transition on her online class and wanted to try it. It's terrifying and really hard for me πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ. The first time I tried this, I swear I almost broke my face haha - I panicked as I was trying to land and lift and bailed haha. You really have to slow everything down as you drop your chest to your arms (you can see me pause and give myself a pep talk before I move into it). I used a cloth under my head to help my head slide better (and not rip all of my hair out) - it actually made me feel more confident. Wish I could extend the legs and make this a true mayurasana - but I'm pretty proud of my starting point and really working through the fear of this one, especially after bailing. Definitely a work in progress, but what a crazy way to enter into this pose. (I showed my husband and he thought it was pretty cool, which doesn't happen often πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚). πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ leggings from @betshewear - use the code "melissa" for a discount #betshewear

Montana, you were good to us. Snow, a campfire, roasting marshmallows, board games, bubbly, and beautiful scenery. Spent the weekend with friends and the family, hanging out, with nowhere to be and no chores to be done. It was exactly what I needed to recharge. Really grateful for the invite to our friends cabin and for my girlfriend being game to snap a pic for me haha. Can't wait to do this again πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ leggings from @betshewear - use the code "Melissa" for a discount #betshewear

Enjoying some bubbly and mountains views while dinner is cooking. Gorgeous day here in Montana - kiddies had so much fun playing in the snow and roasting marshmallows on the campfire. Big thank you to our sweet friends for hosting us and snapping the pic!! We might not leave haha. πŸΎβ˜ƒπŸ˜πŸ˜

Even though this photo didn't go as I had envisioned and could have been executed better haha, it's perfectly imperfect because it represent us and life. I had no idea what was going on until I saw the pictures - and we all started laughing when we saw what my daughter was doing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ brings back a lot of good memories from our trip last year. Happy Valentine's Day to everyone out there. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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