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

#TodayIMay Challenge ~ tomorrow's theme is "face one of my biggest fear" and I had to pick wheel pose 🌸🌸🌸 For me, any type of backbends bring out a lot of fear for me. They can feel so suffocating to me - like I can't breathe properly and fully relax, I'm always waiting for the moment I can come out of the pose. Wheel pose has always been a struggle, I don't feel like my body wants to naturally bend that way and I always want to skip this pose. The mind is a powerful thing and it's amazing the stories it will come up with. Telling me why I can't do this pose. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ A couple tips for tomorrow ~ make sure you really warm up the entire body before doing this pose. (Quads, hamstrings, hip flexors, chest, shoulders). Feet hip width distance apart and parallel. Keep your thighs from splaying out to the side (placing a block between your knees help keep them from parallel). Don't clench your glutes - you want them engaged, but when you clench your glutes, it will compress your lower back. Create length in your entire spine vs dumping into your low back - opening through the chest and shoulders. Actively pressing through your hands and feet - weight being equally distributed. And most importantly, breathe and don't get discouraged. And as always, please modify if wheel pose isn't right for you. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ check in with @robinmartinyoga tomorrow for our next pose. My leggings are from our generous sponsor @betshewear and @blissbandits.

Day 3 of #TodayIMay challenge ~ today's theme is "energize myself" and I had to choose handstand. 🌸🌸🌸 Anytime I feel sleepy, stressed or low energy, any type of inversion instantly creates a shift in my mood and energy. The moment I go upside down, everything that is weighing on my mind melts away and I'm completely focused on the present moment. The rush that I get every time I do an inversion is like a little cup of espresso - I feel so awake and refreshed after spending a bit of time upside down. Who needs caffeine, when you can handstand πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚ If handstands don't work for you, please feel free to modify or do any variations needed. Walls are always encouraged as well. A couple tips for helping with your handstands. Fingers spread wide, allowing for weight distribution through your palms and towards the knuckles of your index fingers and middle fingers - fingertips active, kind of like clawing at your mat. Gaze between your fingers. You want to think about keeping your joints stacked in a straight line to help keep you balanced (hips over shoulders). Navel to spine - low belly engaged. Push the earth away and activate your feet!! And most importantly, have fun and play. We can't take things too seriously when we are learning to balance on our hands, otherwise we won't ever want to practice them.
Make sure to check in with @robinmartinyoga tomorrow night for our next pose πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ leggings from our amazing sponsor @betshewear and @blissbandits #betshewear

Wherever you stand, be the soul of that place πŸ’œπŸ”πŸ’œ

So excited to announce the #TODAYIMAY yoga challenge. πŸ’• Sometimes our biggest challenge is telling ourselves: #TODAYIMAY. Today I may ... dream, try, forget the fear, believe, trust or allow. And for this challenge, we want you to do exactly that. Just for a moment during each day of this challenge, take time to imagine what it is that you would try today if you didn't feel constrained by self doubt, the minds story, the ego or judgement. Join @pocketdwarf, @robinmartinyoga, @angelakukhahnyoga and @bostonterrieryogi for this 12 day challenge from May 20th-31st that introduces a new theme every day and how it represents #TodayIMay 'Today is your day, and today you may'

Here is how you can play along:

1⃣ Repost this picture to your page.

2⃣ Follow the hosts and sponsors - @robinmartinyoga, @pocketdwarf, @angelakukhahnyoga, @bostonterrieryogi, @betshewear and @blissbandits.

3⃣ Participate daily with new photos/videos and make sure to tag us, our sponsors and #TodayIMay
4⃣ Have fun and do your best! There are appropriate levels of each pose and modifications for all levels. Honour your body

5⃣ Winners will be chosen at random at the conclusion of the challenge based on full participation, following and tagging all hosts/sponsor and using new photos only, please.

Hosts: @robinmartinyoga @pocketdwarf, @bostonterrieryogi and @angelakukhahnyoga

Sponsor: @betshewear and @blissbandits

Graphic Design: @tateenglund

Check in with @angelakukhahnyoga on the evening of May 19th for our first pose. We are so excited for this empowering and creative challenge that will encourage us all to get out of our heads, erasing the "what if's" and giving ourselves permission to that today we CAN. πŸŒΊπŸŒΈπŸŒ·πŸ’œ

A belated Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful and inspiring mamas out there. We flew out to Saskatchewan this weekend to surprise my grandma for her 80th birthday. So even though my Mother's Day was kind of hectic and involved a lot of traveling, I wouldn't have changed it for the world. It was so nice seeing family and introducing my kiddies to family they have never met before. I'm grateful that these two munchkins call me mom!!! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ leggings from @betshewear photo by my sister πŸ’œ

I had a dream it snowed last night. The sad thing is, it's pretty normal for us to get snow in May haha. Even though I knew it was a dream I still had to look outside the window this morning to double check πŸ˜‚πŸ’œπŸ’œ

Sometimes when I post yoga pictures, I get some pretty funny text messages from my friends. A lot of times they are confused about what is happening in the picture. So here's a breakdown of the pose I did yesterday. I'm sure there are other ways to do it, but here's what I did. Hope it helps - if you try it, let me know what you think. It's a pretty amazing stretch for the shoulder πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œ #buildingasanas

"One day someone is going to hug you so tight that all of your broken pieces will stick back together" πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ the power of a hug, I think we all need to hug each other more hehe. Have a wonderful evening everyone πŸ™πŸ»

Happy Friday!!! I feel like it's finally patio season here. Pulling out the outdoor furniture today πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

I love family vacation, but I also love coming home after being gone long periods of time and getting back into our routine. Eating my normal foods and taking my regular classes. It probably helps coming home to insanely gorgeous weather too!!! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ leggings from @betshewear ~ use the code "Melissa" for a discount #betshewear

Vacation does the mind good. And so does all of this California sunshine. πŸ’œβ˜€οΈπŸ’œ leggings from @betshewear ~ use the code "Melissa" for a discount at checkout #betshewear

Last nights sunset in La Jolla was perfect. Beautiful way to end the day. πŸŒ΄β˜€οΈπŸ’œ

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