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

I didn’t step on my mat once for 8 weeks. Last week was the first time I stepped foot in a studio in over 3+ months. I also took a step back from my account - I think I took 3 yoga pictures all summer long. Not because I don’t love yoga or this amazing community. I think I just needed to create space for other things in my life I had been neglecting. The outdoors were calling my name and I took advantage of every second I could. This summer has been about experiencing everything I could and that meant I had less time for my practice. I have lost flexibility, strength and progress, but wouldn’t change a thing because I know yoga is a lifelong journey (even though my ego wants to tell me different haha). So. Finally, a yoga picture - in the woods I spent almost every morning in πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ. I promise I will post more yoga, but I also want to share some of my other passions. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™ amazing bodysuit from @gravityathletica #explorecanada

By far the BEST glass of bubbly I have ever had. Not sure if it was the view, the altitude, the fact that we had just finished 6 hours of hiking, being in the alpine or all of the above, but bubbly has never tasted so good - plus you really can not beat sipping wine on top of a mountain. Cheers to amazing adventures this summer and to our next big one to come @staceybrun - love you. πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ(I promise I will post something yoga related next πŸ™ˆπŸ€£) #bucketlist #explorecanada

It’s truly amazing where two feet can take you. Last summer, my girlfriend and I hiked up to this exact spot and said β€œin 2018 we are camping up here”. And that is exactly what happened. Everyone who knows me, knows I hate camping haha. So everyone thought we were nuts. But we loaded up our backpacks - 30lbs of weight and off we went. We hiked up to the alpine meadow (a trail that is straight up the mountain), set up camp and then hiked around for another four hours. We drank water from all the waterfalls on the mountain, watched the sunset in the alpine and saw an almost full moon, light up the sky. It was one of the most incredible experiences - so empowering; we can really do anything we set our mind to. Grateful to live in such a beautiful country and be able to take advantage of these stunning places. Scroll for more pics of the trip .... Can’t wait to do it again next year @staceybrun πŸ’œπŸ™ŒπŸ’œπŸ˜˜πŸ˜ #bucketlist #explorecanada

You have one life, no second chances. So live the shit out of every precious moment. πŸ“Έ @kesjay πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ #bucketlist

So excited to see this view again - it’s been way too long ... but stepping out of the comfort zone for a new adventure today - kind of nervous. πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š stay tuned .... #explorecanada

43km round trip. 13 hours on the mountain. Gruelling. Mentally and physically exhausting. Last 1.5 hours to the summit, a scramble straight up an avalanche shoot full of loose scree/shale. Every time I stopped to catch my breath, I would look up and curse because it still seemed so far away. As we looked up at the summit from the base of the mountain, I started thinking it wasn’t possible, especially after 21km of hiking and knowing we still had 2km more to go. But. This. View. Jaw dropping - left me completely speechless. Made every painful step back down worth it. By far, the hardest day hike I have ever done. One hell of an accomplishment and I’m so proud of us for getting up there in one day. Seriously, no words. It was crazy to see this exact view in person after talking about it for the past year. Pure joy to experience and finish this beast of a hike. We had perfect weather and conditions. After hiking 23km just to reach the summit, legs completely wrecked - now knowing you have to hike back down 20km more, is really, really tough, but then you look at the view below and gives you the drive to keep going. So grateful to live in a place with such stunning beauty. What an adventure. Thank you @kesjay for agreeing to join me on this crazy idea - you are a map wizard. Love you!!! Hope you aren’t sore head to toe like me πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ€£ Epic day - absolute perfection!!! Added some pics of our trip #explorecanada

Proud to be Canadian and live in a place so beautiful ... Happy Canada Day fellow Canadians πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ #canadaday

Because .. sometimes those transitions between the full pose end up being my favourite. Similar to our lives - those candid, unplanned moments always end up being the sweetest and surprising... sometimes the end goal becomes less important than the actual journey to get there. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™ƒπŸ’•πŸŒ΄β˜€οΈ

When I first thought of hosting a retreat in Antigua, I didn’t know what to expect or how it would go. It was something I was organizing myself and I started inviting some moms I knew from the school and a family friend I had known since childhood. Some of the moms had never done yoga with me (or had even really practiced before) and no one really knew each other and were all going to meet for the first time at the villa. When I first came up with the idea, I never in a million years would thought I would leave Antigua with the most incredible group of friends - people that I connected with so deeply that that it still doesn’t seem real. I don’t think anyone expected that - a group that started as strangers became sisters overnight. We had the most incredible time - exploring the island, swimming with stingrays, eating local foods and hanging out at the villa doing yoga and relaxing. The stars truly aligned - we all had different reasons as to why we needed a trip away and those different reasons brought together the most perfect group of people that bonded so tightly. So not only did they leave with a new love for yoga, but with hearts so full from the magic of this little island. Truly perfect from start to end. I have included a couple pictures of the amazing women who made this retreat a huge success. We planned a couple theme nights, had the most incredible chef at the villa that kept us well fed, and enjoyed every moment away. And once again. The biggest thank you to @bloominglotusjewelry @werkshop @2leggedmermaid @coola who supplied the most amazing goodies for the moms that came. Can not wait to do more of these ... where should the next one be?! 😜😍😍😍 (ps. By the end. Everyone was wanting to get in on some yoga pictures. Haha. They were such rockstars!!)

Antigua dreaming ... take me back to this postcard perfect spotπŸ˜β˜€οΈπŸŒ΄πŸŒŠ Happy Friday πŸ’•πŸ’• #antigua

Ooh Antigua - was up at 530am every morning to witness this ... I had every intention of posting photos and stories while we were there, but I got so caught up in the moment that it just didn’t feel right - I wanted to be totally present. And it was really hard articulating my thoughts after the trip because it was truly magical. But I’m ready to share. And first, I have to say the BIGGEST thank you ever to some really special brands that are so close to my heart. @bloominglotusjewelry @werkshop @2leggedmermaid and @coola - these amazing brands sponsored the retreat and provided the retreaters with the most beautiful gifts for the swag bags. Custom mala bracelet, custom hat made for a women’s head, the most incredible leggings and can’t forget to protect the skin with the best sunscreen. (I made some personalized bags for everyone too haha). They were soooo shocked and touched by the generosity, that there might have been some tears haha. Make sure you swipe to see what was included in the bags. I have so many photos and stories to share, so stay tuned 😍😍😍 this place will forever remain in my heart. #antigua

Post massage handstand - throwback to the most amazing afternoon spent at the @the_phoenician Spa with @giselewyne. Not only was the services outstanding, but the spa was so incredibly gorgeous. Highly recommend treating yourself to a treatment there if you are ever in the Scottsdale area. @giselewyne - can’t wait to do it again. 😍😍😍 #thephoenician

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