Jessica Lee • Yoga • Acro@jessicaleeyoga

🧘🏻‍♀️ RYT250 & @ACROVINYASA Lv2 Teacher
🇭🇰 Acroyoga Hong Kong
🌏 #travellingyogi
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For privates, workshops & collabs:
[email protected]

http://www.jessicaleeyoga.com/classes

Countdown for play time is on! Excited to be back and sharing my love for acroyoga on the Yoga Mainstage at IRIS: Your Escape, Hong Kong’s largest health & wellness festival over the September 22-23 weekend. If acro isn’t your jam, there’ll also be plenty of other yoga, fitness, meditation, arts & healthy delicious food on offer.
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Come Fly With Me!
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Acroyoga is a fun, exciting practice that combines the strength and flexibility of yoga with the grace of partner acrobatics, allowing you to lift your friends up while building trust and community through child-like play. Expect to laugh, meet new people, and surprise yourself with what you can do. Beginner-friendly. No previous experience or partner required.
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🎡 IRIS: Your Escape | #IRISYourEscape
📅 22-23 September 2018
📍 Central Harbourfront
🎟️ www.irishkg.com


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You ruin your life by desensitizing yourself. We are all afraid to say too much, to feel too deeply, to let people know what they mean to us. Caring is not synonymous to crazy. Expressing to someone how special they are to you will make you vulnerable. There is no denying that. However, that is nothing to be ashamed of. There is something breathtakingly beautiful in the moments of smaller magic that occur when you strip down and are honest with those who are important to you. - @rainbowsalt
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And to think 15 years ago I thought hugging hello/goodbye and telling platonic friends that I loved them were such awkward things to do. These days I still struggle with coming across as “too much” with non-yoga friends or romantic interests (because fuck games or having the “upper hand”), but I’d much rather tell people what they mean to me than keep it all inside wishing they knew. And if they don’t take it well, then.. 🤷🏻‍♀️ oh yoga, what have you done to me.
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Wearing @titikaactive | #titikaxme
Photo by @drishti_videography


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Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to take my yoga teaching in the future and the thing that keeps coming up is fear - of not knowing enough, of not having something unique to offer, or just simply not being a good enough teacher.
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But how do you make your fear work for you? Know that it’s always going to be present, but it’s natural that you get nervous about the things you really care about - the work that you value, knowing there is always room to do better, not wanting to let you audience down - so rather than allowing self-doubt to debilitate you, channel it into motivation to prepare yourself to do the best that you can. Put yourself in uncomfortable situations that challenge you, and turn that fear into power and action.
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Oh, and by “you” I really mean me. But you, too. #remindertoself
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Wearing @aloyoga


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Stretching myself thin like Dhalsim back in this crazy, hectic city. Not complaining though, as it means I’m back to teaching a full schedule and get to drop new knowledge & yoga flows on my favorite students (spoiler: that’s all of you) - I’ve missed you guys ❤️
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Mon
1pm Vinyasa Flow | @flexstudiohk OIS
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Tue
12:45pm Detox Flow | @flexstudiohk OIS
6:15pm Gentle Flow | @lemondropstudiohk
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Wed
6:30 & 8:30am RestorHer | @pherformhk
4pm Power Vinyasa | @flexstudiohk Central
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Sat
10:15am RestorHer | @pherformhk
2:15pm Power Vinyasa | @flexstudiohk Central
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Sun
9am Recharge & Restore | @flexstudiohk Central
10:45am Gentle Flow | @lemondropstudiohk
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Wearing @titikaactive | #titikaxme
Photo by @drishti_videography


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The first time I ever thought I wanted to get a tattoo was at the end of my 200-hour teaching training with @bryceyoga, because I wanted to commemorate the life-changing experience and graduating as a certified yoga teacher. It didn’t happen then, obviously, and I waited a good three years before I took the leap to get my first ink last year.
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By now, you all know that I’m sappy AF, and for the last few months I had been considering getting “aparigraha” tattooed as a reminder to practice non-attachment - ironic, right?! 🤣 So I bounced the idea off @namaste_monkey - who I also did my 200-hour TT with! - and decided I should get “santosha” instead to remind myself to be content with what I already have (focusing on the haves, not the have-nots, i.e. attachments). Shortly after she got hers done in Bali without me then moved back to NYC, so then I was more determined than ever to make it happen, as I considered her as the older sister that I never had so it will remind me of her while we’re half the world away.
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At this point I already had two good reasons to get this tattoo, but when Bri asked me to assist the #2018BeyondBryce300 training I knew I *had* to leave Thailand with it. I had wanted to get my first tattoo to pay tribute to them in the first place, and this felt like the perfect way to mark full circle: from starting my yoga teaching journey as a clueless, not-so-confident teacher wannabe four years ago with @yogawithbriohny & @diceyoga and them teaching me everything I know, helping me grow into the teacher I am today, to spending this last month facilitating the training as a part of the Bryce team + @yogabeyond (my ‘acro parents’!) and having the most personally transformative experience to date.
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I’d be concerned with how emotionally full-on this sounds if they didn’t already know me so well, but thankfully they do (..I hope?!) 😂 This tattoo reminds me of you guys as my family both on and off the mat, and I’m so honored to carry a piece of you (literally, it’s Bri’s handwriting) with me always ❤️


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We all have stories we tell ourselves - that we are too fat, or too ugly, or too old, or too stupid. We tell ourselves these stories because they allow us to excuse our actions, and they allow us to pass off the responsibility for things we have done - maybe to something within our control, but anything other than the decisions we have made. It’s time for you to stop telling that particular story, and tell the story of yourself. Stop defining yourself in terms of them. You don't just have to exist in the empty spaces they leave. There are times in our lives when we have to realize our past is precisely what it is, and we cannot change it. But we can change the story we tell ourselves about it, and by doing that, we can change the future.
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Wearing @nimbleactivewear
Photo by @drishti_videography


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Isn’t it interesting how our perception of time shifts based on our pace of life? I’ve only been back for a few days, and already it feels like more time has passed than my entire last month living on the island. Coming home to a city that never stops like Hong Kong definitely makes it harder to slow down and keep a clear mind; I’m back to operating so fast I’m tripping over my words and feet, yet less than a week ago I was grumping about people rushing about impatiently at the airport. It took no time for me to become one of them again (that said, the Ko Samui Jenga crew would probably argue that part of me never really left 😂). Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go and meditate to try bring some of that island life zen back.
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How do you maintain your sanity living in a fast-paced city? I’d love to know!
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Wearing @risinglotusclothing
Photo by @drishti_videography


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One of my biggest takeaways this month was learning to feel rather than think, to let my heart lead the way instead of my head. During this time I opened up to energy work - something I’ve been resisting skeptically but deep down always wanted to feel for myself, just so I can prove it does work - and discovered I was so disconnected with my body that it was near impossible feel my heart beating, even while lying on a bed in silence with my hand over my chest.
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Our emotions are purely physical sensations that we feel, which our brain then interprets into feelings. When we try to be too logical, we block our emotions with rational thoughts, often without checking in with our body at all. Instead, pay attention to how you feel and follow your intuition (i.e. your body, your gut, your heart). Easier said than done, I know.
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But on the last day of training, I finally cracked. Not out of frustration or sadness or anything I can put into words, but it felt necessary to be let out. Reminder to self: let emotions run their course more, more often than not it’s trying to tell you something.
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Photo by @drishti_videography


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I've always been an overly sentimental person - one of my favorite quotes is about bottling up memories like a scent so you can revisit it anytime you wanted. I still have yet to leave a holidays or life-changing collective experience (i.e. yoga trainings, music festivals, etc) without the heaviness of knowing that particular moment in time will never be relived. Similarly, the breakdown of any sort of interpersonal relationship always hits me way harder than they should.
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I realize that this is probably a huge cosmic lesson on aparigraha (non-attachment) but there's a part of me that fears if I let go of all of feelings and memories attached to that one thing or person or experience that I'll forget how much it meant to me at the time. And it never gets any easier the more you do it. But life is made up of a collection of moments that aren't ours to keep. We miss out on so much holding on to the past or placing expectations on what’s to come.
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So I’m surrendering to the fact that while I’m sad to the point of tears that tomorrow is the last day of #2018beyondbryce300, we’re emerging with all these memories, lessons, and new connections; that it’s merely going to be a “see you again soon” and not “goodbye”.
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Wearing @risinglotusclothing
Photo by @drishti_videography


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I’m often told that I’m super bubbly and always smiling, which I think is accurate, but I’m also realizing that part of it is also because I’ve been conditioned to be this way. Growing up I wasn’t exactly encouraged to express my emotions (if you’re Asian, I’m sure you can relate) and as a result I haven’t been very good at verbalizing how I feel or asking for what I want, which has caused a disconnect in all types of relationships in my life. Even now as an adult, being in touch with our emotions and talking too much about feelings or being physically affectionate is often considered to be a negative thing. It’s been a slow work in progress, but being surrounded by people who are assertive and hold that safe space for me to share and speak my mind has been the biggest game changer. If you met me two years ago, I would’ve still been this happy-go-lucky person on the outside, but much more emotionally-constipated within 😂
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Wearing @nimbleactivewear
Photo by @drishti_videography


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I took this photo last week, and the first thing I noticed was my belly flab. I didn’t like what I saw and didn’t intend to share it. However, spending the past couple weeks here in Thailand, surrounded amongst so many inspiring and passionate yogis has helped to shift my relationship with my body. I came across this picture again today and instead of criticizing myself, I now see (and feel) a strong ass body that can do amazing things.
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I love myself because I’m _strong_.
What do you love about yourself?
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Wearing @risinglotusclothing
Photo by @drishti_videography


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It’s been an especially rainy few days here, but these purifying downpours have resulted in the most picturesque dawns.
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As we hit the midpoint of the training, it’s apparent that everyone is starting to peel away the layers and experience breakthroughs internally, as well as externally - hello sore bodies. Coming into this as an assistant, I didn’t expect I’d go through the same emotional rollercoaster (or growth, if you will) but holding space for 60 other humans going through their respective journeys within has had me thinking about my own values, beliefs, and my relationship with those around me but more importantly, myself.
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Just as the brightest sunrises come after the rain, out of darkness comes light.
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📸 @kasiagalica


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