5 Instagram Accounts I'm Loving Right Now

 I love to disconnect from my devices; in fact,  when I am spending time with friends and family - being unplugged is a must.  Despite my focus on building relationships offline, during my everyday I routine I see the benefits of building connections online, and I enjoy creating connections within the creativity, inspiration, and community availble on social media. Today I share with you a few Instagram accounts that inspire and motivate me to be a better yogi, cook, creative thinker, fashionista, and entrepreneur.  

Right now, I’m loving,

@MarieBellePR - Marie Belle was my first yoga teacher ever and I credit her with instilling her passion for yoga in me. Although we are miles apart, she continues to inspire me through both her words and her practice (it’s absolutely insane!) Marie's Instagram account is filled with juicy yoga and travel inspiration-- and she is continuously pushing the edges of possibility through dedication to her own yoga practice. Miss you Marie, and I hope your travels bring you to Atlanta sooner than later. 

@ShopPlanetBlue - Not only am I a huge fan of their store, but their Instagram account promotes the PB lifestyle and #1 rule they live by: Good. Vibes. Only.  We all need a good dose of positivity; plus,  Planet Blue sells beachy clothes that make me feel like a just stepped off the Santa Monica Pier, what’s not to love?

@EarthYandy - Where do I start? If her adorable kids living it up in Hawaii aren’t enough of a reason to follow her, she is a genius when it comes to delicious, easy, and beautiful looking vegan-friendly snacks and meals.  This account is plant based perfection.

@Riva_G_ - Considering she’s a Creative Director and contributor to Yoga Magazine - it’s no wonder this account is so intriguing.  Like myself, Riva is inspired by the little things in life that make it so beautiful.  I am a detailed oriented feelings junkie, and when I find space to connect with someone on the little things, the connection always feels pure. 

@DharmaYogaWheel - As a person that practices yoga daily (and sometimes multiple times a day), the Dharma Yoga Wheel has been a game changer for my tight and sore muscles. This account, not only gives the consumer info about their product, but it also motivates me to improve my practice.... Warning: playing on the dharma wheel often illicits a blooper reel. 

Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!