#PERFECTIONREBELLION

Recently I’ve given a lot of thought to my personal hashtag, #AudaciouslyPlayful.  When my branding journey begun, I was a recent Virginia Tech Graduate, budding yoga instructor, and 22 years old.  At the time, the words audacious and playful were monumental in my life. I set a Big Huge A** Goal (BHAG), opened a yoga studio at age 24, and took on the challenges of business ownership without a single employee.  While, I don't suggest anyone open a business without employees, that is how I began.  

au·da·cious

adjective

  1. showing a willingness to take surprisingly bold risks

    "a series of audacious takeovers"
  2. Bold, daring, fearless, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, heroic

play·ful

adjective

  1. fond of games and amusement; lighthearted.

    "a playful tomboy who loves to dress up"
  2. frisky, jolly, lively, full of fun, frolicsome, sportive, high-spirited, exuberant, perky; More

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Barbie Jeep

In the summer of 2014, I wrapped my jeep pink, hung colorful stars from the hallways in my studio, and tossed on cowboy boots for every country concert I could make.  I dubbed myself the #YogaBarbie, and had the colorful wardrobe and bright smile to back up my nickname.  I was and always will be playful at heart; however, I have matured beyond the budding business owner I was.  While you probably think I am still young, I am now almost 28, and it's time for me to refocus. 

I realized #AudaciouslyPlayful was a goal of my own; rather, than a message I wanted to share with the world.  I needed to maintain lightheartedness while making courageous decisions; such as, hiring employees older than myself, meeting with leasing agents, and scheduling meetings with accountants and lawyers.  I was terrified and unstoppable, and the day I signed my name on the Regency Centers contract, I knew the next chapter of my life would be a challenge. 

I have spent many hours in self-inquiry svadyaya through the transition from who I was to who I am becoming.  My greatest accomplishment is not in building a yoga studio, nor is it in branding myself, it is the community that I have contributed to.  My most fulfilling days are the days I hear from a student, “your message landed with me.”  I am committed to continuing to better myself, and I am driven to influence others.  I have been shaped through my experiences, my youth, my athletic endeavors, and I am passionate about the practice I have found. Yoga is the antithesis of the perfect 10, a physical practice without a score, a place to unroll your mat and drop your ego at the door.  I am a recovering perfectionist,   join me in becoming a #PerfectionRebellion

 Boone, NC

Boone, NC

 Chastain Park - Atlanta, GA

Chastain Park - Atlanta, GA

 Wigwam Yoga Festival

Wigwam Yoga Festival

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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!