5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

The smell of fresh cut grass is in the air, the promise of Friday night lights awaits, and the school supply aisles at Target are bare.  As you soak up the final moments of summer, take time to enjoy the hot daytime sunshine and the cool September mornings.

This morning I am sharing my September top 5 with you.  Let me know what you think of my picks, and share your favoirties in the comments below!

1.  Meddy Teddy — Did you know that September 9th is National Teddy Bear Day?  This may sound ridiculous, but I was one of those kids who played with stuffed animals way too long; in fact, I used to add toys to my little sister's Christmas list in hopes that Santa would deliver them, and we could play together. Avery is 6 ½ years younger me; needless to say, I played with stuffies and dolls well into the 4th and 5th grades.  Last summer, I was scrolling my instagram feed and I spotted the most adorable bear wearing a pair of tiny  K Deer leggings. I immediately fell in love with Meddy Teddy, direct messaging their account for more information.  A few days later my flexible stuffed friend arrived, and I began posing Meddy on my bed..  Whether you have kids, or you're still a kid at heart this little pseudo-holiday is a great excuse for you to get yourself a Meddy Teddy.  This adorable bear was made to help children become more interested in yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. While Meddy Teddy is normally in a wide legged seat with prayers hands, my husband occasionally puts him in different poses to make me smile.


2. Teeki’s Fall Prints —While you can find most of my favorite brands in the TPY studio shop, a year ago I made the decision to stop placing wholesale orders with Teeki.  When Thunderbolt opened, Teeki’s, made from recycled water bottles, were flying off the shelves; however, the production process and new pattern release lulled, and the momentum slowed.  Whenever I entertain carrying a line at TPY, I join the email list for up to date information.  Teeki made some amazing changes in their wholesale processes, and found a solution to speedier process.  We recently reordered Teeki; not only, am I stoked, but I am also sporting these gorgeous new prints from Teeki pictured above (pants) and below (entire look)! Stop by my studio and let my team show you their favorites!


3. Fresh Pressed Juice — I’m so glad that juicing has become more popular and healthy options are so accessible. But, with so many different brands, it can be hard to find one that you truly love. Luckily, I found mine at Whole Foods! When I’m not concocting my own home-made juice, my go-to lately has been this Evolution Fresh Pressed Juice.  After extensive juice research I learned, most cold-pressed juices at Whole Foods and similar stores, are processed through a secondary step called High Pressure Processing- HPP. The juice is first made on a press, then bottled, then processed. When the bottles complete HPP processing, there is almost no living microbial content. Bonus, HPP processed juices have a life of about about 30-45 days; instead of, raw juice which last only 3-5 days.

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4. Farmhouse Pottery — Patrick and I added Farmhouse to our wedding registry for its old-world feel, casual look, and versatility.  Married couple Zoe and James, are Co-Founders, Parents, and Artisans of the Woodstock, Vermont company, and they believe, “through their craft and in their daily lives, they're reconnecting others to this lifestyle and defining its place in the modern day.” Farmhouse Pottery values craftsmen as the core of our communities just as I value community at the center of the yoga practice .  In addition, Farmhouse pieces are gorgeous, microwavable, and oven-safe!

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5. Asha Patel DesignsAsha Patel was born in London to Indian parents; however, now resides in  Atlanta, GA where her business took off.  Asha uses pieces that are symbolic in nature, but modern in design. She uses dueling materials such as edgy leather wrap bracelets  with statement gems like labradorites and moonstones.  Additionally, Asha incorporates sanskrit into her jewlery, making it the perfect choice for a yogi. I am honored to be included in her ambassador program featuring renowned yogis such as Kathryn Budig and Taylor Harkness. If you’re looking for a great gift for a yogi, check out her site — there’s something for everyone!

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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!