Organized Chaos

How many people feel like they live amongst organized chaos?  I know I do, and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

Truth, there is an amazing amount of flexibility and unpredictability in my daily life.  I create my own schedule, which is both a blessing and a curse. If my OCD mind planned my schedule it would look drastically different from my reality; fortunately, the business side of my brain understands better.

My teaching schedule is strategically designed to give me insight into different areas of the business; meanwhile, maintaining enough normalcy for both our students and myself.  I make an effort to see different students and enjoy interactions with various members of the #YogaStorm team as often as possible; thus, I hardly ever teach the same time slot twice in one week.  I wish I could explain what a challenge this is. Over the past three and a half years I have met so many incredible yogis whom I wish I could teach 7x a week, but I think you'd get tired of me if I was the only noon teacher you ever took a class from.  Just this week I subbed a couple extra classes and I woke up early to take John's 6 am class on Friday. I started thinking to myself, I need to get back on the 6 am schedule, and having a few extra classes is something I could handle.  Let's get real, I'm having a baby in two months and I probably don't need to add anything to my schedule until she has arrived! The beautiful thing about keeping flexibility and variety in my schedule is that it gives me enough wiggle room in my schedule to be able to substitute teach when an instructor gets sick and to have room to touch on different times of the day.  This yogi needs a little time between sweaty classes and admin work in our tiny office to grab lunch at Kale Me Crazy, a juice next door at dTox, or a mani-pedi down the street at Hammond Nails. Thanks to all of you for letting me tote my little white fluffer, Stella, along for errands.

Thankfully, we have two incredible managers - Alex and Charlotte, who help hold down the Thunder dojo and create smiles on yogis faces every day. Without these two, I can assure you the organized chaos I love would look like one sloppy chaotic mess. If you see these ladies, give them extra kudos or a Rise n' Shine :) I promise they've earned it. 

Take a glimpse at this week of organized chaos:

 My weekly planner from  Coton Colors

My weekly planner from Coton Colors

 Monday: Elfa Closet Installation in Baby Milyo's nursery

Monday: Elfa Closet Installation in Baby Milyo's nursery

 Tuesday: The Westminster Schools J-Term Neuroscience Class - Can you find me?

Tuesday: The Westminster Schools J-Term Neuroscience Class - Can you find me?

 Thursday: Lunch with Alyssa and Olive 

Thursday: Lunch with Alyssa and Olive 

 Everyday: Being silly with the hubs 

Everyday: Being silly with the hubs 

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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!