How to Become a #StormLeader: What I Look for in my Yoga Teachers

Spring is in the air, and I can feel a renewed energy around all of us! Whether it’s trying something new, refreshing your home or reconnecting with old friends, I hope you feel empowered for some “spring cleaning” in your life this year.

With the new season, we’re ushering in a new instructor training at TPY and the first one begins this Friday on March 24. If you’ve ever considered trying a yoga training program, we invite you to come try it out! Thunderbolt Power Yoga Teacher Training (TPY YTT) is for new and experienced practitioners alike. TPY YTT will bring you in touch with your "best self," fine tune your leadership skills, provide a strong foundation of technical knowledge, and equip you with the tools you need to become a powerful teacher. TPY YTT will forever connect you with the Thunderbolt Power Yoga Community, and more importantly yourself.

When looking for our future #StormLeaders, here are a few qualities I consider must-have:



At TPY, we believe that the best yoga teachers are those who connect with their students, who speak from their heart and who are comfortable in their own skin.  Being able to rally a group to do the same is the key to success!



This is the first step to growth.  Thunderbolt is an inspirational experience that carries you off your mat and into the world. We’re looking for men and women ready to be your best self: lean, soulful and sweaty. (And to help others get there too!)



TPY isn’t exclusive, and we welcome people of all levels to join us where they are. We’re looking for instructors who can meet students where they are and authentically empower them to embrace their yoga practice in a way that is unique for them.



We work hard and play hard at TPY. We’re looking for instructors that are willing to put in the work for themselves and the benefit of others.


For more information on the TPY instructor training, click here.

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!