Open Letter to Future Yogis

Dear Future Yogi,

You are about to embark on one of the most incredible journeys of your life, and I am so happy for you! Yoga has truly changed my life forever, and I hope you will feel the same.

I found yoga just after quitting Varsity Cheerleading at Virginia Tech… I had never experienced anything like it. I was captured by the physicality of the practice, and the ability to be challenged in an environment that championed rejuvenation and a softer side of “coaching.” My mind was blown by all of the physical possibilities and mental challenges that laid ahead of me, and I was eager to get started!

My hope is that as you start your own personal yoga journey, you will keep an open mind. Yoga is a lifestyle, not just a practice, and it doesn’t have one mold. It doesn’t matter if you look different from everyone else in class or if you don’t have the nicest gear— yoga is about using what you have in the present and building upon it. My best advice is to just slow down, listen, breathe and be present.

I truly believe if the whole world practiced yoga, the world would be a better place. I hope that yoga speaks to you in a way that pushes you to incorporate it into your everyday life. Whatever it may be, find a reason to keep coming back to the mat and pushing yourself. The possibilities are endless.

Remember: Untether your spirit, accept the obstacles and live audaciously playful!


Carly Grace


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!