Yoga Accessories that Enhance My Practice

I’ve dedicated my life to sharing yoga with as many people as possible. Along the way, I’ve tried a lot of yoga accessories, promising to enhance people’s practice. While some are spot-on, others miss the mark. Throughout my years of practice, there are only a few accessories that I have kept around and today I am delighted to share them with you!

1. Dharma Yoga Wheel — You've probably seen these wheels at my yoga studio and on my Instagram; however, they are so much more than flashy props. The Dharma Yoga Wheel was specifically designed to mold to the contours of your spine, which is helpful in advancing backbends, increasing flexibility, and most importantly invoking a spirit of playfullness in your practice.

Dharma Yoga Wheel

2. Yoga Paws — I love traveling, but it isn't always easy to lug my mat around; in fact, I've actually left my mat in the overhead bin before. Enter Yoga Paws. These “portable mats” attach to your hands and feet, making it possible to practice anywhere! No excuses, now! :)

Yoga Paws

3. Liforme Mat — This is one of those products that makes you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?” These mats have markers on them to encourage better alignment. They’re also longer and wider than the traditional mat, and they’re flexible, firm and cushy all at once! I loved this mat so much after trying it that I actually opened an account. Buy your liforme in Atlanta at Thunderbolt Power Yoga or directly from them online.

Liforme Mat

4. Violet Love Headbands — I met Violet Love CEO and Founder, Rebecca Michael's, at NYC Yoga Journal Conference in 2013.  I was drawn to her stand in the marketplace; it was so full of color, and the people working her booth were smiling and energized.  I picked up one headband immediately, and before I'd made it home, my hands were stuffed full of headbands!  This is the ultimate headband; it doesn’t slip, it doesn't give you a headache, the designs are cute, and it's the ultimate fix bad hair days & a post yoga sweaty hairline. 

Violet Love Headbands

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!