Don't We All Have a Little Rich Blood?


After years of practicing yoga in sweaty studios that lacked basic amenities, I knew I wanted to offer showers, cleanliness, and post-yoga necessities to our Thunderbolt Power Yoga community.  Despite my desire for change, I'll admit, I chose affordable products rather than opting for the chemical-free selection you'd find in my house. The first year or two at Buckhead Court, we mopped the floors with Fabuloso, cleaned the counters with Clorox wipes, and stocked the bathrooms with TreSemme hair products. One day, one of our teammates, Stacey Leebern, approached me suggesting we put together our own cleaning products using a vinegar, water, and essential oil infusion. A few weeks later, John Wright purchased some Aveda hair products at our neighborhood salon, Craig Stewart Salon, emphasizing the importance of quality amenities. I knew it was time for a change.  Little by little, we've upheaved the old way of doing things and we've made our studio more environmentally friendly than ever before. 

 Over the past two years we've found products such as Eco's Floor Cleaner, Seventh Generation Toilet Cleaner, and Planet laundry detergent, which have helped us offer a more yogic experience; however, we've never been excited enough to actually share our natural solutions with you. Recently we met the most incredible wealth of essential oil knowledge, Stacie Ballard, and she's helped us makeover our cleaning routine at Thunderbolt. We are excited to announce that we're upgrading our studio amenities to include doTERRA products. Over the next few months, you'll find doTERRA Salon Essentials Shampoo and Conditioner in the showers,  OnGuard hand wash in the bathrooms (a protective blend used to support the immune system and help kill off harmful bacteria and viruses), and CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade lavender on our essential oil doused savasana towels. 

I wish I could tell you that spending more money when there are cheaper options available is easy, but that would be a lie. When Thunderbolt was brand new, it was a challenge for me to accept the cost of toilet paper let alone quality essential oils. I have come to realize that mindfulness and exercise are a personal investment; thus, the reward is of utmost importance. Would you go for a run if you didn't benefit from the endorphins boost? Would you go to a fancy dinner if you didn't get treated with great service and offered delectable cuisine? Would you take Heated Power Flow without knowing your savasana towel awaited you? My hair stylist at Craig Stewart, Lauren, says, "people who like nice things have rich blood." Who doesn't like nice things? Don't we all have a little rich blood? (P.S. I love that - rich blood, I wish I had come up with it).


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!