Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort OM

Tired of hearing about living on purpose?

News flash

New-age fluff is OUT

Real-talk, transparency, and speaking from the heart are IN

You might wonder where this is coming from, or maybe you don’t really care at all. Regardless, ask someone who teaches yoga for a living how it feels to hear people ramble on about mindfulness on tv or worse Facebook without an ounce of raw truth involved.

Since when is being real summed up by adding a bunch of feel-good words into a sentence. Do you feel good when you ramble on about surface level stuff? Probably not. So dive in. Dig in. Listen up. Lean in. Let’s get real by being real and I mean really talking about things that matter like yourself, your feelings, your experiences. That’s the content I’m looking for. That’s the content that’s going to shake things up.

Craving connection? Desiring intimacy? Fantasizing friendship. Let your mask go. Free yourself. Open your eyes. Expose your truth. The world needs movers and shakers, the kind that want to disrupt. Recreate. Live outside the box. The world needs you. Yes YOU.

Why?

I didn’t find myself surrounded by like-minded people creating community day in and day out without letting my guard down. I leaned in to who I am, what I think makes me unique, the experiences that hurt, and the ones that helped me grow. I’ve worn a lot of hats and they haven’t all been easy.

I’ve been the Queen Bee, and the squashed bee. I’ve been the varsity cheerleader and the alternate vying for her spot. I’ve been the girl that turns heads and heads home alone.  I’m talking about the early days before I met my husband before I was shown what it means to truly love and be loved. I’ve had a photograph full of friends with whom I questioned if friendship was true. I’ve hired amazing leaders that remind me to believe in people, and commonalities, and loyalty, and I’ve also trusted naively and been burned badly. I’ve given the benefit of the doubt when doubt is what I should have given. I’ve invested energy, resources, time into people with people whose motives didn’t deserve my trust. My strengths are also my weaknesses. I love easily, I trust almost everyone, and I’m blindly optimistic. When you see me pour energy into people, friends, employees, friends of friends, I do so from a place of purity and I invest a piece of my heart. Does it always work in my favor, absolutely not. Do I have regrets, sometimes for a fleeting moment, and then I remember, it’s all a part of my journey.

So when it comes to living on purpose, I can assure you I do. My purpose might not be filled with all the checkboxes your latest self-help book includes, but it includes beating my drum to the beat of my heart. Nothing speaks truer than YOU.

 My Senior Quote,  The Westminster Schools 2008

My Senior Quote, The Westminster Schools 2008

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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!