Positive Changes


I’ve been known to shy away from change - to take a step back into what’s comfortable and familiar, into the known. New territory never before traversed carries the weight of fear, at least for me it has.  But then I pause and think, I don’t shy away from all change. Sometimes I decide to change my hair color, my route to the studio, my order at dTox, or drink Rose instead of Sauvignon Blanc, and then it hit me…the only change I lean into is the type of change that is impermanent.

Unknown and irreversible might as well be a shark waiting to attack. As I’m typing, words from Danielle Laporte come to mind, “tell fear to fu*k right the fu*k off.” What is there to be afraid of anyway? You know that saying, when it rains it pours. Let’s try, when it rains it monsoons, floods, tornados, and then when you think it’s over, it rains again. This last chapter has felt like a never-ending thunderstorm. Every time one hurdle is crossed, a new one appears. Is God trying to send me a message? You bet He is. I’m strong-willed, stubborn, and accustomed to steering the ship alone when conditions aren’t ideal. The message reads loud and clear, teamwork eases a strong current, fresh air soothes the soul, breath-work is everything it’s cracked up to be. This is our time and change is not only inevitable, but also necessary.

One Hand Handstand

With every exhale breath comes an inhale breath that’s more refreshed, sweeter, lighter, full of the good unknowns: potential, possibilities, aptitude, creativity, flair, talent, power, authenticity, relationship-building, community…. And the newness shines brighter and brighter until I can see it. When we opened the doors to Thunderbolt Power Yoga nearly five years ago, we put a decal on our window that said “#YogaStorm Light up The Sky,” and that my friends is exactly what we are doing. 

When the rain stops and the sun rises, you’ll see a smile so bright that it dances off my face and on to yours. All in God’s time.


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!