Emotional Roller Coaster

Handstand Workshop

For the last year, I’ve been on a roller coaster. Like roaring waves that come crashing into the shore, my thoughts and feelings have engulfed my soul. Some days I’ve experienced a calm in knowing that the storm might soon be over, other days that very storm brings a life-size smile to my face. My entire professional career has taken place in the service industry, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. All I have ever known is that the yogi, customer, or family waiting for their food to arrive should be happy; after-all, happiness keeps customers coming back and creates an invaluable army of word-of-mouth testimonies.  As the plot in our family life has grown more complicated, I’ve balked at the idea of walking away from my biggest accomplishment - the energy and undeniable specialness that exists within those painted turquoise walls. The happy faces, thankful hearts, and community of strong yogis that have filled my thoughts for the last 5 years seemed impossible to walk away from. As the days grew closer to decision making time, tensions were strained every time I conversed with anyone encouraging me to keep the business going. I met with business owners who had stood in my shoes, entrepreneurs who encouraged me to go big and find partners, and the women in my bible study who listened to my emotional battle week after week. What I was seeking was permission, permission to enter a new chapter of life. Without knowing I’d be supported, leaving my yoga family behind was too painful to consider. Endless prayers for clarity and too many tears to count, I knew what needed to happen.  I have my whole life to be a yoga studio owner, and only a few precious years to be a young mama with young babies who need me as much as I need them. Everything will be alright, all in God’s time. 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7 

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7


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!