Spirit-Heated Power Flow


This class is taught by:

ALEX K KOSTYSHEN

Alex Kostyshen
 
"Be Raw"
 
I am a Canadian who moved to Atlanta as a child and had always know the green lawns of our Johns Creek suburbs to be my home. I moved to Buckhead two years ago, and that is where yoga entered my life. At first my only drive was the asana, the practice of improving poses and discovering the many exciting arm balances I could delicately weave into my practice. My cheerleading past sparked, and I was able to reignite the old flame of constantly working to a new move.
Although I had been consistently practicing yoga, my spiritual journey was not even close to starting. Not yet opening my heart, I often tuned out the readings and did not accept the intentions or messages that were being offered. Not until I struggled with emotional turmoil was I even ready to take on a deeper level of practice. One day in class, I heard about teacher training and my mom encouraged me to take on the opportunity, so she would know where I was on the weekends. I went into the training apprehensively and not fully aware of what was lying ahead. During our first week, we explored the emotional levels I did not expect. Eventually, I timidly embraced the spiritual remedies yoga granted and happily discovered that yoga was waiting for me with open arms. Over the training period, I overcame many inner demons and found the true solace in my once ignored readings and intentions.
My mat has now transformed into a physical and emotional outlet for me. Teaching is a true passion of mine, and I look forward to planning out a message for my classes and setting up a jamming playlist usually containing at least one Drake song. In this hour I teach, I feel I can share and express what I discover through my constant spiritual journey.
Yoga is not my only outlet. I also enjoy art which has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I explore multiple mediums, but the two closest to my heart are painting and film photography. I have discovered that self expression can be present in any form, and I am thrilled to embrace new aspects of life with the open heart yoga has given me.
 
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@alexkostyshen
 
Spotify: alexkostyshen
 
Yoga Alliance RYT

CARLINA MUGLIA

Carlina Muglia
 
"Connect To Your Spirit"
 
Carlina received her 200 RYT through Black Swan Yoga, Austin, TX.  
 
Whether you're my family, friend or student chances are one element of our relationship is going to be work. Action is my love language. I'm also highly rational, so work resonates, more often than not, as play to me. "How can I do this more efficiently?" In my mind that's like solving a puzzle. It's fun. It took until my early-twenties for me to recognize and accept that part of my personality. During that era in my life I spent a good deal of time alone, reflecting and deep breathing. It wasn't intentionally yoga. I had never taken a yoga class and was not curious to do so. I was content with my involvement in Crossfit and the physical transformation that I was undergoing as a result of that discipline. That period of reflection and introspection did lead to a couple of very important self-discoveries that put me on the path of yoga. 1) I am inherently a peaceful, peace-loving person 2) My tendency toward inner peace is most apparent when I am undergoing challenges and I have to work harder to maintain.

While I'm peaceful, my rationality makes me pragmatic. Eventually, I found yoga and in yoga I recognized a through-line of pragmatism. The things that we do are not to get a hot body or as an escape from reality. In yoga, form follows function and the functionality of yoga is to use our bodies as a tool of expressing love and peace more aptly. My life has been full of trying times. In my younger years I was not up to the challenge. My body was subject to my emotions and to influences from the outside world. Even Crossfit only helped a small degree to mediate the tendency a fiery, rational person like me has to react and judge instead of being mindful and considerate. Yoga has helped me tremendously, however. Yoga reinforced my practices of spending enough time alone to focus on breathing and learning about myself. It further developed the mind-body connection I started to develop through Crossfit but added a spiritual component that I had spent most of my life purposefully avoiding.

All that's pretty heavy but I wouldn't be being true to myself if I weren't honest about the fact that I take yoga very seriously as an extension of a life wherein I am driven to be as good to myself and those around me as I can be - no matter how sparse or ample the material means in my possession. If I am spiritually grounded and physically capable, I'm going to work hard to love the people in my life. On a lighter note, my interests outside of yoga are being a mother to my wonderful son, Vorian. Hanging out with my partner Matt and our families in Virginia. I love to read. Of all the books in the entire world Frank Herbert's Dune and the resulting expanded series written by Herbert's son are a continued source of inspiration and have majorly impacted my world-view. I love to laugh. I prefer witty humor instead of mean jokes but memes are the ultimate form of humor in my opinion. I love to dance, cook, eat delicious food (paleo or vegetarian please) pet dogs, play outside and occasionally dabble in pursuits such as photography and working on my car. But let's be real, if you know me you know I have yoga on my mind all the time.

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@congruenceyoga

Spotify: Carlina Muglia

YA 200 RYT 105323

 

AVERY HINCHMAN

Avery Hinchman
 
“Lokah Samastah Suhkino Bhavantu.”

I'm a sophomore in college at Ole Miss but my heart lies in Atlanta where I was born and raised. My face may seem familiar possibly because I am Carly Grace's younger sister/twin separated at birth. Along with Carly Grace, I have another wonderful older sister Erica and two wonderful parents, Melissa and Scott. They often frequent the studio as well. I am an avocado enthusiast. My weaknesses include The Kardashians, Jeni's Ice Cream, True Food, a really good skinny margarita, and honestly any kind of shopping. I am the soon to be mommy of a new maltese puppy, Toby. I was first introduced to yoga by my sister obviously. I did not enjoy yoga at all the first few times Carly dragged my booty into different classes. I revisited yoga when Carly opened Thunderbolt and was instantly hooked. Yoga has helped me to overcome and power through anxiety, depression, and the chaos that life throws at you. I find peace, happiness, and self-acceptance in my practice. Carly urged me to go through teacher training at Thunderbolt my senior year of high school. Because of having trouble balancing both school and training I finished up the rest of my training in the spring of 2016. After countless moments of self doubt, I finally confidently began teaching and pushing myself to embrace the skill I had been taught. With the love and support of people in my life I was able to accomplish something I had desired to do for so long. I teach at Hot Yoga Plus in Oxford, Ms while I am at school and look forward to my moments back in Atlanta with my yogi family. You can catch me shaking my butt in downdog during any good rap song during class.
 
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@avehinchey
 
Yoga Alliance RYT

LYNN PERRY

Lynn Perry 
 
“Thank you so much for being a part of our amazing community of yogis!”
 
I’m a Georgia native who spent most of her life pursuing a corporate career. Growing up in Gwinnett, I imagined my future self as a busy traveling business person so that’s what I became after an undergrad at UGA and a few years later a master’s degree at Georgia Tech (for the record… when it comes to sports… go Dawgs!). My corporate years have been focused on leadership of tech sales and digital marketing teams for cloud software startups and now Sage, a large British software company.

My career and my family defined me until around 2012 when I began to transform my occasional yoga practice into a journey of deep inquiry, asana, community and lots of sweat! I began to study the deeper and centuries old reason for stepping on to our mats and why we hold our poses, why we focus on deep breath in and out. What followed was personal growth fueled by inner tapas that burned away layers of distortion to reveal innate awareness and connection that fully changed my life off the mat.

When Thunderbolt Power Yoga opened in Buckhead and eventually had the first teacher training early 2015 I took the teaching plunge! I never saw myself as a yoga teacher, that seemed like too lofty of a goal for the person I thought I was. But through our close and extended teaching community I opened up and developed a love for the journey of teaching that transformed me for good. My heart is now consistently full with gratitude for our community and the peacefulness that this journey has brought to my life.

When I’m not practicing yoga or working at an office, you can find me out with Winston, my 13 year old terrier mix, or spending time with friends and family around the city I love. Or if I’m lucky I could be boarding a plane, yoga mat in hand, to someplace I’ve never been as world travel is my passion!

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@lrperryatl

Spotify: lrperry-US
 
Yoga Alliance RYT 165991

JOANNA WILSON

Joanna Stecker Wilson
 
"Keep searching out what makes you happy"
 
Joanna received her 200 RYT through Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS, 2016. 
 
"The discovery of my love for mindful movement came much later. I had always done what I thought necessary to stay fit but had never developed any deeper connection than that. Even once I began to study and teach Pilates and kettlebell classes, exercise still occupied a place in my life similar to taking vitamins or flossing. Something that I just did to support the other aspects of my life.

Then my husband and I spent four months hiking up the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to New Jersey. The stillness of mind that I found in the midst of the day to day grind of backpacking was truly my first authentic experience of meditation. Losing myself in the rhythm of it, absorbing the natural beauty all around me, gave me a taste of a spiritual connection that I craved more and more of.

Once we returned to what most would call normal life, I needed a means of fostering and evolving that connection. And the way that presented itself to me was yoga. The combination of movement, breath and sweat allowed me to let go and be right there, on the mat and in that moment. After a few years of developing my personal practice, I decided to merge a love and a gift. My love of yoga as expression through movement and my gift of being able to help others find joy through their own creative assertions.

Now that I have completed my yoga teacher certification at Thunderbolt, I am confident in my path and sure of my place on it. My creativity continues to flourish and my yoga practice blesses me with a peace that keeps the rest of my crazy life in perspective. My hope is that as I walk this path, I help the yogis who move with me to be strong, connected, happy and creatively expressed."

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Joanna Stecker

Yoga Alliance RYT 199993

Thunderbolt Spirit Flow is a spin on our traditional Thunderbolt Power Flow. The alignment principles will be key to the flow, more time will be spent in the rejuvenation portion of the class, and space to move with more intention will be created. Yoga philosophy is offered for application to life's daily challenges. This comprehensive class will feed your heart and soul with spiritual music and empowering words. 
 

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Jun 04 9:15 am - 10:15 am with ALEX K KOSTYSHEN
  • Sun Jun 04 10:45 am - 11:45 am with CARLINA MUGLIA
  • Sun Jun 04 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with LAUREN KOEHL
  • Sun Jun 04 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with AVERY HINCHMAN
  • Sun Jun 11 9:15 am - 10:15 am with LYNN PERRY
  • Sun Jun 11 10:45 am - 11:45 am with CARLINA MUGLIA
  • Sun Jun 11 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with JOANNA WILSON
  • Sun Jun 11 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with AVERY HINCHMAN
  • Sun Jun 18 10:45 am - 11:45 am with CARLINA MUGLIA
  • Sun Jun 18 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with LAUREN KOEHL
  • Sun Jun 18 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm with AVERY HINCHMAN
  • Sun Jun 25 10:45 am - 11:45 am with CARLINA MUGLIA