During college, she began practicing yoga to escape her intense cheerleading training; a desire to find more purposeful friendships and cultivate a greater well-being kept her coming back. After a lifetime of perfection-based sports, yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where a perfect-ten mentality wasn’t required, and she delighted in yoga’s celebration of imperfection.
At only 24, she opened Thunderbolt as a community-based studio where instructors practice with each other, students make friends, and yogis count on clean spaces and familiar faces.
As a YA 200 E-RYT, Carly’s studied and practiced with influencers and teachers across the country. In addition to teaching, she leads Carly Grace Power Yoga RYS Trainings, and generates content for her lifestyle/wellness blog, carlygraceyoga.com.
When teaching, she encourages people to move like themselves, helps students be audaciously playful in their practices and lives, and hopes to inspire the “be for one another” mentality that shapes her business.
Meet Carly for a sweaty, soul-drenched class, say “hello” on Instagram @carlygraceyoga, and tune in for her online yoga classes, launching soon!
“Keep finding time to turn in, then extend your best self out into the world.” – that’s Laura’s mantra and how she closes each practice. After starting to practice at TPY in 2015, Laura was so inspired by the community that she enrolled in teacher training with Carly Grace Power Yoga School in early 2016. She has been teaching at TPY since mid-2016 and has continued her education by attending the Baptiste Institute Art of Assisting and by participating in advanced yoga workshops with renowned yogis like Kino MacGregor, Kerry Armstrong, Dana Trixie Flynn and Mitchell Bleier.
Inspired by the chance to bring a smile or moment of peace to someone who needs it, Laura cherishes the chance to get to know her students, many of whom she might never know outside of Thunderbolt.
A New Jersey native and graduate of Princeton University, Laura lives in Buckhead with her husband and her youngest son. When not in her favorite pose, half moon, you can find her restoring vintage houses and home decor.
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