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!
She’s inspired by her pups’ ability to live in the present and the optimism, unconditional love, passion and commitment of her family, boyfriend and yoga students, and her favorite thing about teaching yoga is reminding her students to let each day’s practice whatever it needs to be. Charlotte thinks of yoga as a permission slip of sorts – permission for things to be messy – but also permission to be fully present in life’s messes and to find a way to dance through life’s messes with your own awkward grace and own each moment – messy or not.
Charlotte completed her 200-hour training at Konalani Yoga Ashram in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, before taking Laughing Lotus’ 50-hour super sequencing training in New York.
A Florida native and Oglethorpe University graduate, Charlotte moved to Atlanta in 2005 and currently lives in West End with her boyfriend Luke and two dogs, Olive and Blinkin.
Catch her in the studio throughout the week, and follow along with snaps of her life on Instagram and her favorite tunes on Spotify at @charlotte.kilbourn. Don’t forget to “be brave, be weird, be unequivocally you.”
“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.
Love Laura’s tunes? Follow along on Spotify @laura.bjorkholm2!
Inspired by the Thunderbolt community’s passion for practice and change, she is most excited by watching students, whether brand new or experienced, let go of their fears and tackle new poses. A big proponent for understanding yoga to its fullest, Lynn continually studies all aspects of yoga - philosophy, anatomy, history, different styles, etc. - and encourages her students to do the same.
An Atlanta native, Lynn received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her MBA from Georgia Tech. When not teaching, Lynn leads a digital marketing team for a large software company and in her free time, can often be found with Winston, her 14 year-old rescue dog. Keep up with her on Instagram and Spotify - @lrperry-us - and in the studio teaching on Saturdays and Sundays.
Operations Manager and Yoga Teacher
Alex joined the Thunderbolt Power Yoga team in July 2016 and currently works as both operations manager and a yoga teacher. In 2017, Alex enrolled in the Carly Grace Power Yoga School and upon graduation in August, joined Thunderbolt’s teaching staff, meaning you can now catch her behind the front desk and in the studio.
After moving to Atlanta by herself, Alex found a sense the sense of community she yearned for at Thunderbolt and discovered the gift of yoga at the same time. Inspired by people who follow even the most intimidating dreams, she became a teacher to help students tap into their mind, body, spirit connections.
A Louisville, Ohio, native, Alex attended Kent State University and North Greenville University before moving to Atlanta in 2015. Currently, she lives in Sandy Springs and when not at the studio, can often be found spending time with family, especially her adorable niece and nephew. Keep up with Alex on Instagram and Spotify - @alexandrabartee - and be sure to say, “hi!” next time you’re in the studio.
Maggie joined the Thunderbolt Power Yoga front desk staff in January 2106 and began teaching in April 2017, after graduating Carly Grace Power Yoga School’s 200-Hour Training. A longtime TPY member, Maggie began practicing at Thunderbolt in September 2015.
As a teacher, Maggie is inspired by witnessing her students become fully present in the studio, connecting with themselves and their community. Her favorite thing about teaching yoga is that there will always be more to learn. Yoga reminds her that life is not about achieving results, but being present in the journey.
Like many of our Thunderbolt’s staff, above anything else, it’s community that draws Maggie to the studio. Ask Maggie what she loves most about TPY, and she’d tell you it’s walking into the studio before class and hearing the room buzz with conversation and laughter. She loves the fact that TPY students know each other names, and linger after class to catch up we each other.
A Warren, Penn. native, Maggie graduated from Davidson College in 2014 and moved to Atlanta in 2015. She now lives in Inman Park with her cat, Nimra. When not working or practicing at Thunderbolt, Maggie enjoys acting in and attending local theatre productions, cooking and listening to NPR. Keep up with Maggie on Instagram and Spotify - @maggiebirgel - and in the studio throughout the week.
Stacey joined the Thunderbolt Power Yoga team in June 2016, after graduating from the Carly Grace Power Yoga School. In addition to completing her 200-hour training, she is also trained in Yin, Ayurveda and environmental medicine and completed a 50-hour continuing education program in essential oils and yoga through Laughing Lotus.
Drawn to the studio by the liveliness of the community, Stacey is inspired by feeling healthy and energetic. More than anything else, she loves helping her students become healthier, both in mind and body, through their practices.
An Alabama native, Stacey is a graduate of, Auburn University. She currently lives in Buckhead with her two daughters and husband, Don.
Catch her in the studio on throughout the week, and follow along with snaps of her life on Instagram and her favorite tunes on Spotify @sleebern.