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Susan Mondi Bowen

Susan created Thrive Yoga more than 14 years ago and has lived a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years. Thrive Yoga Center is a community-driven wellness center focused on programs and events to inspire and support a healthy and joyous life.

Susan became a wellness entrepreneur and created Thrive Yoga after several life events made it clear that her professional trajectory was successful but lacking freedom and vitality. Today the  Thrive community is thousands of friends and students, who are a forward-thinking peer group, and who share the personal health effects of consciously living.


Susan has received awards as a business leader in Maryland including awards in leadership, entrepreneurship and community giving by: City of Rockville, Rockville Economic Development (REDI), and Maryland Women’s Business Center.


Susan’s personal story of creating Thrive Yoga and the ThriveStyle has been featured in The Washington Post; The Gazette; WUSA News and other various local newspapers and TV news. Susan regularly mentors and coaches aspiring business owners and teachers.

As the Yoga Training Director, Susan (E-RYT500, YACEP, Certified Sound Healer; Certified Integrative Reflexologist) has created training curricula that integrate yoga with complementary techniques from science, philosophy, and spirituality. Susan’s experience in teaching integrated methods for human change and transformation spans more than 16 years and 10,000 hours. Susan has studied and practiced various yoga styles and practices for more than 25 years, including: Baptiste Power Vinyasa; ISHTA; Kundalini; Iyengar; ViniYoga; Yin; Restorative; Prenatal; Yoga Nidra; and Therapeutic Yoga.  


Susan’s group classes, workshops, and trainings focus on each individual student gaining a deeper level of body mind and emotional awareness.  Her instruction is guided by teaching experience and intuition. Susan’s sequences are created from the vision of strength, acceptance and laugh out loud fun.