Susan Mondi Bowen
Susan created Thrive Yoga more than 14 years ago and has lived a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years.
Like many people seeking a life of vitality and joy, Susan created Thrive Yoga after several life events made it clear that her trajectory was successful but lacking freedom, joy and vitality. Susan traded a high-pressured and lucrative corporate career for a future that would be uncertain but free and true to her soul.
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 E-RYT500; YACEP, as the Yoga Training Director, has created training curriculum that integrates yoga with complimentary 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. Training curriculum is current, fresh and exciting while still being rooted in the foundational study of yoga (experience) and research (knowledge). Numerous practices and methods invite the individual student to find their formula to lead a joyful life regardless of the conditions of the outer world.
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.
Originally developed curriculum from Susan in the Thrive Trainings include: Dynamic Sequencing; Assisting and Adjusting Students of All Ages; Anatomy; Chakras and Subtle Body; Neuroscience; Quantum Healing; The Effects and Solutions to Stress; Thai Massage; Emotional Intelligence; and Sound Healing.
Thrive Yoga Trainings have graduated more than 500 yoga teachers who today continue to uniquely influence yoga in America and around the world.
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Julie, E-RYT 500; YACEP; earned her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Thrive through a collaboration with ISHTA Yoga in 2008-2011. Julie is certified in Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky and in iRest Yoga Nidra through the Integrative Restoration Institute. She enjoys teaching iRest meditation to support psychological health, well being and spiritual freedom. Julie is enrolled in the Brain Longevity Training with the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation.
Julie has been teaching at Thrive since 2011 and often incorporates restorative poses, pranayama and meditation in her classes. Julie is a Teacher Trainer at Thrive. She enjoys seeing students reap the benefits of moving their bodies, deepening their breath and finding peace within.
Julie came to yoga as cross training for tennis. A regular asana practice has helped her maintain flexibility and joint health. The transformational benefits to all the layers of her being have far exceeded those physical benefits. Yoga has helped her gain mental clarity and emotional resilience enhancing healthy, happy and peaceful aging.
Jess, E-RYT500; YACEP; RPYT; holds a masters degree in education started her teaching career in elementary school until she realized stress was a major issue in her life. After practicing yoga, experienced an expansion of her spirit, feeling it was her calling to make a career change to teaching yoga. Jess has been teaching at Thrive since 2009 and has been a Teacher Trainer since 2012. Jess uses powerful cueing of physical alignment and teaches them to understand vibrational movement to inspire her students to engage with universal source. Jess honors both the practices and the philosophy of yoga and teaches from her personal experience. Jess is skilled at dynamic sequencing and connecting to the individual student’s needs. She uses Yogic philosophy, sequencing, hands-on adjusting as tools for transformation in her classes.
Jess loves teaching many styles of yoga and enjoys watching transformations in her students on and off the mat. She leads yoga retreats all over the world taking her students to exotic locations to immerse themselves in yoga. Jess had created an original 85-hour prenatal teacher training from her vast teaching experiences including teaching prenatal yoga while she was pregnant with her children.
Abby completed her 500 Hour teacher training at Thrive. In addition, Abby holds certification in personal training and specializes in functional movement and sculpting. Her style is energetic, fun, and playful.
Christine, E-RYT500, has been practicing yoga since 2000. Christine began teaching yoga to special populations in 2008 in her classroom at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore and quickly realized the immense benefits yoga has on all bodies and abilities. Christine completed her 500-hour training at Thrive and Christine has certifications and trainings in Childlight Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child, Adaptive Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yin Yoga, Aerial Yoga, with additional experience in yoga for athletes. Christine has a special passion for special populations and teaches trauma-informed yoga as well as adaptive yoga.
Christine utilizes therapeutic techniques to explore new physical abilities and achieve the impossible safely.
After figure skating in her early years, Christine found yoga as a natural step in understanding the beauty of a posture and sequence, as well as the human body. After Christine shifted from her own personal practice into teaching yoga to students in her special education classroom. Shortly after her teacher training Christine suffered deep impacts of a Traumatic Brain Injury. Yoga became not only a tool to reteach skills like walking with balance, but the postures themselves became a place of comfort. Through this experience, Christine developed a different relationship to yoga and is beyond grateful to have access to something that so profoundly changed her life.
Evan began his yoga journey by looking for a new form of exercise and stayed for the benefits beyond the physical body. He believes yoga helps to better understand yourself, and live a happier and healthier life. He teaches as a way of sharing what he’s experienced and to hopefully inspire others to find enjoyment in the practice, each in their own way.
Angelina, RYT500; Reiki I & II certified, Thai Yoga Massage Certified. Her Continuing Education including: The Art of Teaching Prenatal Yoga at Thrive Yoga; Asana Yoga Immersion Series at Asana Studio in Arvada, CO: Prana Vayus (principles defining the elemental relationship of the physical body with the subtle body), Applied Anatomy (including deep stretch), Panchayat Maha Vidya (Five Great Knowledges), Partner Yoga Therapy “Loving Touch” (yoga and massage), Yoga Therapy Basic Applications (safety and modifications
Angelina enjoys teaching a variety of styles of yoga including Hatha with Yoga Nidra, Family & Kids Yoga, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Yin, Hatha, Restorative Yoga and more. Her teaching style aims to connect students with their inner world— into dormant aspects of self as a way to unlock unused potential and “gold” within the shadow. She teaches her classes from an intuitive approach based on the energy in the room in relationship to time of year, weather patterns, and her current personal state of being/practice.
Angelina dated CrossFit but married Yoga. She fell in love with yoga because she believes that it is the most honest path for self-healing, awareness, and exploration. Each practice offers us an opportunity to observe, witness, and learn more about ourselves so that we can thrive closer to our full potential.
Rikki, RYT200, RPYT and Radiant Child Yoga certified. Her teaching style can be described as empowering, calming, bonding.
She was first introduced to Iyengar yoga in Gunnison, Colorado in 2010 while attending college. She immediately fell in love with the practice, and, as a result, bought a plane ticket to embark on a yoga journey to India. Since then she has dedicated herself to the study, practice and teaching of yoga. She believes being a prenatal yoga teacher is an amazing experience that can be used to guide women toward the ways they can positively affect their experience. She feels a great joy when she can hold a space for women to experience an honest, authentic, and raw version of themselves; as well as sharing her own love, and passion for this practice.
Alison, RYT200 and is currently working on completing her 500-hour certification through Yoga Medicine. In addition to teaching yoga, Alison is a human movement and corrective exercise specialist as well as both a running coach (RRCA Level 2 Certified) and CrossFit coach. She has completed extensive advanced-level training in anatomy, biomechanics, myofascial release, and injury prevention with Tiffany Cruikshank, Sage Rountree, Jason Crandell, and Jules Mitchell. Alison specializes in working with individuals who have injury concerns and athletes.
Alison primarily teaches Hatha, Restorative, and Yin classes. Her approach to teaching is compassionate, grounding, and empowering. She encourages students to explore and experience movement in new ways in order to build body awareness, gain confidence, and be more comfortable in their own skin.
Alison was looking for something to help her manage the stress of major life changes and all the emotions that go along with that. At that time, she felt like her life was spinning out of control. Yoga provided her the time and space to reconnect with herself and then ultimately deepen that connection in the most profound and meaningful way. Her practice has changed over the years but her dedication to it (and herself) has remained steadfast through it all. And that’s the coolest part of the practice in her opinion — it grows with you.
Laura, RYT200, started practicing when she was pregnant with her first child. Yoga spoke to her and she found that even though she had gone for the physical benefits she kept going back because of the mental benefits-calm and peaceful mind. In 2013 she completed her 200-hour training at Thrive and began to teach Prenatal, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga. She has continued her education with a regular practice, prenatal training at Thrive, and workshops with a variety of teachers including Barron Baptiste and Kathryn Budig. She loves connecting with her students and especially women during their pregnancies to make them feel stronger, more confident, relaxed and present. You can expect a balance of heat building flow, breathing and meditation exercises in Laura‘s classes.
Lisha, RYT500, is a Reiki Level II practitioner and a member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners. She’s also a Certified Holistic Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a Certified Crystal Healer.
Her teaching style would be described as meditative, grounding, and all-inclusive.
Lisha teaches yoga because she believes yoga opens us up and paves the way for self-discovery and connectedness to all that is. Yoga has made her a much more open person in so many aspects of her life. She loves sharing what yoga has to offer in body, mind and spirit, and She loves holding space for others to have their own unique experiences both on and off the mat.
Allie, RYT200, is currently pursuing RYT500 at Thrive and is Aerial Yoga Level 1 and Aerial Restorative certified.
Allie’s personal practice is quite varied, and this is reflected in her teaching. She teaches vinyasa, aerial, and restorative styles of yoga. In all of her classes, you can expect a welcoming environment for all students, a balanced practice, with space for movement and stillness, and to leave class feeling good in your body, mind, and soul
Allie first started doing yoga over 10 years ago, primarily for the physical benefits. Over the years, she started to practice yoga more consistently and to take yoga off of her mat and into her everyday life. This helped Allie to realize that yoga can benefit her mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, as well as physically. Once she realized that, she knew she wanted to share this with others and took the leap to become a yoga teacher.
Johanna, RYT200 is currently pursuing RYT500 at Thrive. She is also a Reiki Master. Her teaching style is compassionate, easy going, and explorative
Johanna fell in love with yoga from the very first time she tried it 10 years ago. Her love of yoga was cemented when she was pregnant with her daughter. She regularly practiced prenatal yoga at Thrive. Yoga was the only thing She could do physically that could make me feel comfortable in my ever-changing body during that time. She was that woman that took her yoga mat to labor and delivery, practicing all kinds of pranayama and asana until she delivered her daughter –more than 30 hours of labor– yoga WORKS!
Yoga has been a foundational piece of her life, keeping her grounded even in the most chaotic times and equally in the most blissful times and She’d like to share that with my students.
Felicia, RYT500, E-RYT 200. As a life-long teacher, Felicia’s passion for teaching and learning shines through in all of her classes, workshops and progressive series. She is an advanced yoga practitioner who is able to make students feel welcome and at ease. She is highly involved in teacher development and mentoring and is a Teacher Trainer at Thrive.
Felicia teaches hot vinyasa and core vinyasa classes but also loves breaking things down for beginners in vinyasa flow. She has a popular following in workshops such as arm balances, inversions, and deep explorations of intermediate to advanced yoga poses. She understands the importance of balance, inner peace, and revitalization, and has even gotten many students at the studio knitting—discovering the meditative properties of other favorite passion! Felicia’s classes are highly energetic, and provide direct instruction, authentic, and fun!
Felicia took her first yoga class in 2006 and immediately found what she was looking for—a physical challenge, a spiritual comfort, and a relaxing aftereffect. She knew she had to share this with others, and enrolled and completed her 200- and 300-hour training programs at Thrive. She has been teaching exclusively at Thrive since 2009.
Becki, RYT500 completed her 200 and 500 hour Teacher Trainings at Thrive. Becki has also received training through Life Power Yoga and has certifications in Buti Yoga, Reiki Levels I & II, in the process of completing Thai Yoga Massage Level 1 certification.
She is a highly dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate yoga teacher who approaches practice as a way to live life, consciously and with purpose. Becki sees yoga as a means for exploration in self-discovery and growth. Her teaching style connects ancient wisdom with modern day techniques with a heavy focus on alignment, breath, and sensation.
She believes this allows the student the freedom and safety to explore their own body-mind consciousness and potential. Becki discovered Yoga during an emotional challenge in life and it became her medicine for change and growth. The community and support she received from Thrive continue to be her catalyst for healing and self-empowerment.
Shelly, RYT200 and is pursuing RYT500 at Thrive. Reiki Master. In Shelly’s classes expect to feel safe and nurtured.
Jane, E-RYT 200, RYT-500, has trained at Duke’s University’s Integrative Yoga for Seniors, Brain Longevity® Therapy Training, offered by the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). In 2012 she founded Sarasvate, Yoga Designed for the Brain, whose mission is to help prevent Alzheimer’s. Jane is a Teacher Trainer at Thrive.
Jane enjoys giving students the ability to align in a pose and connect to how it feels in their body and breath.
Her teaching style is challenging but accessible to all – with an emphasis on alignment and compassion for the body. She tries to reach students right where they are. Her classes include hands-on assists to help with realignment and are experiential incorporating music, gongs, singing bowls, writings, yogic concepts, and themes.
Her mother introduced her to yoga and meditation as a kid and that in and of itself is special for her. She’s continued to practice yoga her entire life but it wasn’t until she found Thrive that she really integrated yoga into her life, starting with the 40-day program, then teacher training, and through the many wonderful workshops offered at Thrive. She knew she felt the impact of yoga on her life when her friends and family noticed the changes that she had felt. Jane is here to pay it forward and share.
Traci, RYT500, Reiki Level I and Level II, Thai Yoga Massage Level 1, Aerial Yoga Level 1 and 2, and has completed Trauma-Sensitive Yoga with David Emerson.
Carrie, RYT200, Reiki Master and advanced training in meditation.
Carrie teaches classes that create balance, encourage the journey inward, and reunite the Mind, Body, and Spirit.
She first started practicing yoga and meditation 15 years ago, when she was just out of college and beginning a new career as a middle school teacher in New York City Public Schools. She was under extreme stress both at work and at home, and knew she needed to make a change. if something didn’t change. She began a regular meditation practice and pretty quickly began noticing changes in her response to stressful stimuli, relationships, and in her overall well-being. Her meditation practice evolved into a more complete yoga practice that involved asana, pranayama, and—essentially—a whole new way of living and being in the world. Her practice has transformed the way she experienced the world, and she now enjoys living in great peace. It is her great wish to share this amazing gift that yoga has to offer with everyone who wishes to experience this journey.