Vinyasa Flow - Beginner/Intermediate

This class is taught by:

Becki Portis

Describe yourself in three words:
passionate, funny, inquisitive

Why do you teach Yoga? I like to get a lot in a little and that is what yoga is...I feel my calling is to serve, encourage, and help others. Yoga resonates with everything in my being and I want to live it fully and share it with others. To teach, keeps me centered and connected with my heart and instills a responsibility and commitment to learn as much as I want to know personally. Yoga heals and builds from the inside out and I want to be as much a part of that as possible. It is fitness for the body, mind, and soul. That's a three-fer all in one!

Something surprising about you: This is a tough question b/c I am pretty open and a ‘what you see is what you get’ kind of gal.
Maybe something good to know is that I sometimes make up my own words.

What inspires you? Yoga, Susan Bowen, My Mom, my children, my sisters, family, music, people, vulnerability, love, nature and life itself. Life is a gift.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Although I do not consider this scary, I can not wait to swim with dolphins and I hope to get to do this with my mom because it is her dream too. However, the scariest thing on my bucket list is to be an entrepreneur.

Training/Certifications: I will be completing my 200 hour YTT with Thrive in December (2016). I have been studying and practicing vigorously since I started my training in March. I also teach children's yoga and am Reiki I and II certified.

Becki is a fit single mother of three that has consciously and successfully worked at getting her body back into pre-baby and even stronger shape through routine yoga practice. She religiously practices breath work, meditation, and relaxation techniques that keeps her grounded, strong, sane and happy as she juggles the infinite demands of parenthood and her career. She approaches asana as a practice to surrender, embrace, savor, and strengthen the mind, body, and spirit. Her sense of humor and uplifting energy create a comfortable and welcoming space to explore body/mind consciousness as she leads through encouraging, clear direction.

Dorota Preysnar

Describe yourself in three words: happy, passionate, spontaneous

Why do you teach Yoga? It's really fun, it inspires me, makes me happy and energized

What is something surprising about you? I'm pretty artistic and love to create things with paper

What inspires you? Being around people who are passionate about doing what they love

Training/Certifications: I got both my 200 and 500 hour certifications here at Thrive. I received my aerial yoga certification through Transcend Wellness and Yoga


Dorota likes to find creative ways of modifying poses to create movement and help her students find connection with their body and breath while creating awareness.  She's enthusiastic, encouraging and even though her classes can be challenging, she strives to make them fun so everybody finds something that will suit them.

Erin Prapas

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Curious, Honest

2. Why do you teach yoga?

I have learned a lot in my personal yoga practice over the past 15 years, namely that yoga is the practice of availing oneself to unadulterated time. It is a rare gift in today’s often hectic society; a gift that is given by making the decision to show up on the mat. I have learned that it does not matter if you are doing perfectly, attempting a complicated asana, or spending your time on the mat breathing in devotional pose - if you are practicing mindfulness, listening to your body rather than your ego, and breathing, then you are embodying yoga. This is the gift that I hope to bring form to for my students, this is why I love to teach yoga.

3. What inspires you?

I feel utterly inspired by the kindness of others. I think it is a real gift to be able to engage with others as a part of community. I also find the practice of changing ones perspective (like going upside down!) inspiring and being open to new experiences inspirational.

Kate Kecman

Describe yourself in three words: playful, compassionate, and empathetic

Why do you teach Yoga? I teach to learn how to be a better student and to spread love.

Something surprising about you: I am a twin.

What inspires you? Challenges and people who are successful in life doing what they are passionate about.

What's the scariest thing on your bucket list? Skydiving

Training/Certifications: 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, March 2017 | Thrive Yoga 

Level 1 Thai Yoga Massage Training | Spiritual Essence Yoga & Wellness Center, January 2017

Reiki Practitioner: Reiki First Degree, September 2016; Reiki Second Degree, September 2016 | The Grace of Reiki and the Usui System of Natural Healing

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program, June 2015 | Thrive Yoga/Simon Says Yoga

Health Coach Training Program, October 2014 | Institute for Integrative Nutrition

B.S. Community Health, December 2009 | University of Maryland, College Park, MD School of Public Health

Katie teaches vinyasa flow and will work to find a balance between effort and ease both mentally and physically. Katie’s class will integrate deep breathing, self- awareness, and fitness and will provide students with an overall wellness experience. Katie will build student’s strength, balance, and flexibility with a range of poses, sequences, and modifications to fit the student’s needs.

Susan Mondi

Describe yourself in three words: Fun, inquisitive, seeker
Why do you teach Yoga?
It keeps me present and young at heart. No other job in the world requires me to consciously breathe all day long.
What inspires you?
Children, anyone who asks questions 
Where did you get your training/certifications?
I have several certifications and have attended yoga workshops and trainings in all different styles since 1987. The biggest influence on my skill as a teacher has been from teaching yoga to thousands of students over the last 15 years-On the job training. My style is derived from the yoga tools that are the most effective and most pleasureable ways to live a conscious, healthy and loving life.
Studio owner;Yoga Training Director and an E-RYT500, susan has studied various yoga styles and yoga fusion formats for more than 25 years, including Baptiste Power Vinyasa, ISHTA, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative, Prenatal, Yoga Nidra and Therapeutic Yoga. Susan teaches within the framework of Kriya yoga using the tools of the 8-limbs of yoga. Her classes class are sequenced uniquely to inspire strength, flexibility and conscious awareness. Expect your yoga practice to surprise you.

Susan is the creator, director and lead trainer of the Thrive Yoga Teacher Trainings. Thrive Yoga Trainings have graduated more than 300 yoga teachers who today continue to uniquely influence yoga in America (and other countries). Thrive Yoga Trainings specialize in helping students discover and develop their unique voice as a human being and as a yoga teacher.

Popular flowing style of yoga known for practicing deep breathing and increasing self-awareness, as well as fitness. Students who like moving with their breath to build heat, strength, and flexibility will favor vinyasa yoga. Expect unique sequences and a wide range of music.
Sweat Factor: 8
Chill Factor: 5

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon Aug 21 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Mon Aug 21 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Dorota Preysnar
  • Wed Aug 23 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Erin Prapas
  • Wed Aug 23 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Kate Kecman
  • Sun Aug 27 9:20 am - 10:50 am with Dorota Preysnar
  • Mon Aug 28 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Mon Aug 28 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Dorota Preysnar
  • Wed Aug 30 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Aug 30 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Kate Kecman
  • Mon Sep 04 10:30 am - 12:00 pm with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Sep 06 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Sep 06 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Kate Kecman
  • Mon Sep 11 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Mon Sep 11 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Dorota Preysnar
  • Wed Sep 13 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Susan Mondi
  • Wed Sep 13 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Kate Kecman
  • Mon Sep 18 6:00 pm - 7:25 pm with Becki Portis
  • Mon Sep 18 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm with Dorota Preysnar