Susan Mondi Bowen
Susan created Thrive Yoga more than 15 years ago and has lived a healthy lifestyle for more than 30 years. Susan became a boutique fitness and wellness entrepreneur by creating Thrive Yoga after several life events made it clear that her professional trajectory was successful but her life was lacking freedom and vitality. Thrive Yoga received a lot of press and media attention in 2005 due to the uniqueness of a yoga center in the DMV. Susan was also given accolades for her business acumen and was awarded seed money for Thrive through the StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition.
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 has been awarded runner-up Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 through the Maryland Women’s Business Center.
Susan’s personal story of creating Thrive Yoga has been featured in The Washington Post; The Gazette; WUSA News and other various local newspapers and TV news.
Susan (E-RYT500, YACEP, Certified Sound Healer; Certified Integrative Reflexologist) has created training curricula that integrates yoga with complementary techniques from science, philosophy, and spirituality. Susan’s experience in teaching integrated methods for human change and transformation spans more than 17 years and 15,000 hours. Susan has studied and practiced more than 20 various yoga styles and physical healing modalities.
Susan’s teaches to the individual in group classes by offering technical alignment and specific modifications based on that students whole being-physical, energetic, mental and emotional. Her instruction is guided by 17+ years of teaching experience and highly developed intuition.
Jess Apo, E-RYT500; RPYT; YACEP, fell in LOVE with yoga when she noticed expansion of her spirit, feeling it was her calling to make a career change to teaching yoga. Her desire to become a teacher trainer was there from the beginning, recalling her passion for teaching in a classroom setting. Her energetic enthusiasm for sharing her devotion to yoga is felt by the teacher trainees. She loves vibrational movement and has an outstanding ability to evoke emotion guiding her students to engage with source. Her teaching aligns with the yoga sutras seamlessly because she honors the practice by living it. Yogic philosophy, sequencing, hands on assists and her innate ability to connect with the individual are among her strengths. Jess loves teaching many styles of yoga and enjoys watching transformations in her students as they take their practice off of their mats and into their daily lives. She leads yoga retreats all over the world taking her students to exotic locations to immerse themselves in yoga. This year she has also written an 85 hour prenatal teacher training and completed an aerial yoga teacher training. Yoga has transformed her life and she so grateful for the practice.
Marcy Braverman Goldstein
Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D., as Yoga Trainer studied neuroscience and psychology as an undergraduate at the University of Rochester until a fascinating class about Indian traditions opened the door to more compelling ways to understand consciousness. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa as a Religion and Women’s Studies double major, Marcy entered the Religious Studies doctoral program at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she began her formal training in Sanskrit and was immediately riveted by its mellifluous sounds and intricate grammar. Her translation skills were refined during an immersive language study program with Dr. B.N. Pandit in New Delhi, India. In 2003 she completed her dissertation, a historical study of Sanskrit terms about possession, madness, and devotional experiences in Āyurvedic texts, Hindu poetry, and Tantric literature.
Marcy began teaching Sanskrit, and the history and philosophies of yoga in the 1990s. To design her courses, she draws from her training at UCSB and in India, and twenty years of yoga practice including a 100-hour Yoga Immersion. Previously at Davidson College and currently at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she teaches courses such as “History of Yoga from 2500 B.C.E. to the Ever-Changing Modern Moment.” Since creating the Sanskrit Revolution in 2012, she has taught at more than three dozen yoga studios, teacher training programs, yoga fests, and conferences nationally.
Marcy’s passion and goal is to help people discover the fascinating linguistic foundation of yoga. sanskritrevolution.com
She also leads online courses on the History of Yoga. Options for courses can be accessed here.
Alison (E-RYT200, YACEP) completed her 200-hour training here at Thrive Yoga in 2016. 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, physiology, biomechanics, myofascial release, and injury management and prevention with Tiffany Cruikshank, Sage Rountree, Jason Crandell, Alexandria Crow, Jules Mitchell, and Gil Hedley. Alison specializes in working with individuals who have injury concerns and athletes. Alison developed, launched, and manages her own brand — Yoga for Durability. She is the author of The Durable Runner — a book that combines the wisdom of yoga, corrective exercise protocol, and myofascial release techniques to help runners increase their physical and mental durability — which is expected to be released in late 2019. She is also a regular yoga and fitness contributor to Fit Bottomed Girls and her work has been featured on many health and wellness sites such as Prevention, Competitior, Women’s Running, POPSUGAR, MyFitnessPal, SparkPeople, and ACE’s ProSource.
Felicia Piacente, E-RYT 500, completed her 200-hour training in 2009 and 300-hour in 2012, both through ISHTA Yoga under the direction of Alan Finger, Sarah Platt Finger, and Susan Mondi. She received prenatal yoga and level 1 Thai Yoga Massage certifications in 2010. Felicia has been teaching weekly classes, master class progressives, and workshops at Thrive Yoga since June, 2009. Her high-energy style incorporates pranayama, grounding, power asana and relaxation to all student levels.
Jane Stelboum, E-RYT200 and RYT500, earned her 500-hour training here at Thrive Yoga through a collaboration with ISHTA Yoga, NYC from 2009-2012. She completed Duke University’s Integrative Yoga for Seniors training and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Jane has been teaching at Thrive since 2010 and leads a weekly class for aging adults at the Ben Gaither Senior Community Center. She loves introducing our Rookies to the joys and benefits one can find from yoga and regularly teaches the Yoga for Healthy Backs 4-part series so people can learn to practice in a way that is safe for their own bodies and conditions. Through Sarasvate, a company whose mission is to prevent Alzheimer’s, Jane conducts Yoga Designed for the Brain workshops at senior living communities and centers, provides professional and personal caregiver training. She has shared her workshops at yoga studios and wellness centers at studios in our region, NY and Florida, and teaches Mindfulness for Clear and Creative Thinking to corporations and organizations. Her workshop is now part of the Thrive teacher-training curriculum. She has been a featured speaker and/or panelist at conferences and events including the Smithsonian’s Yoga as Lifestyle Medicine Symposium here in D.C., the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center (ADRC) Annual Conference on Long Island, NY, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) Educating America Tour on Long Island, NY, and the Mid Atlantic Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) in Baltimore.