Susan Mondi Bowen
Susan Mondi Bowen founded the studio in 2005 and has instructed yoga, stress reduction, and meditation for nearly 20 years 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 the City of Rockville, Rockville Economic Development (REDI). She has been awarded runner-up Entrepreneur of the Year in 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 various local newspapers and TV news.
Susan (E-RYT500, YACEP, Certified Sound Healer; Certified Integrative Reflexologist) has created training curricula that integrate yoga with complementary science, philosophy, and spirituality techniques. 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 is a public speaker and corporate wellness trainer, specifically in stress-reduction and shifting paradigms from stress to joyful living.
Susan’s broad experience, sense of humor, and natural charisma are represented in her classes via technical alignment instruction, creative sequence variations, and the latest research on being human and playful storytelling.