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Susan Mondi Bowen

Susan Mondi Bowen, Yoga Master,  founded the studio in 2005 and has instructed yoga, stress reduction and meditation for more than 20 years and 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 and her Thrive Yoga team of professional trainers, have graduated more than 600 yoga and wellness professionals since 2009, through the comprehensive Thrive Yoga Training Programs.  Susan mentors new wellness professionals in weaving practices through their personal lives as well as in the business of yoga.

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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Family Justice Center Foundation.

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 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 20 years and 15,000 hours. Susan has studied and practiced more than 25 various yoga styles and physical healing modalities.  Susan is a public speaker and corporate wellness trainer, specifically in the areas of stress-reduction and shifting paradigms from stress to joyful living.

Susan’s broad experience, sense of humor and natural charisma is represented in her classes via technical alignment instruction;  creative sequence variations;  latest research on being human and playful storytelling.