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 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.
Dana Cohen is a wife and mother of 3 – a humble householder on the spiritual path. Her devotion is to the mother earth and all of her plants, animals, and humans. She draws on her inspiration from the ancient ways and the traditional wisdom passed along through time. She hopes to connect and build bridges to bring these tried and true ancient methods to help us in this present time and help to create a community: a society where we find deeper harmony within and without, and we can learn and Thrive together. It will be her pleasure to serve you and also be inspired by your souls shining
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500, NAMA Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, NCBTMB Board Certified Bodywork and Massage Therapist, Sanskrit and Yoga Philosophy Teacher. Pierre is the founder and director of Santosha School. He began training in natural health care in 1992, working full time in the field in 2000; and has instructed at more than 100 schools in the US, Mexico and Canada, including the Ayurvedic Institute.
He holds certifications in: Ayurveda, Yang style T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Ashtanga Yoga, Synergy (Hot) Yoga, Viniyoga, Craniosacral Therapy, Ayurveda Massage, Acupressure (Marma), Barefoot Shiatsu, Thai Massage, Tui Na, Sanskrit, and is a devotee of the Self-Realization Fellowship of Paramahansa Yogananda. Pierre also teaches Sanskrit and helps students develop a personal connection to texts like the Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita.
Pierre does his very best to make spiritual living, which can seem difficult and esoteric, instead become simple, loving, and practical. He is working to create a 4-year degree in natural health care so that young people may someday have a real profession in it.
Marcy Braverman Goldstein
Marcy Braverman Goldstein, Ph.D. 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.
She also leads online courses on the History of Yoga. Options for courses can be accessed here.
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.