When Althea completed business school, she thought like most B-school grads… she should get a job with a good salary, benefits and the opportunity for growth. Working as an executive for GE Capital in a number of financial services and human resource capacities fulfilled that endeavor, until a layoff in 1996 gave her the opportunity to do what she was truly passionate about – fitness.

Althea earned several certifications in personal training, aquatic fitness, group exercise, indoor cycling, yoga and Pilates. She became a faculty member for the American Council on Exercise (ACE), a continuing education provider for the American Fitness and Aerobics Association (AFAA), and a 200HR registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). In 2001, she produced and released the first of six exercise videos in the Altheatized™ series and began presenting on the fitness convention circuit. She was highlighted in magazines including Best BodyEssenceParentingUpscale and Oxygen. With a strong background in prenatal and youth wellness, Althea created programs for Sinai Hospital’s obstetric department and Johns Hopkins pediatric clinic in Baltimore. During her time in Baltimore, she produced and hosted a daily cable fitness show, was the weekly wellness expert on an NPR radio show, and was the weekend fitness reporter for WBAL Channel 11 news before relocating to Atlanta where she opened Aerobics, Yoga & More™ Studios (AYM) in 2008. After opening the studio, Althea was voted One of Atlanta’s Best Yoga Teachers by Best Self Magazine.

Althea Lawton Thompson - Pregnancy
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Althea Lawton Thompson - Our Town Magazine
Althea Lawton Thompson - Altheatized video

In 2012, AYM’s general manager and Althea’s longtime friend, Yvonne, passed after a two-year battle with leukemia, and Althea decided to close the doors to the studio they’d run together. AYM transitioned into a corporate wellness company, outsourcing instructors and wellness professionals to companies including Kaiser Permanente, United Way, Heidelberg USA, Oglethorpe Power, and Cintas. 

During the years that Althea cared for Yvonne, she decided to step outside of her comfort zone and explore sharing her unique spiritual gifts. She began leading group retreats to destinations like the Grand Canyon, the Puerto Rican rainforest and the approach to the Appalachian Trail. She became a monthly contributing author to a local magazine and began working with clients on spiritual energy balancing and holistic lifestyle wellness. Specializing in mindfulness, Althea uses her spiritual gifts to guide individuals and groups in meditation for improved overall health and a happier lifestyle. Her multiple annual retreats are now hosted in the Caribbean, Africa and Central America in addition to her US destinations.

Wellness and Fitness Retreats
Waterfall Retreats
South Africa Retreat

In 2015, Althea published a sizzling novel, Losing Control, now a book club favorite and a Writer’s Digest contest finalist, which currently ranks 4.8 out of 5.0 on Amazon. She’s already published a second book, Twenty, also available on Amazon and Kindle, and is working on a new fiction series.

As a serial entrepreneur, Althea is one of the co-founders of, a stock photography company showcasing diverse people, that launched in 2017 and grew within months to garner clients like Facebook and Southern Company. With her husband, an attorney and a CPA, she launched to help small and medium-sized businesses start and grow through business consulting. Through Consultuoso, Althea helps companies with corporate contracts, business taxes, building websites, creating apps, and branding on social media.

Althea has been married to her college sweetheart, Maurice, for twenty-one years and they are the proud parents of two sons. Their house is the gathering spot for friends, family, and anyone needing a place to sit still and recharge. Having lived in several different cities, they currently call Atlanta home. 

“I love exploring and sharing experiences with others. I don’t have a limit on what I can do, where I can go, what I can create, or who I can touch. I truly believe in living my life limitlessly. Sometimes I fail and sometimes I succeed at the things I attempt – the real excitement is in doing EVERYthing regardless of the outcome.”

Althea Lawton-Thompson


Althea Lawton Thompson - Meditation
Althea Lawton Thompson - Book Signing
Althea Lawton Thompson - Nature Celebration
Althea Lawton Thompson - Grand Canyon
Althea Lawton Thompson - Meditation