Ursula, an E-RYT by the Yoga Alliance at the 500 Hour level, has been teaching for 14 years and is constantly amazed by the power of this practice to transform one not just physically but mentally as well. Ursula values the importance of getting to know oneself and adapting one’s life and yoga practice accordingly.
Ursula teaches with compassion, making yoga accessible to students at all levels to develop a deeper relationship with our true self and the world around us. Through our yoga practice, we can learn how to be at ease in our bodies and listen to the greatest teacher within – ourselves.
Having taught private, group classes, teacher trainings and workshops in a wide variety of venues in Europe and in the United States, Ursula is proud to have founded Inner Power Yoga in the suburbs of northern Virginia in 2003. She relocated to Frankfurt, Germany in the summer of 2005. During her three years living there, Ursula was a Senior Teacher and Director of Workshops and Special Events at Balance Yoga, Frankfurt’s largest yoga center.
Now back permanently in the greater Washington DC area, Ursula is looking forward to contributing to the local northern Virginia yoga community and to sharing her knowledge about all the ways yoga can enrich our lives.
Ursula has taken numerous workshops and teacher trainings taught by today’s best yoga teachers and would like to express her gratitude for sharing their knowledge to all of them. She was fortunate to spend time and to practice in Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’s shala with Guruji and his family in Mysore, India in 2007. Ursula completed Ashtanga yoga teacher trainings taught by David Swenson (First and Second Series), Manju Jois and Tim Miller; and vinyasa yoga teacher trainings taught by Baron Baptiste and Philip Urso. She also would like to thank Nancy Gilgoff, Beryl Bender Birch, Richard Freeman, Stacy Dockins and Bryan Kest for their influence on her teaching.
Ursula Cox was named “Best Yoga Teacher” in Loudoun County in 2013 and 2014 by both Loudoun Local and the Leesburg Times. She was also awarded a 2010 Community Leadership Award from the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition, an annual award given to those who improve the lives of people in their community through sports, physical activity, fitness or nutrition.
Juli Briskman is a proud member of the first Inner Power Yoga 200-hour RYT graduating class. Although the Yoga Alliance certificate is new (Feb. 2011), Juli brings more than 12 years of teaching experience to IPY. Initially certified to teach step aerobics, cycle and other fitness formats in the late 1990s, Juli’s yoga journey began in 2005 shortly after her second child was born. Looking for balance in her fitness routine, she found yoga to be the perfect yin to her yang work outs.
Living overseas for her husband’s work from 2007-2009, Juli discovered her home practice and deepened her spiritual relationship with yoga. She began teaching yoga in 2009 after receiving a certificate from YogaFit, and was even more inspired after the intense experience of her 200-hour training with IPY founder, Ursula Cox. Here she experienced a wide variety of yoga styles and learned of the never-ending, deep and wide spiritual path that is yoga. Juli loves to discuss the Sutras and the Yamas and Niyamas.
Juli teaches yoga, stretch and cycle classes through fitness facilities and private contracts throughout the Sterling/Ashburn area. Her Vinyasa/flow style mirrors that of Barone Baptiste and Cox with nuances that are all her own. A mother of two with life experiences that span the globe, Juli finds it easy to relate to just about any student. Other interests include biking, running, sailing, skiing and many other outdoor activities. Juli has completed several races including half-marathons and sprint triathlons.
Kim took her first yoga class shortly after the birth of her daughter in 1998. She knew immediately that this practice would become a part of her life as she settled into her new role of motherhood! Yoga enabled her to feel grounded and temper the many stresses that can accompany raising a newborn baby. Living in Southern California enabled her to experience a variety of studios and even participate in workshops offered by Rodney Yee and other wonderful teachers.
Upon moving to the Virginia area in 2005 with her husband and two children, she took the next step and began her journey in teaching yoga. She has had experience with all levels of students from the very young (3-5 year olds) to the forever young (65+) and all ages in between. She hopes that her love of yoga is evident and encouraging to all who are interested in pursuing this beautiful practice.
She has completed her 200-hour RYT at Inner Power Yoga under the amazing guidance of Ursula Cox and plans on furthering her education. The one thing she truly embraces and understands about yoga is: the learning is never ending. Every time you place yourself on the mat, you experience something new. Yoga is a philosophy that allows the physical to compliment/nurture the mental, emotional and spiritual sides of every individual.
**Kim is also certified in SPIN, Powerhouse Pilates and Les Mills Bodyflow Yoga.
Gretchen began her yoga journey in 2006 when she started practicing yoga as a method of stress relief. As her practice grew she found the physical benefits of the practice to be valuable as well. Gretchen is a graduate of Inner Power Yoga’s Yoga Teacher Training, a certified Yin Yoga teacher, and a certified Yoga Nidra teacher. She believes that yoga is for everyBODY and the benefits of yoga, including balance, breath, and focus, can be utilized off the mat, in every area of our lives.
When she isn’t on her mat Gretchen enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time trying new activities like kayaking and trail running.
Michele began her yoga practice some nine years ago while vacationing with her sister in Europe. Her first class was in German and her second in Hungarian. What she discovered then was that she loved the practice even if she did not understand the words. Then a few years ago her sister once again introduced her to another style of yoga, vinyasa yoga, a style that captivated her immediately, and within three months Michele begun her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Rolf Gates. After completion, she began working on her 500 Hour Teacher Training through the Ashville Yoga Center in North Carolina.
The philosophy of a yogic life has had a dramatic influence on Michele’s life. Learning to live in the present, practicing compassion towards herself and for others, and acting in a realm of loving kindness has been life changing. What was once a simple physical practice has become a spiritual journey as well.
Michele trained race horses and show horses for 25 years and never thought she would find something that captivated her as horses had, she has found this same passion in teaching yoga.
Like many people, yoga found its way into Jonathan’s life for the physical benefits, to become more flexible, stronger, less injury prone. While the benefits of yoga on core strength, balance, endurance, and of course flexibility have been incredible, it’s the attitude of yoga and the community of Inner Power Yoga that Jonathan really fell in love with. The concepts of self-compassion, remaining present, and finding balance between effort and relaxation have absolutely changed his life; and it’s the excitement about spreading these good vibes that brought Jonathan to teaching, completing his RYT-200 at Inner Power Yoga with Ursula Cox.
In Jonathan’s classes you can expect a high energy flow, with a helping of corny jokes thrown in. Outside of class, Jonathan can be found juggling, running, reading, kickboxing, and eating almond butter.
After being told for years that she “should really try yoga,” Monica finally decided to give it a try and started practicing the physical postures in her college dorm room using yoga videos she found online. A few years later, she found her way to Inner Power Yoga and began practicing with Ursula Cox and the many wonderful teachers there. For Monica, the practice of yoga has led to a lifelong commitment to health. She learned that through a dedicated practice, she could maintain a more compassionate attitude towards work, food, and the everyday stresses of life, significantly reducing the symptoms of an autoimmune disease she struggled with for many years. Since completing her 200 hour teacher training at Inner Power Yoga in 2013, Monica has been honored to bear witness to the truth of the saying “you are SO much stronger than you think you are.” Everyone comes to their mat with a different story, but Monica believes that each and every person can benefit from connecting breath and movement into one fluid practice. Stepping on the mat is just the beginning!
An English major at heart, Monica is almost guaranteed to be found behind the pages of a book (or two or three) anytime she’s not on her mat.
In 2008, after graduating from the University of Virginia, Anya tried her first yoga class – a hatha class that offered her some spiritual engagement but not enough physical challenge. She rolled up her mat and went back to running and the gym. But the following fall, having just moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts and about to begin her first year of teaching, Anya found her way back to a yoga class with a friend. The studio offered heated vinyasa classes, and Anya remembers sweating so much that she had to wipe her face on her pants during every downward-facing dog. She also recalls the teacher’s words as she drifted into savanasa: one must work every day to accept oneself. Having struggled with body-image issues during high school and college and now working in a new and difficult job, Anya began to discover that the very nature of yoga, as a daily practice, can be therapeutic, can lead to compassion for and acceptance of one’s self – body and mind. One is never done with yoga. Anya was hooked.
She continued her practice in Boston before moving back to DC in 2011. In 2012, Anya found the community at Inner Power Yoga, where she chose to complete her 200-hour teacher training with Ursula Cox. Anya strives to make her classes challenging and energizing as well as soothing. She structures them around the key elements of classical vinyasa and also incorporates creative and playful sequencing to allow students to experiment and try new postures. Knowing that students will increase their strength and flexibility, Anya also hopes they will feel more grounded and self-aware. Anya believes in the transformative qualities of yoga that she has experienced in her own life, and she is excited to be able to share her love of yoga on and off her mat. When not at IPY, Anya advises high school students through an educational foundation; loves her black lab, Lizzy; loves to cook, to read, and to travel and explore.