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.
Jonathan is an E-RYT 200, and has completed Vinyasa Yoga teacher training with Ursula Cox, has completed Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with David Swenson, and is certified to teach Rocket Vinyasa Yoga under David Kyle. Jonathan is a graduate David Robson’s Assisting school at the Ashtanga Yoga Center of Toronto, and has completed numerous trainings and workshops with Kino MacGregor, David Keil, and Beryl Bender Birch. Jonathan has also completed over 100 hours of AcroYoga and thai massage training with AcroYoga International.
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, going on walks, reading, and eating thai food.
Over 8 years of dedicated study, Jayme‘s yoga journey has transformed from a purely physical practice to one dedicated to mental focus, on the mat and more importantly, out in the world. Jayme has formal training and mentorships in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Rocket yoga, and is a registered RYT 500, E-RYT 200 yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Through additional specialized trainings and workshops, Jayme has developed a unique proficiency in advanced postures including arm balances, floating transitions, and inversions. She’s had the opportunity to study with David Keil, David Robson, Kino MacGregor, Jason Crandell, Adrian McCavitt, and Marie Belle Perez Rivera. Jayme also has a dedicated seated meditation practice.
Jayme‘s classes are designed to be an environment where a student can expand the bounds of their practice, no matter their level, and have fun while they’re doing it.
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.
Catie began her yoga practice hoping to find a gentler way to maintain strength and flexibility when her body began rejecting her usual soccer and running regimen. Catie was drawn to the individual experience of the asana practice while sharing in the benefits of a yoga community. With the intention of deepening her personal practice, Catie completed her 200-hour teacher training with Ursula Cox. Catie ultimately gravitated to Rocket yoga, receiving training from David C. Kyle and Steve Pyka (50 hours practice immersion each). Practicing Rocket has also led Catie to dive deeper into the method of practice taught in Ashtanga yoga.
The complexities of the yoga practice hidden in each movement and breath keep Catie coming back to her mat. Catie strives to guide students to their own experience, but always encouraging to find a new challenge.
Eryn came to yoga in search of a healthy way to manage stress and stay physically fit. She began taking classes online but quickly realized her desire to find a community to connect with and learn from. Nothing prepared her for the challenge of her first in-studio vinyasa class. She was both exhausted and energized. The feeling of peace and deep relaxation at the end was beyond compare.
Having found the community she was searching for, and with a desire to deepen her practice, Eryn completed her teacher training at Inner Power Yoga with Jonathan Cronin and Jayme Sekel. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level and practices Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Jonathan Cronin. With a consistent practice, Eryn has seen benefits both on and off the mat. Her body is stronger and her mind more focused and capable of handling stress… she is also learning to befriend her inner critic.
Eryn believes yoga is a continuous development of strength, flexibility, and balance – both in one’s way of moving and of thinking. Striving to create a class environment that is welcoming and comfortable for students of all levels, she enjoys walking the line between effort and ease and guiding her students toward balance as they search for their edge.
Paige was first introduced to yoga at a very young age by her mother and enjoyed casually taking classes. Upon moving to Northern Virginia for work she found a more consistent practice taking classes at Inner Power Yoga and really fell in love with the practice and with the community. She noticed not only the benefits to her physical body but also to her mental health that came with consistent practice and staying connected to the IPY community. In 2019 Paige started her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Ursula Cox. She practices vinyasa as well as ashtanga yoga and loves the endless possibilities that the practice offers in always being able to work towards something new. She loves playing with arm balances but also thinks nothing beats a nice long shavasana.
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.