About Ida

blueeyesblueearrings” A great deal of the chaos in the world occurs because people don’t appreciate themselves.”

Chogyam Trungpa, (Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior)

Ida Cullen has been providing inspirational and educational programing integrating body, mind, and spirit since 1989. She is certified YACEP by the Yoga Alliance, their highest level and holds a 500hr Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certificate. Other certifications include: Integrative Yoga Therapy & Kripalu YogaDance.  On Sept. 1, 2016 she received C-IAYT status as a Certified Yoga Therapist, the first in Monmouth County, NJ.   She has worked as a Professional Astrologer for over 30 years and has been a popular speaker/teacher at international/national and state conferences beginning in 1989. In 2002, Ida opened The Sanctuary and began to offer personal sessions, group classes, intensive workshops, and teacher-training programs as an’ independent consultant’.

Ida’s formal education includes a BA in Psychology/Fine Art, after which she spent 20+ years working full time in the Real Estate industry. During her time in real estate she combined her knowledge and skills of Feng Shui with her cosmic knowledge of time-management and earned awards, recognition, and offers to speak, teach, write and consult. Other achievements include: Certifications in NLP, and a  trophy won from Toastmasters, International.

After decades of practice in yoga and buddhist meditation, in 1999 Ida entered formal yoga teacher training.   For more than 15 years she commuted to Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA to advance her studies in raja, karma, bhakti, jnana and hatha yoga. Today she continues to commute to Kripalu and other yoga centers to volunteer, to study, and to facilitate others. Ida is still a “work-in-progress”.

Her hobbies include everything musical. She plays the piano, harp, tamboura, harmonium, and can usually keep a good beat with a drum.  Sound and Music therapy are particular interests and she has been experimenting with live harp in her classes and workshops for years. Walking, hiking, biking are her preferred methods of transportation and exercise. She lives her yoga which includes a simple, ayurvedic, holistic diet and lifestyle, as best she can.