There are so many different ways to practice hatha yoga in the USA. The resurgence of this eastern practice is global. How to choose which class or which teacher or which method? When I first looked for a yoga class (1976) I had no choice. I could only find one class and one teacher. But that is not the case today. Most large cities, tourist areas, and even most sleepy suburban areas all have yoga studios today. And, some of those studio’s are open from dawn to dusk with round-the-clock classes, 7 days a week. The general public responded well to this new availability. Then came the lockdown and most yoga studio’s closed. However, if the need to teach is there the will will find a way. So, today, the classes that were formally available at The Sanctuary, Allenhurst, NJ are happening online and all are welcome.
The classes I offer might be considered “old school” by many. If your only yoga experience was gained in a gym, or with yoga/pilates, then my classes will feel different. Many consider the class “sadhana”, which prioritizes the spiritual element that creates community.
Discussion(topics can be requested by students) Centering, Sankalpa, Asana, Pranayama, Mudra, Savasana, Yoga Nidra & Meditation. Nada Yoga (sound/hearing), Ayurveda, Jyotish (Astrology), Yamas, Niyamas, and Co-Listening are all expertly woven in each class.
Yoga can only be learned “in the present moment”. I strive to keep each and every class a reflection of just that, the present.
If you are new I invite you to arrange a brief teacher interview, either on zoom or on the phone. All Welcome.
I have had the blessing of knowing and collaborating with Ida for 3 decades. I trust her work implicitly and have referred many clients to her, with the utmost confidence. . Her wisdom, presence, JOY, and insight brings profound support, clarity and momentum to anyone’s process. She is a sage, a healer and an artist to her core. Anyone who has the pleasure of benefiting from her many gifts, will surely be transformed and expanded by their work together. She is a truly a rare find.
Skylar Larkyn, LMFT. NY, CT, NM
Ida Cullen exudes kindness, clarity, and connection. Yoga Therapy for Grandma will offer you exactly what you need, because it is conceived in Ida’s kind heart, filtered through her deep experience, and honed in her sharp mind. Through the mirror of Ida’s teaching, you will be given your next pieces for wholeness, health, and possibility. Give yourself the gift of yourself.
Aruni Nan Futuronsky
I am grateful for being on this journey with Ida Cullen as my teacher of Yoga, as I have been for almost 20 years. With her, I know I will feel better after each session than before going in. I know I am safe, as she takes me through the asanas, approaching the fullest expression of the pose for me, today, as I am. Through breathwork, she helps me to access the subtle areas, quieting of the mind. The sessions always include meditation. Here is the balancing and uniting the body, mind and spirit. I think it is because she is steeped in Kripalu Yoga (= opening to love) that Ida uniquely able to guide senior women like myself to a better life through Yoga. I know that I am stronger, saner, more compassionate to myself and others, and maybe even closer to being on the path that leads to my truest self.
I have enjoyed taking yoga classes with Ida for about the last 15 years. Ida’s classes are so much more than what people normally think of as a yoga class. Her wisdom and breath of knowledge of the entire “world view” of yoga, including Ayurveda, spirituality, as well astrology provide an eye-opening, enriching, and calming experience. Ida is very aware of the way the human body develops and ages, and gears her classes to the individual needs of her students, always stressing that we need to listen to our bodies first, and to her second, so as not to push ourselves too hard. The work with breathing and meditation is one of my favorite parts of each class. If I feel achy or anxious before a class, at the end, there is always serenity and peacefulness. 🙏
Thank You, Ida. You are so skilled even via zoom you are able to bring us to a sense of calm, peace, and acceptance. So thankful for your gifts. It’s as if you know what needs tending.
Your Yoga Therapy is just what the world needs. Thank You.
My wife spotted ad, Yoga for Seniors, and said this is for you and with some reluctance I registered. That was a life-changing event, and from the very first day as a newcomer I felt welcomed by Ida with her gentle voice, bright enthusiasm and warm personality. She has a way of engaging all of us that is fun, safe, inclusive and always interesting. I find myself driving home with a new-found inner peace and calm that allows me to “go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
I’m writing to recommend Ida Cullen, my yoga teacher. She has been a great influence in my life. Her teaching is beyond wonderful. Also she has the most soothing voice I’ve heard. I’m a real convert at the age of 84. She has given me the ability to get calm and meditate. My life has become much happier because of Ida.
I don’t know how I would have survived this past year and a half and kept my sanity without Ida’s yoga classes. Ida is not just a yoga teacher, but an inspiration on so many levels. In addition to the physical benefits of her yoga practice, she brings so much wisdom, warmth and spirituality to her students.
I am so excited to participate in her Grandmother’s Yoga program. Whether you have grandchildren or not, there is sure to be something valuable for everyone.
“Ida’s class always takes me on a journey to find energy, love, and peace. Ida’s great sense of humour and insights about the challenges of being warrior – women – grandmothers inspire me to meet the day with positivity. Ida makes our online classes more personal and nourishing than you can imagine.”
I feel quite fortunate to be practicing yoga with Ida. During the pandemic she reached out to her Yogis’ and began zoom classes. At a time in my life when most of my day was tense and uncertain I knew Ida would show me how to calm down and relax. Her classes were the best part of my day. Ida also enjoys sharing her knowledge of astrology and will fascinate you with her explanations of how they interact with our lives. Take time out for YOU! I love it!