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Program Description will be posted here soon.

Registration $108/$125    Registration closes July 28, 2018.   (Sanctuary Students/not)   No drop-in’s.  No deposit is required at this time  but please honor your commitment to come.  Space limited.

Call/text 732.531.9013 for information and to register.  Or, fill out form below.

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 Yoga Nidra Workshop –  June 28, 2018  7PM    $25/$30  (Sanctuary Students/not)

 Please register in advance to guarantee your spot.   No deposit is required. Please honor your commitment to come.  Space limited.

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IMG_1215Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. 

The wisest know nothing. 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

Mysterious Blessings

An afternoon of experiential activities to heal unresolved grief, sadness, and loss.

Yoga Therapy offers a multi-level perspective on the human body and provides healing opportunities in different and unexpected ways.  When unresolved and unexpressed emotions collect internally all sorts of ailments and dysfunctions can occur. Raising our awareness of how the physical/subtle/causal bodies integrate information can help us remove unconscious blockages that cause imbalance and prevent healing.

This experiential workshop will help you to understand how and where your body stores unresolved emotions particularly grief/loss/sadness.

Activities include: Gentle Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and some off-the-mat experiences artfully sequenced to support you through this healing experience. Feel free to call with questions.  Namaste, Ida

 

Saturday, February 11, 2017  1-4pm 

$30/$40  Sanctuary members/others. 

Please register in advance- call/text 732.531.9013 and leave your contact information

Group Rates Available.

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“Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too”
~Isabel Allende

“Yea/But”, Yoga & Your a Story 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

1-5:30 pm  $55/$65  (Sanctuary students/All others)

Register  before Oct 21 and get 10%off!

Reading, wrijuggling-animals.jpgting, and telling stories has been a cultural phenomenon  thruout human history.  That’s because it’s the best way to learn……just about everything.

Join us for this lively, soulful, and hopefully entertaining workshop, the day before we put on our Halloween masks.  Everyone is welcome, although we will be meeting in a yoga studio and working mostly from the floor.  Chairs are available, and we most certainly will be getting up and moving around often enough to keep you flexible and engaged.

Bring with you: a favorite writing instrument, if you have one, a personal journal (optional), and maybe a mask if you think it might help you achieve some ‘authentic’ truth.   A water bottle would be handy to have too.

We begin promptly, so please be on time.   And, there’s a meditation in the space earlier that morning (10am) which may also help you quiet your mind enough to really reap the benefits of our afternoon.  Activities include: gentle stretching, yoga breathing, mudra, savasana, dyads, expressive movement, writing practice, and more.

To register in advance call/text 732.531.9013.   Program Location is: The Sanctuary, 560 Main St, 2C, Loch Arbor.  Space is limited to 10.  Register early to avoid program cancellation due to minimal attendance.

TRANSFORMATION, COMMUNITY, & THE BLISS OF RECOVERY

For those who have faced trauma, abuse, addiction, or self-harming behaviors.

You know that healing is an inside job. Tapping into your deep well of inner resource is paramount to healing. Maintaining a healthy connection to your inner guidance is the path. YOU have all you need right inside – your truth, passions, and purpose. Experiencing this connection in a safe and sacred place with like-hearted community is a garden from which you harvest your authentic self.

In this seamless and structured intensive, you will be heard, seen, and honored. You choose what you are ready to release and manifest. Transformation is possible – in fact it is inevitable with a YES and willingness to give yourself the time and space to come home to you. 

 

 

The Schedule is as follows:

Friday 7pm-9pm Here & Now. We will prepare the space and set our intentions for the program which begins promptly at 7pm. Feel free to arrive at 6:45pm

Saturday. 8am – 9pm       The Intensive
The day will consist of moving energy through carefully sequenced experiences evoking physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation & healing. Keeping with the format of an ‘intensive’ there is very limited “free” time during the weekend. Please be prepared to practice social silence.

Integrative Yoga Therapy will be used to address the physical body. If you have any concerns about your ability to do the practices please contact Ida to discuss. All bodies are welcome. Practices will be chosen appropriately. Other experiential exercises may include: dyads, journaling, free movement, ceremony & ritual, Integrative Breathwork.

Sunday 9:30am – 12:30pm  Integration & Intentions. Taking it home. This session is essential to expand upon and enjoy your growth.

Saturday through Sunday noon meals are included. They will be simple and light thus designed to support your process.

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Where: Bring this program to your location.

Cost:  includes program and meals for Sat-Sun noon.
25% deposit is due upon registration. 50% non-refundable. Information packet with instructions, contact info, maps, etc. sent upon registration. Limited to 12 participants, early registration suggested.

Registration & Self-Assessment forms must be submitted for acceptance to program.  Registration Transformation and Bliss

Please complete promptly.  Direct your questions to:  Sherri Rainingbird, LMFT 203-206-0544 or Ida Cullen, C-IAYT  732.531.9013 or ida@ifcullen.com.

 

 

 Ida and Sherri are honored to facilitate your work towards transformation, inner peace, truth, balance & empowerment.

Go here for more on The Facilitators.




Schakrachart_thumb.gifo I’m here in Newport Beach, CA for the annual IAYT Conference.  I’ve been wanting to go for years, but circumstances, timing, and other life stuff has gotten in the way.  But, not this year and I’m so excited.

Yoga Therapy is a growing niche within the hugely expanding yoga community and I’m very excited to see how it’s being recognized by the medical community.

Yoga, for me, was always more than just the poses and the practice.  From my very first class in 1976 I recognized it’s potential for reaching deep inside and revealing those places where the samskara’s keep us blocked.  Since 2001, I have offered one-on-one sessions to clients and have seen amazing results.  Classes are a great way to allow students to practice but there’s no substitute for having personal attention and a program laid out just for you.  Not everyone can attend a class, or should.  Yoga Therapy is appropriate for everyone, regardless of your limitations, and doing yoga will absolutely change your life for the better.

Check out some of my articles under the YOGA tab on the top for more information.

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The Yoga of Creativity– Summer Intensive      July 27, 28, 29, 2018     

Details here.  July 28, 8-12:30 pm   Belmar Arts CenterRegister online here.

 

 

 

Inquire Within is An Experiential Course of Self-Study using Yoga Therapy & Astrology
The intention for this work is to bring cosmic forces, yoga practices, and healing energies into time/space alignment in order to provide a transformational/healing experience for the participants.

Astrology looks at the world thru a lens that has no prejudice. It does not see: gender, race, religion, economic status, socio/cultural differences, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any of the ways in which we categorize or label ourselves. What astrology does see and describe is priceless towards understanding our ‘energetic’ composition and the timing of unfoldment. The ‘how’ and ‘what’ is up to us. Free will exists and so does destiny and fate.  When approached with compassion, equanimity and non-judgment the natal horoscope becomes an impartial map of probability and possibility with a built-in clock to help one plan for the future. For many, it’s the key to understanding and acceptance of the present moment. The spiritual path of Astrology helps us understand the nature of our particular ego-state, the obstacles that impede us and the actions and attitudes we must take to achieve our dharma.

Yoga provides us with tools, techniques, and a philosophy to help us be with our moment in peaceful co-existence. Yoga teaches us how to smooth out obstacles, minimize the ego drives and approach life’s challenges in peace. Where astrology provides us with the nature of the ever-changing present moment, Yoga gently trains us to respond to that ever-changing moment with acceptance & compassion. Both advance us towards wholeness, well-being, enlightened consciousness and spiritual awakening.

The integration of astrology and yoga can open up channels in the subtle body like magic. These experiential programs unite mind & body which in turn develops our intuitive, psychic, creative, & spiritual abilities. Knowledge & Wisdom are the natural byproducts. Astrology learned in this way becomes a direct, physical experience that supersedes mind/intellect alone.  Yoga learned in this way connects us to the higher realms in safe and meaningful ways.

 

6thchakrapurpleInquire Within© is offered in a variety of ways suitable for groups or individuals.  Private Sessions, Workshops & Retreats are available.  Intensives offer a ‘deep practice’ experience and require registration.    Each program will focus on a specific topic and demonstrate how the astrology of it shows up (behaviorally & symbolically) in individual natal charts. Then, we’ll add the yogic philosophy and practice on and off the mat to integrate the information.

Experiential portions of this program include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, chant, integrative breathwork, art, journaling, expressive movement, dyads & storytelling. Some hatha yoga experience is recommended but not necessary. Our practices will be gentle & challenging at the same time. Experiences and insights that stimulate the mind-body-spirit connection can be profoundly transformational. Inner space explorations of outer space can at times stir up the unconscious and help us to see places we don’t often visit consciously. So be ready.

Longer intensives feature an experience of Integrated Breathwork.  When led by an experienced and seasoned facilitator this experience can be profound.  It is recommended that you have some experience with hatha yoga (asana and pranayama) to participate.  The posture flows are  gentle and suitable for all bodies and abilities.

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Tugging_at_your_harp_stringsWow!  Sunday was my first-ever storytelling performance with a harp, and the audience was delighted.  I recognized some serious applause and I was told later that everyone was talking about me, although, I don’t think it was really me they were talking about….it was really about the harp.  Once again  I forgot how utterly mesmerizing this instrument is to most people….and me too, of course.  For all the worry, anxiety, and practice….the music just flowed exactly the way it was supposed to.

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Chiron teaching harp to Achilles

In the first person, I told the story of Chiron’s Birth and why he came to be living in a cave with his harp.

This centaur, known as The Wounded Healer, is a mythological story that has captured my attention for the past 20 years or so and I’m frequently referring to his symbolism in my lectures/workshops and yoga therapy classes.  He’s got a powerful story for our times, for sure.  So many of us  feel wounded, shamed, abandoned and just plain old sad.    I’ve blogged a bit about Chiron, the asteroid, and this post gives a pretty good overview of the astrological Chiron.   Today Chiron is traveling thru Pisces which supports healing thru music.

 This was the first time, in a long time, that rather than teach or facilitate,  I practiced Performance & (intentional) Drama.    I was totally unprepared for the sheer joy that I experienced after it was over and thruout the following day.  It was wonderful to find a new, creative outlet that brings together so much of what I love to do, and still challenges me in new ways.  But four minutes is nothing when your hands are on the strings, you know?

Already, I am planning Chapter 2, and expanding my story to maybe 10-15 minutes?  Who knows?  For now, Storytelling is a new hobby/activity for me and I am so excited to see where it takes me.

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Astrologers achiron..line drawingre still collecting and analyzing information regarding Chiron,  discovered in 1977.  That’s not a long time when you’re working with the outer planets and such.  Fifty years is the average cycle of Chiron, which means that around age 50 or so, each of us will have a Return of Chiron to it’s original location in your birthchart.  I’ve written a bit of this before and you can read more here and here.  Turning 50 does bring it’s own unique awareness’s and opportunities.  I remember it like yesterday……..

Around 2008,  Chiron and Neptune were in conjunction, an alignment that no one living had ever experienced.  That’s rich, fertile ground for astrological research, and I learned a lot by integrating yoga and astrology during that time.   We’ll see what happens now that both are moving thru Pisces, the sign of spirituality.

Om shanti.  May all beings be free of suffering.  May all beings know peace.

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A typical yoga therapy session:

Female, 49 yrs. 5’5″, 180, thining dyed hair, round. Although I do not have a birth-chart to refer to, the fact that she is 49 is enough to remind me which cycles usually dominate our life experiences during the years around 50.

Chiron’s cycle is approximately 50 years. The wounded healer, heals.

She arrived before me for our session and was eager and willing to fill out intake forms.

We spoke about the program and this session in particular. We agreed to follow the yamas & niyamas for our work together.  We did this by practicing co-listening techniques in order to develop a clear channel for communication.

She describes herself as exhausted, and can feel some obstruction in the heart & throat area. She recently suffered from pneumonia and continues to be concerned about her health. She felt it was a wake-up call of some sort and wanted to pay closer attention.

She is frustrated with her current career. Although she loves being a teacher, she feels stuck in her current position. It feels like a long, hard struggle and she’s out of energy.

We discussed different yoga practices that can be of benefit to her if she chooses to commit to a ‘practice’ at all.

For the experiential part of our 1st session we spent time doing a seated body scan thru the kosha’s. Periodically, I would ask her to write/draw/record her awarenesses on some paper.

By the time we finished with the kosha’s she had experienced quite an ‘energetic’ shift inside and was quite amazed at what she had discovered. Most notable was that the entire left side of her body was numb when compared to the right. The imbalance was enlightening in and of itself to her in that moment.

We completed our session with savasana, pranayama and meditation.

During meditation, we explored Anjali Mudra in some detail paying attention to the sensations in each fingertip, it’s proximity to the heart chakra, its guiding the energy upward, etc.

I guided her back to the previously blocked throat area and encouraged her to chant om for a short while, and I noticed that each om sounded stronger than the one before it.

She felt like there was more work to be done, and seemed quite at peace and possibly enthusiastic about what might come next.

She left feeling well-balanced, energetic, and relaxed.

I could have taken an entirely different tactic with this women, and spent our time together working more on asana’s and that would have been okay, too. However, in my mind, asana’s and Chiron just don’t go together very well unless you have a committed client who will be returning often. At this point in time she was unable to commit to more than one session at a time. (I usually encourage everyone to commit to 6 sessions, however that can be a financial/economic burden in 2009.) Chiron and Neptune are closely aligned these days, so for those clients around 49 yrs of age, their particular crisis in this moment requires a spiritual (neptune), healing (chiron) flavor to it. Much of what happens during guided healing/therapy sessions happens on the subtle & causal layers of the body. To some it’s very, very, “woo-woo”. To others, it’s safe, non-invasive, and easy to participate.

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