Tag: Yoga Therapy

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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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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Beginning 11/23 –   11/30, 2010 the North Node of the Moon (Rahu in Jyotish) will be in a conjunction with Pluto at  4 degrees of Capricorn.

(Pluto is not recognized in classical vedic astrology.)

For those of you who are comfortable with the concept of reincarnation and the wheel of karma this time period is  an important one.  Karmic forces are in control.  Not us. Period. Om shanti, peace.

The lunar nodes can be interpreted in a variety of ways.  One perspective is to see them as significators for your personal relationships.   The north node might represent those who take you forward into uncharted territory.  The south node, on the other hand, might represent those in your life who are less challenging and more comfortable to have around.    A piece of data like that can make all the difference between the struggle and/or the peace.

Another way to look at the lunar nodes, in a more spiritual way perhaps, would be to see the south node as the karma you face from your past lives.  The north node would be more representative of the dharma, or purpose of this life…thereby creating new karma for your future lives.   Do you see the wheel turning?

When we add the influence of Pluto to the lunar nodes the impact becomes Absolutely Transformational.

Yoga Therapists:  Deep Process experiences can be both agitating and therapeutic during this time.  Remember to be mindful of your own boundaries and deep issues and do not project your stuff onto your students. Om shanti.

Astrology Yoga Therapy

Looking backwards can be a useful practice at times; especially when you’re pregnant.

We’ve all had the experience of being gestated in a womb.  At least I hope so, still **.  Things are changing so fast now, so much more is possible with the advances (?) of science.  Things just don’t stay the same;  impermanence is the nature of all things.

The environment of the womb is not isolated or separate from the larger world, and  the mother is subject to external conditions & circumstances beyond her ability to control or even process!  Her emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs are transmitted loud and clear into the fetus.  The watery womb is the perfect medium by which energetic,  non-verbal information enters the fetus affecting not just the physical growth, but the mental and emotional growth as well.  Everything that is happening outside of the womb, happens in the womb, too.  As above, So below.

eclipseAstrology provides a unique insight into one’s pre-natal conditioning and can give you some important information that might have gone un-realized until right now. I am speaking of the Pre-Natal Eclipse. Astrologers locate this by looking back in the ephemeris to find the eclipse that occurred just before your birth. It could be either a solar or lunar eclipse.  Where it was located in the zodiac is where the information is stored. It’ll show up in your natal chart in one of your houses (bhava).

It is a significant place in the natal chart to study, particularly if you are pregnant, have had children, or want to.  It describes the cosmic weather that was and still is in effect during your own gestation.

If you are curious and determined to become more self-aware regardless of where it takes you than you might want to arrange for a consultation with a professional to talk about your personal pre-natal experiences because whether you understand astrology or not the conditions (external & internal) that were present during the ime of the pre-natal eclipse have marked you just as significantly as your personal DNA.

The more we can understand our own Birth Story/History the more we are able to understand and create optimal conditions for the future children we carry in our wombs.  Yes?  No?

Yoga teaches us that the time is (always) NOW.   One of my teachers impressed upon me that what we feel, we heal and what better time to heal oneself?  We all want what’s best for our children.  Becoming a parent, a mother most especially, is such a unique experience.  The more we practice yoga, on and off the mat, the more we become aware of the myriad of sensations, thoughts, feelings, and insights that occur without pause, inside of us.  This is a moment of transformation, this new awareness.  We can intentionally insert a “change” order, if we are so inclined.  Regardless, taking one conscious breath while you continue to observe, is all that is necessary.

The whole birthing process has changed. The advances of  modern science & technology are competing with the previous advances of mid-wifery and natural birth.  The natural flow of intuition is being silenced by a money driven society and many women do not know what it means to ‘trust your body’.  It is vitally important that we remember who we really are.  It is vitally important that we care for our whole selves while we continue to pay it forward to the human race.

 

There’s another reason to study the pre-natal eclipse that’s very appealing to those who believe in reincarnation.  There are so many ways available to tap into this incredible resource of information….your past lives, that is. shamens,  Hypnotists, Psychics, Mediums, Regressionists, etc. all have powerful medicine to aid you in your search.  Astrology can also point a lens at your past lives and deliver some insightful, validating, and perhaps surprising details on who you used to be.  Searching the past helps one to understand Karma.  Creating a ‘now’ that will support you in the future is Dharma.  The pre-natal eclipse as stated above will describe the temporal environment at the time you were a fetus.  (Look for workshop/event on dharma/karma if you’d like learn more.)

to be continued…………………….

 

An interesting debate is available here:    Should we genetically engineer babies?

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.

The Lunar Cycle

It’s been a while since I posted here.  A long while.

As I’ve written in many different posts ( here, here & here) the balsamic phase of a cycle is a time when we turn away from worldly concerns ( 1st chakra ‘stuff’) and redirect our energy inward ( or upward) towards the spiritual/cosmic/ethereal,  either voluntarily…….or not.

I have found that it’s best to just go with the flow of this time period rather than try to force anything .   Regardless of the local weather, you’re traveling thru some dense fog and smokey waters.  Meditation/Prayer is the best activity to engage in.  If you can find an ashram or retreat center near by, go.

I live at the sea.  It helps.

The Lunar Balsamic phase lasts 3.5 days.  That’s a pretty easy time frame to work with for pulling out of the rat race.  However, the days of the week may prevent some challenges if you’re on some one else’s schedule and not your own.

Every planet in the solar system goes through a balsamic phase at some point-in-time.  The solar balsamic phase occurs for the 6-week period every year before your birthday. ( The Solar Return occurs when the sun reaches the exact place it was in at the moment of your birth.

The Balsamic phase for Mars lasts approximately 16 weeks.  Jupiter’s balsamic phase lasts about 18 months and Saturn’s balsamic phase is approximately 3.5 years! Few of us live long enough to experience a balsamic phase for the outer planets…..except perhaps Uranus.

In addition, any planet transiting thru the 12th House would also initiate the same kind of energy as a balsamic phase.

All that said, I am currently experiencing a 12th house Sun transit, a balsamic Mars, Jupiter, AND Saturn………………all at the same time.  It’s a miracle I can function!  For those of you versed in Vedic Astrology I have  just completed the Sade Sati which is a 3 year period of Saturn aspecting the Moon, also similar to the balsamic phase.  Whew.  It’s exhausting for no apparent reason.   What keeps me positive is the absolute knowledge that when this period is over I will be poised for a creative cycle beyond that which I have experienced for quite some time.

Teaching yoga is a gift.  Spiritual practice and practices are highly recommended during balsamic periods.   Yoga helps to create a global awareness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit.  For me, yoga helps me to be in the world and in-spirit at the same time.

Today is a First Quarter Phase in my lunar cycle, a time for action, ergo this post.

For the past few months I have been busy working on a private blog which I hope to publish soon, perhaps as an E-Book.

The subject is Astrology for Yoga Teachers/Therapists. If you’re interested  in being contacted upon publication please send an email to: asanctuary@optonline.net.

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chiron2.jpgThe asteroid Chiron is named after a mythological centaur (horse/man) who became a great healer/teacher. In astrological mythology, Chiron is the Wounded Healer and has many talents. One story tells how he became immortal and lived a life of suffering after a fatal(?) wound from a poisoned arrow. In the attempt to heal himself,  Chiron learned the magic of herbs, gems, astrology, and  other ancient healing techniques.

In our natal horoscopes, the placement of Chiron describes the circumstances of our unhealed wounds, the ones that require an integrated approach to understand. These are the wounds that are invisible to the world and sometimes even invisible to ourselves.The emotions of shame and humiliation will give you a clue as to where these wounds are located. By the time we reach our early 50’s we have had numerous opportunities to confront these wounds and perhaps we were successful in transforming this lead into gold. Also around the age of 50, the asteroid Chiron returns to the same place he was in when you were born….a Chiron Return in the astrological language. This might be considered a ‘last chance’ for healing in this lifetime the wound that binds you. It’s also a time (after 50) to share your knowledge with others and become the teacher/counselor/healer who helps others with wounds similar to your own, just as Chiron did in mythology.

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The success of the 12-step format is one example of how wounded healers have helped others create happy lives from painful pasts. The Wounded Healer contributes to the whole in ways that can’t be measured.We all have Chiron somewhere in our psyche. It is an archetype that the whole human race feels. The location of Chiron in your personal astrological birthmap can shed some light on the wound that follows you everywhere and has the potential to become your greatest strength. Consult your astrologer/yoga teacher for guidance on this topic.

Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.


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