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Namaste

I know.  You're probably thinking you can't do yoga.  That may be true.  But, we don't 'do' yoga.  Yoga does us.  The more you practice the better you feel.  It's quite simple.

No modern-day approach to health and longevity rivals the depth of well-being experienced by those who practice Yoga.  Rather than denying the natural aging process, yoga embraces it and creates a new foundation for improving health, vitality, focus and fulfillment.

Recent reports from the neuroscientists have validated what the yogi's understood ages ago.  Our  minds are perfectly capable of remaining sharp, focused, and creative.  We were engineered and designed to live 120 years or more.  Why isn't that happening?  Everywhere?

As I learn to adapt to this new post-pandemic world, as a grandmother, matriarch and elder, I am focused on addressing our mental/emotional health and spiritual growth and development.  Yoga is the path for this.

For those who are older and want to live longer,these practices are vital and life-enhancing.  Yoga means union and when we connect body/mind/spirit the whole becomes greater than any one part.

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain

Did you know that of all the living species sharing space on planet earth only a few live to become a grandmother?

In nearly 99.95 of all living beings with feathers, fins, and feet, the ‘mother dies’ when the ‘child’ is born. It’s automatic and built into the DNA of the species.

Humans, Whales, & Elephants are the only species that have grandmothers.  With whales and elephants, the elder lives with the group.  Their usefulness and contributions to the whole are immeasurable.

Humans, do things differently it seems.

How we think about aging, elder life, retirement, having or not having family around, grandchildren, death and dying….how we ‘think’ is what we’ll get.

These are deeply personal and emotional subjects which is why we need the support of others and a program to keep us steady during challenging times such as now.  The philosophical foundation for Yoga provides a safety net that provides acceptance and grace for whatever is.

The Program –   because you’re worth it

When we create a yoga practice towards a particular topic we open the possibility for change between the cellular and the subtle layers of the body.  Yoga is best experienced as gentle process done at your own pace. But, it is challenging too.  We need to find our “edges”. 

Just show up as best you can.  It’ll be perfect.

The program goes for 3-months with two online, yoga therapy workshops per month for a total of 6.  We begin Oct. 20, 2021 at 4pm est.   Sessions will be held every other Wednesday at 4pm ET. Each session will be approximately 90-minutes to two hours in length.  It will be recorded but your attendance is strongly recommended. 

On a personal note:

The inspiration for this program came as I was deep into writing a memoir, "Becoming Grandma".  As I confronted my memories of the child, the girl, the mother, and now, grandmother, I discovered a lot of repressed emotional content.  Yoga therapy gave me a gentle way to see and feel that content.  That is the moment where I have a choice; to hold on or let go.  Yoga highlights the choice points.  Once that old repressed 'energy' gets freed up there's more life force available for more pleasant activities. 

Meet Ida Cullen for a free session on Oct 13th, 4 PM ET.   Click button below for Zoom meeting details.

Topic: Meet the Teacher - Grandma Yoga Intro
Time: Oct 13, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Each Workshop will cover different information, experiences and practices. Although I have pre-determined the sequence of workshops, I reserve the right to change my mind depending on what I observe in our time together. Your needs supersede mine. I am here to facilitate your healing and your evolutionary growth.

Indra Devi

1899-2002

"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." ~Emily Dickinson"

Session One
NEW BEGINNINGS
OCT 20 4PM

Creating a safe and sacred container, online, together is where we'll start. After that we’ll go over all guidelines and logistics for the course. Our self-inquiry will begin as we define Svadaya and why it’s so important. Then we’ll define Yoga and Yoga Therapy and the difference between them. The experiential portion will help you understand what I call ‘yoga anatomy’. Every session will include: deep relaxation, meditation, sharing (optional) and homework.

Session Two
SELF-CARE FOR AN AGING BODY
NOV. 3

This session begins with a CHECK- IN for any comments, concerns, or questions After the discussion and Q&A period we’ll begin our practice time.  It's during the experiential portion of our session that the information can become integrated into the the body/mind/spirit.  Without practice, it's just more information. I'll let you know how to prepare in advance.  

Session Three
UNDERSTANDING MIND AND EMOTIONS
N0V.17

THE SUBTLE BODY,  The Manomaya Kosha, The Gunas & The Klesa's Vedic psychology is a different perspective on our thoughts and emotions.  Let's discuss. You might want to have writing supplies handy.

Session Four
ANAHAT - THE UNSTRUCK SOUND
THE HEART CHAKRA
DEC 1

The Fourth Chakra is frequently referred to as the Heart Center, or Heart Chakra. It truly is a place where healing can occur using the tools of self-inquiry, breath, and yoga. I'll let you know how to prepare.

Session Five
BEYOND THE BODY
DEC 15

Intuition, Creativity, Alternative mind-states, Visions, Synchronicity....Yoga opens the door to what lies in our 'higher consciousness'

Session Six
NOW WHAT?
tbd

For our last time together in this form, I want to leave some extended time for discussion and feedback on what you've learned. We'll discuss the future and what is possible. And, we'll practice yoga together.

Experiential portions of this program may include: Asana, pranayama, mudra, yoga nidra, meditation, chanting, toning, art, journaling, expressive movement, storytelling.

The 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. It is important that you are ready and willing to participate.

Fees, Registration & Terms 

Cost: $149

 Early Bird Rate available until Oct 6 After that $229. Group Rates, Gift Certificates, and Karma Yoga available

 Payment includes:

Access to all video recordings until Jan 12 2022.

All payments are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

The program takes place in the EST timezone. Please adjust accordingly.

Discount Available for Tues/Thurs Yoga Students.

Group Rates/Gift Certificates/Karma Yoga Available

FAQs

Any senior (55+) who is wanting to connect body, mind, and spirit for health, happiness, and connection to others. The importance of self-care is vital and different from what was right a decade or two ago. Think of these workshops as “fitness for your spirit”.

Historically, the grandmothers were the wise ones, the healers, the spiritual practitioners of the family/tribe/commune/ashram. Their counsel was sought after, listened to, respected, and honored.

I am looking to create a community of "GrandMothers", literally and figuratively. Our collective wisdom, gained from decades of life experience, is valuable and relevent in today's world. 

 Grandfather’s may attend, knowing that all of the reference material will be feminine in nature.

Not really. If this is your first experience with anything to do with yoga please let me know so I can keep you safe. That said, all yoga is cumulative, so even if your last class was years ago, you’ll be fine.  Fear not, we are not here to exercise our bodies. However, we will be using our bodies throughout the program. If you have any concerns please contact Ida.

I'll be providing some reading lists and other handouts.  Please consider all of the written materials to be copyrighted and only use them for your own practice.

I will probably use DropBox.com to send these files.  You'll get a link.  Easy.

First carve out the time and let everyone know not to disturb you. Create a special space.  Keep it simple.   Yoga mats are not required but if you have one that’s fine.   It’s okay to sit in a chair for the discussion portions.  Please find an armless, firm seat with minimal padding.  I urge you to sit on the floor if you can.  If needed, I will instruct during class time how to get up and down easily and safely.

Please try to come with an empty stomach.  When the body is busy digesting it makes it more difficult to experience the more pleasant and subtle effects of these practices.

Do not wear anything tight or binding.  Loose, natural fibers, that allow you to move in all directions are best.  Water is fine before or after class.  Please refrain from drinking (or eating) during class.  

I encourage people to bring a journal or sketch pad to class.  It’s ok to take notes during our discussions.  There’s a lot of useful information. 

Yoga props are handy if you have them.  A blanket, a cushion, and an eyebag are good to have nearby. 

That's it. Show up....for yourself, for the others in the class, for the teacher, for peace in the world.

Practice implies not knowing, not finished, not ready. We are in learning mode. We are teachable. There are many ways to practice Yoga, the tree is wide and deeply rooted. Without practice, information stays in the mental field. It never gets to the body. The various practices of yoga help us integrate. We need to experience yoga not just understand it intellectually. Even if your interest takes you into a study of Vedic texts it is recommended that you use meditation as your primary practice.

 

Here’s a partial list of some of what we will practice together:

  • Breathing techniques (Pranayama) to increase relaxation, decrease stress response and release fear of the unknown.
  • Meditation techniques to calm & quiet the mind promoting clear & focused thinking.
  • Gentle hatha yoga postures (Asana) to strengthen, create more flexibility, and increase vitality.
  • Guided Yoga Nidra to release long held tensions in the body and create space for new attitudes.
  • Expressive movement for integration and to expand creativity.
  • Deep Listening to support emotional processes and improve relationships with others.
  • Toning (Nada Yoga) techniques for overall well-being and to reduce snoring.
  • Mudras for accessing the subtle/causal body.

Satya is the Sanskrit word for truth. To speak our truth is a sacred right and a vital part of our healing.  To listen to another speak her truth is equally sacred. Speaking and Listening without feedback, allows us to practice speaking our truth, however pleasant or unpleasant it is.

.  I really don’t like the word sharing, although I am happy to see it so frequently in the media.   What we will be practicing during this sharing time is what I call deep listening.  

Our methods of communicating have undergone radical change in recent times. This only adds to the challenge of speaking truth. We will be discussing communication as a topic in one of our workshops.

 

People are saying…………

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

Kripalu Center Legacy Faculty

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.

Pat Halsey

Age 81

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. 🙏

Sue

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.

Esther D.

Your Yoga Therapy is just what the world needs. Thank You.

Marcia

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.

Chuck H.

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.

Joan M.

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.

Judy R.

“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.”

Joan

73 years young, has two grandkids to love, Petaluma, CA

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!

Barbara L.