Our Story

This story is evolving and so am I.

Hi friends, my name is Lisa. I am the founder of 'Ohana Rising. I have worked in public school education for close to 16 years as well as teach yoga. I have had the great blessing to directly work in communities with adults and children throughout the US, Mexico and South Africa. I grew up between the US & Argentina which opened me to a beautiful world view. My travels, experieince & connection with nature and communities has shown me how strong and resilient we are; how kind we can be & how special this world is.

And now, I am writing this "About" in December of 2020. I am coming forward with a new iteration of the 'Ohana Rising adventure. We opened as Ohana Rising Yoga School in January of 2015. As the pandemic evolved, it became apparent that it was time to go offline, rest and reimagine.

You may notice we are calling it now simply: Ohana Rising. This is giving space in the name for movement, learning and discovery. Our classes for children and adults are here to encourage your creativity, sovereignty & curiosity.

We all have been through quite a bit of change this past year.

The name ‘Ohana Rising came from a dear friend in our surf community. He was a mentor, leader and known as a true Kahuna. In 2014, he was bravely transitioning from his divine journey in this world into the next. When asked what this community should be called, he gently turned his head and said in a thunderous voice: "RISING 'OHANA!" I have received this name to share with the community with great responsibility to show up & share with honesty. I put the 'Ohana first because I had a vision of children (especially) saying the name and feeling the resonance of the sound current. It is a resonance of family, community, & home: a place for memory and embodiment.

In the surf culture, that is indigenous & the birthright to the Hawaiians & other Polynesian ancestry, when one of the tribe transitions, we paddle out together, create a circle and send our prayers in the form of flowers, words & song. It is a great tradition. It reminds us of the unbroken circle and the everlasting love from our community. Our 'Ohana.

Why the symbol of the whale?

Whale chose to represent our space. We live in a place where the land meets the sea & the Whale, which has been part of the lore and history of many indigenous cultures through out the world speaks to us of 3 qualities:

Our mission is to create a home for the community where no one gets left behind or forgotten. We believe it is our responsibility to maintain the integrity of what a home should feel like. ‘Ohana is a place where you will be safe and supported on your journey through life. An environment that is nurturing is essential to your growth now and for future generations to come. Just as a stone will create waves in water, the words we speak carry out an energetic vibration. Every time we say ‘Ohana, we increase its vibration. This is home. This is ‘Ohana.

Navigation & Communication: We offer teachings & practices in Yoga and healing arts that will serve as tools as you navigate your own physical, emotional and spiritual journey. We pass on the teachings with great integrity that we,ourselves, have studied, practice and strive to live.

We are dedicated to Community. Community is what uplifts and nurtures us. Each one of us is a gift. It is precious to come together and share.

Conservation & Consciousness: We have a great appreciation for beauty. The efforts we make to create beauty around us... by cleaning our beaches, caring for the environment, caring for others or expressing ourselves through creativity is a great bridge into our relationship with Cosmic Consciousness. These conscious acts of caring and creation thelp us tap into our own creativity and flow of grace. This is how we live the yoga that we share in the 'Ohana. Take a deep breath and a moment to expand your awareness of community to include the trees, the animals, the sea, the air and you will find beauty and grace around you.


'Ohana has been teaching Yoga classes in New Jersey for more than 15 years

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