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 my life to an expanded and unique 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 our name is simply: Ohana Rising. This is giving space in the name for movement, learning and discovery. It is time to move beyond what we call "YOGA" as it has been placed in modern commercial culture. 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 chose to switch the given name around with the 'Ohana first because I had a vision (of children especially) saying this word aloud 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, the community paddles out together, creates a circle and send out 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.