Yoga and somatic practices are an invitation to connect to a greater source that moves us into direct relationship with the Universal flow.
Our breath is where we start to bring ourselves out of our complexities into the beautiful simplicity of the moment.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy gently unwinds the nervous system's compression patterns into flow and ease. When living from hyper vigilance we are trying to "manage" ourselves from feeling exhausted and uninspired. We can move beyond our apparent limitations into an endless reservoir of vitality rooted in presence and health.
Discover how to re-connect to a deeper intelligence that anchors us into the present moment. Through presence, inspired breath and movement we can create and navigate new neural pathways to set a course through positive sensations rather than pain. Consciously opening our body following pleasure, allows the release of stress, trauma and rigidity to be resolved. Move froward from a place of inspiration and true connection.
Mindful movement can circulate what is stagnant, open what is closed and surface what is buried. Moving from inspiration transforms, heals and creates rich new neural pathways of possibilities.
The idea of “being in control” is relinquished as we surrender into our natural flow; breaking the patterns of hyper vigilance, conformity and conditioning. We have forgotten the bliss of a stretch, it has become the means to an end, rather than the opening of information that deliciously leads us deeper into the well of creativity and connection.
We start by slowing down, softening and allowing the opening in our bodies. From there the true inner wisdom finds its flow and being in the body again. We begin the re-entry, integrating our forgotten parts, offering our identity, pain and story as fuel to further our journey back to wholeness. The body/mind’s natural healing system comes on when we open to feeling; de-conditioning from our patterns and habitual ways and returning back to the origins of presence and peace. Yoga, meditation, and mindful movement brings our attention back to this moment , liberating what has been bound, compressed and frozen.
Lisa uses her gifts and skills to encourage the body/mind to open to its natural flow.
Lisa Carmichael is creator of Embodywaves, a somatically based practice that has evolved into a healing system that incorporates awareness, breath, and mindful movement; encouraging health, and harmony in mind, body, and spirit.
Lisa is a registered Craniosacral Therapist, Continuum practitioner, Dance Alive instructor, dancer, Permaculture design certified, registered Prana flow yoga and meditation teacher.
Lisa’s work is grounded in her own contemplative practice. For many years, her private practice has been overflowing with clients because of the transformative focus by combining meditation, Craniosacral Therapy, yoga, massage and continuum.
For more than a two decades Lisa has taught workshops and classes with the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Unifying Fields Foundation, Agoura Power Of Yoga and addiction recovery centers. She has supported people in opening their mind and bodies; releasing stress and connecting with health, peace and vitality.
Lisa’s desire is to guide individuals in finding inspired and creative ways to connect to one’s own internal wisdom body/mind. In addition to working and teaching in addiction recovery and mental health, Lisa offers yoga and somatic mindful movement classes and maintains her transformative Embodywaves private practice in Ojai and Malibu, California.
Soul of Continuum Apprenticeship Training 2023-2025
Movement as medicine. Biological breath. Advance studies with Cass Phelps. 2018-2022
iRest Immersion training 2019
Permaculture Design Certification course with Geoff Lawton, 2015.
2012 Certified Yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance; 200 hours Shiva Rea Prana flow. The Samudra Global School of Living Yoga.
2004 graduated from the School of Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with Michael Shea, and is a registered Craniosacral Practitioner, RCST® through the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America.
Lisa studied a somatic approach to trauma resolution with Peter Levine.
Beginning in 2000 she immersed herself in Continuum; a personal transformative practice that has lead to 100’s of hours with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum, Susan Harper and Cass Phelps. Lisa continues to deepen and share her practice today.
In 1999 Lisa attended the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts in Sante Fe New Mexico and became a Nationally Licensed Massage Therapist with the NCBTMB.
Lisa studied with the creator of 5 Rhythms dance, Gabrielle Roth, and has acquired hundreds of hours in workshops, course studies and community experiences with 5 rhythms teachers Jonathan Roth, Michael Skelton, Annelie Molin-Skelton & Joe Cobbett. She also studied with Anna Halprin, a leader in planetary dance communities. Her interest and energetic openings in sacred dance/movement lead her to Tantric Dance with Vajra Ma; priestess, healer and teacher. From 1987-1997 Lisa studied and became a graduate of Light Body meditation through master teacher Duane Packer. For 12 years Lisa mentored with Marianne Karou, the founder of Dance Alive, a continuum based somatic practice of healing through dance movement, and became a certified instructor in 1998.
Gently I release,
With space I move beyond.
It is all in love that the mind comes into balance
With a soft touch, a simple prayer, an inner smile
The mind acquiesces
Allowing it to flow, knowing it
Comes from nowhere
And returns to nowhere
The mind is centered and returns to silence.
When old ways can no longer exist, creating a new context
Is being summoned
Open yourself, become the fluid consciousness and
Find the boundlessness of your Being
Let go into a new
Wave of Life
If the body is held as a concept it eclipses the awareness from a direct and present experience of
When not labeled, or held in imagination, the “body" is but an
oozing orchestration of this present moment
luminous and alive
not separate from the environment;
interactive particles of nowness
Menopause has been an ignition of turning the outside in
The death of decay and flowering of presence.
Back to earthly basics: hunting wild boars, cooking bones and waiting patiently for what’s real
In the mean time I dance this messy dance in the dream time~
In slowing down into awareness,
we begin to see the insanity and the compulsion
of not living in the moment.
In not being present we loose connection to healthy feelings that act as
an inner guidance system
Once we loose our connection to our inner guidance system there is a
disconnect that allows the
creation of an identity that relates to conceptual collective reality
Living a conceptual collective reality depletes us and distorts our choices and actions
When depleted we fall into a mechanical existence which
lives out the fantasy of separation
From there, it takes a strong, yet fluid practice to come back
into balance and to recognize when we are
lost in the illusion
As we slow down
it is possible to bring into focus
the places that fantasy has taken hold,
and realize these fantasies are not
anchored in sustenance,
which in turn allows for the dropping
core for true nourishment to be received
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