Hi, I’m Karishma. I’m a mindfulness-based, trauma-informed somatic practitioner, who loves that neurobiology is catching up with Indigenous wisdom.
As your guide, I use a respectful, relational, and non-invasive approach to help your nervous system get calm, so that your body can communicate with itself better. Together, we identify and build on your resiliency. This can translate to less pain and more energy, so you can feel your joys more fully and also have a greater ability to navigate your challenges. We work together so that you can transform that feeling of being stuck; so that you can connect with your aliveness, agency and capacity.
This work is about rhythm
I was one of the ‘smart kids’. My response to a difficulty was always, “How do I figure this out?”
As you probably know by now, it turns out that there are some things you can’t *think* your way out of.
I do this work to share what I’ve learned: To support you to get out of your head and into the present moment. To get in touch with your felt sense. To guide your body to remember how to reconnect the dots. To help you identify what’s getting in the way of these things.
In this spaciousness, there is possibility for you to:
+ Say good-bye to chronic stress, anxiety and depression.
+ Enjoy more energy, better sleep and digestion, and increased creativity and focus.
+ Move out of living in survival mode, and move towards healing and possibility.
Personalized + holistic: Because you and your life experiences are unique, I don’t use generic protocols. Everything we do together is designed to be non-cathartic (because I value integration over explosions), and responsive to the personal ecosystem that is your life.
We are partners: I feel “all the feels”, but I’m also a pragmatist. I don’t want your health and well-being to be dependent on anyone else. My wish is to share my skills and experience so that you can empower yourself. Healing happens in relationship, and my role is to guide your body to reconnect with its inherent wisdom. With every session, we’ll explore a simple practice that you can take home. Personalized strategies, so you can begin to create a foundation to support yourself through the ebbs and flows of life.
Body=mind: Research has shown that our early history informs our development, our sense of who we are in the world, and how we relate to others. Our life experiences shape our thoughts, beliefs and feelings, and these are reflected in our nervous system, hormones, and even posture. The reverse is also true. That’s why I certified as a practitioner of NARM®, which builds on the insights of Somatic Experiencing®, to bring together talk and touch.
Love + Justice: My values are rooted in the principles of healing justice.
I do this work because I’ve been there. And, I discovered that I didn’t have to stay stuck. That the way out, is in.
The work I share brings together the teachings that I have woven together in my own journey; including intensive study and certification in biodynamic craniosacral therapy, yoga medicine (in the Nath lineage), pre/peri-natal and developmental psychology, and somatics. (Yes, I’m committed to ongoing professional development.) Plus, you get a meeting of interpersonal and structural perspectives from my former lives in public health research, community organizing, and education.
I offer these medicines to you because I know they work: they have helped me to transform the suffering of anxiety, pain and despair; they are what I draw on to practice life with more courage, resiliency and presence.
I’ll show you how.
Get in touch for a free 15-minute consultation in person or by phone to find out if working with me would be a good fit for you.
What’s in my medicine bag
I’m an over-educated nerd, with too many certifications. But, in essence, this is what it’s all about:
+ Relationship: My wish is to meet you as you are, and to support your agency, in a way that is trauma-informed, heart-centred and attuned to you.
+ Movement: Movement is life. Together, we can begin to notice where life is moving, and where emotions are held.
+ Stillness: Stillness is dynamic. Here, we pause to notice the stories we tell ourselves, and discover the deeper truths that emerge.
+ Rhythm: The seasons and the tides. Our bodies and their cycles. Words and silence. Rupture and repair.
+ Elements: My approach is grounded in the elemental guidance offered by yogic and ayurvedic sciences.
Karishma Kripalani (she/her)
MA (Honours) | NARM® Practitioner | Registered Craniosacral Therapist | Certified Yoga Teacher | SEP-in training
Karishma is a somatic practitioner whose warm and direct approach emphasizes our relationships to ourselves, to each other, and to our ecologies. Trained as a sociologist and rooted in a commitment to healing justice, she integrates an understanding of interpersonal and systemic determinants of well-being.
Karishma is a registered biodynamic craniosacral therapist and teacher, and completed a 2-year clinical training in NARM® for healing complex trauma. She has extensive training in relational/attachment work, and incorporates skills from Somatic Experiencing® for healing shock trauma. Because sometimes words are too much, and sometimes not enough,* her approach integrates talk and touch; words and silence.
*with thanks to Aline LaPierre