We had the good fortune of connecting with Alyssa DeCaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alyssa, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
I’ve learned from my students and clients that we are all looking for some spirituality or comfort in times of distress, confusion and uncertainty. People are looking for meaning and solace but are not finding it through traditional means such as religion or work, they need new tools and processes to break free of their current state of mind.

People of all stripes share the basic human need to feel connected, healthy, and inspired. Many people look externally and rely on others to tell them how to feel or behave. They are outsourcing their thinking and feelings. Others look to accumulation of material wealth or shiny objects, only to find that the respite is short-lived. After the excitement of the new car wears off, they realize that hole in their consciousness is still there. It did not truly solve their inner need for peace and tranquility.

Eventually, we all discover that seeking fulfillment outside ourselves doesn’t work, and those who wish for more begin to turn inward. This is where my work begins.

I teach deep listening as a method and practice for creativity, spirituality, solace, mental and physical health and higher consciousness. I use embodiment practices such as dance, somatic exploration, yoga, meditation and breathwork as tools to guide my clients in exploring and trusting their inner selves. It often turns out that looking inward rather than outward helps them in their quest for personal satisfaction when they’ve hit a roadblock in their own life.

Ultimately, deep listening through embodiment is how I help people find the confidence to trust the wisdom that already exists in their body. And the joy I receive from connecting people with their most vulnerable state, or their most unmasked self, gives me great spiritual comfort in my life. The benefits, measuring far beyond physical health, forge a path for mental and emotional well-being, and spark the journey of spiritual fulfillment.

As Socrates once said (allegedly), “A life unexamined is not worth living.”

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I learned a long time ago, from the legendary Anna Halprin, that art informs life and life informs art. I love integrating the healing arts with the expressive arts. Other people seem to be drawn to this as well because it checks several boxes simultaneously. It also offers meaning to the mundane, which is something most people crave.

The reason I created Body of Sound was due to injury. I got several debilitating knee injuries while training to be a professional dancer. This dramatically halted that dream, and was the catalyst that shifted my path forever towards the healing arts. I began to explore music and sound healing as well as various somatic wellness practices. Once I was able to dance again, I had a desire to gather all of these tools into one practice. Body of Sound was developed with movement, rhythm and voice as the primary pillars, and your body as your most essential instrument..

What seemed to steer me offtrack was really just a nudge towards a deeper soul calling. Instead of constantly measuring myself through a full-length wall mirror of comparison in the dance studio, I began looking within. This internal lens, at first extremely difficult, became my healing salve and the flashlight for my path forward.

My suggestion is to devote yourself to a practice. It can be in the realm of wellness, spirituality or art. Whether it be mastering drum rudiments and groove or practicing meditation, the creative process can be a rich journey of self-discovery. I always encourage people to trust the process, keep breathing, and stay curious.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My adventure would start at Her Escape Vortex, the ultimate glamping experience in the heart of Topanga Canyon. We’d take in the fresh air and gorgeous views while enjoying delicious Moroccan cuisine. From there we’d swing through the Leimert Park street market to catch the West African drum circle and dance class. Then we’d drive out to Joshua Tree desert to take an epic hike in the National Park and soak in incredible landscape and quirky art.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to Ellen Watson, a true pioneer in the movement and wellness field. Ellen was the head of the movement department at Esalen Institute where I began teaching from 2001-2003. She took me under her wing, showed me the ropes and really encouraged me to follow my movement path. I’m forever grateful that she saw my potential at such an early stage. She continues to be an inspiration through her retreats and trainings in the US and internationally. https://www.ellen-watson.com/

Website: www.bodyofsound.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bodyofsound/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BodyofSound

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/alyssa-decaro-oakland

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@alyssadecaro

Image Credits
Photos 1 and 2 – Foster Snell Photo 5 – Carl Rice Photo 7 – James Michael Photo 8 – Forrest Cornwell

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