A Journeyto Sacred Embodiment
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Here at the School of Sacred Embodiment,
you will often hear me say, “You are love in a body.”
It’s one of my favorite things to remind people. Here’s another one – Your body is a pathway, a portal, and a temple.
I love these reminders because when you’re a woman in this society, it’s easy to forget. When you’re feeling stuck, unfulfilled, or exhausted, you’re more likely to blame your body or feel betrayed by it than to honor it.
That’s why a big part of what we do here in The School of Sacred Embodiment is guide women towards healing, joy, and liberation. This is a place where you can finally clear out the drama, trauma, chaos, and programming that’s been dominating your life and be who you really are.
Which in case you forgot already after reading the last two run-on sentences (I can’t help it! I love words!)…
You are love in a body.
Your body is a pathway, a portal, and a temple.
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Why focus on Healing, Joy, and Liberation?
Talking about issues like patriarchy, misogyny, colonialism, racism, and white supremacy has rightfully risen to the forefront of our culture in recent years. It’s important to understand these overarching issues. It’s also important to understand the more nuanced wounding and impact they have on different populations.
As women, especially Western women living with an intense Judeo-Christian influence (even if you weren’t raised Christian or Jewish), acquiring at least some harmful programming about our bodies is inevitable. And I want to mention – because it’s important, crappy messaging about bodies is not exclusive to women. My expertise is in women’s experiences, so that is where I focus.
Most women are programmed to believe that our bodies and our souls are separate. This keeps us from the divine mysteries and convinces us that our bodies are objects that should be pleasing and desirable to others. Impossible standards of beauty are also programmed into women and girls. This perpetuates fatphobia and ableism.
This programming of body-soul separation makes women override their intuition and burn themselves out. It has women finding their value primarily in roles such as wives or mothers and abandoning many other wild dreams and desires outside of fulfilling those two things.
All of this programming, which again, most of us receive in some way, is responsible for slut shaming and diet culture, and would have all of us forget how sacred, unique, and miraculous EVERY woman’s body is. Regardless of shape, size, “health,” or ability.
Focusing on healing, joy, and liberation is how we undo the programming and forge a new path for younger generations.
FROM BODY-SOUL SEPARATION TO WILD SOUL WISDOM…
I want to tell you a story about healing, joy, and liberation. It begins in 2012 with a struggling personal trainer. She was working at a fancypants boutique fitness studio in the West Village of Manhattan and she was an excellent instructor. People had been lining up for her spinning, Zumba, and total body conditioning classes from NYC to Washington DC for years.
One day a person from Marie Claire caught wind of a new class she’d created and wanted her to submit a video for their website.
It felt like a big break in the making. And it would be…just not in the way she expected.
Oh hell no…
The owner of the boutique studio hired hair and makeup people and a video crew. Our trainer friend was excited.
Until they put so much makeup on her face you couldn’t see her cute lil Punky Brewster-style freckles. Then straightened her wild curls within an inch of their bouncy life and slathered on an amount of lipgloss she wouldn’t even wear to a club, let alone the gym.
Lastly, despite being in the best shape of her life – at least by societal standards (including having visible abs!!!) – they insisted on painting contour lines on her stomach.
Spoiler alert – it was me. And I got PISSED. (See the pic? I’ve always found it a bit hilarious that this is the only photo I’ve ever had from that day.)
I didn’t take it personally, but I did take it seriously. This was the first of many times my Wild Soul Wisdom would speak more loudly to me than my body-soul separation programming and let me know what had to come next.
I realized that although I came from a desire to share fitness with women as a tool for empowerment, the industry was awful and it was time for me to go. Three months later I was out. I also got clear that while fitness had always been a passion of mine, it was not my purpose, and purpose was what my soul was deeply craving.
BIRTH OF THE WILD SOUL MOVEMENT
It took me another year and a half after that to fully get out of the fitness industry. In September 2013, the idea for Wild Soul Movement – a sensual and healing movement practice – came to me on a flight from LA to NYC.
By October I was beta testing the idea with a group of 60 women. By March of 2014 I received a message from a most trusted guide, “You’re here to teach women about the sacred body,” which my body responded to with what I call, “tears of truth.” Nothing had ever felt truer.
And that’s what I’ve been doing ever since.
What is Wild Soul Wisdom?
When you are part of this community, Wild Soul Wisdom is another term you’ll hear me use A LOT. It’s even the name of one our signature movement classes and I created a Healing Meditation dedicated to accessing your Wild Soul Wisdom back in 2020. It’s a School of Sacred Embodiment community fave.
Essentially it’s the combination of all the wisdom available to you through your own soul. It’s more than just intuition.
Wild Soul Wisdom includes your past lives, your Benevolent Ancestors, and what I call your “Divine Support Squad” which is made up of all the unseen divine beings of light that are in your corner.
If you want to live an aligned, loving, purposeful, and liberated life, Wild Soul Wisdom is the most valuable and robust wisdom you can possibly tap into.
SCHOOL OF SACRED EMBODIMENT
AND GUEST TEACHING
If the concept popularized by Malcolm Gladwell that it takes 10,000 hours to gain mastery is true, I am a master public speaker and teacher. Probably three to four times over with 20+ years of experience. From small, intimate groups (online or in-person) to audiences over 1000, if you need a speaker or a teacher to jam on anything related to embodiment, self-love, healing, boundaries, self-trust, or courageous communication, pass me the mic. BONUS: I am also trauma-informed and culturally competent.
Known for her raw, honest, and nuanced approach to spirituality and the healing arts, Elizabeth DiAlto is an Embodiment Specialist, a Mystic, and host of the Embodied Podcast (3M+ downloads!). A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican and mixed-European descent, Elizabeth started her professional life in sales, then moved into health and fitness before life finally called her to do her soul’s work in 2013 when she founded what has now evolved to be School of Sacred Embodiment. Her mastery is in teaching, facilitation, and communication with immense reverence, humor, and compassion. Everything she studies, practices, creates, and devotes herself to is in service to collective healing and liberation. Elizabeth currently lives in Miami, is an avid Latin dancer, and has a laugh that has been described as “a sound bath of sunshine and joy.”
Known for her raw, honest, and grounded approach to spirituality and the healing arts, Elizabeth DiAlto is a Sacred Embodiment Specialist and a Mystic. She’s the Founder of the School of Sacred Embodiment, and host of the Embodied Podcast – a top podcast in women’s spirituality since 2015. The purpose behind everything she does is to help women turn their Sacred Body Wounds into Wild Soul Wisdom. She lives in Miami, is an avid Latin dancer, and has a laugh that has been described as “a soundbath of sunshine and joy.”
Random Fact #1:
Our core values here are freedom, integrity, connection, reverence, and beauty
Random Fact #2:
This one is for the astrology lovers. Here are Elizabeth’s big six: Sun – Virgo, Moon – Capricorn, Rising – Gemini, Venus – Leo, Mars – Leo, Mercury – Virgo
Random Fact #3:
The Embodied Podcast is actually the third name for the show. It was originally called Untame The Wild Soul Woman when it debuted in 2015. Elizabeth changed the name to Truth Telling with Elizabeth DiAlto in 2018. And finally, in 2020 she landed on the current name, Embodied.
Random Fact #4:
Elizabeth spent her childhood in Staten Island, NY, went to high school in New Hope, PA, and then moved to Baltimore, MD to attend Loyola University (she wouldn’t learn until many years later that St. Ignatius Loyola was a mystic!). She also did one semester of grad school for Exercise Physiology at George Washington University in DC.
Random Fact #5:
Elizabeth has taken approximately fiftyeleven classes, trainings, and certifications over the course of her non-linear career. Here is what she can rememember- FITNESS: NASM, CSCS, Zumba, Spinning, Stretching + Myofascial Release. SENSUAL MOVEMENT + YOGA: S Factor, The Dollhouse, Module 1 -Yoga Teacher Training with Sianna Sherman, Yoga Trance Dance with Shiva Rea, Erotic Movement Arts with Rie Katagiri, Wild Woman’s Way with Michaela Boehm. HEALING + ENERGY WORK: Reiki I, II, III and Master, Energy Mastery (2x), and Energy Mastery – Crystals with Sheevaun Moran. Healing Through The Akashic Records Certification with Helen Vonderhide, Discovery Your Soul’s Path Certification with Linda Howe. SOCIAL JUSTICE + ANTI-RACISM: Freedom School with Desiree Adaway, Foundations of Social Justice with Dr. Tee Williams.
Random Fact #6:
In addition to all those trainings, classes, and certifications, Elizabeth is an autodidact. She’s typically reading or listening to 3-5 books at once. Some of her all-time favorites are: Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver, All About Love by bell hooks, Awakening Shakti by Sally Kempton, The Magdalene Manuscript by Tom Kenyon and Judy Scion, Rumi Revealed by Rasouli, Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson, Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown, Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, and pretty much everything by Caroline Myss
Random Fact #7:
Elizabeth has taught close to 500 Embodiment classes online and in-person since 2013, and led over 30 in-person workshops and retreats all over the world. In the US: LA, San Diego, Seattle, Asheville, Atlanta, Austin, Houston, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and Charleston. Australia: Brisbane and Melbourne. Europe: London, England, and Granada, Spain. Costa Rica: San Jose.
Random Fact #8:
The School of Sacred Embodiment is an “accidental mystery school.” Meaning, for almost 9 years Elizabeth was tapping into her Wild Soul Wisdom, following the guidance, and acting on whatever content, inspiration, teachings, and offerings came through her. It wasn’t until after an emergency gallbladder surgery in January 2022 that she finally realized what she’d been creating all along.
Random Fact #9: