the “Elizabeth DiAlto Page”
That’s what we called this page internally on my team when we were planning out the new site. I would giggle every time we referenced the “Elizabeth DiAlto” page because even though I’ve been writing About pages for a hot decade now, it never stops feeling silly and self-indulgent.
The team reminded me over and over that people want to know more about me if they’re thinking about
working with me privately, hiring me to speak or guest teach, taking a course at the Institute for EMBODIED Living, becoming a member of the EMBODIED Living Center, or taking my Wild Soul Movement Teacher Training.
I get that, so I did my best to make the Elizabeth DiAlto page as non-boring as possible while including all the need-to-know, good-to-know, and fun-to-know things.
Who is Elizabeth DiAlto?
I’ve never been a fan of titles or labels. For a while, I allowed other people’s opinions about what words we should and shouldn’t use to describe ourselves to affect me. I also had to be real about the frustration of how overused and de-sanctified so many words have become in our modern hashtag times.
Where I’ve come to now is a place of simply and gracefully owning my multidimensionality. The many parts, roles, and gifts I’m here to share (we all have these, by the way, I’m not special). So, feel free to call me whatever you want. People have been doing that for years anyway.
I’ve been called a priestess, a shaman, a goddess, a shadow walker, an oracle, more specifically – an oracle in a t-shirt, a soul sherpa, a practical mystic, a human Care Bear, “The mother I never had”, “My internet bff,” “the big sister I didn’t know I needed,” a professional synchronicity machine… and there’s more I know I’m forgetting. Our community members are really creative and generous with these labels!
The two things I know for sure are that I am a Mystic and Medicine Woman, and those are what really influence everything else I do and create.
My direct connection to the Divine is an integral part of who I am; and everything I do is about helping people connect to whatever medicine they need to embody self love, healing, wholeness, and liberation.
NEED-TO-KNOW OR GOOD-TO-KNOW? YOU DECIDE
“Never ask permission to express your soul’s desire.”
This sentence inspired a blog post in October 2013 that shifted my trajectory permanently out of the health and fitness industry into the world of self help and spirituality.
I knew that I wanted to help women love, trust, and accept themselves. But first I needed to learn to heal the things I needed to heal. I developed the Wild Soul Archetype Quiz to help other women do the same.
For me, that journey was rooted in embodiment. That’s how Wild Soul Movement was born. It’s a healing movement practice that combines four things:
Movement and breath to learn to connect with and listen to the body.
Mantras to reprogram and empower the mind (these are English mantras that I write myself, we do not appropriate from other cultures).
Meditation to cultivate inner peace.
Self-reflection to develop emotional literacy and discernment.
A month or two before the Wild Soul Movement website launch in 2014, I received a message from a trusted guide that I’ve been following ever since:
“You’re here to teach women about the sacred body.”
And that’s what I’ve been doingever since.
Surrender & Trust
Once I knew that I was here to teach women about the sacred body, I made a lifelong commitment to deepening both my education and my own personal healing and explorations around it. Through formal training and self-guided practice in movement, embodiment, energy work, trauma healing, human behavior, boundaries, communication, intimacy, relationships, and more, the Wild Soul Movement body of work started to expand and evolve.
(Huge shout out to Pamela Slim, author of the book Body Of Work which helped me to see early on how all of my life and work experiences leading up to 2013 had prepared me to create this!)
I always knew something about my work was going to help women get free, but I wouldn’t understand the fullness of how until years later. After over 1500 women had experienced Wild Soul Movement online and in live classes and workshops all over the world, I started to get it.
I also had to seriously engage in healing my own trauma, unpacking my own identity as a mixed-race, multi-ethnic woman, and learn about social justice, anti-racism, and Liberatory Consciousness.
Over those years, a few other strong messages arose.
First, that the core of all of it would be to help women know, trust and feel in their bones that freeing their Wild Souls, or “untaming themselves” as I also like to call it, is about trusting that,
“Everything you’ve ever needed has always been inside of you.”
And second: part of “getting free” means reclaiming and redefining womanhood for the 21st century.
In 2012, I came across a prayer, “Use me, move me, make me a force for expansion, for love and for good,” and it became my daily prayer. If you listen to the podcast, no doubt you’ve heard me mention it countless times.
In 2018, I added “for healing,” to the end of it.
In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I was beta testing a membership that would become my online healing center, the EMBODIED Living Center, and my prayer shifted once again.
I now say, “Use me, move me, make me a force, for embodied healing and self-liberation.”
While the world was literally burning, people were dying, and the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining necessary traction and momentum, I was asking myself what my best contribution in these global and cultural revolutions might be.
The answer came as messages from both new and long time students telling me that my tools, teachings, and practices were the main thing getting them through the “unprecedented times.”
Once again, my path was shown to me.
Collective healing and liberation require both individual and community effort. The embodiment work I do helps to catalyze both.
I am here to help people do their personal “under the hood” healing work so that we can all also do our “out in the world” work.
From boundaries and discernment, to dating in your 30s (or 40s or 50s), learning how to trust yourself, develop self confidence, finding reasons to love your body, building emotional intelligence, maturity, resiliency, and more – embodying your Wild Soul is a path for wayfinders, wayshowers and students who are committed to leaving the world better than they found it.
This is a BIG ASS task. Especially now.
So, I pray every day, “Use me, move me, make me a force, for embodied healing and self-liberation, and help me build a community of people who care about collective healing and liberation.”
I pay attention to the guidance, signs, symbols, and synchronicities that come, and I continue to do what Life asks of me. As a result I’m wildly blessed to work with and. be supported by incredible human beings from all over the world.
Body of Work & Vision
For many years, I taught Wild Soul Movement primarily through online virtual programs. In 2015, I started running retreats and Untame Yourself intensive healing weekends as well. I also self-published a book called Untame Yourself and started a podcast, which is now called EMBODIED.
In 2016, I began to develop teacher training for Wild Soul Movement because my women wanted it and I knew to be a good steward of this body of work, eventually, I’d have to “give it away.”
I’m also a big nerd for processes and facilitation so I’ve developed a few frameworks over the years to create thorough and inclusive embodied healing. and self-liberation journeys for my clients and students.
The first, which I’ve been honing and perfecting since 2013 is the Self-Liberation Framework: Surrender, Release, Trust, Receptivity, Wild Dreaming, Desire, Love, and Truth.
I’ve done several podcast episodes on this framework over the years – here’s the most recent.
The second is the Embodied Healing Framework. This is comprised of Four I’s: Intentionality, Introspection, Integration, and Integrity.
There’s a podcast episode about this one here.
Last is the Embodied Self Love Framework. The “Big Five” for Self Love are – Self Awareness, Self Knowledge, Self Acceptance, Self Trust and Self Respect.
Most recently, in 2020, I founded the Institute for EMBODIED Living – this is where all of my courses live now. It’s also the home of my very favorite thing I’ve ever created – the EMBODIED Living Center.
Revolutionize your healing journey, embody self love, healing, wholeness, and liberation
The mission of the EMBODIED Living Center is for women to have a go-to place to feel accepted, at home, supported, resourced, and connected to the Divine as they move out of survival mode and learn how to thrive.
All of this lives on a website called Untame Yourself because that is what it’s ultimately all about.
Untaming IS self love, healing, wholeness and liberation.
It’s a pathway to freedom for all of us.
I have five core values:
And really, none of the others – freedom, integrity, joy or truth are possible without a deep infusion of love either.
My values are my barometer for discernment and they drive everything I do.
Beliefs + Faith
*note – these are my beliefs, I have no need or expectation that you’ll share or agree with all of them.
I believe that culture needs to be counter to what is currently very destructive to the earth and humanity.
I believe in nuance and context.
I believe in paradox and the “both and…” or “yes and…”
I believe we can hold many things at once from feelings and emotions, to concepts, perspectives, truths and ideas, AND that life becomes much easier, more joyful, and more fulfilling when we learn how to do this consciously and well.
I believe we are all vastly dynamic and multidimensional beings.
I believe ALL bodies are sacred and deserve to be treated as such, especially by their primary inhabitants – that’s you!
I believe labels can be both confusing and clarifying, limiting and liberating.
I think it’s very dangerous to generalize and lump people into groups and labels without also considering their individual lived experiences.
I believe we need to name things so we can heal through, grow and evolve beyond them. That said, it’s a fine line between naming for context and clarity and slapping a label on something and creating a limitation.
I’m no longer a fan of Marianne Williamson, but I do still really
believe in this quote:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness
That most frightens us.
We ask ourselves
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small
Does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking
So that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine,
As children do.
We were born to make manifest
The glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us;
It’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we’re liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.”
…especially the part about letting our own light shine so we can give other
people permission to do the same.
I believe a big part of my work is to be as me as possible, to hopefully inspire you to be as you as possible.
I believe that we are all made of love, we are love, and we are loved – always, whether we can feel it or not.
If I am a devotee of anything, it’s the Divine Mother.
Five of her forms have been steady beacons and mainstays in my spiritual growth and evolution – Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, Gaia, The Goddess Isis and The Goddess Durga.
I also LOVE Jesus.
Not the Jesus of my Catholic upbringing, but Jesus the mystic, the healer, the non-discriminating lover of all beings, and occasional flipper of tables (because anger is holy, too).
I believe all feelings, senses and emotions are information and that the Divine often uses them to communicate higher wisdom and truth with us.
I believe in Angels.
I believe that letting ourselves grieve, and acknowledging that grief goes far beyond the passing of loved ones is crucial for healing.
I believe nature is our greatest teacher and I learned this from my plants!
I believe in magic, miracles, energy work, quantum physics, metaphysics, and the power of intention.
I believe in regular sciences, too.
I believe everyone is capable of healing.
I believe that BEAUTY is healing.
I am a lover of many names for God — but my favorites all stem from Beloved — The Beloved, Great Beloved, and Divine Beloved. I’m also a big fan of just calling “it” LOVE.
I believe anyone can enjoy a beautiful, deeply nourishing, and wildly satisfying direct connection with God, and the only intermediary we need is our own soul.
I believe EMBODIMENT is the most efficient and effective path to healing anything because I’ve seen this, over and over with my clients.
Fun to Know
Sun – Virgo. Moon – Capricorn. Rising – Gemini.
Before 30 I consistently tested as ENFJ, after 30 I’ve tested more frequently as INFJ.
Manifesting Generator. 6/2 Profile. Emotional Authority. Single Definition. Left Angle Cross of Informing
8, 7 wing
Primary – Star, Secondary – Creator, Supporter
Maximizer, Strategic, Futuristic, Communication, Arranger
More Elizabeth DiAlto fun to know
This is the stuff I often wish I could read about people on their websites. So if you’re hella nosy like me – enjoy! LOL.
I was born on September 14, 1983 in Staten Island, New York. My mom’s dad was Italian and her mom was German and Irish. My dad’s family is Puerto Rican with indigenous Taíno lineage on his grandmother’s side.
I was asked to leave dancing school at the age of 3 because my best friend Jillian and I laughed too much. Now I ask myself to leave places where other people aren’t laughing enough.
I first discovered this about myself – then realized how true it is for women all over the world after working with thousands of them over the years -We may hold a variety of roles, beliefs, talents, skills, abilities, and ideologies, but all who are meant to be wild have one thing in common: an almost unquenchable desire to feel free and safe to be our whole selves.
I started my career in sales, selling knives specifically for a company called CUTCO and I was really really good at it. Like #10 in the nation out of approximately 10,000 reps the summer I was 19. I stayed with that company, did their management training throughout college, and ran the Washington DC District office for a few years after I graduated.
Then I tried my hand in a corporate sales job after that. I sold uniforms to hotels, theaters and restaurants in NYC. I lasted a little less than a year. Turns out, I’m not built to work for other people.
So I became a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. This wasn’t my idea, by the way. The head trainer at the New York Sports Club in Hoboken New Jersey recruited me while I was working out one day. I grew up playing sports, fell in love with fitness when I was 12 (it was 1994, TLC and Janet Jackson had unforgettable abs and I wanted them, so I got some VHS tapes, stole my mom’s purple dumbbells and started working out in the living room), and thought being a trainer sounded fun, so I decided to give it a go.
I used to teach Zumba, Spinning and Total Body Conditioning classes. Now I teach a variety of classes in the EMBODIED Living Center – Wild Soul Movement, Wild Soul SWEAT, Erotic Body Movement, Sacred Body Work, and Meditation.
I love growing up.
Some of my favorite authors and most influential teachers (in no particular order) are:
Clarissa Pinkole Estes, Don Miguel Ruiz, bell hooks, Audre Lorde, adriennemaree brown, Brene Brown, Alana Fairchild, Maryam Hasnaa, Jaiya John, Tosha Silver, Rie Katagiri, Desiree Adaway, Dr Tee Williams, and a few of my dear friends, too: Terri Cole, Heather Lindemenn, Rachael Maddox, and Jessica Fish.
Animals and insects I have a deeply spiritual connection to:
Orcas, Leopards, Hummingbirds, Spiders, and Butterflies
Red, Fuschia, Deep Indigo Blue
I love you.
“As a woman lost in her mind all day, I am liberated by Elizabeth DiAlto’s teachings on returning to our bodies to rediscover ourselves. And she doesn’t just talk it — she EMBODIES it: You can feel her living & breathing (& dancing!) her message in every post — can’t wait to learn more from her.”
Glennon Doyle, NY Times Bestselling Author of Untamed, Love Warrior and Carry on Warrior
“Elizabeth DiAlto is part mystic, part healer, and all love. Her embodiment work is an invitation to be in your body, move your body, express yourself, protect yourself, and deeply fall in love with every part of yourself from the inside out. My favorite part is there is beautiful bridge between sensuality, laughter, strength, and fierce boundaries. If you are a modern womxn with an old soul, you’ll find a new way of taking care of your body and the community you’ve been seeking.”
Jadah Sellner, Founder and Host of the Lead with
“Elizabeth DiAlto is a force of nature. She is a natural leader who brings honesty, vulnerability and humor to the exploration of sometimes difficult topics. An original thinker with a deep lust for life, Elizabeth inspires her community simply by being her authentic, raw, brave, ballsy, brilliant self. I encourage all of my clients to become a part of Elizabeth’s Wild Soul world and they are forever grateful.”
Terri Cole, Creator of Boundary Bootcamp, Author of
Founder Jillfit Physiques, jillfit.com