1. For those who don’t already know you, can you please tell us a little more about yourself and what you do?I’m a speaker, writer and the creator of Wild Soul Movement, a 12 week online experience of self-discovery that combines movement, meditation and mantra. My mission is to revolutionize the way women move and nourish their bodies and abolish current body image culture to create new standards for my peers, elders and all the young women and little girls who come after me. I used to be a fitness professional, but I’ve evolved beyond that industry to do deeper body and soul work with women.
2. What advice would you give to someone who is feeling out of shape, low energy, stressed out and doesn’t know where to start?The best place to start is to ask yourself how you want to feel? We spend a lot of time measuring our success and happiness against external things instead of going inward. When we flip the approach, we often realize we actually HAVE so much to be grateful for and happy about, this small perspective shift can be a total game changer.[Tweet “@lizdialto – When we flip the approach, we often realize we actually HAVE so much to be grateful for”]
3. I find so much of feeling and looking good is about confidence. What tips do you have for those moments when we have lost or confidence or are paralysed with self doubt?Oooh, I could go on and on about this, but I’ll just send you here: http://wildsoulmovement.com/self-acceptance
4. Self doubt can be impacted so much by caring about what others think, whether thats what your friends, family or even strangers may think. How did you go about allowing your real self to shine through and be honest?I have a friend who’s an amazing Transformational Coach and she taught me about the scale of integrity. Somewhere on the scale of integrity lies “finish what you started” – something that’s ingrained in a lot of us. Also on this scale is to fulfill duty and obligations. At the very top of the scale though, above all other things is Honor Yourself. This makes it easy to choose myself regularly and trust that when I do, I’m doing myself and everyone around me the best service. The greatest choice I can ever make is to honor myself.[Tweet “@lizdialto – Above all other things is Honor Yourself. This makes it easy to choose myself regularly”]
5. I know you’re interested in healing, chakras, meditation and so on. What benefit do you find these have brought to the life of you and your clients? What would you say to people who are skeptical of the ‘woo woo stuff’?The benefits are vast – but the greatest gift of understanding the subtle body is feeling connected to something bigger than yourself even if it’s just energy. For the skeptical people I would recommend the book E2 by Pam Grout and for the more curious people, I would recommend Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss.
6. You’ve talked on your blog about leaving a relationship that wasn’t working for you. It can be hard to move on from relationships, whether romantic or friends, even if you know they’re not serving you anymore. What advice do you have for women in this predicament?It goes back to honoring yourself and really tuning into your gut. My new online experience Wild Soul Movement is my way of teaching women how to tap into their intuition, and fully love, trust and accept themselves. It’s also about knowing that home is not a place, it’s inside of you. I wrote about that here http://wildsoulmovement.com/getting-naked-and-falling-in-love
7. It can sometimes feel that women are constrained or expected to be a certain way. What is your vision for women and how do you view feminism?I love this question. I’m not into labels like feminism, so I’m just going to leave that out of my answer. My vision for women is to flip the current paradigm and see the majority of women being sourced from within. Fully trusting their intuition, loving themselves, operating from the fullness of their power, not playing small – and doing all of this from a place of deep love, compassion and service. I know it’s a LONG shot but if we can even get this wave going, I am positive we could change the world for centuries to come.[Tweet “@lizdialto My vision for women is to flip the current paradigm and see the majority of women being sourced from within.”]
8. Unfortunately, women can sometimes be each others biggest enemy – gossiping , bitching and judging. What value do you feel women can bring to each other through their support?The value is immeasurable. I see this every day in The Soul Movement Salon, my private group on Facebook http://facebook.com/groups/soulmovementsalonFor example, I recently ran a campaign called #ishineyoushine and a woman posted today asking what if she doesn’t feel safe shining because she’s been sexually abused. Three or four women in that community stepped up and let her know their personal healing journeys through abuse -it’s a beautiful thing to witness.
9. In busy cities it can be hard to meet new friends and build a community around you. Do you have any advice around how women can build this support network?Yes, go to things you enjoy and just be friendly, open-hearted. Make eye contact with people, introduce yourself. Trust that women’s true nature is to commune with one another. When you go in with an expectation of meeting amazing people you’ll be a magnet for them.
10. Finally, I understand you’re in the process of launching The Wild Soul Movement. Please tell us about it and where we can find out more.http://wildsoulmovement.com Summer Session enrollment is open until June 6!
Quick Fire Round1. What is your favourite vegetable?Kale2. What was the last book you read?Maps to Ecstasy by Gabrielle Roth3. What is your favourite relaxing or restorative activity?It’s a tie: hot bath with epsom salt and essential oils or snuggling with my man – depends on if I need alone time or not.4. What’s the one online blog/podcast (other than your own!) you’d recommend people follow?Also a tie: Danielle LaPorte or Justine Musk – they write beautifully5. What’s your favourite treat food/drink? Dark chocolate
Thank you Liz for your time and insights. I can’t wait to see what the Wild Soul Movement has in store for us all.