Building Heart-Centered Communities

Join us for an eye-opening episode of Elements of Community as Diana shares her pearls of wisdom on building a heart-centered community that thrives on shared values, a love for nature, and opportunities for people to connect and work together. Get ready to be inspired and take your community to new heights!

Diana is a firm believer that life’s experiences are gifts from grace. To embrace these gifts, she takes radical self-responsibility. She dedicates herself to daily practices based on the idea that the Universe is benevolent and sends us experiences to challenge our beliefs.

Knowing how integral language is for connecting to others and working with organizations, she has worked to foster heart-centered communities that utilize yoga’s Sanskrit words to anchor our feelings and provide common purpose.

These meaningful words help her audiences in Yoga Teacher Training sessions and Freedom Heart Healing settings to develop a fulfilling sense of community connectedness.

By working together and utilizing language as the key focus, Diana strives to craft a network of benevolent communities that share common experiences and beliefs.

Other subjects we covered on the show:

  • We discussed fluid leadership and how it connects to Diana’s saying “Community itself is the Leader.”
  • Diana talked about the importance of conscious communication.
  • We also talked about the importance of having a tribe.
  • Lastly, Diana answered the question—how do you manage letting go of control in your own life?

AND MORE TOPICS COVERED IN THE FULL INTERVIEW!!! You can check that out and subscribe at [].

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​[00:00:00] Diana, thank you so much for joining me. For those of you who are listening Diana and I got to actually meet during the Best You Expo recently, and we sat down together at the formal dinner that was happening on Saturday night just by divine providence, I guess at the same table.

And our conversation was absolutely brilliant. I mean, it was filled with all of the things that [00:01:00] I look for in conversation. And the connection opportunities between us, abounded, and of course as we started to explore the idea of community and you locked into it and got really excited about it, I was like, okay, this is somebody I need to have a conversation with. For you, the audience. So thank you for joining me and would you like to introduce yourself to the audience?

Mm-hmm. Yes. Thank you. And I just wanna also affirm that that chance meeting was just as delightful for me, and I walked away really with a curiosity to wanna lean in and learn more about you. And so I'm really happy that we have an opportunity to follow up here as a potential starting point for something more in the future.

I am based in British Columbia, Canada. I live in the mountains right by the ocean, so I'm probably in the most beautiful place in Canada. And I moved here two years ago. I'm an author. I've written five compilation books. International bestsellers. I'm launching my solo book in a [00:02:00] few weeks, and if you're listening to this after April, I launched it a week ago.

And I am Canada's only realignment coach and realignment coaching is a coaching methodology that's based on realigning values, principles, beliefs, heart mindset, physical body, and it's a coaching program that grew out of my yoga teacher training programs, which I've been doing for about 15 years because I realized a lot of the teachings that I offered there, which were very heart-centered, and very mindset based.

We're not necessarily showing up for people if unless they came on their mat. So I started doing coaching off the mat. I do mentoring, I do business development coaching. I also am a conscious communication leadership consultant, so I bring consciousness and self-regulation practices into corporations and education with a lofty goal this year to wanna impact 2 million kids, and I'm doing it through their.

That is a lofty goal.

It is lofty. Here's how I'm gonna do it though. And if [00:03:00] anyone's listening and wants to do intros, I can't do it alone. The staff that I get to serve in this way are the ones who are going to make the impact on the kids. So I'm not going to work directly with 2 million kids. But for example, in one school board alone, one of you know, a hundred school boards in Ontario, I was able to train 700 secretaries.

Thousands of teachers and the administration just one school board. So that means each of those adults are now impacting somewhere up to 30,000 students. And so this is how I'm gonna do it. And I also work with parents and parents with children with autism, and lots of other things that I do from previous hats that I've worn in my lifetime.

So much fun. And your book is launching in a few weeks or rather, has just launched.

April 1st is the launch date for my book, and it has been a seven year journey of writing this book, and knowing that there was a part of me that wanted to rush it and knowing that I could not rush [00:04:00] it, that there was part of my life that hadn't yet lived and the downloads weren't ready to come yet. And so it's been a journey of picking it up and putting it down.

Writing five books in between, which were fantastic because I learned so much about being an author and publishing a book and launching a book. And here we are now, seven years later, it's ready to go. And the name is the Call to Freedom. Heal your pain, awaken your loving presence.

What a trip.

Mm-hmm. It's been a trip for sure, and it's still a trip.

Let me just say it's still a trip and it's a real vulnerable trip.

Yeah, tell me more about that.

It's my memoir, it's my story. It starts the day I was born, and it's an opportunity to use my story as the experience of the life coaching, the spiritual coaching, the mindset coaching, and the embodiment coaching that I bring into the book and I write it.

I'll give you a preview of chapter [00:05:00] 13, which is the last chapter called You Are Me Lovingly Disguised As You. So as I write this story, yes, it is my story, my life, and yet anyone who's experienced trauma, pain, abuse, neglect, heartbreak, joy, celebrations, ecstasy, all the various emotional ranges that we get to go through, you can plug yourself into this book and feel like a, just like me, potential.

I love that. So there's a five step model of consciousness that I use to look at the world and for, you know, the few people that want to have conversations with me about this sort of thing. right. And so, it's actually quite simple and it's focused on the me. And so the five steps are to me, and that's the world is happening to me, right?

And then by me. So that's I am impacting the world and my experience of the world is within my locus of control. And so the things that I do, I get to control how [00:06:00] I experience, right? So to me, by me, for me now, interestingly in for me, you're releasing the control again, the locus of control is no longer you. It's outside of you, but it's a gift. All of your experiences become a gift to you. And I see a lot of people trying to move from by me into for me, which is wonderful. It's a beautiful step. And then the fourth one is through me. And seeing the difference between for me and threw me is earth shattering, like, it's absolutely life changing.

And I work pretty hard to continue to strive into through me. But I find myself inform me a lot. And, you know, this is our own path. And then, the final one, and I can see it, but I've never actually directly experienced it and I'm looking forward to being able to, cuz I can't imagine how much more earth shattering that's gonna be for me.

The final one is as me.


And it seems to me like your chapter 13 sees that.

Mm-hmm. Yeah, absolutely. I've [00:07:00] been studying Reverend Michael Beckwith's work for a long time, and he has similar steps and I know that my first 32 years on this planet I lived by life is happening to me.


I wasn't conscious of it. I wasn't awakened to it. I didn't realize there was a different way.

And then for the next 20 years, life is happening for me. And really in the last five years, life has happening through me on and off, and it happens through me on and off because of a yogic principle called spandana, which is the pulsation of life. Sometimes life flows and it's effortless and it's ease, grace filled. It's fantastic. It's easy.

And then sometimes life can be really difficult and we get served parts of our menu. My book is all about the menus that we were given and how we can rewrite our menu. We get served a menu that is potentially something we're not really wanting to welcome and life really [00:08:00] happen as us, as me.

When I can receive it all as a divine, beautiful offering from grace, that this is exactly what's meant to be. And I tell my students all the time, how do you know you're meant to have this experience? Because it's the experience you're having, of course. And it's not an easy pill to swallow, depending on what your path is and where you align with those five steps, which are fantastic, it's not an easy pill to swallow.

And yet one steps on this, this is, these are spiritual practices and spiritual concepts. Once I stepped into that, there was no going back. I mean, I would love to go back some days truly, I'm gonna be really honest. I'd love to go back, and be in The life is happening to me victim state. Love to be there.

Be a lot easier than having to take this radical self responsibility that I'm called to take every single day with how I digest life, how I engage in life, how I connect to others, how I live my purpose, and all of that stuff. So I love those steps just like me. Yes.

[00:09:00] Yeah. Cool. And I'm with you. There are times when I wish I could just step into victim and just be like, you know what? It's all happening to me. And screw you all.

I do that still sometimes. I, you know what though? I do, I just catch myself really quickly, you know, literally, it's a thought, it's a moment. It's a pulsation. And as quickly as it comes in, you know, I could sit, and I could sob for a little bit and then, I can't do it anymore because the pain of going to sleep is now greater than the pain of awakening.

Mm-hmm. Well said. Oh yeah. That's it right there.

Yeah. Yeah. Whereas there was a while where the pain of awakening was really hard and really painful because it meant I had to really see a different perspective in my life, and I had to do a deep forgiveness journey and almost get to the point where I'm a student of the course in Miracles. Get to a point where there's truly nothing to forgive because everything is happening for the evolution of my [00:10:00] soul.

And I know for anybody who's been in situations that are really on a human level, incomprehensible. I get it. That was me. Neglect as a child, physical abuse, sexual abuse. I've been through it, heartbreak, locked outta my house, bankruptcy. Like I have a story and through it all, I have an opportunity of how I wanna engage with that story.

And so life is happening through me, and life is happening as me, allows me to sit back and let go of the judgments that I have over myself, my story, my experiences, and everybody else. And it's not something that happened overnight. I just wanna really make sure anybody who hears this conversation, doesn't say, well, it's so easy for you to say.

It's like it wasn't easy for me to say. It was a lot of work and I committed to the work and it's daily practices that I still engage in and I'm sure you do as well.

Wow. Thank you. Thank you for sharing that. And I'm a hundred percent in agreement. It is not an overnight thing. It's a lot of work. It's [00:11:00] really hard.

Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. And I really believe that you know, the universe is so benevolent, and intelligent that it will always send us when we think we've mastered this, when we think we're going through life is happening through me to maybe I have a little glimpse of life is happening as me. All of a sudden the universe sends me a different experience.

It's like, how committed are you to believing that? Let's test it out with this particular experience, theory, concept. And it's like, crap. Yeah. Yep. Gotta keep doing my work. Like there's no getting over this. There's a humility that must come through it. And in Sanskrit we call the humility of leadership.

HRI, which is H R I. And it's a humility that comes with, it's not a power over. It's not a power under. It's recognizing that we are all sharing this experience called life. We all have difficult experiences. Some people might choose to sleep through them. There's no judgment about that. It's [00:12:00] just, for me, it's not an option anymore.

And some days really, I wish it was, but it's not an option anymore.

Thank you. How has that informed your engagement of community, and the way you build community and the way you help other people step into real deep human connection and the community that can grow through that?

That's a juicy question and I'm all lit up writing. Wait. Ready? And so excited to answer because building community is one of my favorite things to do, and I built community for the last 35 years, not really knowing I was doing it and intentionally stepped into building community in the last 15 years when I started running yoga teacher training programs.

So I pretty well took the fast track from becoming a yoga student to a yoga teacher, to a yoga teacher trainer. And it's because as soon as I received my yoga teacher training certification, which was almost 20 years ago now, [00:13:00] I knew that I was given this information, these tools, this knowing to build community.

That was my purpose. And so every class is an opportunity to build community and every yoga teacher training program and group that I've had the privilege of being in the presence of, I've done about, I think I've done 16, 17 YTT groups now, and almost a thousand people, and each one comes together and creates its own community that, of course I'm teaching.

Of course, I'm delivering content, and yet there is no, the community itself is the leader. Now, the other thing that I've done is I've learned how to facilitate circles. I went to Amsterdam and got trained in hard IQ. I run Healing heart circles, I call them, although I'm changing the name now to match my book and it's gonna be called Freedom Heart Circles.

And they are opportunities to really bring together communities who are committed to wanting to [00:14:00] feel whatever is moving through them. And it's very much of a present moment, felt sensation without judging. So there is nothing that's wrong, there's nothing that's bad. In fact, good and bad are simply concepts we've been taught and we've bought into those menus.

And so we release the judgments of them and we just allow the body to show the way to what needs to be released. And sometimes it's ecstatic and joyful and laughing and giggly and literally people standing up and playing patty cake on their, you know, in the middle of the circle.

And sometimes it's, very raw and very emotive and very energetic. And all of those experiences that I get to do and that I've been guided to do are building community and my purpose. I know my purpose is to build heart-centered communities, and I allow that to be really the driving force between everything that I do or behind everything that I do is how do I support building community?

And I also wanna add community is [00:15:00] sometimes just one or two or three people. It doesn't have to be a big group. It could be a small group of friends, it could be a family. My family's my community as well.

Yeah. I, I love it. And I see it in a, in a yoga, te yoga teacher training setting and, and in a, you know, in a heart healing setting or, or a freedom heart healing setting. Like you, you come in and you, you start out by establishing that, that common language, which is a, you know, a combination of the way that we're choosing to think about this experience.

And in, in yoga, you're, you're using Sanskrit words to, to help. Anchor the feelings and the expressions. Right? And, and we have a common purpose. We're, we're all, we're all working together to open up our minds and move into a, a, a, a specific mind space and mindset and using your bodies to do it. right. So there's that common purpose, whether it's stated or not. [00:16:00] Everybody's there for that specific reason. And the project is the, you know, each time we sit down at our mats and we, we go through the motions of, of using our bodies to open our minds and then accepting and stepping into that new mindset.

It's amazing. I love it.


and, and I love that you see it and that you are driving that.

I, I love doing that. And then I also bring the same experience. It's no different when I step into corporations and I work with leadership teams anywhere from say, five to 20. They call them leaders. So that's the people that are able to have the time off to be able to meet with me because they're not doing the day-to-day work.

I mean they are, but it's a different kind of work. And I bring the same intention into those groups. And I love your pillars of community. I use slightly different language, but yeah, different concepts, language. But language is number one for me, having a common language. And so I will often. Some of the pillars before we [00:17:00] actually do the work together.

So when I work with leadership groups, when I work with Y T T groups, when I do circles, we'll talk about, first of all, agreements. So you talk about your social contracts, I think you call them.


So I call them agreements. What are our agreements? Why are we here? And then the next thing we talk about is some of the language and some of the language, because my first career for 32 years was as a speech and language pathologist, and I worked primarily with nonverbal kids and as a board level consultant where my clients were speech language pathologists.

So they would call me in for support, working with teachers, admins, and parents. Language is my thing. And so that's probably where I have the strongest focus when I do groups, and it's heart-centered language and it's empowering language, so it's not so much about the like the lexicon, the kind of vocabulary we're using, but it's how we communicate what it is that we're wanting to share and how we can communicate from an empowered heart space.

And it's always, when I say power, it's always power of the heart and and [00:18:00] confidence and all those things. And then the common projects. You know, those get when I'm working in corporations or educational settings, the common projects or the shared projects are often determined as we work together.

Because when they call me in, they don't really know why they're calling me in, except they know that there's something that's not quite working well in their leadership team. People are stressed, people are not motivated, people are not being productive. All this stuff. I get called into schools and I'm being told by administrators that my schools is run by teachers who are the mean girls, and like that still happens today.

So I go in and I help them to literally see each other's divinity and humanity simultaneously. And so when we're done, those experiences, however long they last, sometimes it's just a keynote, sometimes it's a two day, three day event.

When we're done, those experiences, people not only fall in love with themselves, but they fall in love with each other, which means they fall in love with life itself. And I give them the tools and the [00:19:00] strategies primarily through communication. So coming back to that language piece, the communication tools to be able to continue this.

And a lot of the times it's relational communication. How do we talk with each other? How do we engage with each other? And the most important thing is how do I relate to myself? So this is where I bring in the embodiment practices, the communication and language around embodiment practices. And so somatic soma means body.

So I bring somatic practices into it.

Oh, that's awesome.


And I want to go.

Yeah. You know what I love the most and you're welcome to anytime, and if you have a team that you wanna bring me out to do with your team, I'm happy to do that. The greatest gift for me, and it's such a privilege every single time, is to see a group of people that come in and there's no doubt, like no matter what the group is, over the years, every group, they're scared, they're quiet, they're not making eye contact, they're keeping to themselves.

And literally at the end of one hour, I can have people hugging each other and in love with each [00:20:00] other. And I did it at the Best You Event where people were sitting in the seats in tears. And that's when I know I've touched their heart and I've touched a place in them that was longing to be touched.

Like that's the common purpose. They may not even have known it. But they came in for a reason. Something attracted them to that talk, and I touched a part of them that was so ready and longing to be touched. And then I have them interact with each other and now they take this open, vulnerable part of their own hearts and they share it with another, even just one other.

And it changes everything. And I really believe that if we could do that around the world, like my mission is 2 million kids this year. Next year I want my mission to be like, how many billions of people are on this earth now? 8 billion people? We would not have wars, we would not have acrimonious divorces and conflict and all kinds of problems and trauma in the world.

We would have people that would see, again, the divinity in the other, but they can't see it unless they can touch it in themselves. And when [00:21:00] we're stressed and busy and anxious, and held in trauma and undigested and unexpressed expressions of life, then we can't feel. So, I'm on this mission. I really wanna make, create impact and I do it beautifully through communities.

Hmm. Wow. That's amazing. I love it. Thank you.

Yeah, it's my pleasure. It's my pleasure and it's my delight to be honest, to be able to talk about this and to be able to share it as a consideration that it's possible. Like I really believe it's possible. I've had people who did not like their life one bit. Critical about their work, critical about their family, their relationships, and by the end of a couple of hours, they're messaging me and saying, I love my life.

And every day after I love my life, there's a tractor going by my house. There we go. All right. Hello, tractor. Yeah.

So you said something that is [00:22:00] exciting to me. And here's why. What you said was the community is the leader.


And everybody on on this podcast has heard my model for adulthood. So, I talk about how adult humans are actually defined by a group of skills, not by age or physical maturity.

And one of those skills is fluid leadership.


And so to me fluid leadership means that me as a member of the community, I will seize leadership cuz it's sitting there waiting for the right person to step into it in order for us to move forward in the right direction at the right time because I'm the person to drive that forward.

And then when I'm done with, providing my best value to my community. I seed, I release that leadership so that the next person can step into it and seize it, and keep us moving forward. And that's what fluid leadership is to me. It is actually the polar opposite of static leadership, the thing that we think of as leadership today.


And so you said the community is the leader, which is just a beautiful. [00:23:00] Alternate phrase for what I think is the same thing, and I'd like to invite you to talk about that a little.

Yeah, I love the term fluid leadership by the way, there. With it comes not only a visual for me of this like just effortless wave, but a full embodied relaxation. And so it's a great term and I believe that we are using the same language when we talk about fluid leadership and the community as the leader.

When I do, I'll take for example, the Y T T programs and those people graduate. They then go on and they create their own communities. And so my intention was to serve, let's say a group is 30 people in front of me and I spend 200 hours with them, and I help them to develop their leadership skills. That's a big part of it.

Their communication, their self embodied awareness, and then we use all this other stuff that we call yoga language, and yoga really is not the primary focus of these communities. They think it is, but really I consider it a personal and spiritual development program disguised as yoga is the beautiful [00:24:00] outcome that they get to then go out and deliver into the world with a structure and a name to give to what they're going to do.

But what they're doing is they're then going out and creating leadership. So there's a fluidity there that passes on from me to each of them, and it's so delightful for me to be able to see these incredible human beings go out and serve their communities. So I see fluid leadership, and community leadership moving in that direction.

When I do circles, when I do events in larger groups or corporations or education, I simply ask the questions and then pass it over, and I literally feel like it's like I'm passing the baton to whoever is next in that leadership responsibility or role without needing to like, there's no forcing it. It just naturally evolves when I can sit back and know that it's not about me.

None of this has ever been about me. It's about us. It's about we. And so there's a [00:25:00] beautiful effortlessness and organic passing on of the baton. And then I also believe really firmly that everybody is a leader where you are always. I heard someone on your podcast. I can't remember which podcast it was cuz I've been binge listening to you recently to get familiar with your podcasting style.

But there was a conversation around self-governing, self-leadership. And I really, that's what I say all the time as well, is we are all leaders. The question is, what are you leading today? And hopefully we neverlose in touch with our self-governance and our self-leadership, we are responsible for our bodies.

We get to lead and decide what we put into our bodies, how we move our bodies, how we don't move our bodies, our sleep, our connections, our self study. So we're always leading. And then the question that I use, and at one time I had a business that was called that doesn't matter what was called, but our tagline was, you're all leaders, but are you a leader who gives a shit?

Oh yeah.

Right? There's the consciousness. Like, are you willing to see the divinity, the humanity, the leadership in the other, [00:26:00] and pass that baton where it needs to be passed so that we can allow everybody to step into their governing self-leadership and leadership of community. So I don't see it as, oh, and the other thing I wanted to say is I learned the more I passed the baton, the more I learn.

The more I relax, like I don't have to do it all. I don't have to come in with all the answers. I don't have all the answers. I mean, when it comes to yoga, yeah, okay. I created a curriculum, got it approved. I've got that skill for sure. When I go into corporations, I don't know what it's like to be in those environments.


I can't try to pretend and impose my belief system onto them. I need to sit back and listen. And this is where when I can pass that baton and really hear and feel not only here, but feel the unspoken, then I can relax and trust that there's an evolution happening in that space that doesn't need me to take a lot of control over it.

In fact, they will figure it. I'm simply [00:27:00] there to give them the platform to do so.

That's amazing. I completely agree.

Mm-hmm. A lot of what I learned about this, I learned through my heart IQ work with Christian Pankhurst, who's in the Netherlands, and I've gone there. I posted Christian here in Canada several times. We've done a lot of work together. I was there recently in Switzerland, actually doing some work there.

And it really comes with a lot of trust that you don't have to know it all to get started. You just get started and trust that what you need to know is gonna show up along the way. And what you don't need to know, like you just say, I don't know. Right? It's like you don't have to know it all and there is a time where.

I've worked in various leadership roles with organizations as a consultant, and I'm really clear about who I wanna work with and who I don't wanna work with. And every now and then some people have been a little bit sneaky and have shown me parts of themselves but not the [00:28:00] other parts.

And when I see their true leadership, it's very controlling, and I have a really hard time working in that environment because I want everybody to feel empowered. I want everybody to feel like they're part of the conversation, that they're part of this breathing life force that's called whatever the company is called, and so through circle work I've learned to trust that I can step back and I can observe and something's gonna take over the circle. There's always gonna be something that takes over the circle.

Something being an energy, an expression, a person, something's gonna take over the circle and my job's not to try to manage it. My job is to check in with all the other participants to make sure they're doing okay. And if they're not, take do a check-in point and allow it to play out the way it's meant to.

And I've been in circles before where, I'm not kidding. It was [00:29:00] like a Disney shit show. Like we could not have written a script that would've played out that way. And there was divine perfection in it. And it's, you know, sometimes uncomfortable. Super unpredictable. And yet it always, always shows us the highest potential for who we are as an interconnected human species.

Wow. Fun.

Yeah, lots of fun.

Yeah. Cool. When you're building these communities and yoga teacher training is a great example, but it's not the only one. When you're building these communities how do you make sure that all of the elements are present so that it can actually grow into a community?

So the first thing, as I mentioned that I set up is agreements, common agreements. And you know, a common agreement is I'm not gonna walk away because it gets uncomfortable. A common agreement is what happens here, stays here. A common agreement is [00:30:00] I will own my projections and my resistances. For example.

So, and these are common agreements no matter what the settings, even if I'm going into corporations, because some of the work we do for people who have never been in their bodies, which is a lot of people, and that was me for 32 years. I lived very successfully right up between my chin and my crown really successfully.

And you know, it was a really good place for me to live cuz it allowed me to really create a lot in my life, but I wasn't complete because I was denying this whole other part of me that was living in my body that for very good reasons, had to be shut down. That was my survival strategy, so I can totally thank it now, I don't judge it.

So we need to set up those common agreements first and then, I really love to give the group an opportunity to feel their bodies and to, I do a lot of breath work with the groups that I work with, and so that takes them into their bodies and when they can find their way into their [00:31:00] bodies, there's a relaxation.



So some of these agreements are actually they're beautiful, but they're also really challenging. How do you invite people into the challenge of that agreement? So, for example, owning my projections, like, that's a really fantastic agreement. Everybody should have it all the time.

And also that's really challenging.

Yeah, so remember, I pretty well choose where I'm gonna work. And so if I'm in an environment where I don't see that's gonna be possible, I may not take my time to spend in that environment. When it comes to things like yoga teacher training programs, I use real life examples. So as things come up in an experience, I mean, I'll talk about it as an agreement, but until people have a lived experience of it, they don't recognize how challenging it can be, so we do it together.

I wanna make sure that no one ever feels like they're judged, that what they're feeling, experiencing, [00:32:00] expressing is wrong. In fact, it's simply all just a learning opportunity. And, you know, let's take it now into agreements for relationships. Like intimate relationships, probably the most challenging relationship ever. Because everything that you're holding inside somehow will get projected onto your relationship if you're not conscious.

And remember, we all go to sleep, right? We all go to sleep and we go back to the life is happening to me and maybe by me, and we forget about the through me and as me. So one of the things that I'm committed to is having what's called withhold conversations.

I'll give you an example. I have a daughter who's 25. And during COVID, my kids and I lived in a small little cottage, beautiful conservation property in Ontario and in Ontario everything shut down. There was no school, there was no work. Everything was remote. So there were now four of us living in this little house on one floor without walls, trying to coordinate school and work schedules.

And I was still [00:33:00] teaching, and creating yoga videos at the same time with these big humans in my home. And there were some wonderful things that happened. We got to play a lot like more than I have in a long time as a family. We got to play like literally Nerf, Nerf gun wars outside, like kind of play, like full out play.

Oh, yeah.

And then but we also, I also noticed that as I got busy and I was really busy with work, I was managing like sort. There so many different parts of my work, but also making sure my son was able to do his schooling. And then my husband and I had just separated literally the day that Covid happened for us, which I was in Iceland, came back that day.

He left. And so I was navigating a lot of personal, emotional things threw me as well, but I noticed that as I was doing that I was giving my daughter more and more power. I was letting her really organize our family. And she was 22 at the time. She was organizing our family. She was organizing our days, she was organizing our meals.

And I noticed that I started to get a little [00:34:00] irritated about that cuz I felt like I wasn't having any choice making in it. And so I said to her, Julia, I have a withhold to share now hear this cuz this is really important. Do you have the capacity to hear me right?


And if she had said, no, I have to respect that.


And she said yes, and I said, now don't forget, my kids have grown up in my house. They've done my Y T T programs, they've been part of my circles. This is common language for us. I know it's not for everybody, but it can be. And I said, you know, I'm feeling some resentment right now and I'm feeling some, I can't remember exactly how I phrased it, but I feel like there's been a differentiation of power and there's not an equal decision making happening in our house.

And I feel like I'm being kind of left behind in that, and it doesn't feel complete for me. It doesn't feel equal, it doesn't feel fulfilling. And she looked at me and she said, you're right. How can we do it better? This [00:35:00] could have been an irritation that could have gone on for like years and swept onto the carpet, which is what a lot of people do.

So again, it's conscious communication. How do we navigate these difficult conversations? It's a practice. The practice starts with, for me, the practices and what I teach people is what is your body communicating with you? Your body's communicating every moment of every day. We call them sensations, the language of the body.

And so when we can tune into the body and attune to our sensations, we start to get information. Now, what is that information telling you? Well, there's something else that happens. Our mind starts to create stories and narratives. I'm irritated because she's always taking control because she's so bossy, because she doesn't have any respect for me and look at the stories that I can create so quickly.

So I have to stop every now and then go back into my body. How does it feel when I make that idea a reality? Oh, it doesn't feel so good. And is it even true? Probably not. But I'm running the story [00:36:00] that it's true and this is how judgments are created, and this is how wars are created. So it starts with this self-governance tune into my body.

Notice the thoughts that come. I call them popups. Come back to my body. Breathe. One of my chapters is breathe and everything change. Breathe, physiology of breath. It's so powerful and so withhold conversations are really important. Now, in circles, people will often withhold and I'll know because I'm gonna see them working so hard to try to manage themselves.

You know what I mean by that? Like, their fist might be clenched and they're holding back tears, or they're getting irritated. It's showing up on their face. , and so I'll invite the group. Does anyone have a withhold that they'd like to share?


Now, because we're all leaders and we are all self-responsible, we have to be willing to receive that if we want unconscious leaders. [00:37:00] What does that look

That's the common heart right there.

That's the common heart. For sure. Yeah. And so in an organization, of course there's differentiation of power in organizations, but when I come in and work, there's no differentiation of power. Everybody starts at a common level and we work from there.

Yeah. Wow. What a great share.

Hmm. I think it's so important. You know, the way that we communicate with ourselves and with each other can impact everything.

Separately and together with ourselves and with each other. Yep.

Absolutely. And remember at the end of the day, you are me lovingly disguised as you.


And so that which point back.

I'm mainly disguised as you.

Yeah. If I that which I project or I judge or whatever towards another, I'm bringing it back to myself [00:38:00] and it was Neil Donald Walsh, who's the writer for the Conversations with God. He coined a term similar and I've changed it. So his is, I believe his is, you are me cleverly camouflaged as you.


And I like the lovingly disguised because love is the reason that Trump's all reason in my lifetime.

Yeah. That's beautiful. And this is a common challenge, right? It's a common challenge for us to see ourselves and for us to see ourselves in the world around us.

Yeah, see yourselves through the eyes of love.



I play with the idea of an alternate version of tribe rather than thinking of tribe as the name of indigenous populations, which is fine.

I think of the tribe as the, you know, 6, 7, 10 people that are closest to me, that that 100% will show up for [00:39:00] me at all times no matter what. No matter where, no matter. And one of the things that I've been working with for, you know, when I'm doing coaching and my coaching clients, one of the things that I've been working with is helping them understand that tribe is a hundred percent absolutely necessary.

It's the smallest version of community, and you can't be a whole secure healthy human. If you don't have your tribe, if you don't have these people that have your back all the time, under all circumstances, no matter what.


And for a long time I thought that tribe was five, five people, the minimum number was five.

And that that tribe built on a building block of the number five. And you're gonna laugh about this,


Through a lot of observation and research and study and and self-study even that, what I noticed was people with less than five were not fully secure. And I could just see it. I still don't.

Even today I still don't fully understand why that number is that number. But [00:40:00] one realization I had a couple of months ago that blew my mind. Like this was every bit as earth shattering as stepping into through me. It blew my mind when I realized that the minimum number of tribe is not actually five at six. It's me and five others.


And here, I've been for years and years I've been seeing this minimum tribe.


I've been seeing it through my eyes without seeing me.

Mm mm. Well, you know, I have a poster right in front of me that says, you are the universe experiencing itself. And the universe could not experience life except through you, which is why you were created. And so you were seeing it through the eyes of the universe, but you were forgetting to include yourself. Right?

Mm-hmm. I absolutely was.

Yeah. I know from a communication perspective three as a tribe is really difficult, because the one-to-one will have a conversation. If you think about just people standing [00:41:00] around in conversations, and I did it at the Best You expo with you, with other people, if there's two people standing talking, it's hard for the third person to come in and navigate an interruption in that conversation to sort of join in.

If there's four people talking, it's often two and two, if there's five people talking, the research recommends that it's actually easier to navigate an entry point into that conversation. And so, you being the sixth person coming into the five, I can totally see that and I'd love to see research on that one day.

Maybe, maybe I'll tell you to let me know when you find that research. But it feels right for me too. I'm gonna say that for many, many, many years of my life, I did not have tribe and part of it's because I had so much trauma in my past. And when there's trauma, it's really hard to be vulnerable, open-hearted, and feel safe in the presence of others.

So my protective strategies, my protective mechanisms were to stay shut down. And my heart was closed. And I, you'll read about this in the [00:42:00] book when I was 32 years old, my daughter was with a friend of mine, and it was one of the first friends I had ever had in my life. And I was 32 really close friends.

And her husband said to her, Diana is such an incredible woman. She's so kind. She's so giving, she's successful, but she's an ice queen. And I looked at myself at myself that day and I said, where? Is he right? And that's what really started me on my spiritual journey and my spiritual path. So 25 years later, I create tribe, I value tribe.

And I now recognize that for a tribe to be successful, the number one thing is you have to be able to be vulnerable with your tribe, not with everybody in the world, although I think that's an absolute gift. But certainly with your tribe, and I believe really strongly, and I think you've done work in this as well, I've done a lot of work around masculine feminine energies, and I believe women need sisterhood and men need men's groups.[00:43:00]

And then we need a co group as well, like co you know a co-ed group. But women need sisterhood and men need men's group, and especially if one is in a relationship, they need to feel and fuel their sense of their power, whether it's masculine or feminine, with their same sex groups, so that they could come back and bring the best parts of themselves to their relationships without having to be needy to their partner for every and all parts of themselves.

So, the first thing I wanted to affirm with you. And then the other thing is you mentioned about not feeling whole without a tribe, and I totally get that. In yoga Sanskrit whole wholeness is called Purnamadah. Wholeness is our birthright. We were born whole incomplete. There was nothing missing.

When my kids were born, they were like perfect. And yet what happens is we start, you know, parents looked up, Dr. Wayne Dyer says, parents look at the heavens above and said, thank you, God. I'll take it from here. And they start to imprint us with their menu. And their menu is [00:44:00] generational values and unconscious beliefs that they don't even realize they're passing on, including trauma.

So when that happens, we are whole, but we forget our wholeness. And so everything that I do, everything that I teach, everything that I breathe, everything that I practice is a remembrance of what's already true. And coming into tribe doesn't create your wholeness. It allows you to remember that you are whole.

I love that.


What a gift. Thank you.

Yeah, you're welcome. I really and I get to go out this afternoon in this beautiful sunny weather that we're having and be with my tribe, and it's a group of sisters. And, you know, when I moved here to BC from Toronto two years ago, I left behind a really big tribe, a really big community. I mean, probably 500 people that I could call.

Talk about the people that you would have your back in an instant. That [00:45:00] many, I'm not joking, they're the people that have walked through my life and stayed in my life and I walked away from that and came to BC and looked around and said, okay, I'm here. Where's my tribe? That's the language I use. Where's my tribe?

And I couldn't find them.


It was really tough, and I realized it was up to me to create them. I did it once before and I'll do it again. And so I get to create them. And just last night I was teaching a yoga class, a yin music class, a very gentle class, really gentle stretching. There were 12 people in class, 10 of them were men, and each one of those men were hugging each other after class.

And I just sat back and I love observing Brotherhood Connection. I think there's nothing more beautiful and powerful and loving and it's what the world needs. And the men get to create this powerful container to allow the women to be women. And so I'm watching this last night [00:46:00] and I finally said to one of them, cuz I'm relatively new to this community, I love this brotherhood that's going on.

And the one man that I was speaking with said, yeah, we're all like so close and best friends and you can feel that. I could feel that. Let me own it. I could feel that connection. I could feel that tribal connection and I love it.

Wow. What a gift.

Mm-hmm. Yeah. They were a gift last night.



What a gift that That's delightful. As I wrap up my interviews, I like to ask three questions, which you are now familiar with.

I am.

The first one is, where can the people who are as inspired by you as I am, where can they find you?

Thank you. My website is My book coming out April 1st, so just a couple of days ago. I also host retreats. Oh, that's another beautiful [00:47:00] way, by the way, Lucas to to build community. It's to host retreats. So I do at least one a year this year. I'm doing it in Italy in August.

Oh, lovely.

So anybody wants to experience this.

I call it a conscious leadership retreat. So we do yoga every day, meditation. Conscious leadership circles and then everyday excursions with a private chef, it's gonna be amazing. And so everything is on my website. Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn is where I'm most active on social media. And if you just put in Diana Lockett, you'll find me.

That's pretty well it. My email is and you can also send me a message via, on my website.

Realignment, bringing it back.

Mm-hmm. Yeah. Bring it back to wholeness.

Yeah. If there was any question, this is the second question. If there was any question that you would like me to have asked, what would it be?

I tried to preplan this, knowing that you asked it. I tried to preplan it and I couldn't preplan it. You know, this is my letting go [00:48:00] of control. Was there any question that didn't get asked? I think we had a really rich and juicy conversation and I really trusted everything that needed to be spoken was spoken and I feel very complete. So, no.

You know, you just said it.

Which is...

It's actually a beautiful one. And here it is. Here's question number three. The question was, Diana, how do you manage letting go of control in your own life?

That has been a journey


When one grows up in a trauma environment, control is a survival mechanism. And so it's been a journey of really, for me, a lot of it's been through breath work. A lot of it's been through my embodiment practices. Through finding my way into tribes and sisters and circles where they can be the container for me to be able to release whatever has been held into my body.

And it's, there's always more because healing is a lifelong journey, and all healing [00:49:00] has its time. And then day to day, how do I let go of control? I walk around a lot. I do this a lot. My palms are out. And my mantra every day, and it's a mantra that's on my phone, so every time my phone goes to sleep, it wakes up and I hear this message, which is, where would you have me go?

What would you have me do? What would you have me released to be able to show up from a place of love?

Hmm. Love is all. I'm

giving you the answer. The last line to chapter 13. By the way, I have chapter 13 super fans for this book, cuz I've been sharing this. The last line in chapter 13 is, what would love do?

What would love do?

What would love do? And if we were to see love as all of our purpose. And everything else that we do in the world is simply our unique expression of love. Whatever that work or relationship or whatever we do, life is a lot [00:50:00] easier. As often as I remember, I put that on my menu and that's what allows me to let go of control.

Cause I recognize it has nothing to do with me. I'm simply the conduit.

Amazing. Wow. What a great way to close up. Thank you. Do you have any final words?

No, it's just been a delight. No, just, I don't wanna use, just, just as minimizing. It has been a delight to be in your presence. I look forward to hearing from your audience. If anyone wants to connect with me, I'm always open to conversations. I feel like life is a conversation, yoga is a conversation, and I feel really inspired in your presence.

So thank you for the work that you're bringing into the world.

Mm. it's my pleasure. And to quote the great Diana Lockett, I am simply a conduit

Yes. Yes, yes. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

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