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No Mud, No Lotus: 3 day intensive retreat with Adriana Cortazzo 29 Nov – 1 Dec


Style: Combined Iyengar, Ashtanga and Yoga Synergy schools
Programme: Morning sessions will run for 21/2 to 3 hours; the afternoon sessions will run for up to two hours.
Suitability: suitable for all people at any stage of their journey in life. All levels welcome.
Itinerary: Course starts late afternoon Nov 29, and continues for Nov 30 and Dec 1.
Cost: F$250 : yoga fees only. Accommodation and food should be booked separately


Adriana invites you to a three day workshop of unearthing your inner wisdom; your lotus.

The lotus flower has long been a symbol for unfolding our spirituality. The flower teaches us that no matter how muddied the waters of our consciousness may become, clarity always emerges from our spirit with divine guidance, even if it is one tiny lotus at a time.

This workshop is will empower you with new patterns of growth and inspire your inner wisdom to bloom with radiance and confidence. We will breathe ourselves open (pranayama), our seed of new beginnings will sprout strong and flexible roots to assure longevity of inner beauty (asanas), and our flow-er will sit inspired by all light to ‘just be’ (dharana), meditation. There will be practical guidance and plenty of laughter…

Cost: F$250 for yoga fees for the three days intensive course. This fee covers the yoga sessions only, and can be paid directly at Daku Resort once you are there. Accommodation and meals can be booked separately via

Programme: suitable for all people at any stage of their journey in life. All levels welcome.

Morning sessions will run for 21/2 to 3 hours; the afternoon sessions will run for up to two hours.


Adriana in pensive mode

Friday November 29: 4.30 – 6.30 pm. Adriana will introduce a theme of focus for the workshop followed by a led meditation solely aimed at deep relaxation. This first session is a meet and greet of each other and an opportunity to explore the body and state of mind through breath awareness and gentle movements. This is our first step inward.

Saturday November 30:

7.00 – 9.30am: We continue our journey inward always maintaining a nurturing approach to exploring how we use yoga to expand our awareness of ourselves. The workshop will include a led meditation, asana, pranayama, and silence….

4.30 – 6.30 pm. The content of this session is fluid and will depend on the weather and the state of mind of the students. We may do sensory work which involves conversation, laughter, and fun movements as a way of continuing our journey inward without it being too serious…

Sunday December 1:

7.00 – 9.00am:  We reinforce techniques and methods and within this build on a flow that will start to enhance our inner ‘seedling’ to break new ground’. Continuity is the best way to form a habit.

4.00 – 6.00pm: Final session: break down poses, and end with a beautiful ‘we are one’ meditation. From this final day you can expect clarity, happiness and a stronger and more open body and mind.

Adriana Cortazzo has been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years and has trained as a teacher in the tradition of Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga and in a system known as Yoga Synergy by Simon Borg Olivier. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease which rendered her unable to continue to have any more children. Adriana was so fierce about her discipline of yoga and her belief in holistic therapy that after a three year very strict regime of daily yoga and dietary elimination she not only broke through her ‘mud’ to a life of spectacular well-being, but her ‘lotus’ grew two more children.

Adriana’s yoga practice can be best described as understanding and going with the ‘flow’. “Each and everyone of us is moving. How fast, how slow, to what rhythm, is the story we tell… I believe we’re all wanting to find a ‘flow’ that supports our journey of unending bliss.” Adriana has spent nearly two years working with women in a high security prison. “My practice is about feeling the flow of life, ‘prana’ (life force). When you tap into it, every cell of your being is beautifully pulsating, humming sweet tunes of perfect peace”.

“You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” Rumi, 13th Century Persian poet and Sufi mystic.