I AM PEACE. Meditation.

“Peace…. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or handwork. It means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart”source unknown

Yoga opens her vastness to us and
with hand to heart
lays a path to follow

Meditation can often seem like an impossible task and I usually hear people saying that there’s no way they can just sit still for very long. Well, that’s pretty true to form for all of us. It takes a long time of empowering the body through strength and flexibility before the body will be happy to just sit still for any length of time. If we look to the philosophy as outlined by Patanjali he lists a very practical and manageable list of how to facilitate the benefits of yoga. Patanjali tells us that yoga is about developing a state of mind that is capable of seeing itself. A quest for peace is very achievable. The path of yoga is not a quick fix short course of ever lasting healing. This path is about discipline and devotion to no one else but your self. Movement is an excellent start to begin conditioning the body into a state of balance. However, there are many more ‘bodies’ of the soul that need to be touched and moved before stillness and ultimately ‘peace’ can be deeply felt.

Patanjali’s list of ‘how to achieve’ a pure state of yoga put simply is: be good to yourself, be of service to those that are in need and recognize that which is greater than yourself, move and condition your body, breathe with awareness, focus, concentrate and just maybe you might have cleared all your ‘baggage’ out of the way to be able to be super clear… and in this state of clarity the capacity to open up is VAST (more on that another time).

I invite you to submerge yourself into a deeper layer of YOU.

Yoga opens her vastness to us and with hand to heart lays a path to follow:
Yama (How we conduct ourselves in life)
(Self-discipline and spiritual observances)
(Movement. Poses. Liberty),
Pranayama (Breath. Deep and Expansive)
Pratyahara (Let go of what is not serving you)
Dharana & Dhyana (focused concentration)
Samadhi (Bliss. Peace. You, in your true form)

You may grow,
You may find healing.
and possibly be gripped by solid guidance back to your place of equilibrium.

Please book directly with Odonata!
I look forward to sharing this time with you!

The new course “I AM PEACE” starts  Thursday 11 February 2016. Not to be missed!

A beautiful students shares her insights of class…under your gentle guidance and intuitive wisdom you have taught us the true meaning of yoga, of self-awakening and the union of body, mind, spirit and the universe. We are all one. I loved it so much I joined your meditation class ‘I am Peace’. You sense what we need at every session and bring us back to the divine within. I have not missed a session since and always look forward to the next. I have met the most gorgeous people through you and I have never laughed so much…. Barb




What is that thing that stops you in your tracks and commands your complete attention? Like you’ve been hypnotized. It grips you like nothing else. A direct knowing that is spontaneous and breathtaking. You just know. There is no reason for it. You just know it to be so. I just had a feeling not to get in the car with my brother and even after all these years of trusting my inner knowing, I questioned it on this occasion. I thought, come on, it’s so much easier to go with my brother than with my cousin. Like a mantra on repeat in my head, in my soul, all I knew was not to get in that car. But I’d already strapped myself into the seat. DON’T GET IN THAT CAR. The feeling was unbearable. Ok already, I’d been here before with that ‘knowing’ so against all logic, I got out of the car and into my cousins car. And less than a minute later, my brothers’ car was crashed into at full force from the passengers’ side. My side. He survived. The car did not.

Intuition is a barometer of feeling rather than thinking

There is always the question to trust or not to trust. It’s the fork in the road that can often present as a test to how far our faith can be stretched. My decision to unbuckle the seat belt from my brothers’ car was completely irrational. Even my brother questioned it and was persuading me to stay. Intuition is possibly the one completely illogical experience of TRUST, that when given faith, is a compass that charts a primal experience of intelligence that is beyond thinking and deeply imbedded in sensation. It is a barometer of feeling rather than thinking. “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.”~ Albert Einstein.

Yoga is a graceful reminder of our innate knowledge of how little there is that separates us. Why? Because what you are thinking is what I am thinking

Intuition is like a pretty arrangement of fairy lights that allows you time to fall into a magical display of sparkling clarity, affording you tiny glimpses into limitless wisdom. This insight is like opening the cathedral door of your essential self: Your soul. I like to think that intuition could be the language of the soul and that when we step into ourselves a sacred unraveling of inner tuition is gifted. Sometimes we listen. Sometimes we twist it around so much we loose sight of it. It’s personal. It’s intimate. It’s sacred. Like a secret club we’ve pledged our undying allegiance too. It’s both comforting and tormenting. Or maybe we become slaves to it. Jung says that “In a very short time every actual situation becomes a prison to the intuitive; it burdens him like a chain, prompting a compelling need for solution”. Queue the yogi: in steps thousands of years of living by inner tuition bringing forth an ageless wisdom of connectedness. Sit and be still say the yogis. And feel. Feel your heart beat to the rhythm of raindrops. Yoga is a graceful reminder of our innate knowledge of how little there is that separates us. Why? Because what you are thinking is what I am thinking. Be present to this moment, withdraw from what was and detach from outcomes.

While I was studying in India I found out I was pregnant with my second child. It was 4.30am after I peed on the miracle stick to discover that a baby was growing in my body. I screamed so loudly that my new flat mate woke up and we screamed together. I heard her say something about her pregnancy. When we stopped jumping around I asked her what happened to her baby. She was in shock. What I thought I’d heard come out of her mouth came out of her soul. She told me that she had not spoken a word of it, yet it was the truth.

A day I will never forget was walking out of the specialist’s office juggling my devastation of being labeled SICK, Actually, DISESEASED and unable to have anymore babies. As I walked I heard the name of my friends new boyfriend being chanted at me. Continuously, over and over I could hear his name. The name of a person I had never met before. By the time I reached my home I was in such a state that I bypassed my husband and told him that I needed to speak to Nick. Nick who? I heard him say. When I finally got him on the phone, I asked him if he knew anything about Hashimotto’s disease. He paused. Then replied, yes, I have just finished my thesis on it. Nick was a naturopath. With his outstanding guidance I was cured with not one drug passing my lips. That pregnancy in India was my gift after three years of detoxing and trusting that inner knowing.


It’s truly beautiful to get into the flow. Be still. Listen up and feel our wisdom connect. It is with pride that I stand before you with a new label. I am an intuitive yoga teacher, a title bestowed to me from that secret club of wisdom.


All about Eve!


Deep breath in. Yoga Royalty is in da house!


Just like starting a yoga class, I find myself wanting to gesture my respect by drawing my hands together in prayer position, bow my head and offer my deepest gratitude for all that Eve Grzybowski is.


The beautiful Eve is a whimsical yogi that exudes both strength and peace all at the same time. With her combined gently spoken wisdom and lightness of being, one could be forgiven for thinking that Eve floats, rather than walks her way through life. I first met this floating goddess some 19 years ago, in a class that was jammed packed with students half her age poised on mats in awe of Eve’s persuasive approach to yoga as being ‘fun’. That would often entail anything from an inversion with straps and blocks placed strategically as to not allow the slightest misalignment or to using a chair to split and expose all inhibitions. This was lashings of intense served on a bed of sweetness. That’s Eve.


To this youthful 70 year old yogi, who feels as energized today as she did when she first stepped on the mat some 44 years ago, her wisdom is simple: Life is about living fully awake. Eve continues to teach around the country, has published books and in the past nine years added blogging to her daily routine. Eve explains her experience with blogging as a process of self-discovery. “In blogging I discover who I am in the moment, what I believe, what I deem important. Especially as the way I write is mostly non-conceptual. Rather, I write from my experience, honestly as I can and often intimately”


Eve’s blog eveyoga.com is a very personal account of unraveling the meaning of yoga. Had she arrived? After all these years, had Eve reached the green card of enlightenment?


A chat with Eve.

Adriana: In your blog you undertook the arduous task of translating Patanjali’s Sutras. You reflected the meaning of each Sutra back to your day to day experiences and in the process shared some personal stories about yourself.

Eve: I don’t think I set out to translate Patanjali’s Sutras. It kept me asking the question, ‘What is Yoga? What does it mean to my students?’ I thought I could just open the book and see how each of the 196 sayings related to my life and me.

I love the Desikachar translation/interpretation of Sutra 1.2 that answers the question,

‘What is yoga?’

yoga citta vrtti nirodhah.

He says: Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distractions.

Now that’s a Sutra I can get my head around. It describes a practice whereby I can discover the times when my mind is awake and focused and when it is not.

Sutra 1:3 is a beauty, too, especially the interpretation by Chip Hartranft. After we’ve quieted our minds, as per Sutra 1:2, then

tada drastuh svarupe vasthanam.
That is: Then pure awareness can abide in its very nature.

We’re talking about getting the ultimate reward – the carrot for the stick of disciplining the mind.


A: Can you define what it is to be a yogi?

E: To be a yogi is different than doing yoga, but it includes the doing. The doing part of yoga is your practice and it’s important. To me, being a yogi means weaving the philosophy that underpins yoga, especially the code of yoga – the yama and niyama – into your life. It’s an approach to life that expresses being attentive, mindful and self-aware.


Eve has a very pragmatic approach to unfolding yoga in the new student. Her book ‘Teach yourself Yoga’ outlines a no fuss approach to getting started:

– You roll out your mat.

– You sit on it.

– You do that at approximately the same time every day, to the best of your ability.

– You do what you can, even if it’s only a little.

– If you can’t figure out where to start, quiet your mind. Let the poses come back to you from classes you’ve attended.

– Use yoga books and DVD’s, on-line courses to inspire you.

– Most of all, remember you don’t have to do it well at the beginning.

You just need to start.


A: The journey of yoga is often defined as being on a ‘path’… You have been travelling this road for more than 44 years. What wisdom can you share?

E: The more practice I’ve done over the years, the less likely I am to be able to nail down exactly what yoga is. Maybe any wisdom I have comes from the values I hold. I value relationships with people, with Nature, with the animal kingdom. I value honesty, respect for individuals, the inherent goodness of people, and the practice of gratitude. As I’ve become older, I see that the friendships and family ties we cultivate are the highest form of practice, equal to having a loving relationship with oneself.

The big question is how do we do we cultivate these practices? Simply through our intention and our attention.


A: Has there been a moment of arriving and completely grasping the meaning of yoga?

E: No way! It’s slippery, the meaning of yoga. You think you’ve got it, you think you’re practicing it, and then you realize you’ve fallen asleep again.


A: What does Union mean and how have you related that to your day-to-day living.

E: Yoga is often defined as ‘union’. Ha and tha. Sun and moon. Small self and Higher Self. Perhaps that is the meaning, yoking two things. I can’t quite get my head around those ideas. The times when I’ve experienced union are in intimate relationship with another, in my community choir, in the quiet of a natural setting. And, significantly, when I’ve become internally quiet in meditation or pranayama. Not often, but tantalizingly enough so that I understand the importance of regular practice.


A: Has yoga assisted in overcoming an illness…or injury.

E: Yes, I’ve used yoga for healing from symptoms of osteoarthritis, from a hysterectomy, from a strained acromion joint, and from little things like colds and flues and fatigue. I use yoga therapy as needed or requested in my classroom teaching and love to serve students in this way.

Yoga helped me heal from a double hip surgery that I underwent five years ago. Having new hips gave me a new lease on life. I fully admit to being mortal. I’m weaker than I was when I was 50. I’m stiffer than I was when I was 60. And, no doubt I’ll have more wrinkles and saggy bits next year than I do now. Am I happy? Am I blessed in my life? A resounding YES!


A: Do you feel that the yogic path should involve a trip to India? What do you feel India offers yogis? Is there still a valid connection?

E: Although I loved my experience of being in India, I don’t know that it’s important to do yoga there. There are marvelous teachers all around the world, not the least right here in Australia.


A: You have a busy year ahead with a jam packed teaching schedule.

E:Have mat will travel’ is my phrase of life! I’m thrilled that people still seek me out for teaching as I still feel I have much to give.


A: Eve took her first class in 1971 and to this day she has a daily practice that includes asana, meditation and pranayama. Here is a sample of her daily devotion

E: I start off with 30 minutes of mindfulness mediation which I do with my husband upon waking up. My asana practice goes for about 1.5 hours, after the meditation. I do a variety of asanas, making sure to include inversions – sirssana, sarvangasana, halasana, setu bandhasana, and viparita karani. In my ideal practice, I do pranayama at the very end, after relaxation.


A: Do you ever see yourself stopping teaching… or for that matter, stopping practice?

E: Can’t imagine it. Recently though, I’ve been in training to be a palliative care volunteer and last year I did an on line university course called ‘Understanding Dementia’. We never know our future. If I became disease-ridden or had dementia, I might not have the luxury of doing the yoga practices I do now. I’m deeply appreciative of what I have now, but it’s all subject to unforeseen changes.


…and just like getting to the end of a yoga practice and taking time to pause and reflect on the healing and wisdom of the session. I too pause, feeling satiated for the opportunity to dip into Eve’s contagious life of yoga. I haven’t seen Eve for many years and it’s encouraging to know that her age has not discouraged her thirst for this ancient practice. On the contrary, she is thriving! Age is merely a number of little to no importance. It’s the vitality and energy of the soul that we’ll always hold onto, and what I’ll always remember about Eve.

Bless you!

Check out Eve’s bookshelf for all her favourite reads about yoga! Eve travels the country teaching… drop her a line to find out how you too can be touched by such a divine soul. eve.grzybowski@me.com

Shaken Awake…

this was my beast that took me to uni everyday... (not exact one, but close to)

this was my beast that took me to uni everyday… (not exact one, but close to)

A lesson: I drove a worn out VW beatle to university pretty much everyday. I would remember leaving my house, picking up my friend and arriving at my destination and whatever happened in between was a blur that I called my ‘blank state’ (irrelevant) . My friend was a bubbly, care-free soul and was pretty relaxed about not fastening her seat belt ever (irrelevant). The trip was the same everyday and as usual I would ‘blank’ out for most of it (irrelevant). Then there was this particular day that changed everything… No, it wasn’t so much that a car to my left (I was driving on the right side) missed the stop sign and in full force rammed my car. It was instead, the very profound experience that happened 10 seconds prior (relevant). It was like being shaken AWAKE. Everything around me was crystal clear. I heard the voice of a woman; not my friend and not anyone else around me. But the voice from an unknown source, very sternly commanding me to order my friend to secure her seat belt immediately. The moment she clicked the belt into place was the exact time the car hit us. If she wasn’t wearing that seat belt she would of been killed and possibly me too. Who was that voice? My friend didn’t hear it, only I did..

I have been seeking the answer to the question for a long time and only until my mother passed that it became clearer to me of the possibility of who or what it was.

What I have come to learn through my many years of practicing yoga is that I am not my body. I am not my mind, but I am the light within that propels and activates energy through my body and mind – the soul. There are many layers to our living state and only identifying with the body and the mind is limiting and keeps us from deeper connections. Living from soul awareness means dissolving the veils that create the illusion of separateness. When we consciously take hold of this concept, the capacity to feel oneness becomes a reality. Our communication with each other can become very clear as though in a state of being telepathic. That state of oneness is a process of being so deeply immersed with another living soul that in that instant a very clear state of absorption begins to happen. For instance: waking up in the middle of the night just before your baby cries. Knowing when a friend is about to call you. Sensing unrest, it’s endless…

Yoga is a magnificent and elegant path that leads to a very concise immersion of ONENESS.

For my October YOGA retreat I am focusing on the union between Yoga and Psychic Metaphysical Arts. I have asked my divine and beautiful medium-ship teacher (janelle campbell) to join us and together we dive in deep offering solid methods and tools of connecting beyond this veil of what we see, feel, sense… you will love this immersion of oneness!

Details here



Beautiful Friends,

“Peace…. it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or handwork. It means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart”… source unknown

I invite you to submerge yourself into a deeper layer of YOU.

Yoga opens her vastness to us and with hand to heart lays a path to follow:
asana (poses),
pranayama (breath)
Dharana and Dhyana (focused concentration).

You may grow,
You may find healing.
and possibly be gripped by solid guidance back to your place of equilibrium.

Please book directly with Odonata!
I look forward to sharing this time with you!

Click here for the magic

A triad of blessings…

1. Kim Rosen gave an inspiring TED talk that you must see if you haven’t already!

Mind, body, spirit!

Past, present, future!

The three little pigs!

Father, Son, Holy spirit!

2. I’m tickled pink by the brave team of YOKE MAGAZINE for stepping into a highly saturated arena of media superficiality and producing a product of intense integrity aligning itself to the very purpose of yoga being ‘a union of consciousness’.  They are an independent magazine which does not support advertising. Meaning: No ego, no peddling of the unattainable and above all no BULLSHIT!!! Om Shanti!

Me, myself and I!

Thought, word, action!

Birth, life, death!

Jack grew the bean stalk from 3 seeds!

3. Viparita Karani…. is one yoga pose that will save your life. it is a stunning asana that can swiftly alter a state of mind. My only caution is women should not do it during their cycle. It literally means, doing an inverted pose. The ideal is to use a wall but if that’s not available to you then either use the side of your bed or the couch or a chair are all very effective. Sit to the side of your prop, with your shoulder right up against the wall/bed/chair. Lower your torso to the floor while simultaneously swinging your legs upward. If you’re using a chair just allow your knees to bend and your feet to rest on the chair. What may happen during your transition is that your back may move away from the wall… so here’s what you do to get it closer to your prop. Bend your knees and flatten your feet to the wall. Lift your back and walk your shoulders inward towards the wall, then slowly lower yourself down and hopefully you’ll be closer to the wall if not touching it. With a chair you can pull it closer to you. If when you’re there your back starts to ache trying placing a firm pillow or rolled towel under your lower back, right up against the wall. Then close your eyes and enjoy the bliss of letting go!!!! It is rejuvenating, for the sheer reason that the circulation of blood is being assisted and your system can take a short break as the nectar of your being pools towards the heart effortlessly. I like to stay for 30 minutes. Your arms can either be stretched behind you or they can rest on your belly giving you an opportunity to focus on the flow of the breath. Trust me, this one is a must!! Please let me know how it made you feel…

legs up the wall

Beginning, middle, end!

Genies grant 3 wishes!

Shakespeare’s 3 witches!

I have three kids! 

The acronym of my kids names makes:  OMA… grandmother in German


OM shanti, shanti, shanti… peace, peace, perfect peace!!!

Three hours of Bliss…

Workshop Nov 23 2014 FB

Two wings of the same bird!

Jim Tsinganos

Jim Tsinganos

I confess, I am a collector of words. Not just the everyday words, but the ones that seem to manifest from a pause in thought and the drawing in of a longer than usual breath. In my palm size book I have collected words from known and unknown souls that share a passion for linguistic dance. Small snippets of insights caressing my mind away from chaos, swirling whirlpools in my being to cherish beauty in all things.

Each have expanded my horizon to see beyond my peripheral vision and into that place that only the radical of thinkers would dare to couple such images together. Like this one…. a hindu proverb “The poet can reach where the sun cannot”. It’s the words that I will always remember long beyond the action. The words will always reach into me and eloquently bring to life a stillness. That very stillness that I return to, during and after each yoga practice.

Some people say they can live on air alone and for me I truly believe that words are my nourishment. While most kids were deep into fairy tales, I instead was weaving a tapestry of new and uncharted adjectives, skimming the dictionary like a scavenger in search of MORE. There is always something more to reach…



I don’t often talk about my yoga practice, not even with my students or to colleagues really. It’s very personal and honestly it’s hard to put into words what goes on…  It’s not the jumping around and the contortionist moves that keeps me keen. Today in the silence of my practice, the words that surfaced painted another landscape of understanding. One pose at a time, I sculpt a place in me that beautifully holds my essence. I am suspended from attachment to either bliss or torment. As I move my body attuned to the rhythm of my breath, I seek out that pause that naturally occurs between the paths of inhale and exhale. It’s here that I experience my most treasured gift of all. Emptiness! That emptiness is like an exquisite freedom. Perhaps like an iceberg dislodged from the land… just floating, buoyant and an island in itself.

‘Oh beloved, take away what I want,
take away what I do,
take away what I need,
take away everything
that takes me from you’ Rumi

ahhh yoga! the two core principles of yoga as outlined in the Yoga Sutras: Abhyasa and Vairagya!
Abhyasa – devoted practice
Vairagya- detachment from anything that takes us away from Remembering the self.

They are two wings of the same bird!

“they are companions in play as they flap in unison enabling the bird to fly”
The secret power of yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

From Bent to me….

Just a brief note to say HELLO…

I started off as BentPeople and perhaps it was my name that lured you to my site. With a whiff of change in the air, I’ve made the grown up decision to take ownership of who I am and change the name of my site to (me) Adriana Cortazzo. My site has two purposes: one is to keep new and current students informed of my teaching schedule and secondly, to share some fun, creative and liberating rants with a pinch or a dollop of yoga sacredness. I am inspired by the wisdom and words of the stunning Kim Rosen when she says “dare to allow the rhythm of your heart beat and your breath into the words you use…” I do wear my heart on my sleeves and hopefully into the very veins of my being. Although you are already part of my online tribe I reopen my door to you and greet you whole heartedly to this place I call me. Bless you!



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