Adriana's mission is to help others uncover their creative gifts to bring more joy, change, healing and positivity into the world. She currently leads monthly kirtans with her band or solo with her drum and harmonium, healing sessions, and weekly public yoga classes in Los Angeles and Ojai California – as well as New York. She hosts 200hr and 500hr Power of Love teacher trainings, retreats, India pilgrimages, and facilitates online mentorships and courses to support teachers and those wishing developing healing practices of their own.
Having worked with and through her own battles with addiction, anxiety, depression and creative stuckness, Adriana has specific experience in the areas of sobriety, grief, finding one's true and authentic voice, sexual trauma, addiction, and growth through big life transitions and pain. Her teachings emphasize learning to navigate the subtle body and chakra system, to honor the wisdom within the sacred feminine, and to re-establish a deep connection with the natural world.
This wild, heart-centered path takes Adriana's energetic yoga and meditation teaching and facilitation to a place of depth and transformation for those she works with. Her work comes from over 10 years of training in India and in New York. She is trained in many forms of yoga from kundalini to Anusara, trained teacher of Living Meditation by David Harshada Wagner, mentorship through Nikki Costello, is a Reiki master, and has been practicing and studying kirtan for that long as well. Her expertise is in uncovering the Divine Feminine presence within came to her in a mystical experience in India and has been unfolding ever since.
This interview is part our exploration into theme of Addiction. Check back all August and September for more stories on the theme.
It has long been understood that internal suffering is what helps us cultivate compassion for others. This fact is what makes Adriana Rizzolo such a present and compassionate Bhakti yoga and meditation teacher, kirtan leader, and healing circle facilitator. By facing and owning her own struggles with addiction, anxiety, depression, and grief, Adriana Rizzolo has created an expansive space for others to face and acknowledge their own.
Adriana’s path to sobriety began as a “miracle.” In India for a yoga teacher training, an energetic shift occurred in her that forced her out of the compulsive avoidant behaviors that she had spent many years perpetuating. Growing up in a family where addiction thrived and lived in secrecy, Adriana’s familiarity with the nature of addiction has allowed her to understand and help other people facing addiction and grief, whether it be in circle, her writing, or in the authentic conversations she has on her podcast, Soul Crush.
We interviewed Adriana to learn more about her perspective on how the sensitivity that is inherent in one who has experienced addiction can create a strong ally, her path to sobriety and authenticity, and how we can learn to hold space for others, and especially ourselves.