Re:Own - Local Entrepeneur Spotlight: Adriana Rondón Rivero

Photo credit:  Brandon N. Sanchez  

Photo credit: Brandon N. Sanchez 

“¡Mi mente y mi corazón muy fuertes. Mi mente y mi corazón muy felices," is a mantra Adriana Rondón teaches kids at Munroe Elementary school through her YogArtandMovement program. 

My mind and my heart are strong. My mind and my heart are happy.

It seems like a mantra we should all be practicing these days. Which is why Adriana has dedicated her life's work to telling stories with her body, and teaching healing through expression. 

Adriana is a visual artist, journalist and yoga and movement instructor from Caracas, Venezuela. Her work is about the healing journey and it is related to the people. Locally, she partners with elementary schools (Munroe Elementary), classes at the Southwest Improvement Council, and Westwood Unidos, where she hosts a variety of classes at La Casita, such as "Amor Propio y Autoestima para Mujeres (Loving yourself and self esteem for women). Adriana notes that so many Latinas in the community work so hard, often times stressful, physically taxing work that causes stress, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Combined with economic, social and political stressors, Adriana uses yoga as a form of cultural healing. 

"We are all immigrants, and this is a space where we can find ourselves, express our worries, our sadness, our nostalgia." 

Photo Credit:  Goyo Mijares

Photo Credit: Goyo Mijares

In addition to her Yoga practice and community healing and empowerment work, Adriana also teaches the wildly popular El Camino De La Arepa class as a way to share the rich flavor and culture of Venezuela with the community. The project sets out to create community through
the love for Venezuelan food and traditions, while raising awareness and funds for Venezuela, a country that is in a deep economic and political crisis not well known here in the U.S.

Adriana's commitment to creating safe spaces for learning, healing, and reflection upon oneself and ones culture, makes her approach unique and it's something we admire tremendously. Which is why we are thrilled to announce that Adriana will be teaching both El Camino de la Arepa, and a special Mother / Child Yoga class at our First Annual Garden Bazaar! Adriana's arepas will also be for sale at the bazaar. Both classes will be free and open to the public. 


El Camino de la Arepa at noon on Saturday, May 12 at La Cocina @RISE Westwood (3738 Morrison Rd.). To RSVP, email with El Camino de la Arepa in the subject line. In the body of the email include how many people you would like to RSVP. 

Mother / Child Yoga Class at 11:00am on Sunday, May 13 at La Casita @RISE Westwood (3790 Morrison Rd.) . Please RSVP thru La Casita's scheduling system, here


“El Camino de la Arepa” is Adriana Rondón-Rivero's beloved excuse to share the rich flavor of the Venezuelan arepa in other lands outside of Venezuela. “El Camino de la Arepa” is a short class, a live cooking demonstration of how to make Venezuelan arepas and other traditional Venezuelan food. “El Camino de la Arepa” (the Arepa´s path) is what happens when millions of Venezuelans
settle across the world or return to the land of their grandparents. We bring arepas with us.
What is a Venezuelan Arepa? [uh-rey- puh; Spanish ah-re- pah]. Arepa is a type of corn based flat “bread”, that we make from scratch, it is formed into a patty that is grilled, baked, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients.

Special Mother's Day Yoga Class for Mother's & Children with Adriana Rondón VivirYoga Project

To celebrate Mother's Day all mothers and children are invited to a special mother / child yoga class that will be a joyful practice, focusing on poses that open the heart, bring calm and happiness and deepen the bond between mothers and children

Yoga is not a religion. It Is a practice that helps to heal the body and a mind by bringing joy and wellness.

Come to celebrate our roles as mothers and children and to have fun with 45 minute yoga class that will honor motherhood and the special bond between mothers and children, through a variety of poses and sequences, incorporating partner poses and other mother-children activities.

This is a Yoga class for every one! Not Yoga knowledge is needed. All fitness/flexibility levels are welcome. My overall intention will be one of celebration and enjoyment.

Clase especial del Día de la Madre Yoga para madres e hijos con Adriana Rondón VivirYoga Project

Para celebrar el Día de la Madre, todas las mamás y niñas y niños están invitados a una clase especial de Yoga, una práctica alegre, enfocada en poses que abren el corazón, traen calma y felicidad y profundizan el vínculo entre madres y sus hijos.

Yoga no es una religión. Es una práctica que ayuda a sanar el cuerpo y la mente al brindar alegría y bienestar.

Vengan celebrar nuestros roles como madres e hijos y diviértanse con una clase de Yoga de 45 minutos que honrará la maternidad y el vínculo especial entre mamá e hijos, a través de una variedad de poses y secuencias que incorporarán poses para realizar en pareja y otras actividades.

¡Esta es una clase de Yoga para todos! No es necesario ningún conocimiento en Yoga. Todos los niveles de flexibilidad son bienvenidos. Mi intención general será la celebración y el disfrute.