You might be working right down the corridor from a heavenly Yoga Studio!
We meet the duo behind vivea, GRIS & RAMON
We celebrate in this blog interview, our new partnership and their vision & creation of a mini-Oasis!
We are extremely proud to have vivea stock our
OMBRE COLLECTION of YOGA MATS!
So why the name….”vivea”?
When we were clear that we wanted to undertake this project, we encountered the challenge of naming it. So after a whole day of combining vowels and consonants, suddenly “vivea” appeared and it was like that lightbulb moment. Without a doubt it summed up perfectly the action of living (vivir – in Spanish). Just like a “chatea” (chat) or “twitea” (tweet), we loved this personal expression of the verb live, something closer and more current. And if you have a closer look, we always like to write it in lowercase to show that closeness. Our intentions with this project is for people to live their lives as they deserve to and do it with simple actions that we can all do from day to day.
And tell us about your motto: “YOGA, FOOD, ATTITUDE”
YOGA – We knew it should be more than a yoga studio. We wanted to bring yoga around the world and at all levels, for those who had never practiced and for those who did and needed more knowledge. That is why we decided to invite international talents to come to vivea to impart their workshops. In addition to local members, people from all over Europe attended. We are now motivated to continue to work and create new workshops with many more international talents.
FOOD – For us, food has always been a key piece in our family. And we have always been in a continuous learning process, attending many cooking workshops and reading up on blogs and websites on the subject. And the same question always arose. How to really apply all this knowledge to our day-to-day life. We are facing a new scenario of countless healthy choices. What to choose? Why that? Why not all of them? What do we really need? So when we set out to create vivea, we were clear that we should help people, and even us, to have clear guidance on the matter. No labels, no limitations, no obsessions. Being free to choose what to eat for the sole purpose of making us healthy and happy. Because if you are happy inside, you will be on the outside.
ATTITUDE – How does this come into it? Well, evidently in everything! The attitude is in everything we do, without attitude we do not give meaning to anything we can do. Neither the practice of yoga nor the teachings on healthy eating, etc… My experience with the “dragon” made me understand the importance of thoughts, therefore feelings and therefore emotions in oneself. I learned to meditate, to breathe and to be aware of my reactions to life. That is why in my classes I feel the need to combine yoga with the attitude to bring to a level of personal consciousness that helps people to create changes in them in order to achieve real wellbeing and especially lasting.
Tell us about where your studio is situated. What is it like to be a yoga studio inside an office block? What are the challenges and the rewards?
We are from Viladecans and when we set out to create this project, of course we shuffled the possibility of creating it in Barcelona, but for us it would be an overnight effort to go there every day with family & the kid’s school etc. We have the motorway exit nearby and plenty of parking space bing an office complex. Plus being in the Business Park of Viladecans we have many companies around us full of people with an accelerated pace, it was a good opportunity that we could not let go.
What has it been like opening a new business together?
It’s the best thing that ever happened to us. We both had different jobs and therefore different concerns. We are a married couple and parents like everyone else, but in our case, the creation of vivea has been the most motivating thing that has happened to us.
When Teresa lit the spark, we were at a very special time because we had just defeated the “dragon” the whole family was together and we were especially attentive to life and its signs.
Go through a typical day in the life of Gris and Ramon!
Uff! We cannot deny that these past two years of vivea have been very intense. It all started as a dream but from the first day we have not stopped working and working. We have two wonderful children and a grandfather at home, so imagine. From first hour we are non-stop: Showers, Shool, Grandpa, Meetings, Classes, Food, School, vivea, New Projects, Extracurricular, Dinner, and so on…
Our days sometimes seem to have more than 24 hours but at the same time, it seems that nothing lasts!
So why make the move to fill your studio floors with our SHADED MOSS & TROPIC HUES yoga mats?
We do not want to lose new opportunities and new ways of collaborating with wonderful people and spreading the “good life” to be honest. That’s why your mats are now part of vivea and so we are very happy to have met you. From the first day that we discovered the brand, we knew that there was something in common that united us. Your passion for what you do, your story. So thank you and welcome to vivea!!
Regarding the colours, the truth is that any of the 5 colours are ideal and perfect for our space. They complement each other perfectly with our design. In the end we chose the SHADED MOSS and the TROPIC HUES because when we saw them stretched out on the ground lit by the sunlight that was entering at that very moment by the window, it gave us so much peace and colour that it was as if they were already part of vivea.
For us the interior space that you have created for Vivea is unique, with a kitchen + yoga studio + living space, all in one. Tell us about the design decoration of this space and what you have created. And share with us the experience of some of your students.
We knew that we wanted to create something more than a yoga studio. We also had to offer experiences about yoga, food and attitude. We were fortunate enough to have a very light-filled space and we wanted for everyone who entered to feel at home. Feel good from their first moments in the space.
We have create a space where yoga is practiced and where there is a kitchen, sofas, lamps, a cozy timber floors, and all this somehow was to connected together perfectly, but it was not easy. In the end we believe that the result has been very positive for us and especially for customers who come.
But the most interesting of all is that the philosophy that is breathed in vivea has been understood to perfection. For example in our kitchen workshops, customers are already barefoot and go without shoes to the room without asking why, even the chefs! You imagine a kitchen workshop like that! That’s the magic of vivea!
Other than classes of yoga and pilates, we see that the vivea space has been used for other functions and workshops of various types of professions and activities. Please tell us about them!
Vivea is something more than yoga and Pilates. We wanted to create experiences that offer well-being in every way. Experiences that help create positive memories and therefore help us create healthy habits that make us happier. For that reason we organise workshops of yoga, of Pilates, of cooking, of Ayurveda, of mindfulness, of breath, of constellations, of coaching, of aromatherapy, etc.
One of the things that we clearly see, is that we do not stop learning or evolving, and we are constantly searching for new ideas to create more and better experiences for all of you.
“If you want to change the world, change yourself.” – Mahatma Gandhi
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Behind the Scenes shots are always fun to show!!! Here you go!! 😛