Photo by Ryan Martin

Photo by Ryan Martin

I first met Vivienne when I started teaching at Centro La Paz in 2013. She was warm and friendly and very welcoming, something I really appreciated since I was new to town. Vivienne took over el Centro in March of 2014 and it was amazing to watch her transition from yoga teacher to yoga studio owner. I learned a lot watching her grow the business and I was inspired by the ease, humility and balance she brought into her work. Since my start, Vivienne has been nothing but supportive of me and the work I do both in and outside of the studio. I admire her honesty and her integrity. She’s not one to put up a front or to put on a “mask” and I deeply respect this type of authenticity. She holds many titles – yoga teacher, studio owner, massage therapist, doula, chocolate farmer, activist, mom and wife – and still manages to stay committed to her own, personal practice. When I think of a supportive, empowering Goddess, Vivienne is one of the first that comes to mind. Find out more about how she balances work, home, practice and play below.

Name? Vivienne Miranda   

Where are you from? Born in Quito, Ecuador, raised in San Jose, California, studied in New York City, New York and now a resident of Rincon, Puerto Rico since 2007.

What do you do? I am a mom to two sons (ages 5 and 7), wife to an Agronomist, Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, Doula and I run Finca Hekiti, an Ecological Cacao Farm in Las Marias.

How do you manage to juggle so many different roles? As my Abuela/Grandmother says, “You do what you need to do.” I write everything into my agenda, organizing each minute, literally. I really enjoy downtime with siestas, working in the garden, listening to my favorite music, and dancing and playing with my boys.  I am also blessed with an amazing life partner that is supportive of everything I am involved in and pushes me to “go for it.”

#1 Daily Health Ritual you never skip? Morning Yoga & Pranayama, a cuddle with my boys, and expressing my thanks for another day.

Talk about the Finca. What’s special about the land? What are your goals? Why are you doing this?  This land exudes peace and healing. The backstory to it is that it was purchased by some friends who had planned on retiring there in their dream home. Unfortunately, the wife has cancer and had to make the hard decision of not continuing with her dream, due to costs of the cancer treatments as well as other life situations. {My husband and I} were given the opportunity to take it on and continue with her dream of a sustainable farm, with low impact to the forest, giving a space to those interested in healing through nature as well as ecological farming practices and fun, shipping-container, tiny-home living.  We decided on Cacao farming, as chocolate is one of our FAVORITE things and it is a shade tree that once in production is ready to harvest every 30 days or so.

What do you love most about being a “Goddess?” The word, to me, is positive and strong, something every woman needs in her life.  To be recognized, respected and honored.  It also means that you are in tune with everything and everyone around you.

Best advice you’ve ever received? “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” – Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

Why do you think it’s important for women to empower other women? We have the responsibility of keeping everything together (home, family, health, children, career, etc), what better support system than those who are experiencing similar realities? Be it a different reality, women are sacred, strong beings and should support each other.  Empowering women, being part of each other’s successes, brings abundance. Being one and letting go with right association brings change in all its beautiful forms and in unity.

Guilty pleasure that you’re not ashamed of? Being alone (this one is a big one since I am a mom to two small boys) and chocolate…but I’m turning that one into a life career now. HA!

Any last words? Be who you are meant to be and never forget your intuition.  Things could always be worse, so live each moment in grace and love.

Photo by Ryan Martin

Photo by Ryan Martin

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