Ramona Arena or VJ Ramona as she is popularly known is a multi-faceted lady. Ramona Arena says that she has been one of the lucky few people who managed to extend their personality, into their career. From being an MTV VJ, actor, singer, voice-over artist, writer, restaurant and travel industry professional, to a certified yoga teacher
In picture: Ramona Arena with her father
Ramona Arena graduated in English Literature from Jai Hind College. She studied yoga to become a certified yoga teacher. Ramona Arena knows languages like English, Hindi, Gujarati, German, Swiss German, very basic Italian, Spanish, French and Marathi
Ramona Arena never had stage fright. Her first step professionally was hosting Karaoke Nights at Jazz By The Bay, in Mumbai. According to her, she was never shy to be in front of a crowd and infact loved it then and even now
In picture: Ramona Arena with her grandmother
Ramona Arena believes in living a good life. She loves to medidate and wxplore spirituality. She loves lazy lazy evenings, coffees, jam sessions, friends around and positive vibes. Ramona Arena also loves being pampered with massages, manicure and pedicure
Ramona Arena and former director of a film distribution company Aditya Shroff started a new venture together called 'Glowing Tree'. It was started after the journeys in both their life pushed them to dig deeper, work on themselves, seek inner peace, strength, stability, and independence
Glowing Tree is encompassing, holistic approach to health and fitness - emotionally, mentally and physically. Ramona Arena and Aditya Shroff are always eager to help others and share all they have learned and keep learning
About yoga, Ramona Arena says, "Asanas are only one tiny little part of yoga. If you look at yoga just from a physical approach - breaking a sweat, losing weight, becoming flexible... You're not practicing yoga. (Sorry to burst your ethereal bubble). You're just doing physical exercise, or stretching under the now 'cool' tag of yoga." (sic)
One of the lessons Ramona Arena has learnt in life is to stop pondering a lot and just let go of certain things and trust life. She had once told mid-day, "It would be a task to control my wandering mind as very often, I end up thinking too much and make life complicated for myself."
Ramona Arena often posts inspirational quotes on Instagram. In one post, she says, "Get to know who you are in the present, take time out for yourself, try something new, learn to slow down, to connect with & understand your own unique body, to breathe, to find stillness and comfort even through what seems difficult or impossible. You can do it all, you are worth it!"
Ramona Arena is a certified Nitrox Advanced Open Water Diver. She is a very enthusiastic, spontaneous traveller and a self-confessed travel addict. Ramona Arena has travelled countries like Kenya, Montenegro, Canada, Tibet, China, Switzerland, England, Norway, Netherlands and her travel bucket list keeps increasing with every trip
Ramona Arena has also worked as a freelance TV Presenter. Her clients include MTV, Vh1, Sony TV, ESPN, History Channel, National Geographic, Fox Traveler. She has hosted events for Mercedes, Jaguar -Land Rover, HSBC, Audi, Volkswagen, Sunburn Music Festival, Vh1
In 2012, after a hiatus of ten years, Ramona Arena was back on the stage with a theatre performance Broadway & Beyond. Other theatre performances include solo performance in Nassim Soleimanpours' 'Blank' and a lead role as Nancy in Raell Padamsees' musical 'Oliver!'
In an interview with mid-day, Ramona Arena said, "Theatre for me is a very important space, almost like a training ground for anyone that wants to be an actor or performer. There are so many different kinds of theatre to choose from and there is so much to learn from every performance, every co-actor and every audience. Improvisation is key. And hell yes! I was born to perform, born to entertain and born to be on stage."
Ramona Arena has also acted in movies like Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kuchh Naa Kaho, Aetbaar and Bazaar. Her music compositions include Roar, Tribal Song, Zara Jeene De and Khatra
About relationships, Ramona Arena believes that marriage is just a name to a legal contract and says that mutual understanding and spending time with each other is the real key to a stable relationship
Ramona Arena believes that women should be ambitious, passionate towards their work and be independent
VJ, yoga teacher, wellness guru, actress, singer, television presenter, traveller, event manager, television host - Ramona Arena dons many hats. Here's a look at her illustrious life and career. All pictures/Ramona Arena Instagram