Born and raised in the Finger Lakes of Upstate NY on 9 acres of organic vegetable and perennial gardens with her four brothers, two hippie parents and their family hobby farm, Olivia feels it was here from an early age that the seeds of a yogic philosophy began. From gymnastics and soccer as a child to soccer and track in college, her athletic career was full of accomplishment but plagued with ankle and foot injuries. In college she spent her athletic career with taped arches and ankles and constant post-game rehab. After undergraduate school Olivia attended Cornell University and graduated with her Masters of Landscape Architecture. She spent the next 5 years in a career that left her uninspired and unhappy of the sedentary office atmosphere. She knew that she had to make a
Although she was exposed to yoga at an early age it wasn’t until she became pregnant with her daughter Isla did she entertain the idea of becoming certified to teach yoga. Trail running up until 28 weeks of pregnancy, she hesitantly hung up her running shoes and got out the yoga mat. She believes It was these two pastimes that got her and her baby through 57 hours of labor with her midwives. That next spring she decided to get certified at True Living Yoga in Rahini Yoga under the instruction of Dean Telano and became certified in September 2011. And that same spring, as her yoga practice became full time, the foot aches and ankle problems that Olivia faced for years seemed to disappear overnight.
Rahini Yoga, "The Yoga of Spiritual Alignment," is a gentle fusion of Hatha yoga poses with a Buddhist approach to meditation and spiritual harmony. A Buddhist approach to meditation is practiced to awaken the clear natural state of mind that dwells within our Spiritual Heart. As our Spiritual Heart awakens, so does our capacity to experience peacefulness, joy and spiritual balance.
“As our feet are our connection to the Earth, they are also our body's foundation. Just as a foundation of a building must be level and stable to support the structure above, the feet must be balanced and sturdy to support the legs, spine, arms and head.” Padha Bandha and the strengthening of the foot and ankles shape her teaching themes and Olivia enjoys teaching classes like “Yoga for Athletes”, “Yoga for Runners”, and traditional Vinyasa Flow classes that revolve around the Rahini Yoga philosophies. Check out her schedule for class locations or contact her directly for private lessons.
Olivia currently lives and teaches yoga on her property in King Ferry, NY with her hippie-surfing-wine-selling husband Mark and her daughter Isla, son's Luca and Indy. They own a wine shop on the Ithaca Commons and co-own Aurora Ale & Lager Co.