Bio

Fern Olivia is fiercely passionate for embodying feminine grace, liberated self-expression and a conscious sustainable lifestyle. Fern is an internationally recognized teacher, speaker and wellness journalist, and she lives her dream life in Nosara, Costa Rica where she teaches her Thyroid Yoga® teacher trainings and has founded Nosara Wellness Guide and Buena Vibra Cleanses. Through her own personal experiments, research and intimate journey, she has created retreats and experiences through which thousands of women and men have been able to tap into their own self-healing by adapting holistic rituals to support their vitality, and becoming their own intuitive healers.
Fern Olivia is the founder of Ajai Alchemy, an all organic essential oil fragrance brand specifically formulated with synergistic hormone balancing and aphrodisiac benefits. Fern Olivia is also the host of Sensual Intelligence, where she interviews lifestyle and wellness influencers, founders and spiritual leaders on their rituals and how they find balance through the six senses. She is the Editor In Chief of the spiritual platform, Luminosity.

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Get to know fern

Who/what inspired you to teach yoga?
My dad was a Kundalini and Hatha Yoga teacher back in the ’70s, and he introduced dharma into every conversation. He had crystals all around the house. My mom always chanted mantras, and they had a dog named Govindah. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was primed to live the life of a yogi.

However, yoga didn’t find me until I was very sick with an autoimmune thyroid condition called Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism and could barely get out of bed because I felt like I had two bricks under my feet, along with vertigo, brain fog, all-over puffiness and a protruded bloated belly. Then one day, I had enough of living like a zombie! As if by divine guidance, on one particular awful day at the office, I snuck out on my lunch break and found my way into a yoga studio where I took my very first class. I fell in love with the way that I felt nurtured and loved – a feeling that was clearly missing in my life – and I returned the next day … and the following day.

It was a natural decision to pursue my teacher training at that studio with my first teacher, Donnalynn Civello. I completed my 200-hour certification and began teaching immediately, and soon after, launched my yoga and wellness company and began leading retreats internationally. I studied Integrative Nutrition and became a board-certified holistic health practitioner and continued my studies of prenatal yoga, restorative yoga, Ayurveda and energy work so I could really offer my clients something very unique and powerful.

My dharma has guided me to create a ripple effect of guiding inspired teachers through retreats and online in my Thyroid Yoga teacher training, which has been offered in New York, Los Angeles, Australia, and Costa Rica!
How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga, meditation, and chanting mantra has empowered me to find my voice and my strength, to find confidence and grace, and to fully step into my power. I’ve also become my own alchemist, my own inner medicine woman, thanks to the intuition and clairvoyance that my devoted yoga practice has gifted me with - and these gifts keep on leading me to new experiences, relationships and destinations. I am eternally grateful for this practice.
What are your goals as a teacher?
My goals are to always be a student, to always be curious, reverent and receptive. This is something that my teacher and dear friend Elena Brower has been so wonderful in sharing. As a lifelong student of this practice, it has become my mission to continuously learn new techniques, lineages, and yogic wisdom to support my students in their journeys on and off the mat. I am deepening my studies with Gurmukh this year and am so excited to weave the new pearls of wisdom I learn into my teacher trainings, retreats, and classes.
I set the intention in every class I teach to invite the divine to speak through me. So when I lead a kriya or sequence, I am channeling in what is meant to come through me to serve my students in the most authentic, supportive, inspiring way. I weave poetry, metaphor, and magic into my classes, and strive to create a unique experience each time.
What keeps you practicing?
Kundalini Yoga is a powerful technology, and the mantras and kriyas bring me home to myself every day.
If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
A writer - which I am now, too! I love writing, especially around the topics of spirituality, sustainability, and wellness.
What advice would you give someone just beginning yoga?
Practice daily! Invest in a yoga mat, blocks, a bolster and a strap, and set up a sacred space in your home to retreat to. The more you become comfortable with your body in a safe space, you will begin to discover your favorite poses and sequences - becoming your own alchemist on your mat!
Besides yoga, what do you do to keep a healthy lifestyle?
I’ve been sober for over a year now, so one of the pillars of a healthy lifestyle to me means nourishing my body with clean, beautiful, harmonious foods. I am also vegan and living in Costa Rica, I have the blessing of visiting local farms and markets to receive a bounty of organic, local fruits and vegetables. I am obsessed with my juicer - I love the way my body feels when I nourish her with fresh juices, especially celery juice first thing in the morning. It’s a thyroid and liver healing miracle!

Besides for nutrition, my daily Kundalini sadhana, beach bootcamp, and surfing keeps my body active, strong and flexible! I adorn myself in essential oils - especially the line I’ve created for hormone balance and aphrodisiac effects. I am devoted to wearing 100% organic cotton and bamboo on my body, my sheets and linens, and understanding where and how my products are made.

I enjoy daily reflection and meditation, often watching the waves or sitting with trees along the jungle path to the beach.
What does organic mean to you?
To me, organic means the purest gifts of Mother Earth. I love supporting brands, artisans and farms who are working to reduce pollution (air, water, soil), conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. One of the reasons sustainable fashion is so important to me because is because our skin is our biggest organ, and we can wind up absorbing those chemicals when we wear those clothes. Conventionally grown cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed plants in farming. Less than 3% of the world’s agriculture is cotton, but it uses almost 10% of the carcinogenic pesticides and up to 20% of the most toxic insecticides. In fact, 60% of a cotton plant goes back into the food stream, which means we are literally eating it. Living an organic, sustainable lifestyle means understanding these truths and seeking to find the most harmonious way to live with nature’s gifts to preserve our health and the health of our precious ecosystem.
Tell us something most people do not know about you.
I was voted “Most Tech Savvy” in my senior yearbook! I guess that’s why I love my side project - intuitive web design and marketing for conscious brands - so much. Helping teachers and conscious brands express their voice through authentic storytelling is such a fun way to give back to brands and inspiring leaders I believe in.
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