Olivia Otten

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Cape Town

Children's Yoga, Hot Yoga, Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Restorative/ Yin Yoga, Meditation

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Studios: Wild Thing, Hot Dog Yoga

082 550 9911


About:

Olivia first discovered yoga when she was 12 years old. She was a Western Province tennis player, who also happened to have scoliosis and experienced regular back pain and muscle spasms. It was recommended by a physiotherapist that she try yoga. She dabbled in yoga on and off for the next 6 years before experiencing a violent loss which left her with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, characterised by depression and severe anxiety). She used yoga alongside therapy to heal, and the benefits she experienced from her regular yoga practice were immense.

Eventually, yoga and breath-work replaced her anti-anxiety medication and her scoliosis improved. Olivia completed her Ashtanga yoga teacher training in Kerala, India with an incredible woman, Radhika (you can view here website here: https://www.kalpanaradhikayoga.com/. Although Ashtanga trained, Olivia enjoys the fun and playful environment that vinyasa style allows for, however her ashtanga training definitely influences her vinyasa teaching style. Olivia places emphasis on correct alignment through micro-adjustments, as well as focus on breath. Her philosophy is that if you can breathe, you can do yoga. Yoga is for anyone and everyone and the inclusivity is one of the most beautiful aspects of the practice. Yoga is meant to be a combination of challenging and fun, the latter being the most important.Olivia has just graduated from UCT and works at a PR agency during the day whilst teaching yoga most mornings and evenings and on the weekend.

 "Yoga changed my life for the better and is the most powerful tool for healing and transformation that I know. I can't imagine my life without it, and this is why I love sharing it with people." - Olivia

Qualifications:

Ashtanga with Jayaprada Radhika (2016) in Karala, India