Olga Marie Thorn has been in the fitness industry for twenty-two years. She started at the young age of 13, when she began pursuing her aerobics and personal training certification with AFAA. Over 22 years later, at the age of 35, she has added quite a few credentials to her list.
After graduating high school early at 16-years old, she attended Coastal Carolina University, followed by Furman University in upstate SC. While studying to eventually graduate with degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Art, she also got certified in Kickboxing and Tae boxing. Through her teens and 20’s she also regularly traveled to A4M medical conferences with her father, where she obtained various certificates in nutritional supplement counseling, sports nutrition and general fitness. Her passion for fitness and science was always prevalent, but it wasn’t until she stumbled into her first yoga class in 2007 that she was able to make sense of these seemingly random puzzle pieces.
As soon as she completed her first yoga class, Olga knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher. However, out of respect for the practice she dedicated herself to continuing her education for nearly two years. She taught her first yoga class in 2009 and in 2010, at 6 months pregnant with her first child, she completed that last day of her 200-hour teacher training with local instructors Todd Geiser and Dawn Yager in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Olga began teaching once per week at a local yoga studio, but she felt driven to make a deeper impact on her community with yoga. She began teaching individual and group privates, as well as educating people on proper health, fitness and nutritional practices. She realized that, locally, there was something missing. Her teacher training has consisted of about 80 hours reciting the yoga sutras, another 80 hours learning yogic philosophy, around 10 hours practicing Ashtanga (Mysore–self-led), only about 3 hours actually teaching and one little hour of anatomy. (The remaining hours were spent taking classes from the other trainees).
With the realization that the local community needed a deeper understanding of this great practice, Olga incorporated her 200 hours of yoga teacher training and her five years (and countless hours) spent in college studying anatomy, physiology and art, into her own unique interpretation of yoga. She strictly adheres to tradition when it comes to form and structure of the practice, but is known for her unique, deep discussions of anatomy and the physics of the human body. The result is a deeper understanding of the human form, as well as the modifications needed for each individual to practice safely.
Between 2010-2014, Olga gave birth to three children, currently ages six, four and one. During these years she temporarily put her career on the back-burner to be a full-time mom. She desired a creative outlet, prompting the Instagram account, @om_yogi, to document and share her perspective of yoga. The account grew to 10k followers in less than 6 months, and now she has over 30,000 followers. In September of 2015 she started working as a Beautycounter consultant, and quickly moved up in the company to Senior Director. As one of the top 8 consultants in SC, her mission now includes educating others on the importance of nontoxic personal care, as well as the detoxification of harmful household chemicals.
After giving birth to her final human baby, Olga decided to have one more baby–a yoga studio! In May 2016 OM Yoga Myrtle Beach opened it’s doors. It is the largest yoga studio in Myrtle Beach, by size, students and number of teachers (ten and growing). Olga is currently taking her yoga training to the next level, as she becomes certified by Yoga Alliance and other notable yoga professionals. She teaches classes 6 days per week and is currently incorporating online yoga and teacher trainings to her studio as well. This is only the beginning, and she can’t wait to share OM with the world!