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Meet Olivia Penton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Penton.  

Hi Olivia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
I grew up in New York and studied ballet as a child. When I was nine years old, the instructor’s wife, Kate Orlando began teaching me a style of yoga through the practice and application of the 9 Lines of Movement. Learning to implement an awareness of the body and spirit to such an extent became a deep fascination and has captivated me since childhood. 

My husband and I met in the Summer of 2008 while I was working commercial print gigs in Manhattan and lifeguarding on Long Island. Ryan was visiting from England, coaching youth soccer, and quite easily convinced me to drop everything to go back with him that September. We ran out of money so decided to get married that January of 09 in NY and hit the ground running ever since. We packed up our little car and drove from my dad’s place in Brooklyn to San Diego the following Summer where we insisted on creating new adventures. 

I began working at The Spa in The Grand Del Mar and learned as much as I could wrap my head around in holistic treatments and self-care but the spiritual aspect was void; so, when I was pregnant with my first son in 2012, I decided to dedicate myself to staying home with him and studying yoga alongside plant-based nutrition. 

I absolutely transformed my health by creating shifts in my diet and was so excited to be having our second son in 2014. 

While the boys were still babies, I began teaching full-time through studio classes and my heart was eventually pulled towards leading retreats. When traveling with a group of individuals you have never met before, practicing yoga, experiencing the power in breath work, preparing and sharing meals, journaling, and meditation… plenty of vulnerable aspects are inevitably revealed. This realization led me to acknowledge I had my own baggage to be dealt with from growing up in a home that held a lot of its own challenges. 

I used the opportunity of awareness to study Reiki, Sound Healing, and Breathwork and have been privileged to work alongside incredibly talented addiction specialists in the treatment of chemical dependencies and trauma within one of the top facilities in the nation, Villa Oasis of Rancho Santa Fe. 

I currently study Hypnosis and NLP as a way to help my individual clients work through their own internal obstacles and patterns of thought as they come into alignment with their inner sense of self. 

Now, as a mother of 3 with a new baby girl, I incorporate all modalities while working one on one with individuals or leading group classes and workshops throughout San Diego. On the side, when the kids are quiet and there are no soccer games to attend, I dab in creating different skin care products and muscle rubs at my kitchen stove as little tokens to help ease the stress of tired aches and pains we can all use time and again. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It certainly has not been a completely smooth road but I have learned that many of the struggles we encounter in life are opportunities to expand our self-awareness. When holding space for others and raising young children, you come face to face with your own projections on the world and your beliefs upon it. I was always the caretaker in my family growing up and setting personal boundaries has been a tremendous lesson and one more difficult than I ever expected. 

Maintaining a state of inner peace and calm is sometimes a challenge in itself, especially as my husband 

and I homeschool our kids and both work every day- the challenge for self-care and adventure are present for sure, but most certainly must be met daily in order to fully show up for our children and our clients. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
As a child, I began studying The Nine Lines of Movement by Dr. Lulu Sweigard. These are specific lines of energy that travel through your body to help produce the results and the experience of Ideokinesis. This is the foundation to my work as it also requires the use of visualization which establishes incredible results during meditation and hypnosis. Throughout the week I teach morning yoga classes in Encinitas where my intentions are towards guiding students through anatomical alignment and yet enabling them to experience a sense of fluidity and freedom within the body. 

I also work one on one with individuals on a series of sessions that are designed around deepening the awareness of the self as a whole. Over the course of our time together we go through hypnosis and meditation, implementing the use of visualization and NLP, Neuro-Linguistic Programming to move through internal obstacles and past trauma. Incorporating different modalities of energetic healing such as Reiki, Sound Bowls, and movement-based practices following the path of Yoga, I simply hold space for their own unique experience to unfold. 

In the past I have specialized in addiction-based treatments for those with chemical dependencies and personality challenges, helping them find methods of coping in difficult scenarios and managing triggers whether through breath work, yoga, or NLP techniques. 

My passion truly rests in Yoga as a whole. 

Let’s talk about our city – what do you love? What do you not love?
San Diego has been more than just a home for me, this city fills me up constantly with its vibrancy! There is nothing like running into the waves head first at full speed and basking in the salt and sun for hours. Finishing up with a beach campfire and burrito makes me wonder if living here is like being on a permanent vacation. My biggest challenge in San Diego is really just the traffic and constant development of land. I love what is left of this city’s quaintness and heart! 

Contact Info:

  • Instagram: @Oliviapenton86

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