From Sickness to Radiance: How Yoga Helped Me Thrive

By: Fern Olivia

Average reading time: 2.5 minutes

The Thyroid Struggle Is Real!

At the age of 22, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, the autoimmune form of hypothyroidism. My own immune system was destroying my thyroid cells. This “attack and destroy” can cause wild swings from hypothyroid to hyperthyroid, and back again.

I didn’t know it at the time, but my diagnosis was my soul speaking to me loud and clear about my purpose.

In my twenties, I spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars traveling from doctor to doctor, feeling lost and completely disconnected from my body. I wanted so badly to just be given a magical solution to it all. I was given every type of thyroid medication in the book to mask my symptoms—rather than getting down and dirty with why I was feeling so rotten in the first place. At one point I was on 125 mcg of Synthroid and 5 mcg of Cytomel and still felt like a zombie. The worst part? I was told that I would always have these symptoms and would just have to “deal with them”.

As a little girl, when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would proudly declare that I would be a teacher, a writer, a health practitioner, a CEO, and an inspirational speaker. Today, I am all of these women. It just took getting very sick with an autoimmune thyroid condition (due to chronic stress, fatigue, binge drinking, and emotional eating) to come back to my original intention and remember why I was born.

I Needed to Love Me

The truth is, I was completely disconnected from my body and the knowledge it was trying so desperately to communicate to me (through symptoms of jabbing stomach pain, perpetual brain fog, all-over body fatigue, and a bloated belly). My period also played hide and seek and disappeared into the abyss for two years.

After fainting in a crowded NYC subway one summer afternoon, I finally woke up and realized that my body wasn’t looking for another superfood or detox therapy. It was screaming at me to LOVE myself.

I could feel so many women around me feeling the same way I did—women feeling hopeless, stuck, and desiring love and guidance on how to find their beauty after years of feeling “off”. Far beyond dietary recommendations, I felt a common craving to be seen, heard, and understood.

Reconnecting with Myself through Yoga

I turned to yoga, and began to take the first steps toward becoming my own healer, instead of relying solely on test results. Tests were an important piece of the puzzle, but so was my intuition, and the feedback my body was giving me. This was a whole new world to me, and as I began to feel better, I began to see that what I was putting into my body—and how I was treating it—was making a huge difference to how I felt.

Each time I returned to my yoga mat, I not only felt clear-headed, but also safe, comforted and loved—feelings I had been lacking in my life. I realized that this practice allowed me to connect with myself in a way that I hadn’t been able to elsewhere.

Through yoga, meditation, self-care and holistic lifestyle rituals, I found my way through years of sickness and disease to a place of shining radiance and a thriving life. Women began to come to me for guidance, because I had been there, and had the knowledge, compassion, and resources to light the way.

Live the Life You Were Meant to Live

Thyroid Yoga® was birthed from my healing journey, and my mission is to create a ripple effect that inspires future generations for years to come.

I created Thyroid Yoga® to fill the gap that existed between the symptoms 200 million people in the world are experiencing, the energetic and environmental root causes of their thyroid imbalance, and the knowledge around how lifestyle changes can play a significant role in the support of their total health. I have empowered thousands of individuals to thrive.

I want you to know that you can get better—you can get your energy back and feel like yourself again! You don’t have to “learn to live with it”. Life can be incredibly good again, and you can do all of the things you dream about. When you get your energy back, so many doors will open up to you.

Know that you can finally step out of survival mode and into the beautiful life you were meant to live!


About the Author

Fern Olivia, Founder of Thyroid Yoga® and Ajai Alchemy, is a passionate, innovative, internationally recognized teacher, speaker and influencer on the power of integrative medicine, yoga, and holistic lifestyle practices. Combining her education in Biomedical Engineering with her studies in yoga and integrative nutrition, Fern Olivia has created Thyroid Yoga®, a unique approach to supporting thyroid health that has changed the lives of thousands of women and men around the world.