Olinka was born in Ukraine and moved to the US in 2009. Her yoga journey started a few months before she left her home country with an amazing teacher named Shalinder Negi, who studied at the Shivananda Ashram in Rishikesh. Since that time she knew she wanted to be a yoga teacher. Upon moving to the United States, Olinka maintained daily personal practice for three years until she found Alternative Health Group yoga studio.
Tim Suh and Rhiannon Kirby inspired her to take the yoga teacher training and focus on the Sivananda and Ashtanga (modified primary series) lineages. Later she did prenatal yoga training with Cassie Rodgers and apprenticed with Jenny Fishman. For some time Olinka was happily continuing her education through apprenticeship with an amazing teacher Gabriel Halpern until she was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
After successful surgery and rehab she started teaching yoga again, and now she is back to doing it full time. Olinka underwent radiation and chemo, but teaching yoga gave her strength and energy during her healing journey. Now she is done with all the treatment, which made her a cancer survivor. This life-changing event gave her a new perspective on different aspects of her life including yoga practice and teaching. Olinka believes that it will help her to become more compassionate and understanding, and a better yoga teacher.