We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexandra Fratella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexandra, how do you think about risk?
I think risk is such an important factor to moving forward. Whether it’s in career, relationships, school, friends, just life in general, there are moments where you’re going to have to take that risk or hold back and stay the same. I have taken many major life changing risks, from moving to LA from NY with just $2500 in the bank, no friends or family (in Los Angeles, no financial support, no job, no place to stay, and just a dream to motivate me. Also taking the risk to shifting from the service industry to yoga and fitness full time. Before making that shift, I was working in multiple restaurants, miserable with my work life balance and just the environment that I was in. During the height of lockdown, I took the risk to leave the restaurant/service industry and to take fitness head on. I knew that I was going to lose money and some stability, but I knew that if I did take that risk, the benefit in the long run would be exponential. If I hadn’t taken those risks, I don’t think I would be where I am today. And I don’t mean that just in my career but I mean mentally. During those times, I was depressed and in a negative headspace, but I knew that I needed to make a change. I’m so glad I did.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a RYT-500 vinyasa yoga instructor, a fitness model and wellness advocate! In my yoga classes, I like to incorporate my knowledge of athletics, alignment and spirituality in my sequences. I like to bring upbeat energy, vibes tunes and clear and concise cueing in all my classes. My main goal with teaching is to encourage my students to face their fears to try something new while always practicing self-care, both with their bodies and minds. I honestly believe everything in life is about balance. I have to say that my favorite part about teaching is being able to create a community for my students and to just connect with them, learn from them, and bring a positive energy into their lives! I truly care about what I share and teach with my classes and I absolutely love curating creative, themed sequences. It just goes so much further than just the physical practice. I am constantly learning about the body and the practice, taking various trainings to deepen my knowledge of the how the body works and my classes are always growing and evolving based on that.
As for my fitness modeling work, I work with various brands, modeling either their clothing, products, workouts or a combination of them all! I am super grateful to be a part of an industry where you get to show up to work and basically work out! It’s not always the easiest – as it can be taxing on the physical body – but it’s a lot of fun and allows me to have that athletic mindset without having to worry about all the other aspects of being an athlete.
And as for the wellness advocate part of my work, I am all about having a healthy, balanced lifestyle. I love to share with my followers on Instagram – posting about new products I try or brands that I get to work with that truly align with who I am as an individual. Living a healthy lifestyle is truly something I embody, and it’s important to me that I can share that with others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Since I live on the east side, I would have to say grab a delicious coffee and pastry from Kumquat for breakfast. Then head over to Griffith park for a lovely hike with my pup, Rune. Then head to the west side to spend some time at the beach and grab some tasty street tacos for lunch. Check out some cool stores/restaurants on Abbott Kinney, and then head back to make dinner and drinks at Ronan in West Hollywood (one of the best restaurants in LA, hands down). That would be a DAY!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m so grateful for everyone that has helped me along my journey. My partner, Nick for supporting me through and through and motivating me to take risks (big and small) with so much love and laughter. My parents, who have put in a LOT of effort in healing our relationship and being there for me. My friends, my yoga peers, my yoga teachers – I wouldn’t be where I am without their support, their teachings, their love.
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