We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiffany Fraser and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiffany, every day, we know how much execution matters, but we think ideas matter as well. How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I never really expected to have my own business. I was an actor and I wanted to do something different that would be more rewarding and dependable. I decided I wanted to go from my love of practicing yoga to becoming a teacher of yoga. After completing 2 different 200 hour teacher trainings, I was hired to teach a few classes at some gyms and yoga studios. I wasn’t making a living but I felt so joyful. Then, very quickly I had a class students ask me to teach them private sessions. Within months I was teaching more private sessions and classes all over the LA area than I could handle. Over the last 10 years, I haven’t needed to be associated with gyms or yoga studios because I have been in demand for one on one sessions. I do still teach a few group classes a week (currently using Zoom) and I love that Tiffany Fraser Yoga grew naturally from my years of relationships, yoga practice and teaching experiences.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
The thing that excites me most about my business is that I get to help and serve others. I have the ability to connect with people and attune yoga to their personal needs/desires/injuries. After more than 20 years of teaching there is little I have not had experience with. There has truly been a natural progression to my career. It has grown at the pace I needed it to and has supported me all these years. I feel extremely lucky to be in this position.
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.
I live in Los Angeles, which is like a million cities in one! If I wanted to show a friend the best time ever I would definitely start in Malibu at the beach, followed by a decadent dinner at Nobu Sushi. On another day we would definitely go to my brother’s restaurant, Redbird, which is in downtown Los Angeles. Other downtown sites not to miss would be the Art’s District, Little Tokyo, Disney Hall and many museums. There are also so many beautiful buildings and fountains to see downtown. On another day we would find a secret hike either in the Santa Monica mountains or Griffith Park! My favorite thing to do in LA is to be with my friends. So, we would gather by my Mom’s pool in Laurel Canyon and BBQ some salmon and veggies!
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?
For me, yoga is a practice that is inspired by all the people who have walked the path before us. I have had so many teachers. The first person I think of is my dear friend Marni Task. She embarked on the yoga path before me and inspired me to take classes and experience all the different yoga studios in NYC in the mid 90’s. A dance teacher I had in college had also opened a yoga studio and I went to take her classes which were amazing. Her name is Cindi Lee. She went on to great esteem in the yoga world. When I moved to LA I studied with great teachers … Brenda Strong, Steve Walther, Paul Cabanis, Frank White and then ultimately found my yoga school … Anusara Yoga at City Yoga in West Hollywood. All the teachers there were hugely influential. Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Ross Rayburn as well as many others.
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