Alex was family long before becoming an instructor. After a year and a half of taking classes & attending every retreat possible, asking her to teach was an obvious choice, but one I still thought about. First, she is insanely productively busy all the time, and second, she had become a dear friend & I was sad to think we’d go from seeing each other almost daily to being passing ships... But that’s nothing a weekly wine date can’t help solve. Hearing her practice teach for the first time showed her tenure in the space... like a lot of you, she knew it word for word. But watching her go from trepidation in her voice & nerves about “performing,” to teaching being a new, empowering comfort zone? So rewarding, for both of us. And that friendship we both were protecting, it’s only become stronger.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a hamburg local, happily (slowly) remodeling my old home & creating my footprint right here in the village. I am the middle child between two brothers each 5 years apart from me, and despite the age gaps we are all extremely close. I graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I work side-by-side with my mom running our retail stores, Prima Oliva and expanding into our newest venture—Prima Café, coming very soon!
What originally brought you to the studio & what made you want to teach?
Working and living right in Hamburg, I had been longing for a place to work out close to home. I took my first class shortly after Melissa opened and knew right away it was exactly what I’d been looking for. As I fell in love with the studio & began connecting to the wonderful women in the studio, I found myself there almost daily. When the opportunity to teach arose, I knew it was something I wanted to pursue. I loved how my body & mind felt after each class & knew that teaching would bring me more of that.
Most rewarding part of the job?
I look forward to my time in the studio & miss it when I’m away. I always leave the studio feeling better than I did coming in. The friendships, the stories shared, the many laughs…the fact that all of that is a description of the job is something I am so grateful for. The personal growth of feeling increasingly more comfortable hearing my own voice. And the other instructors! How we’ve all grown so connected & truly enjoy our time together.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m a creative. I love a good project, whether it be building a table for my kitchen because I just can’t find the exact one I want, or painting a nursery decoration for one of my many friends welcoming their first babies. I always have something I’m working on. I also love to travel and be outside. A perfect weekend away is in the woods, with a backpack, a group of fun friends & my brothers. I thrive on the simplicity of getting from point A to point B with only the things I need to survive on my back. It’s hard, it’s rewarding and I always feel amazing when I’ve finished a trek.