Meet Rosanna… Yoga Teacher, Founder of the Yoga Studio ‘Bodyscape Yoga’ in Perth, and Lululemon Ambassador.
Living proof that you don’t have to choose your life in high school, Rosanna was originally a lawyer before pursuing her dreams. Since first stepping into a yoga class in the heart of the CBD, Rosanna has made it her journey to bring yoga into the heart of everyone she meets. With a childhood filled with classical ballet and music, Rosanna brings plenty of variation to each and every one of her classes and ensures that all students, regardless of their experience and flexibility, gets the most out of the time spent on their mats.
Rosanna will be visiting the studio in early May to host a workshop at Fusion. As a classical Ballet dancer, Rosanna will be sharing her knowledge into how this background has influenced her practice and teaching style. We can expect an ‘extreme stretch’ section as well as an invigorating flow incorporating the knowledge we’ve worked through in our warm up.
We’ve asked Rosanna a few questions so you can get to know her…
Tell us about your first Yoga experience…
I remember being on my lunch break in the Perth CBD and I asked my best friend to join me at this pop-up yoga class. It was the best thing I had done in a long time – prior to that I was always just (window) shopping. It was only the two of us and the teacher was really casual and made us both feel comfortable with this thing called ‘yoga’.
Do you have a favourite Yoga book? Tell us why you love it…
Yes! Oh so many. My favourite book for a long time was ‘The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ about a lawyer who has a heart attack and travels to the Himalayas. It’s a great, easy read but I’ve since gotten to know some other beautiful books that I can’t pick one. ‘The Course of Love’ by Alain De Botton stands out for me – although not technically a Yoga book, it is one about relationships. I love it.
What motivates you to keep coming back on your mat?
Initially, my yoga was a way of getting physical exercise into my routine. Now, it’s a mixture of physicality, spirituality and the fact that it is there to constantly challenge me. The effects of yoga always leave me feeling so good, whether it’s a hard-core power class or the most chilled-out restorative form of yoga.
If you were a Yoga pose, which pose would you be?
I’d be Wild Thing! A bit of a risk-taker at times but I love the effects it gives me. I think the ability for Wild Thing to transform into more is so magical.
If you had one line of advice for someone beginning their Yoga journey, what would it be?
Just keep going!
What previous interests did you have prior to Yoga and how do you think they have influenced your practice/teaching?
Not so much of an interest until the very last years of training, but I used to dance in classical ballet and it really pushed me to achieve more than I could imagine. I danced 4-5 times a week and on Saturdays I remember coming early for Stretch Class which sometimes was over 2 hours, then we had to rehearse for another couple of hours. It definitely took a lot of my weekend. However, it taught me how to move gracefully and those days remind me that I always need to do my best. With hard work, things work out.
What teachers are inspiring you at the moment and why?
I adore Meghan Currie. The way she moves is divine – What a goddess right? She’s everything from nature and earth and this she embodies in her teaching, the way she moves and lives.
What inspired you to open your own studio?
I wanted to bring people together. We all have different journeys and I hoped that by forming a community, we would be able to share our experiences, sweat together, and enjoy each other’s company. Not just on the mat, but to take these relationships into our lives.
What’s the most rewarding thing about owning your own Yoga studio?
Seeing the change people build in their lives. It’s not so much a direct thing that is put into place, but the practice can act as a reminder in so many aspects of their day and it brings out a kinder part of us. I love that about the yoga studio.
What can students expect from your upcoming workshop at Fusion?
Expect to be stretched and unbound by your limitations. It’ll be a play of stretch and Power Vinyasa.
Thanks so much Rosanna. Look out for her Workshop coming up in May to be announced soon!
If you’re visiting Perth, you can find out more about Rosanna’s studio here.