MEET ROSELLE HIRST
Roselle is a London based yoga teacher who specialises in teaching alignment focused group and private classes. She currently teaches online for WEDOYOGA and occasionally visits the studio to teach workshops.
Roselle moved to London several years ago to pursue a degree in Drama and during her first year at university she completed her 200hr teacher training (alongside Aminta!) She has since straddled being an actor, screenwriter and yoga teacher – enjoying all equally.
Like many others, Roselle started yoga for the mental health benefits. After a difficult few years in her late teens, she picked up a book on yoga whilst rummaging around her sister’s room and thought she would give it a try. She was soon hooked, quickly moving onto online classes and eventually driving an hour to her nearest studio in order to practice under the guidance of a teacher. Before finding the studio, her first in-person experience of yoga was a weekly Hatha class held in a squash court amongst some of the strongest and most flexible ladies she has ever met – all over 80 years old and encouraging her to pursue yoga as a lifelong practice. Although Roselle then trained in Ashtanga Vinyasa (a much faster and more flow-based practice) the alignment-focused nature of these first Hatha classes stayed with her. From this, she developed a love for helping and adjusting students in their postures to have the safest and most beneficial practice that they can achieve.
ROSELLE'S YOGA TEACHING
Roselle’s focus is always on alignment and enjoyment. She loves the challenge of ‘unlocking’ poses through good alignment and seeing students have that “aha!” moment. She tends to use very little Sanskrit or technical phrasing in class to ensure beginners don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated during the practice – it is always kept nice and simple!
Whilst the focus is on alignment and you will find she has a few stricter rules for some poses, she is also a big believer in doing what is right for your specific body. She especially believes in not getting caught up in trying to push yourself into poses beyond your reach but creating space in which these poses may be unlocked eventually with careful practice. Her catchphrase is to always to remember that yoga is for healing not hurting!
Qualifications: 200hr YTT YogaLondon, currently training in 500hr YTT My Vinyasa Practice (Yin, Pre-natal, Restorative and Yoga Nidra)
RANDOM FACTS ABOUT ROSELLE
- She founded a Yoga Society whilst at university.
- She was an au-pair in Rome when she was 19 and crashed their car 3 times.
- Her cat has a best friend who knocks on the cat flap to invite him to play tig in the garden.
- She has never knowingly turned down a chocolate dessert.
- She is currently teaching herself the piano and Russian (Russian is not going too well)
She lived in New York for a while and her dream is to live there permanently one day!