Our People

 

Join some of New Zealand's most inspiring teachers such as Vincent Bolletta, Jac Wilson, Louise Paiti, Taane Mete, Kirsty Van de Geer and Nikki Ralston. Their classes are all about preparing the body for rest and restoration, with deep nourishment and a focus on balancing the nervous system. 

Our teachers are the heartbeat of the experience - together complementing each other with a rich and diverse set of skills and experience both on and off the mat. They’ll carefully curate each tropical yogi’s areas of strength and opportunity and will impart years of training, workshop and retreat experience around the world in a setting that is both intimate and social. You’ll enjoy plenty of time in casual conversation with the teachers over the week, as well as the opportunity for one-on-one sessions - rewarding your return home with a new experience of yoga. 


meet our wonderful teachers

 
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Vincent Bolletta

Teaching and practicing yoga since 1989 and involved with the health and wellness industry for the same period. Vincent's area of interest lies in structural optimisation, rehabilitation and integration, as well as reducing movement impairment syndromes.

Vincent uses the methodology of yoga asanas, Pranayama and a variety of other bodywork methodologies in his classes and private sessions.

Vincent’s own practice and passion is to educate and teach private and therapeutic yoga sessions where the multi-dimensional healing properties of yoga can come to life. He runs a 200 & 500 RYT teacher training program and a one year mentoring programme with the Centre of Contemporary Yoga Studies.

Vincent is based in Auckland, New Zealand and presents seminars, workshops, conferences and retreats around the world.

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Jac Wilson

One of Auckland’s most respected teachers, Jac is passionate about the body and its movement. Her warm, approachable and inspiring classes make the most of everyday life through movement and movement’s relationship to breath.

Focusing on the therapeutic aspects of yoga, Jac has worked with disabilities, mental health and trauma - including her own injuries. Her classes appeal to both beginners as well as those further in their yoga journeys.

Jac co-directed the Wellness Collective in Auckland and is currently working with Vincent Bolletta of Hansa Yoga - passing knowledge onto other teachers both at home and abroad.  Jac believes in the power of yoga to make a person feel infinitely more comfortable in their body by making the absolute best of what they’ve got.

 

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Louise Paiti

Louise Paiti is a Cook Islander who combines her passion for Polynesian Bodywork, Physiotherapy and Yoga for this retreat. Returning to Australia recently after 3 years living in Rarotonga producing destination films for Cook Islands Tourism, her love of her country is evident. She can’t wait to share the blissful vibe and natural beauty of Aitutaki with you.  

Louise combines in-depth Physiotherapy knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation with the ancient principles of Yoga and Polynesian Bodywork - a deeply nourishing massage for relaxation, release, nurturing, calm and healing - to create a potent system for addressing the physical, mental and emotional needs of her clients. She is also a passionate educator and proponent of breathwork as a means to calm our nervous systems and our busy minds.

Building on her teacher training by studying with The Yoga Institute in Sydney, as part of the Tropical Island Yoga team, Louise will be sharing her insight, experience and passion with you.


 



 


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Kirsty Van der Geer

Kirsty's passion for movement stems from an early involvement in dance and gymnastics throughout her childhood and early twenties. Her creative nature then led into 20 years of work in film and television. Long, intense days and the arrival of two children led to her developing a number of autoimmune conditions. Finding refuge in yoga, she began to look at life through a different lens. After 12 plus years of dedicated yoga, and experiencing its healing benefits first hand, Kirsty made the decision to dedicate the next stage of her life to sharing her love of yoga with others. “Yoga has enabled me to grow stronger mentally, emotionally and physically and become more flexible on and off the mat", says Kirsty. "Every day yoga teaches me the importance of showing up for myself in the most loving way possible - inspiring me to live my life more truthfully and each moment more mindfully.” With more than 500 hours training in yin and vinyasa, Kirsty is a compassionate teacher, who crafts thoughtful sequencing with a focus on optimal alignment for every body. Her passion for movement and yoga philosophy will encourage tropical island yogis to deepen their understanding of both their bodies and themselves.

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Nikki Ralston

Nikki Ralston is a natural teacher who has been working with the human body for the last 18 years, her passion for yoga, movement and anatomical understanding shines through and is infectious to others. Nikki has devised her own 'Ralston Method' which provides life enhancing practices, her physical asana practice combines the best elements of hatha, vinyasa, precision alignment and mindfulness teachings. Her classes are strong yet grounded, guiding her students to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, giving skilled yet simple cues from her deep understanding of the human body and subtle energies, creates a transformative experience and a practice that lasts a lifetime. Balanced by her delightful sense of humour that encourages students to reclaim the joy within their practice and life.

The Ralston Method makes meditation, breath work and mindfulness easy and accessible to anyone.  Nikki has been at the forefront of poularising yoga in New Zealand and making the ancient practice of yoga relevant and complimentary for our modern lifestyle.

Nikki regularly speaks at wellness and corporate events, teaches workshops and leads retreats.  The owner of Urban Ashram in Auckland, featured teacher at Wanderlustfestival NZ/Aus, she is the yoga teacher to the NZ Warriors, an ambassador for Ecostore and Chantal Organics, mother and wellness powerhouse. Off the mat you will usually find her flipping handstands at the beach with her delightful daughter.

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Taane Mete

An accomplished professional dancer, Taane found yoga in the early 90s -  enhancing and supporting his dancing career as a means of maintaining body and mind connection on and off the road.

In 2015 Taane did his first yoga training with Power Living, Wellington and began teaching at eastwest in Ponsonby in 2016. Yoga has brought Taane closer to himself and those around him.

He values the calming effects that yoga provides, and the associated healing benefits and improvement of injuries in dance, while improving overall confidence and strength - physically and mentally.