by Lucinda Staniland,
Meet Vincent Bolletta, one of New Zealand’s foremost yoga instructors and teacher trainers and the founder of hañsa Yoga, a unique style of yoga that integrates both eastern and western thought and methodologies.
Vincent’s been in the yoga game a long time—he’s been practising yoga since 1989 and teaching since 1991—but alongside his considerable knowledge and experience in the field, he still cultivates a beautiful sense of excitement, joy and curiosity towards the practice that has shaped his life.
Start watching the video interview below and you’ll soon see what I mean…
In this intimate conversation, you’ll also have the privilege of joining Vincent and The Yoga Lunchbox founder Kara-Leah as their conversation delves into all kind of juicy yoga goodness, including the inside story on Vincent’s upcoming Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in New Zealand, the most important conversations yoga teachers can have with their students and the pitfalls of modern yoga.
- Part One 2018: Friday 27th July – Wednesday 1st August & Saturday 4th August – Wednesday 8th August.
- Part Two 2019: Friday 26th July – Wednesday 31st July & Saturday 3rd August – Wednesday 7th August.
- Location: Rossendale Event Centre, Halswell, Christchurch
Join Vincent for a 200-hour training, spread out over two years, that will explore the therapeutic aspects of yoga at a deep level, using both Western and Eastern methodologies to encompass a broad spectrum of ideas, from developmental movement principles to applied biomechanics and specific protocols of postural assessment.
Quotes from the interview
On the role of a yoga teacher
“It’s important for a teacher to realise that, while they have a certain level of experience and understanding, they are not in the bodies of the students…To me, the teacher is there as a person that is sharing their understanding of the process of yoga.”
“To me, the word ‘guided’ is really essential. As a teacher, you’re only guiding particular concepts, and you’re providing a set of tools that people can choose when and where to use.”
“Ultimately what I look for, and teach, is behaviour and movement – What motivates you to move in particular ways? What motivates you to choose in particular ways? These motivations affect your biology…When we change those choices we change all the body systems.”
On reframing asana as movement
“We’ve all heard the cliche that ‘It’s not all about asana’, but the body is an entry point. So rather than talking about asana from a stylistic or crystalised ideology of what it should be, can we talk about it from the perspective of movement? Movement to me is an expression of an energetic outlet but also of an intention or motivation or even an untold narrative. Movement is such a beautiful way to express oneself but from a therapy perspective it’s also a great tool for analysis, and it’a great tool to understand the inner dialogue that people are having.”
“When the body moves the mind moves, when the body thinks the mind thinks – there is no separation.”
On re-editing yoga
“There are many pitfalls to commercial yoga because there are so many agendas that, as a teacher or studio, you have to fulfil… A lot of historical yoga has to be re-edited. Not that you have to throw out everything, but there has to be a very careful look – a discerning look – at what is relevant to our communities and to individuals.”
“Yoga is asking you to be softer: How can you find a softer version of yourself?”