Teachers

Hills Yoga was established in 1999 and has been offering yoga, meditation and specialised classes to the Hills community.

 

Classes are suitable for all levels of practice, from beginners to experienced students. We recognise that we are all different hence we do not follow a one-size-fits-all teaching/practice approach.  Alignment taught in class respects the individual unique needs - what works for one body may not work for another so students are encouraged to work at their own level and adjust their practice to their needs. Modifications for poses, individual focus and personal instruction is provided. Savasan (deep relaxation) is practised at end of class.

The studio is conveniently located in the heart of Castle Hill and is fully equipped.

 

Our teachers are highly skilled with years of teaching & personal practice.​

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Corinne

Corinne Doret is the founder of Hills Yoga (1999) and the principal teacher.  Corinne has a background in Clinical Hypnosis & Counselling, Hypno-Cognitive & Behaviour Therapy and Childbirth Management. She retired from her private practice in 2001 to focus on yoga program development for childbirth, children, and for people with disabilities.

A yoga practitioner since 1992,  she has studied with: Geeta and Abhijata Iyengar, Pixie Lillas, Lois Steinberg, Stephanie Quirk, Mira Mehta, Gulnaaz Dashti (Iyengar yoga), Eileen Hall and Mark Robberds (Ashtanga yoga), Kriya Yoga Sydney, Leslie Kaminoff (T.K.V. Desikachar),  BMIMC (Vipassana),  Ama Sami (Zen),  Wat Pho School (Thai Massage),  Kit Laughlin (Stretch Therapy). 

She created PowerBirth® in 1999 and presented her program to midwives & childbirth educators in the private and public sector. In 2000 Corinne developed a program for people with disabilities and taught weekly yoga classes to Warrah Post School Option and Hadpac's clients for 4 years at her Studio. 

Corinne brings to her teaching 30 years of practical experience and knowledge she has acquired through the studies of macrobiotics, humanistic astrology, eastern philosophies, meditation, aromatherapy, and psychology. Her approach to teaching is based on her own experience and self-exploration and reflects the inspiration and influence from her teachers.

A down to earth, supportive, intuitive and inspiring teacher, Corinne brings to her class humour, discipline, challenge, fun and compassion, motivating her students to explore deeper into their minds and bodies. Her teaching is hands on, adaptive, alignment focused and interactive with a strong empahsis on mind/body connection.

 

Corinne runs regular workshops, retreats and a mentoring program for  new teachers.

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Kim

Kim joined our Studio in 2009, attended PowerBirth during her pregnancy and completed a two year mentoring program with Corinne. Prior to joining Hills Yoga Kim trained in the Iyengar method with Carole Baillargeon her first teacher in Darwin, then spent many years at The Yoga Centre with Caroline Coggins and Suzi Chin Slicz (Sydney).

Kim completed a two year Iyengar yoga teacher training with Bertha Shakinovsky and gained certification in February 2021.

With a strong background in Iyengar and many years of dedicated practice, Kim's classes are alignment focused, firm and encouraging.

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Doha

Doha believes that yoga is far greater than just physical movement  - with commitment and continuous practice of yoga, a person may start to experience good health, inner peace and happiness.

Doha started her yoga journey 9 years ago after attending a Hot Yoga class. Her passion for yoga led her to study with the Victorian Institute of Yoga and to complete a diploma in Hatha Yoga. Doha has also trained in Yin yoga and floor Pilates and is currently undertaking a naturopathy course.

She says that yoga transformed her life on many different levels, from physical, emotional, mental to spiritual. The many benefits of yoga have transpired into her daily life through her eating and sleeping habits, to daily meditation practices.

Through her teaching Dona inspires to help her students experience the changes she has experienced and to achieve their highest possible level of health.

Doha joined our studio in 2020 and teaches Kids, Hatha Flow and Yin yoga.

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Fiona

Fiona is a practitioner and certified teacher of Iyengar yoga. Yoga has been part of her life for almost 30 years and she continues to learn and develop in her own practice and teaching, studying with local and international Senior Iyengar Yoga teachers. She has travelled to Pune, India to attend classes with Geeta Iyengar and has also been taught by Abhijata Iyengar.

 

Fiona enjoys the grace and precision of Iyengar yoga and the way its practice creates a sense of lightness and harmony throughout the body and mind. She loves that yoga is for every body and enjoys teaching all ages from kids to seniors with warmth and compassion. She cannot imagine life without yoga and loves life with it.

Fiona joined our studio in 2019 and teaches classes in the Iyengar method.