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Teachers

Founded by Corinne Doret, Hills Yoga has been offering yoga, meditation and specialised classes to the Hills community since 1999.

 

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.​

Meet The Team

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Corinne

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

A yoga practitioner since 1992,  I've had  the opportunity to  study with Iyengar teachers Geeta and Abhijata Iyengar, Pixie Lillas, Lois Steinberg, Stephanie Quirk, Mira Mehta and Gulnaaz Dashti.  I've also trained in the Ashtanga method with Eileen Hall and Mark Robberds, and explored T.K.V Desikachar yoga with Leslie Kaminoff. Before stepping onto the path of yoga, my interest in meditation led me through a diverse journey.  I delved into the art of vipassana, explored the zen teachings of Ama Sami, practised Kriya yoga, chakras and the third eye meditations and engaged in spiritualism.  I've also studied thai massage at Wat Pho School and stretch therapy with  Kit Laughlin.. 

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

I bring to my teaching over 30 years of practical experience and knowledge I have  acquired through the studies of macrobiotics, humanistic astrology, eastern philosophies, meditation, aromatherapy, and psychology. My approach to teaching is based on my own experience and self-exploration and reflects the inspiration and influence from my teachers.

I am a down to earth, supportive, intuitive and inspiring teacher, and bring to my  class humour, discipline, challenge, fun and compassion, motivating my students to explore deeper into their minds and bodies. my teaching is hands on, adaptive, alignment focused and interactive with a strong emphasis on mind/body connection.

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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. She  then spent many years at The Yoga Centre in Sydney with Caroline Coggins.

Kim completed a two year Iyengar yoga teacher training with Bertha Shakinovsky and gained certification in February 2021. She is now preparing for her next assessment. 

With a strong background in Iyengar and many years of dedicated practice, Kim's classes are alignment focused, firm and encouraging. As a seasoned  practitioner and teacher, Kim strives to inspire others on their unique yoga journey.

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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 in 2019. 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 Hatha Flow and Yin yoga.

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Helena

Helena began her yoga journey 20 years ago while in China and immediately loved it! Over the years she has practised different styles of yoga overseas and in Australia. In 2021 Helena completed her teacher training, followed by a 13 months mentoring program with Corinne in 2022.

Helena is passionate about sharing the transformative effects of yoga she has experienced and believes that yoga is a great medicine that has supported her physically, emotionally and mentally and helped her overcome life’s challenges.

Helena teaches our Saturday Beginners Course.

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Sarah

Sarah's journey into the realm of yoga began with a profound interest in physical fitness, stemming from years dedicated to practices like gymnastics, karate and cycling. This diverse background is evident in her class, which exude dynamism and vitality.

In 2015 Sarah completed her Yoga Teachers Diploma and under the guidance of Dr. Amit Sharna, Sarah explored the rich history and philosophy of yoga. Over the years she has developed an appreciation for the expansive offerings yoga brings to both individuals and society.

Sarah is passionate about sharing the life-changing benefits of yoga.

Sarah teaches Dynamic Flow.

My journey with yoga began at Hills Yoga 21 years ago and I can't image going anywhere else! I'm still learning and challenged in the poses. The different levels of classes and dedicated teachers ensure that you gain all the wonderful benefits of yoga in a safe and caring environment. 

Suzie

 

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