Yoga is a wholistic practice that unites mind and body.
It strengthens and stretches the body, maintaining vitality.
Yoga is designed to release tension and enable deep relaxation.
Hills Yoga School has been situated in the beautiful hills for over 13 years.
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Many new students are taking advantage of the Beginners Courses that we regularly offer. If you wish to try a Beginner's Course, there are more starting in 2019. To enrol and pay online, you can fill in our online form (scroll to end for payment details). Please book early to avoid disappointment!View Start Dates
From first-timer to advanced
We cater professionally to suit your level
All equipment is provided. If you have not been to our School before, and wish to attend classes, please contact us first. Find out more about our Classes, Courses and fees here.
We also have a selection of essential Yoga props such as mats, bolsters, blocks and belts available for purchase, so you are able to continue your Yoga journey at home.Send an enquiry
Stephanie Hansen – Principal Teacher and Manager
Stephanie is a senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, accredited at Junior Intermediate Level 3. She has been practising for 18 years and has studied Yoga, in both India and Australia, with members of the Iyengar family. She is a keen practitioner and travels regularly to Sydney to continue her professional Yoga development with Pixie Lillas.
Stephanie is trained in the therapeutic aspects of Yoga instruction. Areas she works in include:
- Neck, shoulder, hip and back problems
- Chronic fatigue, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Auto-immune diseases
- Neurological conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinsons
One on one private therapy sessions are available by appointment.
She is passionate about Yoga, and committed to ensuring that all classes are taught in a safe, professional manner. Stephanie believes that, with commitment and perseverance, all people are able to access the many proven benefits of Yoga, and come to understand the role that Yoga can have in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Stephanie has a strong conviction that Yoga provides solutions to a diverse range of issues for people of all ages and fitness levels.
Johanna Paddick — Teacher
Johanna was a secondary art teacher before she had children and discovered yoga, and has been teaching with Hills Yoga for 10 years.
She holds a Junior Intermediate Level 1 Certificate in Iyengar Yoga instruction.
Johanna greatly values the opportunity to lead people into experiencing yoga and introducing its many benefits for the body and the mind.
She is passionate about learning and has undertaken study in the area of human movement to further her knowledge of the Human body.
She enjoys sports and believes strongly that yoga can be an integral part of everyone’s life – developing and maintaining strength, flexibility, body awareness and finding calmness.
Jenny — Teacher
From a background of nursing, Jenny has practised Iyengar yoga for over 25 years and has taught for nearly 15 at all levels from beginner to advanced. She is a dedicated student and teacher, having completed a level one Iyengar certificate. Jenny believes that yoga imparts many benefits to the practitioner.
Jo Slade — Teacher
Jo has a background in agricultural science and has practiced Iyengar Yoga for over 15 years. She credits yoga with maintaining her health and sanity over this time. She holds an Introductory Certificate in Iyengar Yoga instruction, and teaches Beginners and Level 1 classes at Hills Yoga.
Jess White — Teacher Trainee
Jess took her first yoga class, when she was a young teenager, at Hills Yoga School’s first reincarnation on Gawler Street in Mount Barker. In between travel and studies she has studied with Hills Yoga on and off all throughout her twenties.
Jess is a High School Art teacher and is currently undertaking her yoga teacher traineeship under Stephanie. Jess spent time studying yoga in India under Iyengar teacher Usha Devi, who credits Mr Iyengar as the person who got her to walk again! She loves practicing yoga as she feels it just makes her feel better, always!
Jessica Langley — Teacher
Jessica is mum to 4 children; 1, 4, 15 and 17 years. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga for over 10 years.
Graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education, she has worked in Environmental Education for over 13 years.
Her teaching experience extends from birth through to aged care settings and includes a wide range of abilities and needs.
In 2016, Jessica became a certified kids yoga teacher and has been conducting classes with toddlers through to teenagers since.
She believes the practice of yoga is most helpful in bringing balance to our busy lifestyles, connecting with ourselves and each other and more broadly to our natural environment.
Melanie – Core&More Pilates
Melanie is passionate about the power of Pilates to transform how we experience and think about movement.
Melanie is an internationally accredited Polestar Pilates Mat teacher. She has been a physical activity leader and advocate for more than three decades and has taught Pilates to a wide cross-section of the community. She has worked as a senior physical activity policy and program advisor to government, non-government and charity sectors.
Melanie has post-graduate qualifications in education, health promotion and counselling. She has authored numerous health programs and resources and has received national and state awards for outstanding contributions to physical activity promotion.
When not teaching Pilates Melanie is the CEO of Active Ageing Australia.
Sam Smith – Teacher Trainee
Sam found Iyengar yoga in 1999 and from that very first class has journeyed a path of steady learning and exploration of the endless benefits of yoga. She is a dedicated practitioner and has enjoyed sharing her love of yoga with fellow staff, parents and students in her role as a secondary Psychology and Nutrition teacher.
Sam is currently undertaking teacher training with Stephanie at the Hills Yoga School. She is eternally grateful to her teachers and the teachers of her teachers for passing on the wisdom of yoga.
Jane Bromley – Teacher Trainee
Jane is a science graduate with majors in botany and biochemistry – which eventually lead her to becoming winemaker and grape grower in her small family wine business in the Adelaide Hills. She has been practicing Iyengar yoga for over 14 years and loves it.
Through practice at home and regularly attending classes, she feels that yoga has brought her strength, flexibility and resilience – both physically and mentally – as well as a capacity to bring calmness and clarity into her busy life. She is currently undertaking a yoga traineeship under Stephanie and enjoying exploring yoga more deeply.
“I found Iyengar by chance but I am so glad I did. This style of yoga suits me. True yoga taught by experienced, highly qualified instructors who follow correct principles and are genuinely dedicated to their students. Highly recommend. ”
“This is a wonderful group of highly dedicated teachers who offer the highest standard of Iyengar yoga tuition. There is a great sense of community and a genuine commitment from teachers and students alike to further their practice. I love it.”
“I have a lower back problem and I have found Iyengar yoga the best exercise for strengthening my back. Plus the teachers are inspirational in their expertise and very attentive, with small class sizes, to ensure everyone practices the poses safely. I highly recommend Hills Yoga School for anyone considering starting this great exercise. ”
Callum(7 years old):
“Stephanie is the best teacher! She makes yoga fun and gives the poses funny names. It makes me feel really good afterwards. My favourite is the 3-point headstand.”
“Stephanie is a very kid-friendly yoga teacher. I recommend her as a great teacher.”
“Iyengar yoga has not only been great for my back, neck and shoulder problems, but has helped greatly with overall wellbeing. The teachers are highly trained and fastidious about correct technique, which is great for anyone with injuries. There is individual attention even in the class situations, and all of the teachers and other students are welcoming and encouraging. Private lessons with Stephanie have also helped me with individual problems, and to gain confidence with the inversions. I would highly recommend Hills Yoga School to anyone.”
“I have practised yoga with Stephanie on a regular basis for almost 20 years. Yoga is an individual journey and one I would never have started without Stephanie’s gentle encouragement and guidance. She is a gifted teacher knowing just the right time to challenge without frustrating her students. The practice of Iyengar Yoga has meant my body is now stronger and more flexible in my 60’s than it was when I was 40 years old and I look forward to continuing the practice of yoga for at least another 20 years. Stephanie’s own professional development in Iyengar teaching means I have the utmost faith in her leading me on to yoga that is just right for my needs as I get older.”
“I had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis for seven years and was advised by my MS nurse to start practising yoga. The Adelaide Hills Yoga School was recommended to me by a friend, in particular Stephanie Hansen was recommended as the yoga instructor.
So since August 2015, I have been having weekly private lessons and I have been astounded with my level of flexibility and the improvement in my mobility after a lesson.
The experience of yoga is certainly very enjoyable, there aren't many things I would set my alarm for 6:15 on a Sunday morning!. I would most definitely recommend the Adelaide Hills Yoga School.”
“I joined Stephanie’s yoga school over 13 years ago and rarely miss a class or intensive. In recent years I have participated in the retreats, led by Stephanie, and can see these becoming a regular fixture in my life. Stephanie is an inspiring practitioner and teacher. She is highly knowledgeable and skilled, deeply intelligent and insightful, and generous in sharing her knowledge. She empowers us to be curious, attentive and courageous with our yoga practice. Her ability to “multi-task” in a class – tailoring the practice to better suit individuals with injuries or other circumstances that may otherwise present barriers, while keeping an eagle eye on (and providing clear instructions for) the rest of the class – is amazing to bear witness to!
Stephanie’s deep knowledge of yoga, her expertise as a teacher and leader, her compassion and her kindness are all built into the DNA of the yoga school – which makes it a place of learning and personal growth, in a warm-hearted atmosphere and good company. Iyengar yoga is a very positive force for good in my life and I have Stephanie and her school to thank for this.”