Our Story

 
 
 
 

With quite the active background in ballet, aerobics, running and working in the fitness industry for 16 years, the birth of her 3 children made Stephanie realise that she needed something that would sustain and nourish her body and soul. She was seeking some sort of activity that was more than her current meditation practice, but nothing that was exhausting and something she could take with her as she aged.

Stephanie came to Iyengar yoga at the age of 40, where she first attended a class in Mt Barker. From the first class, she was hooked due to its precision, attention to alignment and detail which reminded her of her ballet training. After 3 years of attending and assisting at classes, she began to teach for 5 years, before taking over the school. She continued to develop it for another 5 years before finding the ideal sized location for her school. After renovating the space on Mount Barker Road, Stirling, she was fortunate to have many of her students follow her to her new location; where the business flourished.

In 2015, she completed 3 years of yoga therapy study with Stephanie Quirk who worked directly with Mr. B. K. S. Iyengar in Pune, India, for many years. She also worked with Garth McLean to assist those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Stephanie continues to train with her teacher, Pixie Lillas, in Sydney and all teachers at the school have attained Iyengar Yoga certification or who are currently undertaking a rigorous teacher training programme with her. She continues to travel regularly to Pune to study with members of the Iyengar family.

After 9 years at Mount Barker Road, she moved the school to Piccadilly Community Hall & Stirling RSL whilst her current, beautiful space on Pomona Road in Stirling was being built. On the 13th of January 2018, the new yoga school was open and commenced a teacher training program with 9 trainees.

Stephanie has been teaching Iyengar Yoga in the Adelaide Hills for over 18 years. Stephanie has found running a yoga school a demanding but extremely rewarding job, and that yoga is proving to be an invaluable tool to assist people at all stages in their life. She considers herself extremely lucky to have found a passion for teaching yoga and attracting many other like-minded teachers, trainees and students.

 

Our Teachers

 
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Stephanie Hansen
Principal Teacher & Manager

Stephanie is a senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher, accredited at Junior Intermediate Level 3. She has been practising for 21 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

  • Diabetes

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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Jessica Jones - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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!