About Geelong City Yoga
Geelong City Yoga offers yoga and mindfulness classes for all abilities. Established in 2004 as Geelong’s first permanent, dedicated yoga studio, Geelong City Yoga has the expertise and experience to help you whether you are new to yoga, an experienced practitioner or maybe even a recently qualified yoga teacher.
‘Yoga’ is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘union’ or to ‘join together’. Through a sustained regular yoga practice we can unite body mind and spirit. Here at Geelong City Yoga we offer classes at differing levels, teach the details of poses in a progressive coherent manner and offer individual guidance and adjustments where appropriate.
Everybody comes to yoga at different stages and with different abilities. Using props and supports (like belts, blocks and blankets) allows you to achieve a form of each pose, regardless of your physical challenges or fitness level.
Geelong City Yoga is a fantastic place to be. The yoga is taught with the best teachers and knowledge is continually passed on to the students to ensure all poses are done correctly and to get the most benefit out of them. A very nurturing environment.
While we encourage you to challenge yourself, we also teach you about intelligent action – getting to know your own body and what is best for you. This means that whatever class you attend, you will be able to get the most out of it.
We encourage detailed observation of your body in each pose, which ensures your safety and brings mindful concentration. Our classes are always rounded out at the end with relaxation and pranayama (focusing on the breath).
So in Geelong City Yoga classes you’ll get physical exercise, but you’ll also work on quietening the mind. In this way yoga builds the whole person: strength, flexibility, clarity and mindfulness.
Fully equipped studio
Our purpose-renovated space is in the heart of the Geelong CBD. It’s air conditioned and fully fitted out with all you need for a yoga class, including toilets, changing rooms and all equipment.
Highly qualified teachers
All our teachers are highly qualified and have many years of professional experience.
Tim Oddie established Geelong City Yoga in 2004 and remains the Director and principle teacher
Tim is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher (JI2) and registered Senior teacher with Yoga Australia. Tim has over 25 years’ of yoga experience and continues to travel to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family on a regular basis (most recently in December 2018). He has taught yoga in church halls and community centers through to established yoga schools, from corporate offices in the Melbourne Stock Exchange to communities in Arnhem Land.
Tim has a great ability to adapt the practice to suit an individual’s particular needs. Whether welcoming someone in their first ever yoga class or advising a junior teacher, helping someone with an injury or honing the performance of a professional athlete Tim brings the same respect, commitment, and skill.
As well as regular classes, Tim runs yoga workshops and retreats in Geelong, Melbourne, and internationally. He has a particular interest and reputation for encouraging more men and more elite athletes to appreciate the benefits of yoga and mindfulness and is regularly asked to deliver talks or to submit articles to leading wellness magazines on these topics.
Kristy started practicing yoga in 2005 and shortly after began attending classes at Geelong City Yoga, she has been studying with Tim ever since. Through the power of yoga Kristy managed a serious back injury and successfully avoid surgery. Her appreciation and love of yoga led her to complete her Hatha Yoga teaching qualification in 2014, followed by Restorative Yoga Therapy in 2016.
Kristy is now the other principal teacher (along with Tim) at GCY.
As Wilsana Yoga Kristy facilitates individual and family yoga therapy sessions, hosts mini retreats, and works with schools and corporate clients.
Glenda has been a regular and committed student of Tim’s at GCY for many years. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2017 and is now gaining experience as a professional teacher under Tim and Kristy’s guidance. To her yoga teaching Glenda brings many years of warmth and emotional intelligence gained as a Welfare Worker. We are delighted to now have her join our team of teachers.
Anna brings many years of personal and professional investigation into supporting individual and community well-being. Drawing on her skills Anna helps create an inspiring environment and transformative experience within her mindfulness programs.