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 progressive levels, teach the details of poses in a 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, along with toilets, changing rooms. There is nothing you need bring with you other than other than clothes in which you can move freely, an open mind and a willingness to change.
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.
Melissa began practising yoga over 14 years ago and completed Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2008. She is a registered Level 1 teacher with Yoga Australia and has recently completed her secondary teacher training within the Iyengar Yoga method.
In addition to yoga, Melissa has a background in nursing and psychology (BNurs, GDipPsych, BPsychSc(Hons)), and is currently conducting a PhD program at Deakin University. Melissa has an in depth understanding of human physiology and psychology as well as experience in healthcare services. Melissa is forever inspired by the physical and mental health benefits attributed to regular yoga practice and hopes that she can foster this same experience for her students.
Jenny has been practicing various types of yoga for over 20 years. Thirteen years ago she was introduced to Iyengar yoga, which she has practiced consistently ever since. She completed the Introductory Course Level 2 teaching certification in 2017 under the guidance of Senior Teacher Shayna Ogden and the support and encouragement of Jo Angwin. She continues to study under Tim and other Senior teachers.
Prior to her retirement she had a stressful occupation and suffered a major illness. The practice of Iyengar yoga enabled Jen to rebuild both mental and physical resilience and she now sees it as both a support in everyday life and a path of life long learning.
- Registered AHPRA Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner
- Level 1 Ziran Qigong instructor.
Paul is a highly skilled and experienced Qigong Instructor and long time practitioner of martial arts
In addition Paul is a fully qualified and registered Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner with Geelong Chinese Medicine Clinic.