International Yoga Day – Yogathon 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL YOGATHON
ON ZOOM
SUNDAY 21 JUNE AT 4PM

108 Sun salutes to live chanting
A Celebration of both Yoga Tradition and Innovation.
An opportunity to give thanks and to help your community

Every year we stage a Yogathon to celebrate yoga in our lives and raise funds for charity. We gather together to practice 108 rounds of Surya Namaskara (Sun salutes) to the live chant of the Gayatri Mantra and seek sponsorship from friends and family as a way to raise funds. Usually the number of participants has been limited by the size of our studio but this year we will be gathering via ZOOM, so the sky’s the limit!

Join us, get your yoga friends to join us, or at least sponsor you! Let’s fill that screen with dozens and dozens of individuals from far and wide, moving, breathing and chanting as one.

PARTICIPATION/SPONSORSHIP

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88450977035
https://www.mycause.com.au/page/229514/yogathon-2020
(Sponsorship form available as printable image in comments)

You don’t have to be able to do 108 full Sun Salutes. You can do less, you can do modifications, you can do none and join the chanting, you can be ‘seen’ on Zoom or turn off your video. Ask your friends to sponsor you 10c, 50c $1 a round or otherwise they can contribute a donation.
Maybe consider creating a team or simply get involved by sponsoring and thereby encouraging someone else. You can also sponsor us by making a pledge in the comments below or donating directly to our MYCAUSE site above. But if yoga is a part of your life, here is a chance to get involved and celebrate.

This year we will be distributing 100% of the money raised evenly between two entities: The Outpost and The Gaia Oasis Foundation. The Outpost is a not for profit group that assists people ‘living rough’ here in Geelong. Again, as in the last two years, we would like to support this grass roots organisation in their valuable and compassionate work.
Gaia Oasis (that many at GCY know and love) is the not for profit retreat centre in Bali that does terrific social and environmental work, which we usually visit every year. Sadly, this year we have had to cancel our (fully booked) Bali Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat scheduled for early August. We are very aware of the resulting financial difficulties being experienced by our dear friends and colleagues over there and wish to do what we can to support them.

Please help spread the word. Tell your yoga buddies, share this post and ensure you click ‘Attend’ or ‘Interested’ as is appropriate. Those who partook in previous years will know what a wonderful energy we create together. The medium has changed but the intent is the same.
CELERBRATION, GRATITUDE, UNION

Feature Article by Tim Oddie in ‘Australian Yoga Life’ Magazine

“I felt profoundly grateful, honored to be asked to submit an article on such an auspicious pose – Padmasana” (Tim).

In recognition of Tim’s expertise,  Australian Yoga Life magazine asked him to contribute a feature article in their latest issue (September 2017 #56).  The article offers an in depth and detailed explanation of one of the most significant of all yoga poses – Padmasana or ‘Lotus Pose’.

Once their next issue is published (December 2017) an online link to the whole article will be available.  Until then the magazine can be purchased in leading newsagents or at the school for $8.00.

Yoga for Sports. Read the article from Australian Yoga LIFE magazine.

 
Whether you are looking for a competitive edge in your sporting pursuits or needing something to enhance your life both on and off the field, Yoga practice may just be the answer.

An extract from Australian Yoga LIFE magazine:  
 
“What do Geelong Cats’ vice-captain Harry Taylor, three-time world champion cyclist Kaarle McCulloch, and Brisbane Heat fastbowler Nick Buchanan have in common? They’ve all embraced yoga to enhance their lives inside and outside the sporting arena. And they join a growing list of elite Australian athletes using yoga to gain a competitive edge and cope better with the pressures of high-level competition.
 
For the past nine years Taylor has been doing Iyengar yoga weekly with Tim Oddie of Geelong City Yoga. For Cats’ players, yoga is a recovery option. “Yoga is a mental break in the week, a re-set button between putting the last game on the shelf and moving forward to the next game,” explains Taylor. And while he enjoys the stretching, he says it’s the mental side of yoga he really gets the most out of.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HEREYoga, Giving Athletes an Edge – Australian Yoga LIFE magazine

The full article first appeared  in Australian Yoga LIFE magazine www.ayl.com.au

Deepening Practice Program

The Deepening Practice Program (DPP) will consist of a series of regular Sunday sessions for committed yoga practitioners/students/teachers interested in the deepening of their yoga experience. The program will be coordinated by Tim Oddie and sessions conducted with his guidance but others will also be encouraged to contribute and take increasing ‘ownership’ of this evolving program.

The transformative yogic journey to wholeness truly begins with the development of a personal practice. Though this is ultimately the most personnel of journeys it is of immense benefit to have the support of others with whom you can regularly share your learning’s, difficulties and other experiences.

This program will provide the information, the support and encouragement you need to develop your understanding and to deepen your experience of a sustained yoga practice.

For those wishing to undertake teacher training in the future this program will provide a valuable preparation. However acceptance into this program is by no means restricted to those wishing to teach but only to those wishing to evolve    

You won’t look back!

When: The 1st SUNDAY of every month 1.30 – 4.30pm (starting Sunday May 7th). DPP for 2017 will consist of 7sessions (no August session due to Bali Retreats)

Format: The sessions will consist of a 1.5hour practice session followed by 1.5hours of Q&A/discussion (and Chai!). The week prior to each session Tim will welcome any emailed questions/suggestions for consideration.  On some Sundays these sessions may also coincide with a late afternoon Kirtan or other music event open to the broader community or maybe a shared meal downstairs at Shiraaz Indian Restaurant.

Cost

Cost for all 7 sessions  $490

Casually per session  $90 *

(* numbers are limited and priority will be given to those committed to all 7 sessions. Sessional attendance may not be available or subject to a waitlist.)

Requirements: Prerequisite to this program will be regular attendance at GCY level 2 or 3 classes or a regular practice at home or elsewhere of similar level.

(If unsure please feel free to discuss with Tim.) Finally and most importantly   you will require the curiosity and commitment to undergo your own transformation and the compassion to assist others in theirs.

To Apply: Contact Tim directly on 0419 313677.

Lunchtime Yoga in the CBD!

If you work or indeed live in the CBD take advantage of our new lunchtime class options. 

We have ‘Lunchtime’ classes 5 days per week!

These 45min classes are specifically designed to cater for the physical and mental strains that come from sitting at a desk all day. 
 
Classes will have you returning to your work refreshed, calm and focused. (not sweaty!)
It’ll boost your energy and focus, reduce stress, and unravel the kinks from a morning at the desk.
  • Highly qualified and experienced yoga teachers.
  • No yoga experience needed.
  • Classes in the heart of Geelong’s CBD.
  • Casual passes available – no need to book
Take advantage of our ‘FREE Trial class’ offer and come and experience what a difference a bit of self care can make to your day.

Men do yoga! Read the article from Australian Yoga LIFE magazine

In fact all kinds of men do yoga!

Do you, your husband, your son, your father, your mate need to start looking after themselves?

Men often have particular challenges with yoga and in most regular classes are greatly in the minority. They may be strong, but are often less flexible and this can mean poses take a bit more time or need a particular approach. Geelong City Yoga’s men’s class focuses on addressing  these issues. Classes are taught in a challenging yet supportive, non-competitive environment.
 
OR CALL Tim 0419 313 677

An extract from Australian Yoga LIFE magazine:

“Tim Oddie – a Certified Iyengar teacher of 15 years – sees yoga as a powerful mechanism for investigating men’s health and identity. And he’s in a position to preach: for over 20 years he has commonly been the only male student in class; he has taught many men one-on-one; has instructed large private groups of men (including the Geelong AFL team for the past eight years); and he has consulted and encouraged yoga teachers and yoga studios on men-only yoga.

As is often the way, what started out as an exercise in commercial viability (i.e. how to get the other 50% of the population on a yoga mat) has moved to heart level and he cares deeply and passionately about fully and personally meeting the needs of his men.” 


READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE – MensYogaArticle – Australian Yoga LIFE magazine

The full article first appeared  in Australian Yoga LIFE magazine www.ayl.com.au