International Yoga Day – Yogathon 2020









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.

(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.

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

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

Weekend Yoga & Mindfulness Retreat ~ June 1 – 3, 2018 ~ FULLY BOOKED


Join experienced facilitators

Tim Oddie & Anna Loughrey

7pm Friday to 4.30pm Sunday

Nourish your body, mind and spirit in the healing spa country of Hepburn Springs.

This retreat promises the opportunity to…

  • Immerse yourself in your yoga practice with Iyengar Yoga teacher, Tim Oddie
  • Still your mind with mindfulness educator, Anna Loughrey
  • Eat luscious, nutritious vegetarian food 
  • Connect with like-minded people
  • Enjoy a massage or Turkish hamman steam session. Both available on-site!
  • Connect with your sense of play and appreciation of simple pleasures 
  • Detox from the increasingly ‘digitalised world’


The Place

You will be staying in the renowned and refurbished Continental House built in the 1920’s and set in the beautiful, healing spa town of Hepburn Springs. The ‘Conti’ sits high on a hill just above the famous Hepburn Springs Bath house, is adjacent to magnificant forrest and is surrounded by beautifully cared for gardens. This unique guest house offers hydraulically heated rooms, large communal lounge / reading room and dining rooms each with an open fire, a Turkish Hamman Steam House and an extensive vinyl record collection for music lovers! Although we will not be meeting as a group until 7pm your room will be available from 2pm. Also, if you wish to stay another night or two your room may be available at a discounted rate. If travelling from Geelong it is a lovely 1 hour 20 minute drive (via Ballan) or from Melbourne 1 hour 30 minutes (via Western Freeway).  


The Yoga and Mindfulness

With Tim and Anna’s combined years of experience in running yoga and mindfulness retreats, locally and internationally, you will be encouraged and supported to take your practice to that ‘next level’. By removing yourself from the competing demands and unavoidable distractions of a ‘modern’ lifestyle you come closer to your true essence. By participating in the yoga and mindfulness sessions throughout the weekend you will be supported to connect more deeply with yourself and to explore how this positively affects your interactions with the external world. You will leave the weekend feeling more grounded and yet uplifted, rejuvenated.

About Tim

Tim is a highly respected Iyengar yoga teacher whose approach is filled with both depth and humour. With his skilful use of props – Tim can equally support and inspire those who are new to yoga, those with many years of experience and those with injuries.

About Anna

Using a range of techniques Anna offers a gentle and thoughtful approach to mindfulness that will leave participants feeling less anxious and with a greater sense of connection between their inner and outer being. 


The Food

First and foremost the food will be delicious. It will also be nutritious, vegetarian and gluten-free. Snacks and hot beverages will be available throughout the day. 


The Cost

$580 (based on twin share and all inclusive)


What’s Included

  • 2 nights accommodation (all linen, towels and aromatherapy toiletries are provided)
  • 2 x mindfulness sessions (early morning)
  • 4 x yoga classes – Asana & Pranayama (mid morning and late afternoon)
  • All meals & snacks (includes Friday dinner to Sunday afternoon tea)



  • Massage by appointment – $100 p/h ($50 for 30 mins)
  • Authentic Turkish steam room experience – $60 pp
  • Guided / non-guided forrest walks to suit your level of fitness and motivation 
  • Guest laundry



  • Payment in full will secure your place 
  • EFT – Geelong City Yoga BSB 063512  Account Number 10767466
  • In payment description please write your name and ‘Conti 2018’


Enquiries / Bookings

Call Tim 0419 313 677 or email


PLEASE NOTE – If attending as a couple or you wish to nominate a ‘twin share’ partner then please email us ASAP – thank you!


Tim & Anna 

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.

Otways Spring Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat

To mark the beginning of spring come and join us in the glorious Pennyroyal Valley (near Deans Marsh), an easy 40 minutes drive from Geelong, yet a world away from the pressures of daily life. From Friday night to late Sunday afternoon reconnect with yourself and nature. 

The Date: September 1-3, 2017

The Cost: $580 (based on twin share)

At an additional cost there is the possibility of booking a premium double room; if interested we would need to know ASAP.

The Retreat Features

– 2 nights accommodation

– Daily early morning mindfulness sessions with Anna

– 2 daily yoga classes (Asana & Pranayama) with Tim

– All meals & snacks (dinner Friday night to afternoon tea on Sunday afternoon)

The Yoga and Mindfulness

This retreat offers a great opportunity for you to immerse yourself in your yoga and mindfulness practice and explore how this then affects your whole being. For those who do not know Tim you will quickly appreciate that he teaches with both depth and humour. With experience and skilful use of props all levels of ability can be both supported and inspired. Anna is a mindfulness teacher who will gently lead you through a range of techniques to inspire greater connection to your inner being. 

The Place

King Parrot Cottages is beautifully nestled onto the south side of the Pennyroyal Valley capturing all the northern light and spectacular views back down the valley. There is a crystal clear creek running through the bottom of the property and many wonderful bush walks to be had. The accommodation is in architecturally designed and self-contained 2, 3 & 4 bedroom bungalows.

The Food

All food will be vegetarian, gluten free and delicious. Any special dietary requirements can be catered for with prior notice. As well as main meals there will be snacks and herbal beverages available daily. 


  • Deposit of $100 will secure your place (places are strictly limited)
  • Full payment due Friday August 25, 2017

Payment by EFT

Geelong City Yoga

BSB 063512


In payment description please write your name and ‘Otways’






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 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.