About Geelong City Yoga
Geelong City Yoga was established in 2004 as Geelong’s first permanent, dedicated yoga studio. With beautiful light and a homely charm the studio continues as a haven for a diverse and welcoming community.
Along with regular ‘In-Studio’ classes, Geelong City Yoga offers an extensive Online/On-demand platform, corporate wellness programs and a schedule of workshops and retreats, both locally and internationally
Led by Senior Iyengar teacher Tim Oddie we have the expertise and experience to safely guide you to better physical, mental, and emotional health 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 ‘join together’. Through a sustained regular yoga practice we can unite body mind and spirit.
Everybody comes to yoga at different stages and with different abilities. Detailed instructions and the creative use of props and supports (like belts, blocks and blankets) will enable you to achieve great benefit form 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.
We encourage detailed observation of your body in each pose, which ensures your safety and brings mindful concentration. Our sessions are always rounded out at the end with relaxation and pranayama (focusing on the breath).
Tim Oddie established Geelong City Yoga in 2004 and remains the Director and principle teacher
Tim is a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and registered with both Iyengar Yoga Australia and Yoga Australia. Tim has over 30 years’ of yoga experience. He has taught yoga in church halls and community centres 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.
Along with regular classes at GCY Tim conducts workshops and retreats in Geelong, Melbourne, and internationally. He has a particular interest and reputation for encouraging more men 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.
Russelle has practiced yoga for more than 20 years. She is registered with Yoga Alliance and has accrued more than 5000 hours experience, teaching consistently for more than 8 years, leading retreats locally and internationally and teaching Yin yoga specifically for 7 years. Russelle appreciates Yin yoga for the mindful discipline of stillness it requires and the potential for deep personal introspection. Her teachings are delivered from the heart, story telling and linking traditional practice to contemporary life. Russelle’s teachings emerge from her ongoing study, but in particular from the exploration of her own practice.
Fiona began as a student at GCY many years ago. She completed her formal teacher training (with Shyana Ogden) in 2019 and continues to study under the mentorship of both Shayna and Tim Oddie, Senior Iyengar Yoga Certified Teachers.
Fiona is a qualified physiotherapist with many years of experience.
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.