About Us

Atha yoga has been running classes in Geelong since 2006.

At Atha Yoga we are consciously aware of guiding each student to work at a level that suits their body. Promoting mindful awareness of the practice to develop strength and flexibility of both body, mind and spirit.

2020 is a year of great change, globally and locally.

COVID19 has certainly taken it’s toll on all of us, many have lost loved ones to this virus and many of us have retreated into a world of lost personal contact and isolation.

Cancelling face-to-face classes was a huge disappointment, unfortunately something that just had to be done.

Atha yoga decided to fill this void with online classes via ZOOM subscription and video downloads.

 

Pamela Garrity -Director / Teacher

Pamela’s passion for preventative health and the benefits received from her own yoga practice inspired her to study yoga teaching.

My personal journey bought me to yoga.

I was running a family business whilst continuing my nursing career, caring for my family; when eventually “the wheels fell off”. The adrenaline that was keeping me going finally dried up. I was no longer able to pretend that all was OK. My body was exhausted, my mind was in constant chatter and my spirit was depleted.

I was diagnosed with depression, then came the feelings of failure, shame and guilt, ”How could this be, I have always thought I was a reasonably strong person. I have family that love me, a good home, everything that one needs to survive”. Eventually I saw a wonderful psychologist who shone a light on what I needed to do to get well; he helped me to begin to see my own value, he introduced me to meditation and I will be forever grateful.

It was not easy when I first started practicing. Exhausted, I could barely lift my head off the floor to do cobra, but slowly I became both physically and mentally stronger. It was akin to one day light flooded across me and once again I saw the beauty of the world around me. This is the gift of yoga, it can make you whole again, yoking body, mind and spirit.

After several years of practice it was time for me to share what I had grown to love. I am particularly interested in helping people who struggle physically or mentally; or those who think yoga is not within their reach. It is a practice that is suitable for all.

Over the years I have taught people with physical and/or mental health challenges, intellectual disabilities, children, adolescents, prenatal and postnatal.

I have a particular interest in building community, teaching the retired and semi-retired is a joy.

500 hours teaching and Yoga teacher training at the Australian College of Classical Yoga.

Relevant Qualifications

  • Diploma of Classical Yoga 2006
  • Australian College of Classical Yoga www.classicalyoga.com.au
  • Graduate Diploma of Health Administration 1994
  • ACU Australian Catholic University www.acu.edu.au
  • Registered Nurse Division 1 1980 until 2007
  • MPH Mercy Private Hospital East Melbourne

Professional development

  • Bliss Baby Prenatal Yoga 2012
  • Bliss Baby Yoga www.anadavis.com
  • Yoga Synergy Applied Anatomy & Physiology of Yoga 2013
  • Yoga Synergy Simon Borg-Olivier MSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy) www.yogasynergy.com
  • Yoga Synergy Yoga Therapy & Vinyasa Intensive 2014
  • Yoga Synergy Simon Borg-OlivierMSc BAppSc (Physiotherapy)
  • Vipassana Meditation 10 day Course 2014
  • S.N. Goenka www.aloka.dhamma.org
  • Yoga for Kids and Family Teacher Training 2015
  • Rainbow Kids Yoga www.rainbowkidsyoga.net