MISSION: Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution intends to provide community-based yoga at a price affordable to all. Every class is by donation. We define "yoga" broadly, to include many disciplines including meditation, healthy lifestyle, and the performing arts. Rubber Soul is 100% carbon-neutral in hopes of reducing global warming and pollution. Starting with our own bodies and our lifestyles, we want to make a change here on the planet Earth.
Yes, we are OPEN... including all holidays (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day).
Rubber Soul's ADVENTURE CLUB YOGA TEACHER TRAINING operaties in the most independent, flexible, and cost effective method ever! You can live the life of a yogi.
|LET IT BE
We have a second yoga studio with the same mission as Rubber Soul. Let It Be is also by donation, with classes on a drop-in basis.
LOCATION: 100 Barnett Shoals Rd. very near downtown Watkinsville, in the red barn that has a yarn store on the bottom floor.
OVERVIEW: The core of yoga is breath--that is, connecting the breath to movement, seeing each pose as a container for the breath. The type of breath we practice in Hatha Yoga is specific: Ujjayi Pranayama (ocean breathing or victorious breath). It sounds rather like ocean waves surging in one's throat... or like the sound Darth Vader makes when breathing under his helmet. I know that isn't a very yogic association, what with Darth Vader zapping entire planets, but it's true! He's got that hissing in the throat. Try it now, if you like: use the same muscle you use to whisper to create a valve in your throat. Then slow down and deepen the breath.
Secondly (although of equal importance), yoga is about feeling good, right now, in the present. In other words, it is not about straining to fit into the postures... not about feeling inadequate if one can't touch one's toes without bending one's knees... not striving to be perfectly fit with perfect posture and perfect concentration... It is simply the connecting of the mind to the being-present In-the-body. The goal of our yoga classes is to practice that yoking of mind and body while moving through various poses.
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INSTRUCTORS: All instructors are volunteers. Therefore thank them after class with a formal bow--or perhaps--if you are feeling especially expansive--a giant hug.
Andē Harsimran Burke took his first Kundalini Yoga class in 1977. He went through KRI certified training in 2001 and has been teaching since. He encourages Sadhana, daily yoga practice, at 4:00am, preferably, and cold showers to heal the body and the soul!
Cal Clements says it is normal to do yoga at least once a day--twice a day to begin a revolution. Cal is certified in Ashtanga Yoga from Downward Dog in Toronto. He has four university degrees, including a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a Masters of Library Science. Cal is a VEGAN and recommends this approach for environmental reasons, health reasons, and for the benefit of the animals. Here's a description of his current diet. As owner and manager of Rubber Soul, he taught over 4000 hours of yoga and meditation.
Chanda Clements is the manager and lead teacher at Let It Be Yoga. She completed Rubber Soul's Yoga Teacher Training (Adventure Club) in 2012. She teaches a great flow class with lots of breath and vinyasa. You'll like her unassuming ways and calm sincerity.
Elizabeth Joy Brantley is a trained yoga instructor from Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution, Adventure Club Class of 2012. She found in yoga the answer to all problems and continues to prescribe a yoga practice to restore joy, health and overall highest being. As a trained coach from the Robbins-Madanes Center for Strategic Intervention and a member of the Torrance Center for Creativity at UGA, she infuses creative strategies into her classes, offering unique and fun perspectives and sequences. Yoga accomplishes all three aspects of creating lasting change - changing your physiology, your focus and your daily mental chatter. It has been in yoga that she has found and lead others to find joy, peace and their highest spiritual truths. While not teaching, Elizabeth infuses the philosophy, spirituality and practicality of yoga into all she does, having recently launched a program, a Trojan horse of yoga, to lead others to find their ideal career and work experience. It is Elizabeth's passion and greatest desire to help people in the most effective, compassionate and joyful ways imaginable. It is through yoga, writing and speaking that Elizabeth reaches people, so if not at yoga, you can check out her spiritual and practical musings. Joy to all!
John Rogers is a yoga junkie. When Sivananda yoga moved into Athens like a summertime circus, he bought his ticket and found himself a certified teacher of the Sivananda tradition, with absolutely no inkling to teach whatsoever. Yoga was his personal journey and besides, he wasn't ready to teach, for crying out loud. But the universe had other plans for John. He found himself teaching a few classes a week at Rubber Soul. Whilst teaching his first ever class, John felt the welling up of an overwhelming joy and exuberance. This feeling exponentially increased with every pose until he became a being of pure light. When Adventure Club came along the following winter, John's heart skipped a beat, and adventure he did, among other things. He fearlessly took to the unicycle, founding the infamous, though short-lived, Palani Brothers Unicycle Gang. He learned how to cook gypsy rice and beans to beat the band. And his capacity for love and compassion knows no bounds. And his yoga is uplifting. Skip work today, and go to John's class. You'll be recognized as an incredible individual, lead through a series of ever-changing poses, and guided safely and compassionately, oh, and playfully, through the yoga that John finds so much joy in.
Meg Schreiber has been practicing yoga since 2008 when she moved to in Athens, GA. Meg was enthralled by yoga from her very first class. Since then she has been compelled to try a variety of yoga styles and teachers. After years of taking classes (and teaching some too) she received her 200 RYT in Hatha Yoga from The Shravana School of Yoga with Christina Sell. Meg's teaching style is predominantly influenced by the traditions of Anusara and Iyengar Yoga. In her classes you can expect to receive detailed alignment instruction and personal feedback. Her classes are often sequenced to focus on a particular muscle group or set of postures (e.g. “hamstrings” or “backbends”). Meg's intention as a teacher is to utilize the technology of asana (poses) and pranayama (breath work) to help her students explore the beauty and complexity of this embodied life.
Moira Rose Berry received her 200 hour certification from Yandara in Baja, Mexico. She enjoys teaching dynamic vinyasa flow classes that are focused on breath, humor and rock music.
Sarah Beam first recognized the life-affirming properties of yoga in 1999, and began practicing regularly in 2007 when she realized that the asana practice was clearing away the remnants of postpartum blues. In 2012, she completed 200 hours of yoga teacher training with Rubber Soul’s Adventure Club and began teaching the day before graduation. Sarah believes mindful movement and attention to the breath can focus the mind, open the heart, strengthen the body, encourage self-acceptance, awaken creativity, inspire nutritive eating habits, and improve the overall quality of life. In her vinyasa flow classes, she maintains that the quality of the breath takes precedence over the poses themselves, and she encourages students to listen to their bodies and to find and embrace their own rhythm, their own edge, and their own messy grace in the postures.
Veronique Boitel-Burchinal has been practicing yoga and meditation for a long time. At a very young age, she had the beautiful opportunity to be exposed to spiritual teachers that inspired her and introduced her to yoga and meditation. Later through her extensive international travels as an opera singer and coach, she experienced many different styles of yoga. When she came to New York City from France she deepened her practice with YogaWorks and proper attention to alignment. In 2006 she came in Athens as a voice teacher at UGA and was touched by the spiritual awareness she found there. She received her certification as a yoga teacher with Vastu yoga in 2010. She also has a private practice as a certified Core Energetics body psychotherapist as well as certified in Sophrology (a French discipline which involves stress management and guided meditation). Whether it is through singing, yoga, or deeper self inner work, Veronique enjoys participating in helping to raise the presence and consciousness to the evolutionary impulse, opening the door to the infinite.
RUBBER SOUL YOGA
SUGGESTIONS (and gentle understandings) FOR STUDENTS
1. We're pretty easy-going, but we do request that you arrive 10 minutes early, take off your shoes when entering the studio, turn off the ringer on your phone, and avoid wearing strong perfumes or deodorants.
2. When you enter the practice space, settle in and possibly sit in stillness.
3. Wear exercise clothing. Form-fitting shirts are best so that during forward bends or inversions your top won't fall around your face. We practice barefoot (in general--that is--you can wear socks if you like).
4. Bring your yoga mat. If you forget or don't have one, you can rent one for a dollar. (Note: Having you own mat is most hygenic and therefore recommended. What kind to get? Jade Rubber Mat.)
5. When returning the blankets, stack them neatly--the fringe side to the wall. This is very important. Otherwise the wall becomes unstable.
HOW TO GET TO RUBBER SOUL
Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution is located in the Leathers Building at 675 Pulaski Street (in Athens, Georgia). Pulaski begins at Broad Street. Then it crosses Prince Avenue and ducks into a neighborhood. The Leathers Building is about three blocks into this neighborhood, just before the railroad tracks. We are about halfway down the building, in suite number 1400. Come in through the back door (near the railroad tracks). here's a MAP.
The building looks like this:
Walk around the right side of the building, along the railroad tracks, and look for a sign that says, "Y o G a" (in funny letters).
We lock the doors once class begins so plan to come early.
All students must sign in when coming to class. The sign-in is also a waiver, which you can read on every page of the sign-in sheets. If you are under 18, you need to have a guardian sign for you. If your guardian isn't coming to the first class, then print the waiver out and bring it along. This will work for all subsequent classes.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I'm new to yoga; what level class should I take?
Try any of the classes listed as "Yoga." You are welcome to join in. The first few classes may feel a bit awkward, but soon you'll have a good sense of how it is done. Why not give it a try and see how you like it? At any time you can modify poses or rest. Also the Gentle Yoga class is an excellent choice.
How does the library work?
The Rubber Soul library is entirely straight-forward. You deposit $20 (there is a cute little envelope to put it in) and check out one book at a time. You can keep it for 30 days. If it is still not back in 90 days, you lose your deposit. Otherwise, you may have your deposit back whenever you are ready to stop reading, move towns, or pay rent. We keep the check-out cards in a rather odd glass case with a strange fabric animal housed at the base.
Is Yoga a religion?
Not exactly--you can practice it alongside your religion (or imaginative atheism) without conflict. You don't need to "believe in" anything. And yet there are certain concepts and practices in yoga that are... spiritual.... with metaphysical implications... Yoga Journal has an interesting article on this topic.
Does Yoga have ethical imperatives?
Um... basically, yes. The first and most important of these is Ahimsa or non-violence. For thoughts on this see the non-violence guide. Also there is Satya, which means seeking and then speaking truth, Asteya, which means interrogating one's behavior to be sure that one isn't unconsciously stealing from others (maybe beings who live in the future, in a world filled with the consequences of our present behaviors), Brahmcharya, which means being responsible in sexual relations, and Aparigraha, which involves shifting from a materialist focus to values based on community and connection. If you pay attention to all these imperatives, then your yoga and life will progress more smoothly.
How is Rubber Soul 100% carbon-neutral?
Our power usage is provided by wind sources, some of which are in India. Therefore, when you notice the air conditioner blowing, that is breeze coming from the birthplace of yoga, not a coal-burning power plant. You can offset your personal carbon footprint too.
What music do you recommend for deep relaxation?
Snatam Kaur's music is absolutely soothing. The recording called Prem is really wonderful.
Is it safe to use community mats?
It would be wiser to use your own yoga mat.
I think I'm ready to get a mat... what sort of mat ought I to buy?
I'm most in favor of the Jade/Harmony Rubber Mat because the grip is excellent, the materials are natural, and the price isn't too steep. This is the kind we have at the studio. I myself (this is Cal talking here) use the Manduka BlackMat which we also have in the studio. It is quite sturdy, doesn't absorb moisture, and ought to last *forever* but it is really heavy so if you are on a bike or walking I wouldn't buy that one.
Can I bring my kids?
Well, quite possibly, yes. We have a front room (the Library) which has some couches and a lot of books. Kids could hang out there while you do yoga. We can lock the door so no one comes in. The question is: Would your child enjoy being unsupervised for 1.5 hours?
What are some other yoga studios in Athens?
Athens has many, including the Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens Five Points Yoga, Sangha Yoga Studio, Bikram of Athens.
Please address them to Cal Clements at calclements (at) gmail (dot) com.
|HOW TO GET TO LET IT BE|
Let It Be is located at 100 Barnet Shoals Road in Watkinsville. If you are in downtown Watkinsville around the Town Center and driving towards Jittery Joe's, then turn left at the 5 way intersection, heading across the railroad tracks. That is Barnett Shoals Road. Go 0.6 miles and turn right at the Red Barn. Main Street Yarn is in the lower part of the barn. The yoga studio is above.
You can park anywhere along the right side of the barn. It would probably be better to leave some spaces for the yarn store, so maybe head back a bit farther in.
The door to the stairs is on the left side of the building. You can walk around back, go around front, or walk through the yarn store. They are very nice.
Here is the door to the stairs:
Here are the stairs:
Here is the main room for yoga (you've arrived!)
Questions about Let It Be can be sent to chanda at chandaclements (at) gmail (dot) com.