Rubber Soul Yoga (& Clown) 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.
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(Last updated 5.16.13)
Rubber Soul has a Clown Club that you can read all about here...
the class is listed as "Yoga," then it is a Hatha yoga
class that anyone of any experience level may attend. The exact style
of the class may vary based on who is teaching it and what they love
about yoga (and life). See the teacher biographies.
FILM SERIES: The films will have to do with yoga and anatomy. Free.
ATHENS ZEN GROUP: On Sunday mornings there is meditation with the Athens Zen Group. At 10:00 a.m. there is a Dharma talk. This is a presentation of thoughts concerning Zen Buddhism. Newcomers orientation is 11:00 on Sunday mornings except on a first sunday of a month. Look at their website for more information.
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 THERE
Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution is located in the Leathers Building at 675 Pulaski Street (in Athens, Georgia). Pulaski runs alongside Phoenix Health Foods, the 40 Watt Club, Snow Tire, and Athens Blueprint. 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 a waiver. We have these at the desk. If you are under 18, you need to have a guardian sign it. If your guardian isn't coming to the first class, then print the waiver out and bring it along.
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?
Our 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?
The classes are full. What do I do?
Sorry about that. At the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters, the place gets crowded. Here are some suggestions: 1) Come at any time other than 5:30 in the evening, 2) Come 15 minutes early, 3) Consider going to another yoga studio during peak times. Athens has many, including
the Athens Regional Medical Center, Athens Five Points Yoga, Sangha Yoga Studio, Bikram of Athens.
|INSTRUCTORS: All instructors
at Rubber Soul 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 who is slightly optimistic about the future of the planet... and an adoptive father of Oscarina, who is very cute. As owner and manager of Rubber Soul, he has been teaching yoga most days of the week for the last 6 years. He says, "Make this your home page and help save the ocean's people: http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/oceans/ ."
Kate Morrissey has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2000. She began with a home practice in Wisconsin before practicing Vajra yoga for a summer at Shambhala Mountain Center, a residential meditation center near Ft. Collins, Colorado. Vajra yoga, founded by Jill Satterfield in New York, combines Buddhist mindfulness, meditation, and visualization practices with Hatha yoga. Kate went on to study with Bikram yoga teachers in Pennsylvania at Yoga in State College and anatomy instructors at Penn State, working her way through Yoga Alliances's now defunct "independent track" for yoga teachers in 2004 before moving to Georgia and continuing her practice here in 2005. She has been involved with the Rubber Soul Revolution since its inception and a teacher since 2007. She received certification from Atlanta's Peachtree Yoga, training in a mixed style of Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga in 2009. She has helped with a Shivananda teacher training and multiple iterations of Rubber Soul's Yoga Adventure Club, and continues to find fresh delight in doing yoga and practicing with the Zen group. She also is a performing songwriter and a clinical social worker specialized in mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating the lives that people are wanting to live, and both of these influences seep into her yoga teaching style.
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.
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.