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, physical theater, and play. Starting with our own bodies, we want to change the world for the better.
Yoga Teacher Training, Winter 2016: This program is cost effective and perfect for those in Athens as well as surrounding areas such as Atlanta, Madison, Jefferson, Gainesville, Monroe, and beyond Georgia, since it meets twice a month (8 times) and you can sleep over. Join our 200-hour, Yoga Alliance Certified, teacher training program. Starts January 22, 2016.
The Big Medicine Hat Chart has been updated. You can print out a chart and find instructions here.
Rubber Soul has a Facebook group is now up and operating. This is different than the Rubber Soul page, which is not all that interactive.
Yes, we are OPEN...
including all holidays (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
and all weather.
This is true of both Rubber Soul and LIBY.
|LET IT BE
We have a second yoga studio with the same mission as Rubber Soul. Let It Be Yoga (LIBY) is also by donation, with classes on a drop-in basis. If you haven't been to this studio, then you ought to visit if only because it has got to be one of the most beautiful yoga studios on the planet. You are surrounded by trees, the interior is all wood, and there are interesting art works hanging high up on the walls.
LOCATION: 100 Barnett Shoals Rd. very near downtown Watkinsville, in the Red Barn.
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.
HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS WEBSITE:
Most information is on this very page. You can scroll down or use some of these links to speed up the process:
Directions (to Rubber Soul)
Directions (to Let It Be)
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few pages that are external to this very page that you're on right now. They are:
Adventure Club (Rubber Soul's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training)
The 2014 Independent Adventure Club (for those still in it)
Big Medicine Hat (A chart game and health protocol)
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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!
Ansley Silva got her first teacher training in 2009 in Brazil in Shivam Yoga. She is vegan and has been a vegetarian for 15+ years. Ansley teaches yoga to motivate lifestyle choices that revolve around ecological, humanitarian, and general ethical awareness. She recognizes the vibrations coming from all living things and uses yoga to celebrate this. It is her "church." Good yoga stems from the heart and unleashes creativity. It also makes the body shine like gold.
Cal Clements, E-RYT 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 Masters of Library Science and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature. Cal feels most strongly about the plight of all the non-human beings and therefore is committed to a vegan lifestyle. He recommends this approach for environmental reasons, health reasons, and out of respect for animals. The world has so many problems--but here's one that everyone can work on right away, one meal at a time. Here's a description of his current diet. Here's a list of his favorite books, movies, etc. As owner and manager of Rubber Soul, he has taught over 4000 hours of yoga, meditation, and Adventure Club, our 200-hour yoga teacher training program.
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.
Deana Shuman is first and foremost a lover of animals, especially (but not exclusively) furry kinds - slippery, feathered, and scaly kinds are great too. She studied French literature and enjoys speaking French, singing, sewing, and knitting. She is now studying Speech Pathology. She loves yoga for its focus on acceptance and mindfulness, and also for the great physical benefits.
Jason Wurnig discovered yoga asana practice in 2009 and completed his teacher training with Bill Cottrell at Yogaful Day Shala in 2013. Although his interests in yoga are eclectic, he has a deep appreciation for Yin yoga and its benefits for the deeper tissues and organs. His practice is inspired by natural elements like the wind, the moon, the sun, and the stars. He joyfully agrees with the assertion that when you gaze upon a mountain range, ancient trees, or the Milky Way on a crystal clear night, know that you are just as vast.
Johnny 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.
Lauren Miller, RYT-200, was introduced to yoga by her best friend that spoke incredibly highly of Rubber Soul Yoga. She says that she will be forever grateful to her friend for showing her the most true form of physical and mental presence and discipline. When she attended her first yoga class, the positive energy of Rubber Soul’s space, instructors and those who also came to practice immediately inspired her to begin a regular practice and a hunger to learn more about the culture of yoga. A short time later, Lauren received her RYT 200 at Yogaful Day here in Athens. She has taught over 150 classes since becoming certified. Lauren emphasizes that yoga is a very personal practice with no room for comparison or judgment, but, rather a place of acceptance, understanding and patience. The focus on alignment and breath control allows each student to attain a powerful sense of relaxation and inner peace. Modifications will be offered so that everybody feels comfortable to participate. Come to Lauren’s class and allow your body to flow to the rhythm of your breath and discover a deeper awareness of your inner self.
Lexa Gillespie, RYT-200, discovered yoga in 2009 and became certified in 2014 through Bill Cottrell at Yogaful Day here in Athens, Ga. She continues her education, working towards her 500hr through Asheville Yoga Center. Lexa views the expansive practice of yoga as a way to be present in all parts of our life with gratitude and acceptance. The mindful, breath-oriented yoga she teaches is from the standpoint of a compassionate heart. She inspires everyBODY to begin where they are and to always remember that yoga differs from dance and theater in that, in yoga we are not creating something for somebody to look at. Rather, cultivating a sense of well being and self love, while aligning mind body and soul through asana and pranayama. By blending clear alignment instruction with themes that connect to the heart while expanding the consciousness, she offers her students a meaningful practice that inspires their journey from the mat into the world.
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.
Yoga found Nick Combs, RYT-200, in 2012, and then Nick found Rubber Soul in 2013 and starting practicing asana there everyday, eventually completing his yoga certification through Adventure Club in 2015. Nick is a registered nurse, so you can expect detailed information about the body and its systems as you are going through the poses. Nick believes in the principles of the Yamas and Niyamas of the eight-limbed system of yoga and likes to incorporate their themes into his classes, usually with heavy doses of humor and a little dance music. His hope is you leave his classes lighter in body, spirit, or both.
Patty Riehm says, "I have studied Tai Chi for 20 years and been an instructor for 15. I am passionate about the difference this has made in my life and want to share that experience with others. Teaching people is what I do in my work life as well, so it's only natural that this would spill over into my non-work life. I love being able to share this particular knowledge to anyone who wants to learn it."
Prosper Hedges is an activist, writer and yoga teacher. Creative sequences, eclectic playlists and a focus on decolonization define her practice. Expect an energizing and playful flow with reverence for yoga's eight limbs and origins. Growing up in Atlanta, her mother brought her to study meditation and pranayama with Eunice English in the Yogananda tradition. She has a RYT 200-hour certification from the Athens Yoga Institute, a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Georgia and a feminist fashion line called Tinkypuss.
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 your 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.
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.
On a stormy day, the building looks like this:
Walk around the right side of the building, along the railroad tracks. Our door is about halfway down. There's a small sign on the railing that says "Yoga."
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?
Gentle Yoga is an excellent choice. Or 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.
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 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.
Do I have to be a vegan to do yoga at Rubber Soul?
Absolutely not! Many of our yoga instructors are vegan but in our past we were vegetarian, pescatarian, flexitarian, opportunitarian, omnivoire, and even eating meat, dairy, and eggs from factory farms and fast food restaurants. We are all in a process of transformation.
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?
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?
Where are the rules for the chart?
The Big Medicine Hat (chart) rules may be found here.
Has anyone written a testimonial about Rubber Soul?
Here's one by Lauren Steffes.
Here's some thoughts on the value of the Big Medicine Hat by Elizabeth Brantley.
TO GET TO LET IT BE
Let It Be is a beautiful yoga studio located at 100 Barnett Shoals Road in the charming town of 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.
You can park anywhere along the right side of the barn. Or, if there is no room there, then park down in the circle.
Questions about Let It Be can be sent to Chanda at chandaclements (at) gmail (dot) com.