Frequently Asked Questions
Welcome to Rubber Soul! Below are answers to frequently asked questions and studio policies that will be helpful to know when you arrive at the studio.
WHAT TYPE OF CLOTHING SHOULD I WEAR?
You will want to wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. You are welcome to bring water and there is a cooler to fill water bottles. There is a restroom at the studio and a place to change clothes as well.
WHAT LEVEL ARE YOUR YOGA CLASSES?
Most classes offered are appropriate for beginners and those who are resuming a yoga practice. Each instructor has a bio on this site describing their individual class. Things that are labeled gentle or restorative are particularly wonderful ways to begin a regular practice. If you have any questions about the class or injuries you have had in the past, please share this with your instructor prior to the start of class so they can instruct you on ways to adapt poses that might not be right for you.
HOW DO I FIND THE STUDIO?
We are located in the Leathers Building at 675 Pulaski St, suite 1400. Our door is on the left at the top of the last staircase on the railroad track side of the building. Please park either beside the building or in the dirt strip beside the tracks. Please do not block the asphalt right of way when you park.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR CLASS?
Plan to arrive about 10-15 minutes before your class begins. This gives you enough time to get settled, find your spot and relax a bit before class starts. The class will begin and end promptly and the door will be locked at the start of class. If you arrive late and the door is locked, we have begun. Please don't knock on the door and please do come back another time!
WHAT SHOULD I DO ONCE I ARRIVE FOR CLASS?
When you come in the instructor will be at the front waiting to greet incoming students, you will sign in, make your donation (or confirm your online donation or membership), and leave your shoes and personal belongings in the front room shelving. You can then get your props as your instructor specifies and make your way to the yoga room with your mat. You will want all the props prescribed for your class, but feel free to grab extra props for yourself as well if they are part of your practice. You are welcome to borrow a yoga mat from the studio, which will be cleaned and hung to dry in the studio after class. Your instructor will help you with this the first time.
WHY ARE YOU DONATION-BASED?
Yoga has had a life-changing impact on many of the teachers here, and we would like it to be available in town without a paywall. We recognize and honor the many lovely things about more commercial yoga studios, and feel that model is very well covered in town. We aspire to offer something different: a donation-based, teacher-led community-building experience. We are working toward nonprofit status because we are a mission-driven organization working together toward the common good of community building and sharing the teachings of yoga and related wellbeing arts.
I'M A BEGINNER. WHAT SHOULD I TAKE INTO ACCOUNT IN STARTING TO PRACTICE?
The movements we offer as teachers are suggestions, not demands. Take it slow the first time you come and try out the movements, especially the options the teacher offers that are more general. You also can take breaks all the way through class, and doing so creates a safer space for other students to do the same thing. If there is a suggested movement that consistently does not feel good, troubleshoot that movement before or after class with a teacher.
WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH MY LIFE? WHERE CAN I REALLY HAVE AN INFLUENCE AND DO WHAT MATTERS?
Well, we don’t know for you, but paying attention to your own experience with kindness in a community of thoughtful folks will probably help to clarify some elements of the answer. Hopefully it will include being pro-love and anti-racism and taking care of our community and planet.