FEES: Class donation is $5 minimum per class. You can make a bulk payment. In that case, keep track of it on the sign-in sheet. For example, if you give $20, then your first class is 1:4, second class is 2:4, etc.
LOCATION: 675 Pulaski St, 1400, Athens, GA 30601.
MISSION: Rubber Soul Yoga intends to provide community-based yoga at an affordable price. 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.
VALUES: Rubber Soul welcomes people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and religious traditions. We affirm the dignity of all people. We advocate for the rights of animals. May all beings be happy and free from suffering.
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.
Yoga Teacher Training : Next training begins in January 2019. Those who wish to deepen their experience of the benefits of yoga are encouraged to enroll in this program. Consider joining if you are curious about how your life would feel with greater disciplined conduct in areas of health, spirituality, and kindness. A big part of the program is about training new yoga teachers. The workshops will investigate asana (yoga poses) and human anatomy in detail. Students may register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 upon completion of the program. More info will come available in May 2018.
Yes, we are OPEN. Every day...
including all holidays (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) and all weather (but don't drive if you feel that it is unsafe).
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.
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CLASSES: All classes are regular yoga classes unless otherwise noted. They are appropriate for beginners and vary based on the teacher. Generally there's a warm-up, a flow through yoga poses, floor poses, and a relaxation. Everyone is welcome to take variations--and go at your own speed.
ACRO YOGA: We used to have this class as a series. It is now a drop-in class appropriate for beginners. You don't need a partner to attend.
CLOWN SCHOOL: Open to everyone of all ages and experience levels, these classes introduce the art of clown.
GENTLE YOGA: These classes are great for beginners as well as everyone who would like to relax, stretch, condition the body in non-vigorous ways, and generally take some time out to enjoy the moment. There will be a mix of floor poses, easy standing flows, and a longer restorative pose (using bolsters, blankets, blocks, and eye pillows).
KUNDALINI YOGA combines all the yogas, with mantra, mudra, bandha, pranayama, and asana. Each class has a specific healing objective. Every class ends with a meditation.
TAI CHI: Tai Chi is know as meditation in movement because it derives its meditative value from your focus on its myriad components as you go through the form. There are 108 moves in this Yang Style, Traditional Long Form. You move from one to the next in a seamless, free flowing fashion. It is quiet, peaceful, and restorative. It is known to improve balance and--based on my own experience--the focus on balance in your physical body extends itself to a balanced life. There is great focus on the body's core and, accordingly, Tai Chi is good for your overall health. You will be taught all of the moves and the principles that guide them. All levels of experience are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to practice barefoot or in sock feet. Shoes are not helpful unless they are specifically tai chi shoes.
YIN YOGA: Postures are held for several minutes targeting connective tissue. The class typically begins with a slightly more vigorous period and settles into yin postures for the remaining hour. Yin style is simple and direct, but not necessarily easy or comfortable. Often the challenge in this type of class is handling one's mental state during the long stillness of the postures. The class is appropriate for beginning through advanced practitioners as modifications and use of props are encouraged.
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, sign in and donate $5 or more.
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.)
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.
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.
HOW TO GET TO LET IT BE
Let It Be is a located at 100 Barnett Shoals Road in the 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.
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.
Can an instructor come to my house, group, dorm, special event?
Yes, possibly. The rate is $50/hour for individual instruction and $80/hour for group classes. If you are outside of Athens, it is $1/mile additional measured from our studio. Write to Cal Clements (the email is below) with your details.
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. I myself (this is Cal talking here) use the Manduka BlackMat which we have as studio mats. 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 redesign your website?
No. We like it retro. It is actually an art form called web brutalism.
Has anyone written a testimonial about Rubber Soul?
Here's the first interview about Rubber Soul by Nico Issac in 2006.
Here's one by Lauren Steffes.
Here's some thoughts on the value of charting by Elizabeth Brantley.
Here's a portrait of Cal Clements by Ellen Eison called "What Is A Yogi" from 2017.
Here's an invitation to attend a class by Amanda Solberg:
I'm planning on being at Rubber Soul Yoga Revolution in the Leathers Building on Pulaski in Athens, GA tomorrow morning for the 10 AM class, so if that sounds at all interesting to you, bring yourself! Thinking, "...I don't know...whenever they say downward dog is a resting pose, I really just want to be in the fetal position!"? Well, I will be not doing a single pose as instructed, so feel free to break free and get yourself into whatever physical position you want to be in (ALWAYS!). Self truth! Freedom! Breathing! It's what yoga's all about. Put your forehead on the mat the entire time. It's been done before. Come chill. Come claim some sacred space. My mat is a launching pad for the rocket ship of my soul. Doing nothing, sitting still, letting my head hang down, and closing my eyes, I travel across the universe right through me, and energy reverberates through you and comes back to me, and I know we are one! It all starts with a willingness to walk hand in hand with ourself, to take a chance on not being scared of ourselves. I'm a connoisseur of good feelings, and Rubber Soul is just about the healthiest good feeling around. Right next to hugs, lettuce, laughing, and crying. And sometimes you can get all those things at Rubber Soul, too!