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.
VALUES: Rubber Soul welcomes people of all races, reliigions, genders, sexual orientations, and socio-economic classes. We affirm the dignity of all people, including people of different species. We wish a happy life to all beings.
Yoga Teacher Training for Fall 2017 begins enrollment with early bird pricing starting in May. Also you can enroll for Spring 2018. 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. See here for details.
New: A Summer Intensive Yoga Teacher Training. Only 10 days! See here for details.
Yes, we are OPEN. Every day...
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 Spring 2017 Adventure Club page
Big Medicine Hat (A chart game and health protocol)
AcroYoga (which has info on the various AcroYoga classes)
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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.
Adriana Sanchez is an actress, 200-hour certified yoga teacher, and health advocate. After a severe depression she used yoga, meditation, and diet to heal herself and make better decisions. She thinks yoga is one of the best ways to reconcile with the body and one's inner self, as well as grow in self love and confidence. She is the creator of the Wild Goddess Coach Program, which helps women deeply love their bodies and own their own power. She coaches online, and when she is not working, she is spending time with her husband, family, or gathering information in books and documentaries.
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 4:00 am, preferably, and cold showers to heal the body and the soul!
Bess Matlock, 500-hr YT, teaches a fiery vinyasa class. She began practicing yoga in high school and teaching in college. She completed 200-hr training at Kripalu Center, 500-hr training with Shakti Initiation in Bali, and 9-month course in Ayurveda. She's taught a wide variety of yoga and meditation classes in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Massachusetts, and adolescent wilderness therapy.
Cal Clements, Ph.D, 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 and authorized to teach Kundalini Yoga by Sierra Hollister. 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 a strict vegetarian. As owner and manager of Rubber Soul, he has taught over 4000 hours of yoga, meditation, and Adventure Club, the 200-hour yoga teacher training program. He loves sailboats.
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.
Dan Noonan says, "Oh! And a word about your distinguished instructor. I have been blessed to have incredibly talented teachers, chiefly Lyle Nordstrom and Tish Berlin, and to have participated in workshops and seminars with, among others, Aldo Arbreau, Shelly Gruskin, Hen Tol, and Ars Nova. I have studied music at Oakland University, Clayton State University, and at Naropa institute."
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.
Julie Hutchins has been practicing yoga since 2011. She completed yoga teacher training through Rubber Soul’s 2016 Adventure Club. She practices kindness to others and mindfulness meditation daily. Her intention with teaching is to help humans cultivate self-love, compassion, and balance in the great stream along which we all flow. She is inspired by the little things in life, like a butterfly floating on the breeze and the space between every inhale and exhale. May all beings be happy!
Justin “Sukhmander” Unbehaun completed his Kundalini Yoga Teacher certification in August 2016. He advocates Sadhana and a raw vegan high fruit diet to usher in lasting change and become receptive to higher consciousness. “You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.” --Alan Watts
They say yoga finds you when you need it the most. For Kelly Rice, RYT-200, it did just that. It brought strength, courage, mindfulness, play, and inspiration. In her classes, she likes to combine creative sequencing, breath work, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration. She hopes you leave her class with a little sweat, stronger, a lighter heart, and more balance. When she's not teaching, she's with her family enjoying connecting to nature, hiking and painting.
Meg Brownstone 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”). Here are podcasts of recent classes (check it out!). 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.
Michelle Blair is a yogi, a newlywed, a people person and a traveler, based in Athens, GA. Back in 2014, she received her 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Training at Peachtree Yoga Center in Atlanta. Since then, Michelle has traveled to Peace Retreat, a yoga and wellness center, in Playa Negra, Costa Rica as a yoga teacher and a volunteer. She has also worked as a yoga teacher at Camp PEACE, a summer camp that brings children exposed to domestic violence together. Her go-with-the-flow attitude and positive outlook on life shines through in her yoga practice, teaching and music selections. Michelle finds inspiration for my yoga classes from everyday experiences, especially in nature, and she is constantly learning from fellow yogis and teachers. When she’s not on her mat, you can find her hiking with her husband, Danny, and black lab, Lucy, hanging out with friends and family or catching up on a good book.
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."
Peyton is an artist, a writer, and a student of life who is driven by a deep desire to grow and spread light. Her unique perspective of yoga began as a sacred tie to her mother who started teaching yoga when Peyton was eight years old. After moving to Athens in 2012, she rediscovered yoga on her path during a personal quest for homeostasis and completed her 200hr teacher training at Arhanta Yoga Ashram in the Netherlands with Yogi Ram in 2015. You can expect her class to carry a calm and balanced vibe that is influenced by both the traditional style learned from her Hatha yoga training and the natural, flowing roots she has acquired from participating in her mothers practice. Her class is aimed to center the mind and spread awareness into the physical and spiritual body.
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.
Can an instructor come to my house, group, dorm, special event?
Yes, possibly. The rate is $50/hour for individual instruction and $80 for an hour group class. If you are out of Athens, it is $1/mile additional. Write to Cal Clements (the email is below) with your details.
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.
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?
Why aren't the teachers getting paid?
Our teachers are volunteers practicing karma yoga. Karma yoga means service to others as its own reward. There is a joy in offering time and energy to people that can be felt instantly and can stay with us for a long time. Donations to the studio go toward the physical space, day-to-day and long-range management, supplies, utilities, and business expenses.
Do you have gift cards?
We are a donation studio... so cost is always very flexible. Nor do we have actual printed gift cards. Usually what I tell people who would like to give one or offer one as a prize (which sometimes happens) is "Yes, please do!" Just create a card. For example you could say that it is a one month unlimited yoga card (for maybe $40) or a 3 class card (for maybe $15)... Simply draw up the card as creatively as possible and send in your donation to rubber soul, 675 pulaski st, 1400, athens, ga 30601.
Can I redesign your website?
No. We like it ugly. 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 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.