my classes have always been small…one or two handfuls of dedicated and very hard-working students. yogathletica classes are unique, unlike most any class out there (definitely way unlike the popular classes), and egotistically ungratifying. my classes are for people who want to work on some seriously tough challenges, regardless of the outcome. i’ve never been a teacher for the masses.
here are some of the things that some of l.a.’s most famous and popular teachers have told me:
“you think you’re a good teacher? look around, shana, numbers don’t lie.”
“people only come to your classes once or twice to learn what they need to know so that they can do better in the classes they really want to go to.”
“i would kill myself if i had the kind of numbers you have.”
“everyone knows that people go out of their way to avoid taking your class.”
“why don’t you just copy _____ like everyone else. do exactly what he does and people will come.”
and then there was this:
“do you want to be popular or good?”
guess which one i hold onto every day i go in to teach another tiny class….