two kinds of people…

world-renowned social scientist that i am, i have come to the conclusion that there are two kinds of people in the world. yes. just two.

a bit of background…

for those of you who have not been to my classes (why haven’t you been to one of my classes???), they are hard. as in, damn hard. like, really damn hard. the kind of classes that many people would classify as “not for everyone”.

but i disagree.

i believe my classes are for precisely everyone. everyone who wants to test their limits, find their edges, and drop their egos.

when new people come to one of my yoga classes, they see some very advanced practitioners. and here is where the wheat separates from the chaff. there are those who look at these stud muffins and come out feeling inspired. and there are those who watch them in amazement and come out feeling belittled.

of course, those who feel inspired come back week after week, chipping away at their weaknesses and challenges, getting stronger and stronger in their practice until one day they are the ones that newbies watch with dropped jaws. ironically, these are often the students who come in with the most beginnery-beginner practices. they start with nothing and stick it out until they have it all.

then there are the rest…sadly, accounting for most. they watch people handstanding and backbending and touching feet to all sorts of body parts they wouldn’t normally touch…and they freak out, deciding they will never be that person. they give up in frustration. usually after just one class.

you’ve heard the story about the caterpillar, haven’t you? here it is:


and so, i ask you. are you willing to die as a caterpillar or do you hope to one day fly like a butterfly? because it doesn’t happen by sitting in a cocoon.

the hardest part about coming to a hard class is coming back. from there, it’s all downhill (in a good way) and then up, up and away!


  1. Dick Damian on January 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm01

    So very true. 1700 classes and 7 years down the road I see more flexibility and strength (almost 70).
    Thanks for the reminder.

    • Shana on January 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm01

      that’s quite a journey! and it all started with coming back that second time. (or, i guess some can argue it started the first time). 🙂

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