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April 27, 2015
I currently teach two classes a week, one in a private home and one at a studio. I began to teach at the studio becuase I received so much positive feedback and inquiries about where I teach after subbing and wanted a place to offer them a class. After 3 1/2 months of renting space I've had a total of 5 students (not all at once!). Most who come in have another instructor they've studied with for years and to whom they are quite devoted but couldn't make that week, so I don't anticipate a return. I have an opportunity to get out of my 10 month lease early, but am wondering if I'm giving up too soon. Everyday I go back and forth at least 10 times thinking I've made a firm decision, and then back to square one. My class is Friday evening at 5:30. I've heard comments from - "oh no that's cocktail time." to "who would come to a yoga class on a Friday?" So I think, am I just being foolish for trying to break into the yoga community in Berkeley where the number of yoga studios and star yogis out numbers the psychotherapist population (about 1 per person). Or am I being foolish for not hanging on (maybe January will be better). I wonder if, because of the rough economic climate, that people who are already doing yoga will continue, but people who had thought about will hold off. One last note, I've tried giving my classes away on Craigs list just to see and have some company and have posted fliers around town. In the meantime it is costing me about $35.00 a week to hold the space for a 1 1/4 hour class. I didn't plan on making a fortune, but it 's hard for me to continue operating at such a loss.
I know this is a long whiny story, but could use input/encouragement.
Much thanks and blessings,
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