Hello and welcome to today. Our conversation today is with Georgia burns and Georgia is coming called talking to us from Toronto in Canada. We're going to do about 30 minutes of questions and answers and then we're going to wrap up, Oh, sorry, 30 minutes of discussion and then we'll wrap up with 30 minutes of question and answer. So just put them in the chat. I, we have two things. We have the Q and a, which is where you put your questions and we have the chat where you can make comments, share links, do all those kinds of things. We'll be answering everything that's in the questions and answers section, so please put them in there. Georgia is based in Toronto.
She's a Pilates teacher, trainer and she specializes in women's health and rehab. And if I remember, George and I first met about eight or maybe it was even nine years ago and she came and taught to on is anytime there and last year she did an amazing workshop for us, uh, on rehab after birth. Mmm. We're going to share some links in the chat as we're going to go through this. But I would say we don't have the answers to all the questions.
So if you asked me, when am I going to be able to reopen my studio? I've just got to tell you in advance. I have no idea. Um, but we're going to chat about the sort of thoughts that we have in those things, but we don't claim to know the answers to everything Georgia told me about where you are and what you do.
And so that's really, I know, I love it. I'm S I was so happy to be home and uh, it's been, it's been amazing being back. So this is, uh, a hard blow for everybody, but I feel like I really just got back in there and I wish I could still be in the studio every day.
How do you practice polarities? How do you teach?
We really have to put a little perspective into that as we, um, navigate the next steps and how to make that shift.
I, I know, I don't see people in the playground anymore. There's nobody playing basketball. People are walking by themselves and taking their space and [inaudible] I hope it's enough. The hospitals are very well prepared and they have beds right now,
I don't know anybody directly yet. Mmm. You know, we're kind of monitoring to see what's happening to our community. Pella, these teachers that we know so well and see what's happening. The good news here is nobody on this webinar has it. Yeah, thank you. Uh, friends have it. They have 20% of the 22% as a friend of a friend and then nearly 60%. So I am not sharing the results here. That's bad. I mean, anyway, here it is.
60% don't know anybody. You know, even a friend of a friend who has a, uh, I'm suspecting that is going to change as this pandemic spreads through our community. We've talked before about, you know, your, you do a lot of online teaching before this. So tell me about what you're doing there.
That's how I actually got into teaching with bloodies anytime was I sent in my little video and [inaudible] was the first, um, holidays, anytime, next flies into him teacher contest. And so I had been doing that for a long time. I sent it in. I, I've been doing it ever since and I have been putting my longer videos online in an online studio of my own that I actually just do from my house. And so I have a little set up. I just, I do a lot of [inaudible] private sessions. I do a lot of group classes and when I can, and it was really, it's kind of like the same job that I love. I just was that shift. How am I going to do it?
So they, they only see each other. Um, but they, they are seven and eight years old and they just roll back and forth all day. You know, they, they miss school for sure.
So I get one hour a day of, um, holidays and really my, Mmm. My place where I come to meditate too. Um, make sure that I'm taking care of my own mental health. And in the meantime I'm producing something. I'm making videos to share and to put online. But that is really the routine that I've created to keep myself grounded and focused on really how I'm feeling and not really allowing the emotion to flip my lid for, you know, yeah. A better word.
Uh, when it gets personal, it becomes really different. It's not just something you read in the news
There's a few places in the world where people can still have their studios open. Um, and we believe that's kind of Japan and Sweden. Um, there may be other countries and if you still are open, I'd love to know where you are and if you wouldn't mind putting that in the chat. Um, but it does seem like pretty much everywhere in the world is kind of close for business at the moment. There's about three or four people who their plotty studio's still open. Um, but that's, that's the world where we're in. So George, I know on the other side of you, I'm pointing in the wrong direction, but you know what I mean? Is that side of you, um, is where you do your filming. So I would love to kind of see what you have there.
Um, this is my daughter's room. So you'll also see her bunk bed, but I usually just come right on over here and you see my little reformer on the floor, my little arrow glottis or farmer [inaudible] and I just line her up like that. And there you have it. However, you'll notice here I have a huge ring light, which makes a really big difference to the shots. Definitely suggest you'll see how it just lights it right up.
I just grab my iPhone and I start making videos and I honestly do it so much for myself to keep my creativity going, to flex my muscle of teaching because I really do feel that it's important to keep practicing and practicing practicing. So it really grounds me to come in here and film these glasses and [inaudible] is something that I can share with everyone. So it's a, it's a pretty awesome feeling of uh, being productive while we're trying to figure out what we're going to do.
But because she has quite a quiet environment there when the children are out or asleep, um, she is able just to speak to the laptop and do her communication that way. So there's no Latvia, Mike, and if you've watched parties, anytime videos, you know, we'll be using like a Mike like I'm wearing or something to me it doesn't look like a game or thing. But when we closed the office it was rush home and this happened to be something I had at home. But you can do something less here or it'll make the clips onto here. I was saying a lot of other people, um, filming with their iPhones so you can do it with an iPhone and uh, just just do that.
I was really great to have a little stand and I think we have some links to the different things. And I would really encourage lighting. You know, the most important thing when it comes to making videos is the sound. So you can't hear what the person's saying. And then the lighting's really important. And you can see here, I hope you sold Georgia. I'm showing her a light there. But she has a ring light like that. And if you look in the center of the ring light, if you're not familiar with them, there's a little place where you can put your iPhone in and it really, really makes a difference.
I don't like make Georgia look bad but can you just switch off your light? I mean it will see you,
So there is a, I think that Julia has a link for the umbrella lights there. The ring light is really great too for those closer shots.
Do you want to talk? Are you ready to talk or do you need a minute? Cause I'm here and I, it helps to share as well. So I've been kind of keeping tabs on my clients, making sure that they're safe. And when I realize that my new normal included an hour, then I would offer it to somebody. And, um, I found people when they were ready, Mmm. Wanting to come and do sessions.
So I just made a real effort to make sure that everyone was okay, that my clients were, felt supported. And um, and it happens to me at the studio too, is I end up checking in on everybody and then everybody wants a session. And then I'm a little bit overbooked and it's like the best problem to have, but I really want to see everybody. So that's kind of where I'm at right now. Um, so that's why I like to make the videos that they can rewatch so that everyone can do their daily [inaudible] session. And um, and I'm kind of referring out to the women I know. Ooh. I've worked with who I've taught, who I've then with who are really great and have the time right now as well.
You mentioned that you do your daily stretch, uh, kind of class. So you put up a new video every day or
We start with the 15 minute stretch, go into a reformer class for those who can stay and those who have. Uh, so I do that once a week and I do that, um, just as a free offering for everyone because those are things that I think people need. Yeah. And then it, um, it's really great cause again, I've like built up this great community and people who I want to make sure it feels supported.
So there's about 50 studio owners on the thread who are sharing, very experienced through the thread, um, different ideas of when to close should we stay open, we have staff who need the income, we don't feel comfortable closing or we really need to close because this is more serious than we think. So there's been an open thread. Then it kind of shifted into how do I get my videos up online? How do I get my teachers working? How do I, how do I navigate this? So the threat is going to change over the last three weeks. But it's been really amazing to see it.
All of the studios in the city kind of come together a little bit to talk about their own experience. And we have the same thing with a lot of studio teachers, Brett threads, and they, um, are very different. Obviously they have very different conversations. But I think that [inaudible] opens up the community when we would normally see our colleagues take each other's classes. Um,
And that's really what I was hoping what happened with our community and they've been amazing supporting each other. A lot of the links that I'm going to put up, uh, uh, that GE is going to put up in a minute are really come from these groups, you know, teachers and studio owners. Check out this link so that you can make your decision whether you need to stay open, if you need to close, if you need to work, if you need to, um, if you feel comfortable going online and teaching. Cause I know a lot of teachers are not comfortable with that. Mmm. But there is some government assistance coming, but we really need to look at the government wording to know if it's right for us. So there are a couple of, um, Ontario government links that came from this group that I thought are very valuable because it's so confusing. The languages changing every single day, what we are eligible for, what they're offering to studios versus studio teachers. Um, so I think it's really important that each of us keep up to date.
So we know should we teach a couple hours here and there online, try to make it work. Tried to pay a rent, try to yeah, have an income. Yeah. Is it going to be worth your emotional and physical time? So the links that I really want to share with like Canadian audience is, uh, came from these teacher, these groups, um, that were on Instagram.
It's like how do help each other during this tough time. It's to share experiences.
But it's always better to open up the community and um, share your, your knowledge and share your experience.
So it really is so personal. Um, you need to be up on these, on your own country's, uh, information and daily because it is going to change. These people leaving of the government are really, I do believe they're trying to help us. Um, it's their first time doing this too. So it's going to be messy. It's going to be like,
And just to share this, these results with everybody that, I think so many people are suffering in the same way as they were before. Yeah, sorry. We're all suffering in a way that none of us were from before. Just sharing the results here. And about 40% have no income. Another 40% are between one and 25% so 80% of folks are less than 25% and nobody's making as much as they were before. I know it's no constellation, but this is affecting.
I'm kind of the mental health because all of us, this, this is stressful. You know, we are kind of grieving for the life that we had three weeks ago. It's crazy.
So I did my entire program on the emotional trauma and how to work through it, especially using movement. So it is, um, it's been so helpful to know that there are stages. So this first grieving process, this is part of it. This is how we heal, to grieve, to talk about it, to really express like, okay, my goals are now different, changed forever. And it's really allow ourselves to feel that hurt and pain and again, why the community is so important. Um, and I feel like I did a lot of grieving that first two weeks. I found it really, really, and now that we're in this new normal, this routine phase, I've got my [inaudible] set up and this is exactly what I did after my son was born. I had my reformer, I took a lot of videos, I worked through how it felt and I took time to really feel it.
And I am definitely one of those bloodies instructors who says, what muscle do you feel right now? What, what is working? Can you consciously activate consciously? I, you know, I hear that I say it all the time and um, that's what I'm focusing on right now. What do I feel? Okay. Is it my rational brain or is it the part of me that is anxious and sad and scared? Um, and I'm going to not judge it, but I'm going to make decisions when I'm in the rational place and I'm going to move through it. And, uh, with holidays, of course, um, I moved my reformer from our basement up into our spare room. I've taken over this whole room. Now I'm in here as my, my safe space. So this is my meditation spot. This is my mental health. Yeah.
The routine is what is keeping me going right now. Checking in on my clients and making sure that I'm productive every day and making sure that I am taking the time to focus on, uh, the kids. So doing those things is keeping me Mmm. Happy, comfortable and really excited. Like I am really excited to see, um, where we can take this and what's going to happen next.
I do think there's a lot of good that's going to come of it and I think that we'll be able to, especially as our community, we can grow stronger. We can grow. This is the time. Okay. If I can just take a moment to say, um, these links when that are going to explain to you, should you take the assistance or should you try to work? I would say if it is making sure and you happy and bringing you joy, this is such a good time to donate time and to work on your craft and to build a library and to work for a passion project. Um, if you can. And, and that's why I think so many people are offering free content right now. They're building their brand, they're building their libraries, their lists.
And I think that is um, a choice that some people are making. And then, um, there's definitely the other side where we are career plus these instructors and do need to make money. So I strongly suggest that every bloody instructor read especially, sorry in Canada, read the links that we've provided because um, you need to really weigh those options. Like do you make a little bit of money teaching a zoom that might not accumulate at the end of the month to the $2,000 of assistance? You might do it because it's a passion project because you want to build your list because, and donate your time or you try and you make that as much money as you can in the month to pay your rent and buy food and just know the difference.
Know the pros and cons of both.
So I think there's two things. Any advice on filming? Recording with a special liability assurance? I have Philadelphia fitness, wellness insurance, Sam covered for live feed, but not for recording. Everybody has a slightly different insurance policy. So I think this is a time to call up your insurance broker and say what's covered and what's not covered and um, everything is available, but sometimes you have to pay a little bit more for that. The insurance. Do you have any other thoughts on the insurance part of that?
Could you tell us about your visual tech set up? What works best based on your trial and error? Is there anything you'd like to add? We talked about it a bit before.
Look at everything as straight lines, like really try to find the camera on the same level as you, as your body. And when I'm seated, I want to just reach my arms out, make sure I'm still in the shot. And you'll have one shot for classes where you're standing and one when you're lower down. So think about that. When you're designing your class, where you make, as long as you're very centered and all your limbs are in the shot, it will look very beautiful. Lots of light. And I strongly suggest keep it very, very simple. Use a phone. Use your iPhone. If you are in an echoey place, you might choose to get like a lapel or a mic. But if you're in a room that's pretty contained, you should be fine.
Just using the audio from your phone even and get lots of light behind you. Um, so I coming from in front of you and make sure that you can see your face. Those are just the things that I go through my checklist. I'm like, okay, straight line, straight line. That's what makes it really beautiful and Plata is, is so much about that, right? Like the angle is 90 degrees or it's straight out and when you're setting up your shot, that's what I look for is a lot of really straight lines.
I think it makes it look a lot, a lot cleaner.
If you would want to keep your, I'm very community based. I just want everyone to, I just want to be out there and connecting with every single person. Um, but if you feel like you want to keep it on your own site, I would say it depends on if you are allowed to work, if there's a limitation on how much money you can make, how much you're charging. I think there's so many variables. It's very a personal choice there.
I have a studio that's very near my house where I rent a space and see private clients. Um, and then I have the, a beautiful studio in Yorkville at I do teacher training. I have friends who own studios everywhere that I will sub and cover for whenever I can.
And if you really feel you need to give away some of your content, then a bit like Georgia does. She has one class a week, which is for the community that's for free. Um, but you owe it to yourself as police to professionals to, um, to make a living. And it's going to be tough enough. But so please, my thoughts on this is don't discount. I don't know if you want to be even more emphatic, George.
I am a 100% focused and committed to supporting my clients in that time. Um, they're still my client, which is more than the equipment. It's, it's more than the workout. Being, uh, a body worker working with [inaudible] is about supporting the entire person. Their emotional and physical state is important. And by creating this routine, uh, to me I was like, I could charge more because it's important right now to be [inaudible] that normal, to have this connection with another person, especially something that they love. They love you, they love [inaudible], they love doing this. And this is important. So I don't think that, um, no I don't think we should be discounting our rates. I think that our relationship with our client is what they pay for 'em and I think it's very important.
It's, it feels like a home. It does feel like my own studio and I, I aye. Yeah, it feels like my, my little space, so I'm very, I really love it.
I mean you can definitely start with like Facebook and Instagram live, but um, I think once you start to think, this is my career, this is my, my baby, then it's really, he needs to kind of research how to, how to put things online and how to share them with your clients.
It's something that you can kind of take anywhere in the world. I do think there'll be, um, a shift towards loving online studios. I don't think it will take away from brick and mortar. I think that it will benefit, uh, actual physical studios. The more our clients are doing [inaudible] the better because they feel better in their bodies and the notes from the plays.
So if I have a client who comes to see me twice a week for a private session and I give him him classes to do every other day, it does not take away from him coming in to see me physically. It's that it makes his practice better and deeper and more integrated into his routine. So I actually think they will benefit each other greatly. I think a lot more people will come in to the physical studio and they will also do more online sessions.
Nothing is going to replace that in the studio experience with a hands on correction and where you can really see what's happening with that body. So I think it's, I, I kind of liken it a little bit of do you want to see that bound that you love life or just listen to the recorded music and there's place for both those things. But that in-person live experience of seeing whoever you're into. Um, maybe it, hopefully it explains, you know, I bought a lot of rolling stones music, but I've also seen them live at least 10 times. So, uh, I kinda think it's like that.
So Naomi OS, any thoughts on zoom? London has gone zoom crazy this week. Mmm. W what do you use when you do your life? You use zoom as well? Yeah. Yeah. I just say that. Answer this from the plot is anytime sort of thing. We've been using zoom as our conferencing tool for several years and we kind of looked at the various people like Skype and zoom and Google Hangouts and so on, and just consistently came back to zoom. And just because the quality and the reliability and the features and the ease of use was just better than everybody else's.
What we're using today is the women webinar features within Xu for pretty much everything you want to do with polarities. It's really good to do it with the meetings and you can get some of the meetings done for free. Yeah.
He didn't quite get that we need to put the camera here, we need to do that. So doing things for recording is a lot more effort than doing a live class when it's live your clients, they're kind of happy with the fact that the dog just walked in or whatever's just happened. But if it's edited and you're being charged a subscription, there's an expectation of a higher kind of quality there. So that's when you begin to get into, I need to edit this, I need to reshoot this, I need to do these other things. Um, it gets more expensive, more time consuming and higher quality. Uh, that's the, uh, you offer 30 minute online classes. Do you think there is an optimal length of time? Is one hour or two long online? [inaudible]
I think that half hour for me, when I'm at home, I have three kids. I have my dog, I've got to make dinner. I am, I'm good to do a half hour. And then if I happen to have a bit more time, second one on it goes do a little playlist. To me, that's the most efficient way to build up my library. And from my experience, I feel like people will focus on something for about half an hour. Um, and if it gets to be a bit longer than you kind of run the risk of missing part of the workout, ending it early, something happening. So you can always put on another one if you need to, but you can't really like shorten it out and keep it that like cohesive class, you know, where at the end you feel like, Oh my whole body is together and proper.
What is your client base one? So you try put a 30 minute one on the schedule but a 60 minute and if nobody signs up for the 30 minute it was too short. Everybody signs for the 30 minute and nobody for the 60 minute, you kind of say, I'd experiment. Is there a time where we can play with so much stuff here? Uh, Lindsey asked about security measures on zoo. Yeah, we've probably all read some of the stories about people bombing, uh, zoom sessions and taking them over and all of those things. My, our view on that is if you follow the instructions that are in the zoom, um, zoom website last, I'm a really good, uh, self help videos and they have some great articles there. You should be pretty safe.
But if you share to the planet what that ID is do to get in on here and um, it kind of exposing us, it's kind of like leaving the key to the door outside so everybody can kind of see it. So, uh, I B I've just followed the rules on it and try and be careful, perhaps talk to a teenager. Um,
So I do something that's called the daily dose. You guys actually do a daily dose as well. Um, so I do a daily dose for sciatica. I do on for scoliosis, things that are just very, very, um, kind of protocol to deal with certain conditions in the body. Um, especially things that older adults start to, to see. So I, I have very specific classes for, um, Parkinson's, ms for spinal, a thesis for forward head posture. I have a list of these quick 10, 15 minute classes that can be done every day that are very, very spines safer, have that older population in mind. So, um, that's a huge passion of mine. I'm just so interested in how the body moves through different life stages, how it changes through pregnancy, through age, through, it's through breaking bones. I, I'm just so fascinated by that. Yeah.
I have a whole series on. Mmm,
Just understand that everyone is in this place of stress and fear and give a lot of space for that. And you know, we can't take anything personally. We just have to be supportive for them, so it will mutually beneficial.
We are here for you and thank you for joining us today and thank you so much, Georgia. You're amazing.
Thanks Georgia. Bye.