Lumi Light x Upstate Studios
Lumi Light Edition 4: Gail Asbell of Upstate Studios.
Meet Gail Asbell, co-founder of the Geelong-born yoga and pilates studio, Upstate.
Upstate is a revolutionary group of holistic health hubs born from the passion of Gail and her sister. The team offer classes of Yoga, Pilates, HIIT, Meditation and Boxing. After completing your very first session with Upstate, you'll understand the radiating positivity the instructors bestow onto you. It is clear the team's mission is to create a safe, motivating space in which each 'Upstater' can become the best, fittest version of themselves.
Read more of our feature with Gail and learn how she reflects upon 2020 below.
What inspired you to create Upstate Studios?
My sister Charelle and I founded Upstate Studios in 2009.
What’s the best part about being a business owner?
The best part is most definitely our team and the incredible community of Upstater’s we have built. Nothing beats hanging out with like-minded people. Our teachers and community are full of inspiration. They are great people to have by your side, empowering and motivating each other to be your best. It’s a very social and happy hub to hang out in.
How much impact has the restrictions in trade caused by COVID-19 had on you and your business? How have you had to adapt?
We closed our four studio locations on 23 March and still remain closed. We have stayed focused on our members during this period and tried to 'over deliver' in all areas possible. By offering 75 live streamed classes per week we have been able to keep our community connected.
If you could give one piece of advice to yourself at the start of 2020, what would it be?
Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep an open mind and a grateful heart. You’ve got this!!
Lastly, what are a couple of your favourite local Geelong small businesses and why?
Little Green Corner. I really admire Hugh’s commitment to sustainability and community. It has been awesome to see how they have pivoted their business during this challenging time. They also have the most delicious food, great service and the best coffee!!