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Some back story: Miss O and I have just started the process that will lead to a medium-size two story house in Greenwell Point (pretty much due East of Nowra); it's on almost an acre (50m x 70m block with lots of casurinas, my favourite tree, sound-wise). GP is surrounded by Jervis Bay marine park; many surf beaches, 27 oyster farms, etc., etc. We will be running residentials there next year to train/mentor promising students (we have not made this public yet, but this will be the route for Stretch Therapy practitioners, from now on). Stretch teacher will be step one. With a foundation backing us, this process could be expanded, and partial scholarships provided. Partial, because everyone needs to 'have skin in the game' in my view.

Good move. If you care to elaborate further, does this mean that workshops to become a stretch teacher will be a mandatory step prior to "residency" or will this be a abandoned in favour of residency altogether? Getting proper training or apprenticeship(s) in my field(s) of study is something that has been on my mind lately, so this is very exciting stuff. You can only read so much in a book.

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Frederik

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sol wrote:

Sol, does this apply to Paypal, too?

Yes unfortunately it applies to Paypal too. You need to have a credit card to use paypal and not debit card and that is the reason it is almost non-existant in India. Ebay had to come up with PaisaPay that is an Indian-tailored Paypal but again no-foreign transactions take place i.e it only works within India.

All this is due to Govt. regulations to prevent money laundering which actually only hurts consumers as shady people have better means to stash funds abroad. I used my elder brother's credit card to purchase the programs. He has one as he studied and worked in Canada for 10yrs or so and shops online a lot so got one from the bank.

The real solution is to register as a firm in India so that you become a domestic player.The only way to get around this for small merchants is by tying up with an Indian intermediary which kind of handles the payment. There might be some other methods like using Youtube as Google has a Indian subsidiary and might accept indian debit cards through it's gateway. However I need to test it practically.

Even so Kit i would suggest you put India on second priority after USA, Europe and other developed nations because the vast majority of your customers will come from there anyways. I would say focus on those first and meanwhile someway can be found out to feasibly implement it here.

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Thanks for that detailed response, Sol. Your assessment:

which actually only hurts consumers as shady people have better means to stash funds abroad.

is spot on, I suspect. Let's keep thinking about this. for example, I would be happy to make these programs available in India at a much lower price (to reflect their economy) is it were ever feasible and if able to be India-specific.

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Haha. No problems Kit. I ll update you if I find something good regarding this. Also we can have a discussion on price later when you decide to focus on such markets. ( Your prices are fantastic actually. That discount price which you say can be availed for the first week following the launch of the programs is something that an average middle income Indian kid can spend without any trouble. However programs like those on gymnasticbodies will be out of budget for most of the younger people here. )

Also one business model that has worked wonders for the ecommerce industry in India is Cash-on-Delivery model for selling products. You' ll be surprised as this isn't available in other countries I believe. This reason for this is that people are willing to spend money online but due to the convulted policy regarding plastic money noone gets a credit card and such. Just look it up online to get an idea of the Indian market.

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I did a quick search, but could not see how COD could work in this case; I am probably missing something!

I hear you re. the low price (for the first 48 hours, we have been advised, rather than a week; this will be enough time for everyone here, I think) should work well, and be some kind of compensation for all the advice I have received here during this process.

And if you all like the programs, please let everyone know!

Re. COD: how does an Indian who uses this service get the money to us?

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I ll definitely let everyone know. And i didn't mean for you to use COD. That would only work for physical products like I mentioned. Just wanted to explain the business models in our country. Anyways we all have our fingers crossed for the programs Kit. Good luck with them

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  • 2 weeks later...

I have pinned this topic today, as we get closer to releasing the first program. Frederik wrote:

does this mean that workshops to become a stretch teacher will be a mandatory step prior to "residency"

Yes, that is the plan. It now looks like this:

1. Into the Stretch (three-day, total immersion) > Stretch Teacher (three days, how to teach; how to structure a class) > invitation to Stretch Practitioner (2 x one week on location, the residentials).

I have not made this public, but we plan to offer a scholarship to any ST who needs financial assistance, too. This will be part of 'pay it forward' (if any of you have seen this).

I have finished my comments/supers etc. of the rough cut of Master the full squat and hip mobility; those comments have gone back to the editor for the next cut.

I am very pressed for time right now, as we only have fifty copies of Stretching & Flexibility left in the world too, and I am working on the essential revision to this book to create a second edition. I am printing another 500 for the Australian market; and will be making a PDF version of the second edition available, both for download and for Print on Demand, via Lightning Source, for all markets outside Australia. I will be putting the Update DVD's video up on Vimeo as a pay download, and the promo code to get it free will be in the PDF of the book. The editing surprisingly is the easiest part; the back end is what's taking all the time.

Back to it.

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I have pinned this topic today, as we get closer to releasing the first program. Frederik wrote:

Yes, that is the plan. It now looks like this:

1. Into the Stretch (three-day, total immersion) > Stretch Teacher (three days, how to teach; how to structure a class) > invitation to Stretch Practitioner (2 x one week on location, the residentials).

I have not made this public, but we plan to offer a scholarship to any ST who needs financial assistance, too. This will be part of 'pay it forward' (if any of you have seen this).

I have finished my comments/supers etc. of the rough cut of Master the full squat and hip mobility; those comments have gone back to the editor for the next cut.

I am very pressed for time right now, as we only have fifty copies of Stretching & Flexibility left in the world too, and I am working on the essential revision to this book to create a second edition. I am printing another 500 for the Australian market; and will be making a PDF version of the second edition available, both for download and for Print on Demand, via Lightning Source, for all markets outside Australia. I will be putting the Update DVD's video up on Vimeo as a pay download, and the promo code to get it free will be in the PDF of the book. The editing surprisingly is the easiest part; the back end is what's taking all the time.

Back to it.

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Not really; although, getting better. MH may comment, but since he and I started working out together (twice a week, some weeks) a lot of things are improving. He is going to shoot a squat > kneel > all kinds of sitting positions > transitions between these and squatting and kneeling that you will all love; I know I do.

​These are mobility-on-steroids, for me.

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Not really; although, getting better. MH may comment, but since he and I started working out together (twice a week, some weeks) a lot of things are improving. He is going to shoot a squat > kneel > all kinds of sitting positions > transitions between these and squatting and kneeling that you will all love; I know I do.

​These are mobility-on-steroids, for me.

i just thought it was funny because it reminded me of this one guy i knew whom they called the Stairmaster because he was real good at doing tricks down rails :P
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@terge: read the whole thread: downloadable and DRM-free.

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  • 2 weeks later...

We are now on to Colour Correcting and Sound Sweetening on the first program...

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I am really looking forward to the hip mobility program. I have already benefitted from my brief exposure to ST. The mindfulness cue Adurst taught me has me now sitting in seated hip with both sitbones down with very little preparation. I could not do this 3 weeks ago on one of my sides in spite of years of stretching.

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Go Adam! I have written a long article that is related to this aspect on a new thread today, as it happens; it's called "What use is stretching?"

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