From writing workshops to viral dances, we share our favourite things to do whilst #stayinghome
With our weekly events column, Vancouver Adventures, on hold for the time being, we're seeking out adventures in new and different ways. Around the globe, communities are coming together to keep spirits high, minds busy and bodies active... all from the comfort of home.
Here are a few ways you can keep busy while staying safely indoors...
1. Dance it out
Facebook/Formation StudioVancouver born Formation Studio is the place to go to embrace your inner dance goddess, and—since closing their doors temporarily—they are offering workouts and dance classes online. Encouraging you to break a sweat and let loose with guided step-by-step routines, the team at Formation will have you moving like Beyoncé in no time.
$5 for five classes; Details online
2. Facebook Live meditations with Saje
Facebook/Saje WellnessSince closing all retail stores on March 17th, Saje Wellness has begun sharing their tips and advice on how to practice wellness at home during these uncertain times. They are offering live meditations by Rachel Hayek, Culture Specialist, over on their Facebook page as well as wellness sessions and seminars.
3. Workout with Barre Fitness
Facebook/Barre FitnessOffering live workouts via their social channels, Barre Fitness continues to get pulses racing with a lineup of streamed classes featuring favourite instructors. Their livestream packages include either two-weeks unlimited for $35.99 or $6.99 per class. So sign up, feel good and support your local community!
4. Stay connected to yourself
Facebook/WIRTH HatsFounded in Vancouver in 2018, local non-profit company WIRTH Hats is dedicated to making a positive impact on the mental health space in a way that’s empowering, impactful and fun. To continue their amazing work, WIRTH Hats has launched a free online counselling initiative, #WIRTHStayingIn to help with the mental health effects of COVID-19 and support as many people as possible. If you—or someone you know—would like to connect with the team, visit them online.
5. Join the circus... kind of
Facebook/Cirque du SoleilWith a desire to stay connected to their fans through the comfort of their own homes, Cirque du Soleil has launched a new digital content platform called CirqueConnect, an online hub that provides high-quality entertainment, featuring awe-inspiring moments from its shows Kurios, O, Luzia and so much more!
6. Writing workshops with Rupi Kaur
Facebook/Rupi KaurArtist, writer and poet Rupi Kaur is offering up her skills and advice during Instagram Live sessions during which she'll help you write a selection of poems using prompts and creative flare. Bring a paper and pen to the hour-long workshop and be prepared to get those creative juices flowing. You can watch her previous workshops on her IGTV page.
Follow along on Instagram for details on upcoming sessions
7. Follow your favourite artists
There's no doubt that this new found "freedom" is making it harder to spend less time scrolling and more time keeping busy. We can certainly rely on social media to connect us with family, friends... and some of our favourite public figures. Put those hours scrolling to good use and hit search to see the creativity that is exploding during this time of uncertainty. Like John Krasinski's Some Good News on YouTube or Miley Cyrus's daily Bright Minded: Live with Miley series Monday to Friday on Instagram Live. If you're going to stare at your phone, at least make it worth your time.
8. Catch a Broadway play
Facebook/BroadwayHDIf trying to find something to watch is becoming a little tiresome, head on over to BroadwayHD and stream some of your favourite Broadway shows straight from your bedroom. With hundreds of productions—from Cats to Kinky Boots—you'll be endlessly entertained and ready to start your own one-person production by the time self-isolation has finished.
9. Download TikTok
Facebook/Tik TokUnless you're under the age of 18, you may be asking, "What is a TikTok?!?" Well fellow readers, this is a TikTok. The video-sharing social platform used to create short dance clips, lip-syncs and comedy videos. Basically a place for youths to be... youths. However, with the world pretty much in lockdown, families across Canada are taking on dance challenges that will not only fill your heart with joy, but give you a reason—and yours kids a distraction—to get up, have fun and just be silly.
10. Stay active with Lululemon
Facebook/LululemonBringing #thesweatlife online, Lululemon is delivering daily content from both the community and ambassadors to help us all live our best lives whilst staying home. From do-anything workouts to live yoga and meditation sessions, head on over to their Instagram or Facebook pages to get the weekly roundup of at-home practices and choose what works best for you.
11. Stay in and take out
Facebook/Canada TakeoutBeginning April 15th and continuing every Wednesday, restaurant owners, chefs, culinary leaders and celebrities across Canada are coming together to support Canada Takeout to encourage Canadians to order from their local restaurants. Take an active part in supporting not just your favourite local dining spots, but the industry as a whole.