Bored at home? Do online activities now

We are a generation that has taken full advantage of technology to ensure that even our basic needs are met with the click of a mouse. There is an app for almost everything out there. Therefore, it is no surprise that citizens trapped at home during the closure of Covid-19 are turning to technology to ensure that their daily routines have as little impact as possible. Activities that have previously been held in person, such as gymnastics, dance and music classes, to name a few, have been put online. Online dance and music classes

With public spaces closed and classes suspended, extracurricular activities such as dance and music classes have also been affected. Simran Godhwani, a Kathak dancer and instructor, says: “Since we have closed our dance school right now, the parents of my students wanted the classes to continue, which was when we decided to take things online. Therefore, we have now been teaching group classes through an online application that allows multiple people to join the session, which is streamed live, ensuring that students do not miss a thing.

Violinist Ambi Subramaniam, who also runs music classes in the city with his sister Bindu, says that in the wake of the COVID-19 scare, they changed everything online. “All of our in-person classes are now online, which is a temporary solution. Hopefully, once the government relaxes the shutdown, we can continue as usual, ”says Ambi, adding that they have also launched a free global music class for people around the world. “Right now, people have a lot of free time and are looking for things to do. We launched World Music Wednesday, where we will teach music from around the world. Parents, especially, are looking to keep their kids interested, so this will be a good time to learn something and spend time productively at home, he says.

Personal fitness training goes live “We have arranged spaces for our fitness classes, which we have now taken online. All the client has to do is tune in to the live session on a computer or smartphone and follow the instructions, just like they would in a physical class. Right now, strength training, cardio, yoga and dance sessions are taking place online and can be accessed from any internet-enabled device. Since its launch, we have seen a considerable increase in the number of people using our live sessions, ”says Ankit Nagori, co-founder of an online platform for food, exercise and meditation.

Another online health and fitness training portal has seen a similar response. In the past 10 days, we've seen increased engagement (up to 15%) in the community due to our twice-daily live training sessions, says Jitendra Chouksey, founder of a Pune-based health and fitness. start-up, adding that the participation in social networks of the application has also increased in the same period of time.

Fun and skill enhancement options galore for kids and parents

While schools and training centers that had their academic calendars altered by the shutdown have become online tutoring, whether with taped or live sessions, it's not all work and no fun for young people or their parents.

“There are webinars where parents and children can come together, such as one on installing a fish tank. My kids were pretty engrossed and want to do it now, says Gowthami Saraf, mother of two. I have enrolled in a math course to improve my analytical skills, says Varun G, a software engineer who adds that there are many fun online courses available for people of all ages. “I signed up for a virtual marathon and a cyclotone event. A virtual race is a race that can be run from anywhere you choose. You can run, jog or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill in the gym or on the track and you can time it yourself. I'm excited about it, ”says Manohar K, a fitness enthusiast, who wanted to try running online instead of going to the streets or parks.

Feed the artist in you

Charu Jain, an illustrator from Bengaluru, plans to hold online art workshops. “At times like this, when we are receiving so much information and most of it is so scary and negative, I wanted to spread a little joy through art. Several parents contacted me and wanted me to come up with something for their children, so I thought why not? In fact, many people responded to my post that I eventually had to disable the comments, says Charu.

Online classes come with their own set of challenges.

Dancer and actress Ragini Chandran, who is also holding online training sessions these days, says that although several people have done so, giving personalized attention to participants is a problem. If we have a live session, we can't give them personal attention, so for a week, I've been shooting videos, sending them to my students, and asking them to send me their version so that I can share my comments. It is a challenge, especially for beginners, ”she says.

Simran adds that one of the biggest challenges of conducting online classes is technology his elf. “When we do group sessions, not everyone has the same bandwidth and the same internet speed, which sometimes causes a delay. Also, my instructions must be accurate as I am not physically present where I can teach and correct them in

person, says Simran.

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