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Following instructions online is an alternative to classes for lovers of yoga.
Following instructions online is an alternative to classes for lovers of yoga. / SUR

Concerts, talks and classes online keep confined residents busy at home

  • The current health crisis has encouraged many clubs, associations and cultural events to look to the internet to continue their business

It may not be a new phenomenon but online cultural events and activities have suddenly seen a surge in interest.

Everyday clubs and groups, bands, academies and museums are turning to the internet to keep their members, fans and the general public up to date with their activities.

Here in Andalucía, for example, Costa Women, a networking group of almost 10,000 women of around 127 nationalities, connect daily through e-meetings. They have chats on various subjects such as 'Productivity and Happiness and 'It's the right time to work out your Igikai!' The e-meetings are for members only. Visit costawomen.com for more information.

Lectures and classes

For documentaries and lectures the TED app for your phone, also available online, has a huge selection of fascinating talks of ten minutes or less, all free.

Another site with access to thousands of documentaries on everything from science and history to culture and lifestyle and which can be viewed on TV, phone, tablet or lap top is www.curiositystream.com. It is not free however as there is an annual subscription.

For over 1,300 free online courses which include everything from guitar lessons, archaeology, and languages to photography and classical mythology as well as access to movies, lectures, audio and e-books click on www.openculture.com

Yoga

Yoga has also transferred easily to the web and viewers can subscribe to follow classes from their home. Classes are offered at www.competayoga.com with live Vinyasa and Yin yoga as well as free, 20-minute pilates workouts on their Facebook page CómpetaYoga. Another yoga tutorial online can also be found at thenutritionhealer.com which is run by Sonja Breuer, Ayurveda consultant and founder of The Nutrition Healer. Her classes are held every Friday morning at 10am.

Music

For relaxing music to sweep away the stress, talented Malaga musician Miguel Molero has uploaded a few videos, with the promise of more, of him performing some of his own compilations.

Singer Alejandro Sanz performed a free, live concert for the #quédateencasa movement on 15 March which can be viewed on Youtube #LaGiraSeQuedaEnCasa.

Other well known musicians are performing via social media, such as Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin, Keith Urban and John Legend, who have all uploaded videos on Instagram (#SocialDistancingSessions) to kick of 'Together at Home', a virtual music series to unite people around the world during the coronavirus pandemic.