Vernon's Soul Studio hosts virtual Zumba class for self-isolators

Virtual Zumba in isolation

While everything may seem like doom and gloom recently, a Vernon studio is looking to bring a little light – and soul – to the community.

Soul Studio hosted its first public Virtual Zumba class on Sunday, where 70 people logged on to take part in this unique exercise experience.

"I had people from California, Ontario, Edmonton and Chilliwack tune in, along with people from the Okanagan – it was magical," says Sareena Nickoli, owner of Soul Studio. "I've actually been considering carrying out online classes but never got around to it, so this seemed like the perfect time to get that off the ground."

Nickoli hosted a private event for her members on Friday as a test run of sorts before opening it up to the public. She believes that people need activities like this now more than ever.

"People are cooped up at home practising self-isolation, and I really think they need something that gets them active," says Nickoli. "When the class was over there were a lot of tears from both me and the participants – we were just so happy to see each other again and exercise together."

Even though exercising is the primary focus for the session, there is also the added bonus of being able to socialize before and after just like any other normal class. For some people, that's actually what they miss the most.

"I work from home anyway, and the Zumba class is my time to socialize and see my friends," says Colleen Dix. "It was unfortunate when that was taken away, but I'm so glad there is a way to still do the class and see everyone, and even a few new faces."

Drop-in for a single session is $5, and $20 for a week subscription. For more information and a full list of classes, you can visit Soul Studio's Facebook page.

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