Memphians Cope with Cabin Fever Through Yoga and Virtual Dance Parties

by | Apr 13, 2020 | Coronavirus, Local News | 0 comments

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During the global coronavirus pandemic, the city of Memphis, Tennessee, has never looked more out of character. Beale Street is a ghost town, the FedEx Forum is empty and Riverside Drive is blocked off.

While Memphians are staying in their homes, businesses and individuals are getting creative. Businesses are doing this to survive, while many individuals are doing this to push away the loneliness.


One person who is making the most of these uncharted times is Tim Flowers, otherwise known as DJ T-Flo. He’s broadcasting dance parties from his kitchen via Facebook and Instagram on a weekly basis.

“Now, everyone is just a click away,” Flowers said. “I love every week being able to connect to people and let them express themselves through music, food and fellowship.”

Classroom teachers are adapting, as well, by mapping out a route, decking out their vehicles and driving by their students’ homes in teacher parades.

Madison Taylor, a 4th grade teacher at Donelson Elementary in Arlington, said that the parade reassured the students that their teachers were still involved with them. Along with Zoom and Facetime, the parade gave teaches a way to see their students in person, even if it was from a distance.

“It is hard for a kid to not be able to see their friends and teachers,” she said. “Everything they know and that was normal to them suddenly changed, which cannot be easy. This parade allowed the students to see their teachers and vice versa.”

Likewise, the University of Memphis is determined to keep its students engaged and active. They’ve launched Facebook and Instagram live streams of fitness classes. The instructors are posting multiple times during the week at their normal class times.

For businesses in the Mid-South area, they are staying connected to their customers using technology. TCB Co., an event planner and floral design studio, is making sure that mothers in Memphis will get the Mother’s Day they deserve by hosting a virtual floral workshop for daughters and mothers to participate in.

Owner Anna Katherine Colomb said that their employees will drop off everything participants need for the workshop and attend virtually through Zoom.

“We have already hosted one virtual centerpiece workshop for local Memphians and it was such a hit,” she said. “Then it hit me how many people are separated by this that would’ve traveled to be together, and I thought we can create that togetherness.”

While the people of the Mid-South are staying indoors, businesses, teachers and individuals stay connected through creative means until life can resume some sort of normalcy.


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