Roll out the mat before your flight, because airport yoga is taking over.
Flying can be a stressful affair. With security checks, delays and a LOT of waiting around involved, it can be easy to become stressed out, or lose composure. Thankfully, an increased focus on mental and physical wellbeing has led to a more mindful approach to navigating the airport.
With wellness, yoga and a nomadic lifestyle thriving amongst millennials and the older generations alike, airports are embracing the travelling yogi trend.
Several airports are now providing special yoga rooms where travellers can recharge and reset on a mat, or just enjoy a moment of quietness in the middle of a busy airport life.
A growing number of international airports are currently offering their travellers access to permanent yoga rooms. Most of them are easily accessible, although some yoga rooms are only open to domestic travellers. Some of the smaller airports are experimenting with temporary allocated spaces for yoga, and even offer teacher led classes within the airport. So next time when you are caught up in a long layover check whether the airport has a yoga room, where you can kick off your shoes and put your Legs-Up-the-Wall (a yoga posture that should be on the top of every traveller’s list for its relaxing and restorative benefits). Or just enjoy the quiet space for a spot of rejuvenating meditation.
Considering that yoga is a great way to hit the ‘rest and digest’ button in your body it makes a lot of sense that airports are allocating special rooms for the yoga practice. Especially given the fact that the air travel is stressful and yoga offers a fantastic way to relax before or in between your flights. Plus, these rooms can truly be the most peaceful oasis within the hustle and bustle of the airports. Without further ado, here are the airports that have publicly accessible free of charge yoga rooms, try and include your next layover in one of them.
Here is our Top 8 places for Airport Yoga.
“Space devoted to relaxation, self-reflection and practicing yoga. There is no charge to use the facility.”
San Francisco International airport lays claim to the first airport yoga room, which opened back in 2012, and then later added also a second yoga room. Both of the studios are accessible 24 hours, and offer a dimly lit room with mats already provided. However, it must be noted, that these yoga rooms are only accessible for domestic travellers and not for international travellers.
“The tranquil space located on the Mezzanine Level of the Terminal 3 Rotunda near our Urban Garden is the perfect place to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of the airport.”
In this yoga room you will find everything you need for your practice, it even has a monitor screen that plays a combination of yoga practices and nature imagery, complimented with soothing nature sounds. The yoga room is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
“The tranquil space located in Concourse C near our Mother’s Room.”
This yoga room is designed in the same way as O’Hare Airport’s yoga room, open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
“If you need a quick relaxing break and sometime to refresh in between flights, head over to DFW’s Yoga Studio, with two locations in Terminal B (D40/B1) and E (E31).”
This yoga room is open 24 hours.
“Stretch out and relax before or between flights and enjoy a calm, quiet space.”
This yoga room was designed by the Vermont’s local yoga studio – Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga – it is accessible from 4:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
“The Yoga Room is a tranquil space devoted to practicing yoga.”
Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
“Helsinki Airport’s Kainuu Lounge is open to all passengers and a great place to relax and wait for your flight.”
In 2014 as a part of a TravelLab project, that brings prototypes of possible new services to test, Helsinki Airport started offering a pop up yoga and pilates classes at their Kainuu multi-use lounge. This lounge is “is an airy space for exercise and relaxation, which makes use of elements from Finnish nature,”; it is located near Gate 31 and is open 24 hours.
“Waits go by effortlessly when you make good use of the time. As a special service, we have created yoga rooms at the airport in which you can relax and recharge your batteries while bringing your body, mind, and breath into harmony.”
Early in 2016 Frankfurt International Airport as part of its “Great to have you here!” quality service program added two yoga rooms, which are free to use and open 24 hours. These softly lit rooms are fully equipped with your yoga necessities; there is also a monitor screen that plays instructional yoga videos in combination with relaxing music.
Hopefully more and more airports will follow this example to make flying that much more comfortable.