San Francisco International airport has opened a yoga room with a few yoga mats and several chairs. No shoes, food, drinks or cell phones are allowed. Also silence is supposed to be observed in the airport’s yoga room. An official said they are the first airport to offer a yoga facility.
The idea to add such a room came from a passenger who said their newly remodeled terminal only lacked one thing. The SFO airport director also practices yoga, so he agreed and $15,000 to $20,000 was spent converting a former storage room.
Yoga has become increasingly popular in the United States as a regular practice of stress-reduction and relaxation. It can calm the mind, so for passengers who are anxious about flying or even phobic, providing a yoga room could be very helpful to them. Even for people who are comfortable flying, but enjoy the stretching and burning a few calories after sitting in a waiting area or when between flights a yoga room is a sensible addition. Of course, yoga also is also done as physical workout and has fitness benefits.
For business travelers who are constantly going back and forth from coast to coast or from country to country it could help make the trips more comfortable. In 2007 some airports added fitness centers so delayed travelers and those with longer layovers could squeeze in a workout.
Terminal 2 is where the yoga room is located and this area also has an organic restaurant.
Is a meditation room next?
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