Yoga rooms in airports have been popping up like pretty little lotuses for a few years now.
And now the trend gets some big-time notice in the New York Times’ business section:
Analysts say the rooms are a reflection of an increasingly tense environment in airports.
“This is a tacit recognition by airports that travel can be stressful and they want to do what they can to help travelers reduce that stress,” said Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst. “Yoga’s probably a lot healthier than trying to quell the stress at an airport bar.”
The rooms have been particularly well received at larger airports where passengers wait for connecting flights.
“It really was just the most pleasant layover I think I’ve ever had,” said Leslie Wei, an ophthalmology fellow from Wisconsin, who happened across the airport yoga room when traveling through Chicago last fall. “It’s like the quietest place in O’Hare. It’s really hard to find a quiet place there.”
O’Hare added its room in November 2013, and Midway Airport followed suit last September.
While a number of airports have, over the last couple of decades, converted existing chapels into interfaith sanctuaries that offer a quiet place, yoga rooms — most of which are free and open to all — straddle the line between secular and spiritual, offering a quiet place for meditation as well as a space to stretch or sweat.
Even in airports, apparently, we can’t be sure if yoga’s a religion.
Posted by Steve