Airports - it's a love/hate relationship. Being a frequent flyer involves a lot of wasted time before and in-between flights. Not to mention the many hours sitting on those uncomfortable, crum-encrusted, blue vinyl rocks (I mean seats). As global citizens, these are just some of the inconveniences we willingly endure in the name of adventure and excitement. So we are thrilled to learn about a new trend popping up in airports all over the world. Introducing airport yoga!
1. San Francisco (SFO)
The world's first airport yoga lounge, the studio opened back in 2012. There are two rooms, both open 24 hours. The first is located where Terminals 1 and 2 connect, and the second is near Gate 69 in Terminal 3 (both terminals are domestic). Free loaner mats and blocks are available, but you may want to bring your own towel to put down since the mats get a lot of use!
2. Helsinki (HEL)
This peaceful yoga room is located inside "Kainuu", a nature-inspired relaxation space filled with mossy greens and soft woods. Mats are on loan for free.
3. Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Located on the Mezzanine Level of the Terminal 3 Rotunda. With bamboo floors and plenty of free yoga mats, this is a great place for getting your namaste on between long-haul flights and for stretching out those cramped muscles before continuing on. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Chicago Midway (MDW)
With almost the exact same styling as at O'Hare, this yoga room is located on the C concourse, a short walk from the Midway Boulevard food court. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4. Dallas Fort Worth (DFW)
This yoga space is located behind a partial privacy screen in Terminal D (Gate D40) and offers free yoga mats, straps and blocks, hand sanitizer and a great view. Open 24 hours.
5. Burlington, Vermont (BTV)
Designed by Evolution Yoga (a local studio), this calming room includes both mats and meditation cushions. There are also showers across from the studio in the Family Room in case you need to freshen up. Open 24 hours and located on the 2nd floor before going through security.
6. London Heathrow (LHR)
This yoga room is available to any passengers traveling on SkyTean Alliance member airlines (including AirFrance, KLM, Delta, Korean, and China Southern). Located in Terminal 4, this studio includes mats and demonstrations via video. The lounge also boasts an oxygen bar, massage chairs and spa.
7. London Gatwick (LGW)
This just-opened yoga studio offers 20 minute classes of "floga" - a special class designed by yoga teacher and Instagram star, Shona Vertue, specifically for plane travel.The free yoga sessions are shown via video and the room, located in the South Terminal, supplies free mats.
So next time you fly, floga!