Airport Yoga and Meditation Rooms

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How can you turn your next flight into a relaxing, mindful experience? Try visiting an airport meditation or yoga room.

Since the first yoga room in was opened in 2012 in SFO International, designated quiet rooms are springing up all over the US. In fact, it’s no longer just a trend but the future of air travel, as airports seek to improve the overall passenger travel experience.

Many airports are simply updating the rooms that used to be used as chapels and turning them into interfaith meditation rooms, such as in Albuquerque International Airport in New Mexico and Raleigh-Durham International Airport in North Carolina. Other airports, however, are going well above and beyond just a little quiet space.

Below is a list of airports with zen-ful amenities, if you are landing in or leaving from the United States:

Photo curtesy of USA Today

Photo curtesy of USA Today

San Francisco International Airport has two rooms: the Berman Reflection Room for meditation, located pre-security in the International Terminal Main Hall, and the first airport Yoga Room in the US, located in Terminal 2. They also have free “Hydration Stations” for refilling water bottles in each of their three terminals, which help passengers avoid purchasing more disposable plastic water bottles.

Photo curtesy of the Times of San Diego

Photo curtesy of the Times of San Diego

San Diego International Airport has a Meditation Room in Terminal 2. The room’s design was inspired by the concept of the “undefinable and changing edge between water and sky, clear and opaque, organic and built” by artist Norie Sato.

The Chicago O'Hare Urban Garden center, photo curtesy of childrenandnature.ning.com

The Chicago O’Hare Urban Garden center, photo curtesy of childrenandnature.ning.com

Chicago O’Hare International Airport has a Yoga Room located in Terminal 2, as well as some incredible eco-friendly features, including vegetated rooftops, water bottle refilling stations, easy-access recycling bins, and the O’Hare Urban Garden, which supplies fresh produce to the airport restaurants.

The Burlington International Airport yoga room, photo curtesy of theAtlantic.com

The Burlington International Airport yoga room, photo curtesy of theAtlantic.com

Burlington International Airport in Vermont is also stacked full of amenities, including a Yoga Room by local studio Evolution Yoga, and a Green Roof atop the garage with a garden, downward pointing lights, benches, and picnic tables.

Yoga room in Dallas Fort Worth Airport. Photo curtesy of blog.sleepinginairports.net

Yoga room in Dallas Fort Worth Airport. Photo curtesy of blog.sleepinginairports.net

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas, has a Yoga “Room” (which is really an area sectioned off by privacy screens) that is located at Gate D40. It may not be fancy but it does the trick, and the floor to ceiling window provides a great view of the airport runway.

Have you visited an airport meditation or yoga room? What did you think?

Also check out: Reiki balance while traveling and Must-read books for the spiritual traveler

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8 responses to “Airport Yoga and Meditation Rooms

    • If you have to be stuck at an airport, Chicago seems like a pretty great choice! Although it’s huge, so it may be difficult to find all the good spots.

  1. I had no idea these rooms were at some airports. Such a great idea. Flying is so stressful for some and this would help out so much. Even just being at the airport with all the hustle and bustle can stress someone out. Thanks for sharing guys.

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