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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?