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Airport Yoga Offers an Element of Zen to Your Travels

February 2, 2016

You have about an hour before your flight and you’re debating over a latte or a tabloid when you see a cluster of travelers unrolling yoga mats. Could it be, you wonder? Do I actually have the opportunity to spend thirty minutes practicing? For some airports, the answer is yes.

More and more airlines are embracing the trend of “airport yoga,” an opportunity for visitors to engage in their yoga discipline in the midst of travel. Most recently, JetBlue is bringing a series of free classes to Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

From USA Today:

The one-hour classes will be held Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 20-22, in the post-security, lower grandstand area in the T5 Marketplace (where concerts and other special events are often held) and will be led by noted yoga instructors from New York City, including Damita McCain, Leo Rising, Melissa Donegan and Michaeline Sultana DeBono.

While the series is currently temporary, JetBlue spokeswoman, Tamara Young, reports that the classes may continue if people maintain an interest. Which seems likely, considering the classes have been a popular request thus far. The airline also maintains other health and wellness features, such an outdoor rooftop lounge and a curbside farm with fresh vegetables and herbs.

JFK isn’t the only airport to embrace this budding trend. Airport yoga is even going international; last week Germany was added to list of airport yoga locations, as stocked yoga rooms are now open to the public. All of the equipment is readily available, including cushions, pads, mats, and blocks, with dimmed lighting to help generate a more relaxed energy.

In fact, many airports are also including spaces for mindful activities, including yoga and meditation. Check out the list below for airports offering yoga classes and meditation spaces, and remove a layer of stress from your next travel plans.

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Amanda Kohr is a 24-year-old writer and photographer with a penchant for yoga, food, and travel. She prefers to bathe in the moonlight rather than the sun, and enjoys living in a state of the three C’s: cozy, creative, and curious. When she’s not writing, you can find her driving her VW Bug, looking for the next roadside attraction or family diner. She also roams the Internet via her blog at