This summer, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and YYoga are launching a pilot program to test a yoga space for travelers. The program, YYoga@YVR, will offer departing passengers a designated space free of charge to engage in a self-guided yoga practice prior to boarding. Hindus have applauded the launch of the program.
Yoga@YVR is offered as part of YVR Take-Off Fridays, the airport’s popular summer event series that offers music, entertainment and family-friendly activities in the terminal. The yoga program will be offered each Friday between July 15 and August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be open to any passenger departing to a Canadian destination. It is located after security in Domestic Terminal C-Pier, across from Gate 46.
Welcoming this YVR gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, urged the YVR authorities to create a “permanent yoga space” available during all airport hours 365 days a year to all passengers, employees, visitors and vendors if they were serious to be a “world-class” airport, “enhance the passenger experience” and help reduce their stress levels.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged all Canadian commercial airports to provide yoga facilities as many USA and world airports now did offer yoga spaces.
Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Rajan Zed noted.
The yoga pilot program is offered through a partnership between YVR and YYoga, Canada's leading yoga and wellness company. Passengers can use the space to practice their own yoga flow, meditation or simple stretching. A YYoga instructor will be on hand to welcome passengers, answer questions and suggest poses and stretches that are particularly beneficial during travel. Pre-registration is not required and mats are provided by YYoga.
“Yoga can offer tremendous benefits to travelers,” says Berk Kansu, Marketing Manager for YYoga. “It can help passengers feel relaxed and centered and help them move to their next destination in a refreshed, calm way. We’re excited to be able to partner with YVR to make this space available for passengers this summer.”
The YVR Take-Off Fridays event series is back for a seventh year. The program will run from July 8 to August 26 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. To see the full weekly schedule visit www.yvr.ca
According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to a recently released “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche.