Passengers at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) now have their own designated space to stretch their limbs before they hop on a flight.
A new free yoga space within the domestic terminal allows passengers to engage in self-guided yoga just before boarding. The program will operate as a pilot program every Friday between July 15 to August 26 from 10 am to 2 pm post-security near Gate 46 in Domestic Terminal C-Pier.
A yoga instructor from YYoga will be present during these times to answer any questions and suggest poses and stretches that are particularly beneficial during travel. Mats will be provided upon arrival.
“We know that passengers are looking for a variety of wellness options when they travel,” says Kim Halowski, Manager of Sales & Services for Vancouver Airport Authority, in a statement. “Adding a tranquil yoga space to this year’s YVR Take-Off Fridays programming allows us to offer experiences that appeal to different travellers and continue to enhance the passenger experience at YVR.”
Practicing yoga before a flight improves not only the physical condition, including body circulation and muscles, but can relieve any anxiety during a long flight by enabling you to be limber. Seats on a plane can misalign your back and encourage you to slouch.
This is the latest passenger amenity to be introduced at YVR, which also opened a post-security indoor pet washroom in the US departures terminal last month.
YVR is consistently ranked as one of the world’s best airports. It ranked 10th globally in Conde Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards in December 2015 and was named by Skytrax in March 2016 as the best airport in North America for the seventh consecutive year.