Chicago’s O’Hare International, one of the country’s busiest and most stressful airports, took a decidedly Zen turn today with the opening of a yoga room in Terminal 3, adjacent to the airport’s indoor urban garden.
"The yoga room provides a space for yoga practice as well as a place to relax or meditate,” said Rosemarie Andolini, Chicago Department of Aviation commissioner. “This is yet another amenity to help make the experience at O'Hare 'best-in-class.'"
O’Hare’s yoga room has a sustainable bamboo wood floor, floor-to-ceiling mirrors along one wall, exercise mats and an area to store personal articles and garments. A wall-mounted monitor plays soothing sounds and displays yoga exercise techniques and images of nature. And to provide privacy and let in natural light, there are frosted windows along one side of the room.
“The importance of exercise and the opportunity in clearing the mind and body during long days cannot be overstated as it relates to one’s health,” said Brad Jersey, CEO and founder of nLIVEn Health, a company that brings sponsored, interactive health care campaigns into airports. “We know from our studies that 75 percent of frequent fliers participate in some workout regimen, so this is a perfect complement at ORD.”
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