Quick! Someoneâ€”anyoneâ€”give me a reason to fly through SFO. San Francisco’s International Airport now has the country’s first airport yoga roomÂ for travelers, complete with yoga mats, dimmed lights and a ‘zen garden atmosphere.’ Now if only more airports would knock out their McDonald’s and put one of these in.
The room, which is technically called their “zen room,” is open daily from 4:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.Â in Terminal 2, which serves Virgin America and American Airlines. It has glass walls and doors to filter out airport noise, and felt-covered rocks to add to the zen garden feel (yeah, I don’t know what that means either, but I am PUMPED about the yoga mats).
Airports are typically a place I hope to breeze through; for the most part, they involve excessively bad food choices, stressful navigation and a lot of sitting, which you’ve likely just done or are about to do if you’re in an airportâ€”not fun or particularly great for your body.
But thanks to airports like SFO, that’s starting to change: Their “zen room” is only one of many changes they’ve made in recent years to make travel a slightly healthier experience. Terminal 2 is also home to one of the most impressive arrays of airport food I’ve ever heard of, including an organic quick-service cafe, fair-trade coffee and seasonal produce from local farms.
JFK, are you listening?