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San Francisco airport unveils yoga room for travelers

People practice yoga at Lalu Hotel in Nantou County on Oct. 18 last year.

Photo: Chang Ching-ya, Liberty Times

Just cleared airport security and in need of a little deep breathing and stretching relaxation?

San Francisco Airport has opened what it calls a first of its kind yoga room, and while it’s not quite a mountaintop in Tibet, airport officials say the low lights and soothing blue walls aim to afford travelers an oasis of calm in which to flex, twist and decompress.

“As far as we know it’s the first (yoga room) at an airport anywhere in the world,” said Michael McCarron, director of community affairs for the airport. He said the idea for the room in the newly refurbished Terminal 2 came from a passenger suggestion.

John Walsh, duty manager at San Francisco Airport, said the room is already attracting its share of traveling yogis, many equipped with their own props.

Located just past security, it’s a particular draw for people with time to kill before their flight.

Airport yogis are directed to their room by the usual method -— the pictograph: this one of a figure seated in full lotus position.










1. soothing adj.

舒緩的 (shu1 huan3 de5)

例: To experience rosemary’s soothing powers, mix a few drops of rosemary oil with virgin olive oil.


2. refurbish v.

整修 (zheng3 xiu1)

例: They will build or refurbish eight houses this year.


3. props n.

道具 (dao4 ju4)

例: The sets, props and costumes were all ready.


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