World’s first airport yoga room opens in San Francisco

A space devoted to contemplation, self-reflection and relaxation has been opened at San Francisco International Airport

Located just past the security checkpoint in the recently refurbished Terminal 2, the room is enveloped in a calming blue colour. Light levels are set low and warm in juxtaposition to the bright, light filled concourse.

The architects of Terminal 2, Gensler, also included a floating wall in the room to symbolise a buoyant spirit and enlightened mind, while large, felt-constructed rocks, due to be installed in coming months, will reflect the Zen garden spaces of the Japanese tradition.

When the terminal was remodelled, the airport’s goal was to make the travelling experience less stressful and more enjoyable for passengers.

Gensler design director Melissa Mizell said: “The Yoga Room gives modern travellers a space that fosters and supports quiet and reflection. Those aren’t emotions that people typically encounter at the airport.”

Directional signs with a pictogram of a person in the lotus position, indicate the location of the yoga room.