The first privately owned airport yoga studio is coming to Denver International Airport with five private studio rooms in Terminal A this November.
If yoga class sounds good before a stressful flight, better act fast –Yoga on the Fly will only being staying at DIA for 90 days. This “short-term residency” is by design, but there’s always a possibility of expansion, according to co-founders Elizabeth Feinstone and Avery Westlund.
In the meantime, they’re starting with Denver because of the emphasis on healthy living here.
But the idea wasn’t born here. The founders say they got their idea to sell yoga in an airport after a stressful flight from Nicaragua that made them want others to prioritize their health.
So to help travelers be kind to each other and feel well, they started Yoga on the Fly. Classes include movements specific to travel-related issues like muscle aches and anxiety.
You don’t have to be familiar with yoga to do the classes, according to Feinstone and Westlund. There will be wellness advisors to guide people, though the classes themselves are taught via instructional videos on iPads.
Guests also get mats and SoundOff wireless headphones. Each room will hold one person for a class on yoga, meditation or breathwork.
Those classes cost $15 to $60 depending on how much time you want. The lower end gets you 15 minutes. If that isn’t long enough to unwind, class can be combined for longer sessions.
Yoga on the Fly will be open Sunday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The shorter schedule on Saturdays was DIA’s decision because Saturdays aren’t the most traveled days, said Feinstone and Westlund.
Feinstone and Westlund believe shorter Saturday hours won’t be an issue because the classes are designed for “the chaotic timing of the airport.”
Shemar Magee is Denverite’s fall 2017 high school intern.