In an effort to reduce travel-related stress, O’Hare International Airport has opened a yoga studio in Terminal 3.
Although there are no instructors, the space is available for travelers seeking a quiet space to meditate and stretch.
The so-called 15-by-16-foot Yoga Room features a sustainable bamboo wood floor, floor to ceiling mirrors on one wall, exercise mats and an area to place personal articles and garments. Frosted windows on one side of the room let in natural light while providing discretion from adjacent public spaces.
A wall-mounted video monitor in the room displays yoga exercise techniques and imagery of nature, and the audio plays soothing sounds. A public restroom nearby on the Mezzanine is available for changing clothes.
“The Yoga Room provides a space for yoga practice as well as a place to relax or meditate. This is yet another amenity to help make the travel experience at O’Hare ‘best-in-class,'” said Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie S. Andolin in a news release
Andolino told the Chicago Tribune that no tax dollars were used for the project, which didn’t cost much because the space was available. The rotunda at Terminal 3 has been underused since the Sept. 11 attacks, she said, when non-passengers were no longer allowed to use the conference rooms.
The room will be open daily from 6 a.m to 10 p.m