Trend Watch: On a Higher Plane

Yoga-loving jet setters are finding silence and serenity in the unlikeliest of locations.

Courtesy of San Francisco International Airport

It's no surprise that a city synonymous with spiritual awareness can now be credited with creating the world's first airport yoga room. In January 2012, San Francisco International Airport (flysfo.com) debuted its 150-square-foot space, which features a calming, low level of blue light and a "floating wall to symbolize a buoyant spirit and enlightened mind." The room is just one facet of the airport's wellness initiatives, which extend to its local restaurant and shopping program, water bottle refill hydration stations, and recycling and conservation endeavors. It proved so popular with passengers that a second one - whose highlights include a "cracked wall" that lets in a sliver of light - was unveiled in January 2014.

"The yoga rooms represent a successful example of our efforts to surprise and delight our guests with unexpected touches that reflect the region we serve," reports Doug Yakel, the airport's public information officer, communications & marketing.

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