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YYoga@YVR Poses-minI fought it for so long, but after almost four years in Vancouver I guess I’m finally worn down. Dear reader, at last I have given in and I’ve begun practicing yoga. I held out for longer than I’d imagined possible. Here in Vancouver, it seems like absolutely everyone does yoga. Head to the Kitsilano neighbourhood and see if you can find anyone who doesn’t have a mat and beautific expression on their face. Vancouver is the home of fancy (yoga) pants company Lululemon, stand up paddle board yoga, and even free classes on the beach and the mountains. So yeah, now I’m one of those yogis. And it looks like heading to the airport on my travels won’t stop my new-found love of breathing into a pose.

This summer, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and YYoga are launching a (ahem) pilot programme of a yoga space for travellers.  I rather love YYoga, they are my yoga-class people of choice. I signed up for their ’30 days for $40’ trial a few weeks ago and have been there for classes five or six days a week ever since. I’m hooked and I love that there are dozens of different classes I can go to every single day. Now I can get one more session in before I leave town with their new Friday sessions at YVR.

The press release says that: “Passengers can use the space to practice their own yoga flow, meditation, or simple stretching. The program will be offered each Friday throughout the summer to passengers departing to a Canadian destination, as part of YVR’s popular Take-Off Fridays summer series.” Personally, as a gal who’s suffered from a bad back for years (thanks, spine surgery!) I’ve never been shy about getting on the floor before I board and having a good old stretch, but now there’s a designated space for it, at least I won’t attract so many MIND THE CRAZY LADY looks.

If you’re flying from YVR this summer give it a whirl, let’s hope this can become a year-round trend!

Need to know: 

The YYoga space will be available each Friday between July 15 and August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will be open to any passenger departing to a Canadian destination. It is located after security in Domestic Terminal C-Pier, across from Gate 46.

A YYoga instructor will be on hand to welcome passengers, answer questions and suggest poses and stretches that are particularly beneficial during travel. Pre-registration is not required and mats are provided by YYoga.


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