Commending recent free pre-flight yoga classes at London Stansted Airport, calling it a step in the positive direction, Hindus are urging all UK airports to offer free yoga sessions regularly.
These recently held pre-flight yoga classes were claimed to be “specifically designed to ease the tensions that can build up before a flight” and “keep you calm until you reach your destination”. The related statements included: “Yoga is for everyone” “No need to bring a mat, just an open mind”.
Welcoming this gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged all UK airports to create permanent yoga spaces available free during all airport hours 365 days a year to all passengers, employees, visitors and vendors if they were serious to become/continue as world-class airports, enhance the passenger experience and help reduce their stress levels.
Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization; Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.
Rajan Zed further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.
According to a recent report of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Yoga is the most popular complementary health approach in the United States – used by 14.3% of the adult population, or 35.2 million people”. According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.
London Stansted Airport currently reportedly serves about 18 million passengers annually.