A Yoga Room at Miami International Airport (MIA), a major international airport in USA, has been welcomed by all yoga lovers. “The Yoga Room is a tranquil space devoted to practicing yoga”, MIA announcement stated. Located in Terminal H, it opens daily from nine am to nine pm.
Calling it a step in the positive direction for MIA, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged all top world airports to provide yoga facilities for the passengers if they wanted to help reduce their stress levels and be “world-class” airports. Zed urged MIA authorities to keep the Yoga Room open round-the-clock and invite the local yoga studios/teachers to hold occasional free yoga classes there for the passengers, employees, vendors and visitors.
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 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. According to “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice yoga; and yoga is strongly correlated with having a positive self image. Yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche, Zed added.
Founded in 1928, awards winner MIA in Miami-Dade County (Florida) is second-busiest US airport for international passengers and top US airport for international freight and boasts of generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually. In 2015, it serviced 44.3 million passengers and 2,172,676 tons of freight. Emilio T. González is the Aviation Director.