Hindus welcome Columbia Metropolitan Airport for offering free yoga classes

Hindus have welcomed Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) in West Columbia for hosting free yoga classes, calling it “a step in the positive direction”.

Free Yoga at CAE” is asking people to “Come ommm with us!”  on June 21. The event will include five free yoga classes in the terminal – overlooking the runway and everyone will be provided a free, brand new CAE yoga mat as a thank you for participating. Water and snacks will be provided.

Commending CAE for free yoga classes, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada Monday, urged CAE to make yoga sessions a regular feature and create permanent yoga-space available free during all airport hours if it was serious about becoming a world-class airport that enhances the passenger experience and helped reduce their stress levels.

“Travel can be stressful. Practicing meditation and incorporating various yoga poses into your routine can make for a more enjoyable and calmer traveling experience”, the announcement states.

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.

According to a 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.

CAE, whose tagline is “Fly with ease”, serves Columbia and The Midlands of South Carolina with 10 nonstop destinations and over 60 daily flights and handled 1.2 million passengers in 2018.

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