Hindus have welcomed the reported launch of “Travel Well with Yoga” program in all the routes of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon airlines, thus bringing yoga to the sky.
In partnership with Pure Yoga, this inflight well-being program; in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese; includes series of videos on inflight entertainment screens “to help passengers ease into their journeys with yoga and meditation exercises and tips”. Six easy-to-follow videos demonstrate “yoga and meditation routines that can be done before, during or after a flight”. “Exercises are designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility and relax the mind for a comfortable and restful journey”. “There are a series of exercises that can easily be done from an economy class seat…”, according to a release.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, termed it as a step in the positive direction to make yoga and meditation available inflight to passengers. He urged other world airlines also to follow.
According to a “2016 Yoga in America Study”, about 37 million Americans (which included many celebrities) now practice it, and that it is strongly correlated with having a positive self image.
Founded in 1946, Hong Kong-based awards-winning Cathay Pacific Group (which includes Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, and AHK Air Hong Kong airlines) offers scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 200 destinations in Asia, North America, Australia, Europe and Africa. John Slosar and Rupert Hogg are Chairman and CEO respectively. Pure Yoga; with locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and New York; offers a wide variety of the ancient Hindu practice and meditation classes and private yoga programs, including workshops with renowned teachers.