Yoga above the clouds
It isn’t really a wonder why travelers are often “bent out of shape,” so to speak. Sitting down for long periods of time have fliers expecting to alight from their flights with some stiffness and strain.
Cathay Pacific’s philosophy of creating “Life Well Travelled” experiences has ensured that its inflight amenities—from its seats, food, to entertainment options—provide passengers with a convenient and comfortable journey. But the premium airline is not stopping there and has in fact gone the extra mile to help with travelers’ over-all wellness.
Its new inflight well-being program uses yoga and meditation exercises and tips for frequent flyers and international passengers to counter the effects of extended periods of sitting. Yoga techniques combine mindful movement, with attention to breathing and bodily sensations that not only reduces stiffness but also helps calm the mind and eases stress or anxiety.
Cathay Pacific teamed up with Pure Yoga to launch Travel Well with Yoga. Developed by esteemed Pure Yoga instructors, the program includes six easy-to-follow videos of yoga and meditation routines that can be done before, during, or after a flight.
The exercises are demonstrated by founding teacher Patrick Creelman and senior instructor and co-founder Almen Wong. The routine was designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility, and keep travelers relaxed and comfortable throughout their journey.
“We all know that sitting still for a long period of time can be uncomfortable. The need to get up, move and get your blood pumping is important during a flight,” said Cathay Pacific Entertainment, Platforms and Connectivity manager Simon Cuthbert.
He continued, “Yoga is an innovative way to do this. There are a series of exercises that can easily be done from an economy class seat while other moves are suitable for after the flight in your hotel.”
Passengers of all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon routes can access the series, which is available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Japanese, through the Lifestyle section on their inflight entertainment screens.
Travel Well with Yoga videos are now available across all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon routes.