Hindu statesman Rajan Zed spoke out Tuesday about DIA’s Yoga On The Fly, saying charging a fee for yoga at a public facility “did not seem right.”
In a news release, the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism addressed other airports that provide areas for yoga for free, and he questioned Denver’s intentions.
Zed said Denver should provide areas for yoga free of charge if the airport is concerned with the reduction of stress for its flyers, while also upholding one of the airport’s seven core objectives — “winning the hearts of our customers.”
“Although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, yoga was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all and charging (a) fee for it at a public facility like Denver did not seem right,” Zed wrote in a news release. “It would be (a) step in the positive direction if Denver rethinks about the issue and provides a yoga-room to be used by all passengers, employees, vendors and visitors for free.”
Heath Montgomery, media relations director at DIA, said Yoga on the Fly operates in a leased location in the airport and is a private business with no association to DIA.
According to its website, Yoga on the Fly charges $1 a minute for yoga and meditation practice. Private rooms are available, and they include a mat, wireless headphones, yoga props and instructional videos from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
International airports across the country that provide areas for yoga free of charge include San Francisco, Chicago O’Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago Midway and Miami.