I get asked about yoga retreat travel insurance A TON! Even if your yoga retreat host doesn’t require retreat travel insurance I recommend that you purchase a basic policy. For the majority of my retreats I require travel insurance for my participants and that is simply to protect all parties involved. Travel insurance, depending on your plan, can help cover your expenses if you get delayed, your baggage is lost, you end up in the hospital, or you need to cancel due to a family emergency. It’s a crucial part of trip planning… especially when investing in a weeklong yoga retreat.
Here are a few yoga retreat travel insurance companies to get you moving in the right direction. As far as I know there aren’t any companies that specifically focus on travel insurance for yoga retreats, but the following are all reliable companies that will protect you should you need coverage for your next yoga retreat.
John Lewis – UK based. Easy to book online. Also has multitrip coverage. Sweet!
World Nomads – Multiple countries. Easy to get a quote online with easy to use comparison table to book the right insurance for you. Recommended by Lonely Planet.
Travel Guard– One of the larger travel insurance providers, but their website was a little clunky to use.
Insuremytrip.com and Squaremouth.com are great resources for comparing multiple options. There are so many travel insurance options on the market. It’s important to do your research and pick the best one for you.
It is also important to book your yoga retreat travel insurance as soon as you have your retreat and your flight booked. Most travel insurance options have a time limit between purchase of your travel and purchase of your travel insurance… sometimes it’s only two weeks.
Depending on the cost of your trip and the coverage you need/want you can expect to pay anywhere from $40-200… I’m sure there are probably some higher and some lower. Most travel insurance packages seem to be under $100 per person, not too bad for a little peace of mind.
Unfortunately, for most of us, to get to awesome destinations whether it’s for work, play or a yoga retreat it involves us getting in a plane, navigating airport terminals, losing sleep, watching our legs swell to out of this world proportions, but it doesn’t all have to be terrible. Pack your travel mat (or borrow one- just wipe it down first) and get your asana on at one of these on point yoga rooms.
Yoga rooms at domestic and international airport yoga rooms are popping up all over the place. The first airport yoga room sprouted up at SFO in 2012. It’s not just large international airports that have added airport yoga rooms, some of the smaller airports like Burlington Vermont have hopped on this trend too… and I love it. Check out this list of airports that totally understand our love of yoga.
Domestic and International Airport Yoga Rooms
Burlington, Vermont Yoga Room
The airport in Burlington, Vermont is my favorite. It’s peaceful and serene and it also feels like a yoga studio. Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, a local yoga studio, had there hand in the planning and design of the space and it’s lovely. The space includes mats and meditation cushions. If you work up a sweat there is a shower in the family restroom across the way. Woohoo. You get to practice and freshen up in the same place… granted you’re probably not going to be having a layover in Burlington, but you never know. Second floor; hours: 4 a.m.-10 p.m.
Chicago O’Hare International Airport Yoga Room
Chicago O’Hare is a popular layover stop and we are so thankful it has a beautiful yoga room with bamboo floors, a mirror (for you alignment junkies), soft lighting and music. You’ll find a handful of mats available, earth toned walls, natural diffuse lighting and a video monitor playing a yoga practice. Just outside of the room there is also a screen with departure and arrival info… no need to stress unless you’ve fallen asleep in savasana. Mezzanine Level of Terminal 3 near the Urban Garden; hours 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Chicago Midway Yoga Room
Chicago Midway also has a yoga room. The Midway room has similar tones, soft music, asana practices on a screen, and a wall of mirrors. There are also plenty of yoga mats, space to store your belongings and a bench to sit on if you’d like a seated meditation. Floors are made out of bamboo just like the Chicago O’Hare Yoga Room. Throw down a yoga mat, stretch it out or put in your headphones and enjoy a meditation or yoga nidra recording. Concourse C; hours 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
San Francisco International Airport Yoga Room
San Francisco is the leader of the pack and was the first airport to build a yoga room… now they have not one, but two rooms dedicated to yoga. The SFO airport yoga rooms are open 24 hours a day, which is wonderful if you have one of those weird overnight layovers. Drop-in, do a few sun salutations, a couple of back, hip and shoulder stretches, then throw your legs up the wall. Before you know it you’ll be about to board your plane. Terminal 2 near boarding area D and Terminal 3 near gate 69; hours: 24 hours
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
Dallas Fort-Worth has almost completely taken the plunge into yoga land, but not quite. They more-or-less have areas set up with mats available with semi privacy. What could be better: mat cleaner, dimmer lights, and privacy. Still it’s better than nothing. Between terminal B and D; hours: 24 hours.
Sioux Falls Airport Yoga Room
Sioux Falls, a surprising addition to the airport yoga scene is trying out the trend. They have sectioned off an area near the business center for yoga with a decent amount of privacy. They also provide mats and a poster with posture suggestions. I hope this one sticks around. Near the business terminal; 24 hours.
Helsinki International Airport Yoga
Helsinki International Airport has experimented with yoga classes in their Kainuu multi-use lounge. I’m not sure if they plan on doing a permanent yoga space or not. I wish they would. I would LOVE to go to a yoga class instead of wandering the terminals on a layover. I love the idea, so hopefully they keep it. I’ve heard that mats are available in the Kainuu lounge, but don’t take my word for it.
London Gatwick International Airport Yoga Room
London Gatwick has joined the trend now too. Open yoga practice space with mats and a 20 minute class playing on loop with Instagram sensation Shona Vertue. Move your body, reduce stress, reduce swelling, improve circulation with a few minutes of asana in this light filled space. Southern terminal; hours: unknown.
Frankfurt International Airport Yoga Rooms
During Frankfurt International Airports big renovation they added two yoga rooms! This summer (2016) they are even offering classes taught by local instructors from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on certain days. Another airport that totally gets it! Way to go Frankfurt! Terminal 1 near gates C14 and C16 and Terminal 2 near gates D1 to D4; hours: 24 hours.
Hong Kong and London Heathrow
Hong Kong and London Heathrow also have airport yoga rooms… the catch? You must pay for them. The yoga rooms at these two airports are controlled by Skyteam. And I have never paid for access to the Skyteam Lounge, so I can’t tell you much about them other than that they do exist.
Did I miss any airports? Let me know. I’d love to see this list continue to grow.
Autumn founded Ambuja Yoga in 2014 to share her love of adventure, yoga, and travel with her fellow yogis. Ambuja Yoga has morphed into more than she could have ever dreamed and she is thrilled to have a "job" she loves. She is forever grateful for the opportunity to facilitate personal growth and self love through yoga while taking yogis to off-the-beaten-path destinations worldwide. Follow Autumn on Instagram @autumnadamsyoga.