From delayed flights and traffic jams to limited leg room and scarce healthy food options, traveling can be so stressful that by the time you check into your hotel room you're both exhausted and stressed out. But some hotel chains now give tourists and business travelers alike a chance to unwind and stretch with a new 24-hour yoga channel.
Big Happy Stay is the brainchild of marketing and media production company Big Happy Day, and its yoga channel, which is hosted by Hemalayaa, features yoga classes by Janet Stone, Kia Miller, and other yoga teachers. The yoga channel is already offered in 250,000 hotel rooms where the technology is available in some Marriotts, InterContinentals, Radissons, DoubleTrees, Holiday Inns, Pacific Palms, and Carlson hotels. By the end of the year, it will expand to a million hotel rooms.
"Most of the people who stay in hotels have been sitting in business meetings or traveling all day and are stressed out," Big Happy Day co-founder Kasey Luber told Buzz. "We're not expecting that everyone has all the props, so it's stuff that they can do in the room, for example using the edge of the bed to do a backbend or a stretch against the edge of a wall." The company also produced a healthy nutrition channel for hotel rooms.
Making guided yoga classes available in the privacy of hotel rooms will reach a large group of people who might be interested in yoga, but are too intimidated to go to a studio, she added.
The yoga programming is sourced from media companies such as MyYogaOnline and Gaiam right now, but there will be opportunity to showcase the good things happening in the yoga community, including the many deserving yoga non-profits, through original content later on. It will become available via pay per view in the future. Learn more about the yoga channel here.