Cathay Pacific’s in-flight Pure Yoga programme will make flying more pleasant

Cathay Pacific’s in-flight Pure Yoga programme will make flying more pleasant

No mat required

Text: Janice Sim

There's plenty of time to spare for a few important exercises, especially when you're on a 12-hour flight

Don't get us wrong — we love to travel. But behind every exhilarating vacation lies a few uncomfortable hours stuck on the plane, and that is if you're lucky. Enduring a long-haul flight in economy class can be pretty unbearable. A) You sit for hours till your legs go numb. B) There's not enough leg room. In short, it isn't exactly what we would call comfort. 

So here to ease the perils and the occasional cramping is Cathay Pacific's latest in-flight programme, "Travel Well with Yoga", in partnership with Pure Yoga. Instead of rewatching one of those Marvel movies (yet again), you can now flip on the series of six easy-to-follow videos featuring yoga and meditation exercises as demonstrated by Pure Yoga's founding teacher Patrick Creelman and co-founder Almen Wong.

Pure yoga programme in Cathay Pacific

These routines are designed to improve circulation, enhance joint mobility and relax the mind for a comfortable journey ahead. All of the above can all be done before, during or after a stifling flight. Whether you've got a bad case of the flying jitters or peeved at the crying baby a few rows down, practising the art of yoga could be just what you need to block all that negativity out.

Pure yoga programme in Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific's entertainment, platforms and connectivity manager Simon Cuthbert says: "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. Yoga is an innovative way to do this. There are a series of exercises that can easily be done from an economy class seat whilst other moves are suitable for after the flight in your hotel."

It seems that boarding a Cathay Pacific flight now feels more like embarking on a therapeutic journey while being 36,000 feet up in the air — we definitely like the sound of that.  

"Travel Well with Yoga" is now available across all Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon routes in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese.