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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
Providing yoga equipment is not only a low-cost way to cater to guests, but also gives the hotel company an extra boost in healthy branding.
Ed Michael Reggie, a health care executive from New York, is even more devoted to his yoga practice on the road than he is at home.
Mr. Reggie, who spends 30 percent of his time traveling domestically for business, says he looks for classes in yoga studios in cities he visits but occasionally practices yoga in his hotel room or spa, if equipment is available there.
Hotel companies, and even some airports, are beginning to cater to people like Mr. Reggie as more and more Americans take up yoga. Hotels are providing yoga equipment and videos in guest rooms, as well as classes, often for no charge, while airports are offering yoga studios to passengers in transit.