In the heart of downtown Durham, while nine-to-fivers punch the clock, dedicated yogis spend their lunch hour at the Yoga Spot getting in touch with their inner selves. Yoga can be good for both the mind and the body.
"Obviously, it relieves tension. It helps one relax, but the less obvious is the mental exercise of it," says yoga instructor Kathy McCloskey. "It gives you the opportunity to take time for yourself."
Elizabeth Roman practices yoga three times a week.
"It's a great part of any cross-training program, and one of the things I'm hoping to get out of it is that I'll age gracefully," she says.
Pre-natal yoga classes are also gaining in popularity. Most centers offer classes for all ages and levels, so you can find the class that best suits your needs.