Updated: Tuesday, September 24 2013, 10:23 PM EDT
More and more people are turning to yoga. The elderly are doing it and so are young children. But as News 13's Jay Siltzer shows us, no one stands to benefit more than pregnant women.
Participants in this class at Integrative Health at Mission Hospital are either new moms or expectant moms.
"I'm at five and a half months now, so you start to have lower backaches and sorts," said Sophia Artega.
The combination of movement, relaxation and meditation can help relieve pain now and later.
"We definitely practice like exercises that tone the muscles they'll be using during birth," said therapist Janeanne Tager. "That's something we incorporate into this class."
One thing is certain, preparation is key should labor linger.
"We focus a lot on our breathing and a lot on attention so that when a mom is getting ready to deliver a baby, she can allow herself to go inside herself and block out all that external stimulant that is going on," said Tager.
The classes last an hour and 15 minutes each and meet twice a week. There is a cost, but it can be as little as $5 per session. Something these women call priceless for providing a peace of a mind and sense of community during a life-changing time.