Charleston Town Center has been stretching its role in people's lives with free morning yoga classes.
The new classes are available for all ability and age levels. Classes have been starting at 7 a.m. each Thursday at Macy's Court on level one of the mall.
"It will energize you and wake you up for the day," said instructor Jason Withrow. "It's stronger and lasts longer than caffeine because of the way it gets the blood flowing."
Classes began May 9 and are continuing throughout the month. The classes last 45 minutes and registration is not required.
"If we have a strong response, we will continue it throughout the summer. Then we will re-evaluate in the fall," said Lisa McCracken, marketing director for the mall.
"We have so many mall walkers," she said. "This is an opportunity to stretch with yoga. It's an opportunity to stretch and then walk laps."
The classes are early enough for those who want to stretch and then get ready to head to work, she added.
She said this is an opportunity to reach out to the community and help folks with their fitness programs.
Mall doors are unlocked at 6:30 a.m., when the first shift of walkers arrives. Groups of walkers continue to show up until 9 a.m. The cashier arrives at 7 a.m. to take parking money. Before that time, machines are available to take the parking fee.
Walkers include mothers pushing babies in strollers, downtown workers and retirees.
The walkers thank mall officials for opening the doors early to accommodate them, McCracken said.