"Some track their distance," she said. "Some focus on pace and heart rate. Fifty percent of the walkers say it is prescribed by their physicians for better heart and digestive health."
Officials want to get the word out so that yoga will become another popular fitness activity at the mall.
Withrow, an instructor with Power Up Sports & Wellness in Hurricane, has had students from age 5 to those in their 70s.
"Yoga is for everybody," he said. "It can be adapted to wherever someone is. Everything can be modified. It really is a way to maintain a high quality of life as one advances in age."
He said the mall classes are for beginners as well as those who already enjoy yoga regularly. Each participant is welcome to work at his or her own pace.
Participants should bring their own mat and wear comfortable clothing that permits movement. Yoga improves agility, rids the body of toxins and is good for bone density, he said.
"It's encouraging for me to see the awareness of the benefits of yoga," he said. "People rediscover it every generation."
He said the mall is a good setting for those who may not head to a gym to try yoga.
"It's nice to bring it where the people are," he said.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.