A morning stroll through La Cañada Flintridge's Descanso Gardens doesn't have to end at the trail but in child's pose, stretched on a yoga mat.
The next 10-week yoga program at Descanso begins on Jan. 4. The morning and evening classes are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Longtime yoga instructors Cara Davis and Cam Hall work with participants on increasing strength, flexibility and decreasing stress.
Class begins with a 25-minute fitness walk to warm up muscles and to identify any pains or aches. The walk also relaxes and prepares students' minds for meditation during the 60-minute yoga practice, instructors said.
"Walking sounded good to me and from a teaching perspective, it gets your blood pumping in the morning," said Descanso yoga instructor Davis. "You're letting the day go and it settles you."
Davis began practicing yoga in 1990 and returned after giving birth to twins, she said. The La Crescenta resident was an accountant prior to her work as an instructor and took classes at Descanso Gardens before becoming certified.