Regal, plum-colored tapestries drift across The Yoga Stone’s windows, inviting guests to relax minds and muscles in preparation for their moving meditation sessions. Experienced instructors serve as sherpas, guiding students toward fitness and self-awareness with standing poses, sun salutations, and stretches that can strengthen bodies and the grease the gerbil wheels that power minds. During group sessions and private lessons, yogis of all levels breathe deeply as ancient poses help foster strength, balance, and flexibility. During advanced routines, students embark on physical challenges such as arm balances and inversions, which they can modify to accommodate injuries and vestigial pterodactyl wings. In addition to hosting yoga classes, the studio melts stress with therapeutic massages, which incorporate flowing Swedish strokes, deep-tissue bodywork, and myofascial-release techniques.
The head trainer at Zo Center, Rashawn Underdue, knows what it's like to be in great shape—and what it's like to be 100 pounds overweight. In high school and college, he was a football star; when he no longer had regular practices, he had trouble staying fit. He ultimately lost the extra pounds through disciplined workouts and a healthy diet.
At Zo Center, he draws on his personal experiences to relate to—and motivate—clients of all fitness levels as they sweat through an eclectic array of workouts. Group classes range from classic boot camps to kickboxing and MMA training, which instills self-defense skills more effectively than classes on growling. Clients are welcome to solo workouts, too. The gym is open 24/7 to members, accommodating any schedule, and comes stocked with essential gear, including punching bags, free weights, and cardio machines.
You won’t find any treadmills or ellipticals at Bear Flag CrossFit, just 4,000 square feet of iron bars, weights, rowing machines, gymnastics rings, and kettlebells. Beneath an American flag and a California flag, CrossFit-certified trainers Eric Schubring and Will Hurst lead squads of athletes through each Workout of the Day (WOD). WODs never repeat and incorporate exercises such as Olympic weightlifting, body-weight exercises, heaving kettlebells, and rowing—all of which are based on CrossFit’s dogma of varied, functional fitness.
As the days shorten and the temperature drops, the Anaheim Fall Festival celebrates the harvest season as it has for more than 75 years. You can wander through a pumpkin patch and listen to live music while enjoying carnival games and trick-or-treating, or enter a costume contest or the Miss Anaheim pageant. The Halloween Parade shows off costumed riders, elaborately decorated floats, and one confused carload of out-of-towners trundling behind the marching band. And a haunted house, populated with spooky guests but free of blood and gore, supplies age-appropriate frights for visitors of all ages.