Though The Dharma Room is a yoga and wellness studio, it often reverberates with the telltale sounds of a comedy club or a dentist's office with leaky nitrous-oxide containers. Owners Jill Johnson and Sean Gallup put a playful spin on the ancient practice during Laughter yoga classes, a style that mingles breathing exercises with spontaneous giggles. The sessions reflect an overall commitment to finding joy through the studio's yoga and holistic health services, which include massage, reiki, and meditation in addition to the class curriculum.
The Dharma Room's staff endorses acceptance of all guests regardless of experience level or age. Their workshops often stretch beyond the scope of traditional yoga, tapping into happiness reserves with tai chi and crystal-singing-bowl meditation.
Ahva Halma began her love affair with dance early in life, shortly after trading in her footie pajamas for a tutu and ballet slippers. As a young lady, she made her first foray into the world of Latin movement by studying flamenco, a journey she continues to this day in her Zumba workshops. Ahva’s commitment to sharing the fun and fitness-building benefits of dance led her to earn seven types of Zumba teaching certifications. As a registered nurse, she’s equally enthusiastic about women’s health. This is why Ahva additionally teaches Pilates and yoga courses with an emphasis on pre- and postnatal techniques.
X Fitness collects the efforts and skill of four personal trainers into one intimate gym experience, which members have access to 24 hours a day. The staff teaches eight different fitness classes, including gym standards such as boot camp and more unique courses such as B.L.T., which stands for Buns, Legs, and Thighs. To complement the workout regimen, they also offer 24-hour tanning services and personal training during normal business hours.
Led by fitness expert and former bodybuilder Randy Hartz, Sioux Falls Boot Camp for Women combines fitness training, nutritional counseling, and professionally crafted motivation to help women of all ages and genders achieve their health goals. Each 60-minute session ($14.95 per session) includes calisthenics, body weight exercises, and light running, all of which can be modified to accommodate any level of physical fitness, ensuring that participants feel the scientifically recommended amount of "burn." The boot camp promotes a team mentality; students will motivate one another to take on new challenges and strive for their physical best, all while they feed on the low calories of camaraderie. By the end of the two weeks, boot campers' agility, core strength, stamina, and energy levels will have improved, with some weight loss even possible.
Dynamic Martial Arts specializes in jujitsu, a Japanese martial art grounded in Samurai tradition. Since it doesn't do much good to hit an armored opponent and takes all night to seduce them out of their armor, schools of jujitsu place the most emphasis on throwing, joint manipulation, ground locks, and using an opponent's energy against them. DMA will tutor you in all these aspects. And since jujitsu involves getting thrown as much as it does getting to throw others, DMA's senseis also teach you the vital art of falling down without hurting yourself. In addition to unarmed fighting, DMA offers a traditional Japanese weapons class twice weekly, which is under the strict safety supervision of DMA's highly trained instructors rather than some guy in a trench coat clutching a toy lightsaber.
Specializing in Olympic-style tae-kwon-do training, Sioux Falls Martial Arts Academy hosts an array of fitness and martial-arts classes that focus on technique and form, enabling students to expand their hapki-do horizons. Fledgling martial artists and practiced black belts alike can train in 40 group classes of their choosing, ranging from tae kwon do, combat hapki-do, Zumba, weapons classes, self-defense, and kickboxing¬¬, not to be confused with alleyway box kicking. Upon arriving at the first class, students will be given a defenseless, 40-session punch card to keep track of classes attended. After attending 40 classes, students can meet with a fitness trainer to assess progress and receive personal training. Check the schedule for course offerings.