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Jim Holland

Jess Eixenberger and workout partner Devon Nelson made a dedicated ritual out of rising at 4 a.m. and making the 45-minute drive from Spearfish for sessions at a hot yoga studio in Rapid City.

They had tried other forms of workouts but caught on to the hot yoga concept, which combines yoga workouts in high-temperature heat and humidity for sweating and detoxification.

“After a couple of months (of the commute), we thought this is ridiculous,” Eixenberger said. “Why does Spearfish not have a yoga studio, or any other studio like this?”

So they decided to open their own hot yoga studio, The Hot Room, located in the High Plains Health Center off North Avenue in Spearfish a couple of months ago.

“We said, 'let’s just do it,'” she said.

Eixenberger and Nelson, a chiropractor, their husbands and other family members pitched in to remodel a building owned by Nelson Chiropractic.

Ceiling-mounted infrared heat panels combined with state-of-the-art humidifier and air purifier systems heat the room to 95-100 degrees with the level of humidity taking the temperature to a relative 103-105 degrees, ideal for hot yoga workouts, Eixenberger said.

They offer two early morning classes, a 5:30-6:30 a.m. session and another from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Nelson teaches a strength conditioning class and Eixenberger teaches yoga.

The women alternate teaching the morning classes to accommodate those who want both types of classes at the same time of day.

“We’re really enjoying it. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback,” Eixenberger said.

They also offer noon-hour yoga sessions on Tuesday and Thursday, a Saturday morning class, combining Nelson’s strength session and Eixenberger’s yoga training, along with Sunday and Monday evening yoga classes.

They plan to add more evening sessions in the fall, Eixenberger said.

The Hot Room is located at 1930 North Ave. in Spearfish. Check out their Facebook page,, or call 605-728-2204.

More on Sonic

Kirstie Russell of Oklahoma City-based Sonic Drive-ins offered a bit more information on what will be the third Sonic in Rapid City, to be built on Century Drive in northeast Rapid City.

The new Sonic is slated for completion around the first of October, Russell said in an email to the Journal.

She also said the company is looking at areas surrounding Rapid City for potential new locations for the drive-in.

Improv anniversary

The West Dakota Improv Theater at 632-1/2 St. Joseph St. in the lower level of the historic Buell Building in Rapid City will celebrate one year at the location on August 18-19.

According to an email, West Dakota Improv is the only comedy club in South Dakota since the recent closure of Wacko's in Sioux Falls.

Over the course of this year, WDI has hosted improv and stand-up comedy shows, sponsored a Comedy Festival Competition in January and hosts family shows on the last Sunday of the month. Movies have been shown there and local bands have used the space.

Contact theater director Ryan Schendzielos at 605-431-6848 for more information.

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