Missouri's many rivers -- especially the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers -- cut through its vast, fertile plains. At their many points of confluence, settlers founded numerous counties and homesteads. Although they never intended it, their work has led to bureaucratic chaos as cities such as Kansas City, lie over multiple counties -- creating a licensing and permitting debacle. Business owners in different parts of the same city can easily need completely different sets of local licenses -- making it more difficult to wade through the regulation than to ford the state's great rivers.
In Missouri, yoga, Fitness and Martial Arts Studios provide therapeutic and beneficial physical activity and recreation. However, like all businesses they need licenses and permits to operate legally. In some cities, such as Chicago, any business providing recreational activities with children needs a special license. In other places, places of exercise need special health club or health spa permits that come with safety and health inspections.