Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Brian Stoltenberg

I got started at Dfly in 2015 after relocating to a new home and signed up for the initial trial month. I was encouraged to try a variety of class options and really enjoyed the diverse class offerings and instructors. The encouragement to try different styles of yoga really helped me to diversify my practice and allowed me to find a class that was right for me at the right time.

Before Dfly I dabbled in yoga taking a few classes here and there but never incorporated yoga into my lifestyle. The high quality instructors and class options made it very simple to make the shift and to fully blend yoga into my lifestyle.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Paul Pustina

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got to know Tola and Inge through business events. I thought if everyone at Dfly was like them, it would be a great place to learn and grow in my yoga practice. I have been a member now for going on two years.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
My daughter lives in Australia and is a certified adult and child yoga instructor and always encouraged me to adopt a dedicated yoga practice. Prior to Dfly, I did yoga at home to Elena Brower.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
Constantly learning how to work and honor my body from the caring and dedicated instructors. Also, the energy and sense of purpose from fellow yogis.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I’m more relaxed. I’ve lost weight, improved my breathing, gained flexibility and strength and I am confident working my body again.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I attend 4-5 times a week and do some of the special events. BarreAmped class, here I come. My favorite class is Flow with Bekah Gant.

Please feel free to share any other thoughts you have about Dfly, hot yoga, or your life as we would love to know more about you.
Throughout my life, I’ve pushed my body hard athletically and have had injuries and surgeries. My body was breaking down. I got into biking and was struggling as I just didn’t have the same flexibility, strength and breathing capacity I used to. Dfly instructors and the hot yoga environment are the reasons I’m getting my health back.

To me, the Dfly staff, instructors, classes and programs represent a way of life that will benefit everyone.

Instructor Alex Scanlon: “Paul is one of those people where when he walks into the studio; it never fails to bring a smile to my face. He has been taking my Slow Flow on Tuesday nights since May of ’17 and in that time it has been such a privilege to be able to watch him progress as much as he has. He is never afraid to find his edge and try different things but he is always able to listen to what his body needs and reset when he needs it as well. Aside from his strong yoga practice, Paul always asks me how I am and how my day is going. Having him at the studio always makes my day a little brighter.”


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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Lauren Kvam

When I moved to Madison three and a half years ago I was looking for a yoga studio that also offered fitness classes. Dragonfly was one of the first studios I tried out and I was hooked right away! After I got my butt kicked at my first Power Up class I knew I was up for the challenge and wanted to become a member.

I moved from Minneapolis where I used to go to Corepower Yoga. I previously did a lot of Flow-type classes but I love that Dfly offers a wide variety of classes, each with their own unique challenges. I had never taken BarreAmped before becoming a Dfly member and now I’m a big barre fan!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Sinead McHugh

I got started with Dfly once the Downtown location became Short Stack’s Neighbor in 2015. This location allowed for me to fit an active/workout routine into my busy work life and support a neighborhood business. I was not involved in yoga more than a drop in once a year prior to Dfly.

I love that everyone is very welcoming at Dfly. The staff quickly learn your name and always have great energy in their classes. I also appreciate the consistency it brings to my life with the set schedule. I stick to Power Up, BarreAmped and Yin classes, so without a doubt the combination of fitness classes with the relaxation/meditation of yin has made me feel so much healthier and stronger than before I started my Dfly routine.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Kristen Van Uithoven

Roughly three years ago I had been noticing that something was missing from my current gym/workout routine. I was unmotivated and realized that I needed something more. I had heard good things about Dragonfly so I decided to try their new member trial month. Within the first week I was greeted by name upon walking in the door, I started to get to know instructors and began making friends with amazing people in class. I realized what I had been missing. Before I knew it, I was there almost every day (ok, that might be a stretch but it was a lot)! I found that I was inspired by the people around me.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Meghan Johnson

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was training for a half marathon and bored with logging miles, my friend Colleen suggested I try a Power Up class with her, I was immediately hooked! I had done cross training previously but never in a heated room, taking classes regularly has greatly improved my lung capacity and endurance while running.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Patrick Hoeft

I entered a yoga studio for the first time a little over two years ago. At the time I had been working out over the lunch hour with (current member) Bryan Schmechel and we were both sick of the usual routine at the gym. On a whim, we decided to give yoga a try and the rest is history.

While I always had a curiosity about yoga, I had zero experience before my first class at Dragonfly.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Tom Martorana

How did you get started at Dfly?
My daughter Maddy joined Dfly about two summers ago with a student membership. She said I’d like it, but I was reluctant to join based on some misconceptions about Yoga. I started with Power Up and then expanded to Yoga Up and a few Yoga classes. It’s become my primary workout regimen since.

What was your Yoga experience before Dfly?
I didn’t have one. I spent most of my time at the Princeton Club.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Alyson Rogers

How did you get started at Dfly? What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I used to get the majority of my exercise through running either outside or on a treadmill. Eventually this took a toll on my knees and I changed to walking to get my exercise, but again, that had a toll on my knees and feet. As I was telling this to a friend (who was a long-time yogi!), she suggested I come to a class at Dragonfly with her to give it a try. I’d never done a yoga class (or Barre!) at a studio before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Most of my experience with yoga consisted of at-home workout videos with my couch (and pause button) nearby. I was surprised to learn a few things about myself after those first few sessions: (1) that I really thrived with the structure of a class schedule to follow and (2) The impact having an accountability partner had on my attendance (at least while I was still getting my feet wet!) I’ve been doing yoga at Dragonfly for a while now and am so happy that my knees and feet are feeling GREAT!!!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Yeong Kim

My new year’s resolution had been the same for a decade before joining Dragonfly Hot Yoga. It was to find fitness so I can lose weight, gain strength and relieve stress. I joined a gym but ended up donating two years of membership. I played tennis with my husband. He is a great player but not a good coach (I still love him). Then I tried golf and liked it until the attack of the mosquitoes. Sadly I get severe allergic reactions to mosquito bites. One day I saw a Dragonfly Hot Yoga car magnet while driving. What a cute name! So I searched it on the web and found out there’s a free trial class. Who knew I would fall in love with hot yoga on the first try! The class satisfied my long desire of searching for a work out that feels just right for me. I couldn’t find any single reason to look for another yoga studio to compare it with Dfly. Needless to say I became a loyal member since the summer of 2014.
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