Downtown Yogi of the Month: Allyson Pulvermacher

How did you get started at Dfly?
After leaving my previous studio and not practicing yoga for a while, I decided to get back into yoga and try Dfly because of the variety of classes offered and abundance of different class times that would work with my schedule. I quickly picked up my practice again after falling in love with the classes, the instructors, and the studio itself!

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
As a three-sport athlete in high school, I was always interested in new ways to stay active but had struggled in college to find ways to stay active that I both enjoyed and that fit into my schedule. I had always doubted that I would be the “type” of individual that would enjoy yoga, but I was at wit’s end with trying to find the motivation to go the gym on my own. After spontaneously trying a class with a friend, I fell in love and continued doing yoga for about a year until the following summer, when my studio’s class times became limited and my schedule was less flexible. I had tried staying active by running, hiking, kayaking, etc., but I always felt that it wasn’t the same total mind and body experience that I had in a yoga class. After a few months, I decided to begin my practice again and I have now been doing it ever since!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Chris Plampin

Last December, after a particularly stressful day at work, a coworker (Dragonfly member Peg Harting) encouraged me to join her for yoga at Dragonfly. Exhausted after a twelve hour shift in the emergency room, I was apprehensive about how much I would actually enjoy the class. Within the first fifteen minutes my feelings shifted, and by the end of the class, I felt like I had more energy than when I started! I truly could not wait for the next time I could attend class. I spent December trying as many classes as I could during the introductory month and happily became a member in January.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Angela Tolsma

How did you get started at Dfly?
You offer yoga classes on Christmas Eve and so I came and haven’t left!

What is/was your Yoga/Barreamped experience before Dfly?
I used to go to a yoga studio weekly for about two years and then I moved to Madison. I wanted to find a similar experience here.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
How each teacher gives a unique experience, the heat, and the people.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kirstyn Nelson

I got started at DFly in Fall 2017 because of another regular yogi Nicole Pierstorff. I cannot tell you how many times she asked me to go to yoga, I told her no probably close to 50 times. Eventually in early October I finally said I’d go to a class, did my free trial class, signed up for the $40 intro month and now have been a DFly member ever since and I love it.

I literally have never done yoga in my entire life before Dfly, except maybe gym class in highschool 10+ years ago. Even with no prior yoga experience I never felt intimidated walking into Dragonfly, the instructors and fellow yogi’s make everyone feel comfortable no matter if you have no yoga experience, or having been practicing yoga for years and years.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Amy Amessoudji

Q: How did you get started at DFly?
A: I started a year ago at DFly when I saw you in my neighborhood and attended sporadically, primarily Yin classes. I had not done any exercise for years and needed that time to meditate and activate my muscles again.

Q: What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before DFly?
A: I have practiced yoga throughout my adult life with many interruptions in practice. I had never taken hot yoga classes or BarreAmped classes before, and was very intimidated by the idea (I googled what to wear and how to survive hot yoga classes when I first signed up!)! After a lot of research, I summoned the courage to jump into a Flow class.

Q: What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
A: I enjoy feeling healthy and energetic again thanks to Dfly classes. I am stronger and more peaceful – I combine classes and have enjoyed shopping in my closet for clothes that haven’t fit me in years!

Q: Have you experienced any changed in your total well-being since taking classes?
A: I have been healthier and much more focused since I started doing the 30-day challenges.

Q: How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
A: I love so many of the classes. I especially love to combine BarreAmped with Yoga Up and follow with a Flow or Yin.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A: In January, I signed up to go on a trip to Rwanda with my church but I was worried that I was too weak and unhealthy to do well in Africa, so I turned to Dragonfly for help. I started going to daily classes and then found out that there were 30-day challenges. It ended up really helping me form the habit of daily exercise. I was surprised that the simple act of putting a magnet up on the board would be so helpful to motivate me! When I completed the first challenge, I felt that I was still on my way to becoming healthy, so I started another one, and then a third 30-day challenge brought me straight up to the day I left for Rwanda. I was feeling healthy, strong, focused – and happy! I am so grateful to the encouraging teachers and the balance of strengthening, flexibility and mediation that is offered. That was really key for me!

Instructor Bekah Gant: “Amy exudes joyful energy not only as she practices, but in the spaces surrounding her practice. She shows up with a smile and a can-do attitude that is truly inspiring! Amy is the embodiment of the Dragonfly spirit. Congratulations, Amy!”

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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Kyle Wilson

I began taking classes in January 2017. I was working out at the gym a lot and I wanted a complement to that routine. I thought yoga was a good choice because it would help me improve my balance, static strength, and flexibility.

My first experience with yoga was a class in college. More recently I watched the YouTube channel “Yoga with Adriene” and did yoga at home before joining Dragonfly. I enjoy the feeling of relaxation after class even though I had just finished a hard workout. I also find relief from anxiety/stress at class and enjoy the mental aspect.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Amy Broadbridge

I have been doing yoga since I was in college, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I was introduced to hot yoga. We were living in Montana at the time, and there was a Bikram studio. After the first class, I was hooked. Not long after, I even did the Bikram Yoga 60 day challenge, 6 days a week for 10 weeks. Never in my life have I felt better than after those 10 weeks.

It turns out that I discovered hot yoga just in time, too. Beginning in the summer of 2006, and for the next six years, my body tackled two pregnancies, 9 surgeries, and breast cancer, including surgery, chemo, and radiation. I was so frustrated by all the hard work I would put in to get my body healthy again, only to be set back to square one with the healing process all over again. Hot yoga became my home base, my promise that things would get better. My body ached to get back to yoga as soon as it was allowed. As soon as I was back on my mat, I knew everything was going to be ok. After chemo took my hair, I couldn’t even wait for it to grow back before I was back in the studio, sweating with a bald head…probably the only time I have enjoyed being bald! I found a community of people in yoga, a healing environment, and a safe landing place after trauma.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: John Clancy

Q: How did you get started at Dfly?
A: I started at Dragonfly by taking Autumn’s $5 drop in flow on Saturdays.

Q: What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
A: I started yoga about 10 years ago after I double tore my Achilles, had a bunch of surgeries, and was feeling like an eighty year old. I immediately loved the effects of yoga on my body (regained my strength and flexibility).
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Dan Griffiths

How did you get started at Dfly?:
A friend recommended Dragonfly Hot Yoga to me.

What is/was your yoga/barre amped experience before Dfly?:
I started yoga over 15 years ago as physical therapy after an auto accident. Quickly realizing it is a mind and body experience that recharges me.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?:
I enjoy the variety of classes. Having a strong Type A personality, Dragonfly Hot Yoga affords me a challenging practice and the humility to not master everything.

What are your favorite classes at Dfly? How often do you attend classes?:
Attending Yoga Up, Core Flow and Flow lets me fully engage in the experience. This seems to refresh my mind and body.
I practice yoga, cycle or some form of workout six or seven days a week, part of my Type A personality.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?:
My words of wisdom are…embrace your eccentric side, just be the you that you want to be.

Instructor Nichole V: “I enjoy having Dan in class. He is always willing to try new things. His strength and patience are seen on his mat. Dan is very dedicated to his practice. Congrats Dan!”

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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Robert Olsen

I started at Dragonfly in 2013 as part of recovering from a serious back injury. I had done some yoga in the past, somewhat sporadically, and knew it could be a key part of recovery. For some time I was limited, and stayed mostly with Yin classes, which I still do and enjoy. Eventually I was able to do more physically challenging classes, and increase the frequency. I had come to believe that if a person could have a daily practice, it would produce dramatic changes.
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