Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Kelsey Garvey

How did you get started at Dfly?
I joined Dragonfly in January 2018 for the third time as a member. While my first time was in 2012 because I wanted to simply “try” yoga, this recent time was more purposeful. In July 2017 my husband and I welcomed our first child together, our daughter. While being a mom has been the best experience of my life, my first months of motherhood were difficult. As a teacher and new mother, I struggled with my postpartum body, postpartum emotions, and the new balance of my working mom life. My husband was the one who said “I think you need to get back to yoga,” so I decided to make it a priority. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, as it has truly been the balance I’ve needed to help me get through this new journey I’m on.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Kristina Nicolai-White

I started taking yoga classes several years ago with my oldest daughter. She was a dancer and was looking to add something more to her routine, and I volunteered to try it with her. I love that experience with her. Even now, when she and I practice together we hold hands in shavasana. It’s such a lovely way for us to connect. I began doing a regular 5 days a week practice 2+ years ago, at a time of great change in my life. Having this space to call my home every day was incredible and I am not sure what I would have done without it. I love being in the studio. I added Flyght into my schedule in the last year and fell in love with that space as well. Between the two spaces, I am usually taking 9 classes a week.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Chloe McCabe

My sister introduced me to Dfly last year. Last September, I had a pulmonary embolism, and it was a pretty close call. It made me really appreciate the strength of my heart and lungs, and I wanted to continue to grow that strength in a more intentional way than I had before. I started with Slow Flows, mostly making it through so that I could enjoy the cool scented towel at the end of class, but I quickly got hooked! I had taken yoga classes intermittently at a larger gym on and off for a few years before joining Dragonfly.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Molly Philosophos

30 years ago my husband and I lived in Aspen, CO and that is when I did my first yoga class. We did a weekly class together and I only wish I would have continued. We lived in Oak Park, IL for the last 20 years and during that time I did yoga very sporadically.

My husband and I moved to Madison in August of 2016, at the same time that we also moved our youngest into Witte Hall. Our two older boys live and work in Madison so my husband and I decided to move back to the town where we went to college. I injured my wrist moving and putting IKEA furniture together (I know crazy) and was doing physical therapy and at the same time complaining that I was not able to work out. After a couple weeks of PT I decided to try Yoga. I was introduced to Dragonfly by Shelly and Carlin Johnson.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Amber Hollman

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was talking to a friend (and fellow Dfly yogi) about how she had gotten in such awesome shape for her wedding, seeing as I had my own to start getting ready for. She started telling me about Dragonfly’s great classes and how helpful staff and instructors are. It didn’t take long to twist my arm and check it out for myself. I went to my first class and was hooked right away! Within my first month, I ended up going to over 40 classes! I loved trying all the new classes and meeting the instructors. I’ve yet to find a class or instructor I don’t like, so it keeps me coming back for more.
 
What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly? 
Prior to Dfly I had very limited experience with yoga I had tried some home videos and YouTube channels, but nothing serious or consistent. Now I feel so much more confident as a yogi in my poses. I know I couldn’t have gotten here without help from the instructors. When leading a class, they’ll just mention a seemingly small tweak, and it never fails to surprise me the huge difference it can make.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Marybeth Call

How did you get started at Dfly?
My oldest son Jake, who went to Dfly when he went to School at UW Madison, gave me the $40 month trail and yoga mat for my birthday over a year ago.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had no prior experience at all with yoga.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The instructors are amazing! Their dedication, commitment, knowledge, motivation and of course great music choices, this is what keeps me returning for more! I have also met some super nice yogis in all of the classes along the way!

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely, I feel a lot stronger, my body is more toned and it is a great stress reliever.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Joseph Cloute

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started with the $40 trial month and got hooked and started as a member.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I worked yoga into my triathlon training 10 years ago and was going once a week but never really considered myself a yogi, more of a triathlete that needed a good stretch.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I enjoy the variety of classes, and the instructors bring a great sense of community.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Dominic DiMarco

How did you get started at Dfly?
When I first started visiting Dfly I had a membership at another gym/studio in the downtown area and was seeking for some variety in classes and schedules. I started with a punchcard for occasional visits then over time I visited DFly more regularly. Due to superior instructors and facilities DFly has been my primary studio for the last 2 years.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I started practicing yoga about 5 years ago when I moved back from Boulder, Colorado. In Colorado I hiked in the mountains for exercise and a mental reset several days a week. When I moved back the gym I joined offered me a ‘deal’. For an extra few dollars a month I could attend any of their classes, yoga included. The first day I went to the gym, second day went to yoga. Haven’t been back to a traditional gym since.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Stephanie Koteles

How do you get started at Dragonfly?

I found Dragonfly in 2016, when searching for a mindfulness practice in the Madison area. I was hesitant of the heat, but after reading the helpful tips and learning the owner also HATES being hot, I decided to try it. I did not know what to expect with my first visit to a yoga studio, but felt right at home at Dragonfly.

What is/was your yoga/barre amped experience before Dfly?

I had taken a few yoga classes sporadically, but not for many years. I enjoy group exercise classes, and have tried several types of exercise but in my adulthood had not found my niche for a regular exercise practice.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Natalie Nguyen

When I moved to Madison from Los Angeles two years ago, I joined Dragonfly as a way to stay active but since then, it has become a lot more than just a way to stay fit. Although I was a gymnast for 14 years and an NCAA Division I triple jumper, I had little yoga experience before joining. It didn’t take long though to get totally hooked and now I can’t imagine life without it.

With my busy work and travel schedule as a wildlife veterinarian, the variety of classes and times offered at Dragonfly allow me to attend a session no matter my plans. When I return from traveling, getting back into a daily routine can be challenging, but as soon as I step into the studio I’m able to jump back into my active, healthy lifestyle.
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