Sun Prairie Yogis of the Month: Kim and Don Schwenn

How did you get started at Dfly?
K: I learned about Dfly from a friend who casually mentioned that she thought I might like it. I’m so glad she did!
D: My wife made me go. (K: …just strongly suggested maybe, but I so did not MAKE you go)

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
K: I owned a pair of yoga pants; that was pretty much the extent of it.
D: None. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t stretched since 1983.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
K: I love the physical challenge and the sense of community. I also like the variety of classes available; everything from Power Up (although I’ve never taken the class, it is good to know it is available) to Yin.
D: I enjoy all the benefits of each class but I think I enjoy the overall culture the most. The people combined with the environment create an inspiring place to give my body what it needs.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Laura Baumgard

I injured myself running a marathon and my orthopedic surgeon suggested I try yoga. I’ve always been a cardio driven person, so my friend suggested I try hot yoga and she was going to Dragonfly, so I decided to give it a try! I had only ever done a couple of classes of normal yoga.

I always feel invigorated afterwards, despite how hard the class is! Suki’s Flow classes have been so great for my back and knees, as well as my brain! It’s always amazing how her classes sneak up on me!

I find that I always feel better about myself and the day after I leave class. Going to yoga has really helped me at work and personally. Having the time to decompress at yoga really helped me through my father’s recent death and at work as I went through the tenure process at UW Madison. I feel stronger and healthier all around. I was a competitive swimmer my whole life and throughout college but yoga has really become something I hate to miss and love having it as a part of my daily life!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Greg & Cheryl Callin

I started at Dragonfly in January 2015 after trying a hot fitness class the previous summer when traveling on vacation. I talked Cheryl into trying a class with me a few weeks later. Neither one of us had tried yoga previously.

We really enjoy how anyone at any level can enjoy Dragonfly and make the classes as challenging as you want to. We love the heat! While we were both very active before Dragonfly, our overall fitness has improved and keeps on improving! We hate it when we miss class!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Sean Ahern

I started at Dragonfly in August 2016. My girlfriend and I both have busy schedules and we wanted to find a hobby/activity to do with each other and yoga was our solution. Dragonfly was the best option in the UW-Madison campus area because of its wide class selection, flexibility, and pricing.

I played hockey, golf, and football in high school and periodically did yoga throughout hockey and golf seasons to help with my horribly inflexible hips that hockey does a great job making worse! During the summers in high school I worked in a factory for 40-50 hours a week and I would try to incorporate yoga into my off-season summer workouts every one or 2 weeks to not only add variety to my off-season training, but to assist in recovery from being on my feet all week – whether at work, at practice, or working out. Once I came to UW-Madison I got away from yoga my first three years and mainly did strength and cardio workouts at the SERF or ran around campus. I took the 2016 Spring semester off to do a six-month internship down in Atlanta, GA where I attended two free Saturday yoga classes at a park near downtown, which sort of sparked my interest in yoga again. Starting at Dragonfly was my first time doing hot yoga and it was also my first time having a yoga-focused workout regime opposed to using yoga as a complimentary piece of the puzzle, and I have loved it so far.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Carly DeGrood

I hadn’t danced in 10 years. I had hardly participated in regular exercise in 5 years after becoming a mom. I was asked to perform (dance) in front of thousands of people. About 5 weeks before the performance I thought, hey Carly, you might want to stretch and move your body a bit before you get on stage again. I walked into Dragonfly Hot Yoga 2 years ago and now my day doesn’t seem complete without it.

I tried yoga the first time about a year before I got pregnant with my first baby who is now 6 years old. I had full intentions of practicing throughout my pregnancy but unfortunately I was so sick for the first 8 months. My dry heaving and vomiting schedule was not conducive to a yoga class. It wasn’t pretty – there was no pregnancy “glow” for me!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Mary Mitchell

My first class at Dragonfly was a free pop-up flow in Middleton with the teachers in training. It was a little over 1.5 years ago, and I was 60lbs overweight with very little yoga experience. It was my first HOT yoga class, and although I ended up spending most of the class in child’s pose, I was hooked right away (I blame all those hands on assists–it was like a mini-massage)! I tried the introductory month and became a member as soon as that ended. As someone who hates being hot/sweaty and is a huge fan of air conditioning, I am still shocked at how much I enjoy a heated class–there is just something about the heated room that I find incredibly comforting & healing; even in the summer months!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Anna Cacciaglia

I have been doing yoga on and off for about five years, ever since a friend talked me into a Bikram class. I went as a favor (she got a free class for bringing a friend), but I ended up loving it. I had never been into sports or athletics of any kind, so I was thrilled to find a physical activity I actually enjoyed. I’ve been doing yoga ever since, switching over to Vinyasa in college. When I moved to Madison two years ago, finding a new yoga studio was high on my to-do list. I took intro classes at a few studios around town and settled on Dragonfly for the welcoming atmosphere, convenient locations, and varied schedule. Now, it’s hard for me imagine my life without yoga.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: DA Dirks

I started practicing yoga at Sangha Yoga in 2003 when I was in graduate school in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My teacher, Karina Ayn Mirsky, helped me understand that yoga is a lifelong practice. I appreciate that now more than ever as I approach 50!

I moved to Madison for a position with UW System Administration in July 2014 and tried a couple of other yoga studios. I was delighted when Dragonfly opened a downtown location that I could walk to from where I lived. Natalie and the staff are always so friendly and welcoming, which I especially appreciate as a natural introvert!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Tonya Rettman

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I started at Dragonfly the day the Sun Prairie studio opened. I was inspired to try yoga from friends who thought I would enjoy it. I loved it from the first class and instantly became a regular yogi. Before coming to Dragonfly Hot Yoga, I had taken a few power stretch classes at the gym I attend, but never a real yoga class. I didn’t even allow myself time to stretch after running or strength training classes and my body paid the price. I was constantly battling running injuries, and really was not listening to my body when I needed to modify activities.

Learning to listen to my body, calm my mind and being ok with not always pushing to the limit have been important lessons I’ve received from regular yoga practice. I love the strength I build without the fear of injury. I have allowed myself to back off of running to let my body heal, which has been difficult for me to do in the past. I also feel I have more patience with myself and with the stress of life in general.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Carly Schneider

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I started at Dragonfly in December 2014 after sustaining a running injury. Being a life-long distance runner, it was devastating to put that passion on the back burner for the foreseeable future. At that point I had been debating trying yoga for about a year and the injury was the decision-maker. Yoga, I thought, was going to be something to fill that void until I was healed, but it has evolved into so much more for me.

I had no prior yoga or barre experience before joining Dragonfly. I was hesitant about trying it initially because I didn’t think yoga would be for me. Turns out, yoga is what you make it; therefore it can be for everyone.
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