Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Shannon Hellenbrand

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I dropped in on a few Dragonfly classes in Middleton over the past few years, and I loved it, but I couldn’t commit the extra drive time to get to the west side. In February, not long after the Sun Prairie studio opened up, I did a trial month. I have been a loyal member since. Before this, I was interested in hot yoga but slightly intimidated, as I believed you had to be extremely flexible to do well. I quickly realized at Dfly, that is not the case (you won’t be catching me doing the splits anytime soon, but my flexibility has improved!). I also realized, no one is competing with you but yourself. The environment at Dfly in Sun Prairie is extremely welcoming and comfortable, no matter your fitness level. The heat is detoxifying, and the staff is inspiring.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Renee Shanesy

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I was looking for a change from my current workout routine, as I feel it is important I enjoy fitness and continue to be challenged. A friend said I would love the BarreAmped classes so that was my first taste of Dfly. From there I became immersed in yoga, all types of BarreAmped, as well as my current obsessions, Power Up and Yoga Up.

I originally took yoga classes out of desperation to help calm my injuries due to years of abuse and sports, but more as a supplement than really concentrating on a practice. Dfly has taken me to the next level and taught me that perfection is not reality, but progress and listening to your body is. For years working out was a means to an end but now it’s an enjoyable part of my lifestyle.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Heather Pearson

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I have been practicing yoga with Dragonfly since 2012. Running has always been my own personal source of therapy and outlet for me, but when I suffered a foot injury earlier in the year, I needed an alternate fitness option. I had little experience with yoga, but I heard a radio ad for a new hot yoga studio in Fitchburg, and decided to give it a try — for both my physical and emotional well-being. I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first class, but I am so glad I went!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Anne Aiello

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I was first introduced to Dragonfly with the encouragement of a good friend. Our first class was with Autumn. I had very little prior yoga experience, but that didn’t matter. She welcomed me with patience, acceptance, and hands on adjustments. I learned that yoga practice isn’t about the end result; it’s about the journey and that kept me coming back. I told myself that I’m not going to give up because of excuses – “I’m too tired”- “I don’t feel like it” – “Not today.” So I just didn’t give up.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Eden Lafond

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A few of my friends attended classes at another Dragonfly location. I was interested, but didn’t want to drive that far. When I saw advertisements that the Sun Prairie studio was opening, I stopped in and signed up for a membership during the grand opening. For the first few months, I only took the Aroma Yin classes. I slowly added in other classes. The next class I added and stuck with was BarreAmped. I am working on adding more “new to me” classes.

Prior to starting at Dfly, I took some free Lunchtime Yoga classes at the Monona Terrace. The classes were similar to Yin but without the heat. A majority of the classes were in a room facing Lake Monona. This was an encouraging experience and aided in loosening up some of my tight muscles. I also took a community recreation core yoga course, which left me a bit discouraged.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Brian Rawlins

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Eight months ago (Nov 2015), I tried a yoga flow class at Dragonfly. It was a life-altering experience. I began an amazing cleanse of my body, mind and spirit. Ever since, I have regularly attended classes. I enjoy the amazing heated room, the challenging poses, the wonderful music, the positive learning environment and the strength and wisdom of the instructors. I also go to different types of classes such as Barreamped, Yoga Up and Yin.

Yoga has changed me. I feel more balanced, alive and well. It has completely changed my perspective of working out, as it is no longer a chore. I am more aware of sensing a connection of mind to body. I am strengthening more refined musculature, as well as making fuller use of main muscle groups.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Tracy Schlax

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​​I was a long distance runner all through high school and off and on during my 20s. When I tried to pick it up again at the age of 29, my knees were shot. I was struggling with pain, swelling and difficulty doing simple things like crouching down and standing up – and I was only 30! Months of physical therapy did not help and eventually I was told this was just what my physical ability was going to be like from now on. I was upset about gaining weight and feeling betrayed by my body that was so limited at the age of 30. A coworker encouraged me to try the intro month at Dragonfly and I was immediately hooked. More than a year and a half later, I’m more flexible, stronger and guess what – no more knee pain or difficulty doing simple things like turning, crouching or dancing. :) ​
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Michelle Barker

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I started going to Dragonfly Hot Yoga when the new downtown location opened. Since I moved back downtown, Dfly was a convenient location. I immediately realized Dfly was my new yoga studio and started a membership. I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years, but I only started taking classes at a studio 3 years ago. Hot yoga classes were my first classes at a studio, and I knew I was hooked.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Christine Patrick

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Every time I came to Sun Prairie to shop, I kept seeing the “coming soon” sign for Dragonfly Hot Yoga. I kept debating whether or not I wanted to give hot yoga a try. I lived in Fitchburg when the studio there opened. I had friends who consistently went for a while, but I was always hesitant to try because I felt I didn’t have the stereotypical tall and lean “yoga body” and that I wouldn’t be able to get through a class in the heat without making a fool of myself. I decided to take one of the free classes during the opening weekend and instantly signed up for an intro month! I tried as many classes as I could during that month. During this month, I learned that the heat adds a sort of cleansing component to each class, as well as the fact that yoga really is for every body! The intro month turned into a monthly membership- I was hooked!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Barbara Wendelberger

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I had been doing (unheated) yoga on and off for 7 years when I met Dragonfly Owner Megan Kaiser one evening while out for dinner at the Great Dane. We started talking about yoga and Dragonfly, and I proceeded to tell her that I had no interest in doing hot yoga…ever. Fortunately, I took Megan up on her challenge to give hot yoga a chance and decided to take advantage of Dragonfly’s introductory month offer. My first Dragonfly class was incredible, and I have never looked back!

My first ever yoga class fulfilled part of a Physical Education requirement in college, and I continued taking classes semi-regularly throughout college and graduate school. I’ve now been practicing for over 9 years, and I find myself incorporating yoga into my daily routine, whether I have time to get on my mat for a class or only have a few minutes to sit quietly and breathe. The calm and focus that yoga has brought into my life is unparalleled. Linking movement with breath has enabled me to connect with my mind and body in a way that has proven both humbling and empowering. Regardless of how my day has been going, I feel calm and present the moment I lay down on my mat. After class, I feel invincible, ready to conquer whatever life throws at me.
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