I first started at Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie in September 2015. I came with some friends and I did not have any yoga experience before starting at Dragonfly. I enjoy the way yoga makes me feel. It calms me down, I feel like I get a good workout, with relieving stress at the same time. Overall, I think I am a better person since starting yoga – it is both good for the body and for the soul.
I try to go to yoga 3-4 times a week. My favorites are Flow and Flow 75. I really enjoy coming to Dragonfly. I look forward to it any time I can go and the warmth is wonderful when it’s cold out! Also, all of the teachers are awesome!
Instructor, Nichole V : “I love having Lori in class! She has great body awareness and is always open to try new things. It has been so inspiring watching Lori’s practice evolve at Dfly. Congrats Lori!!!”
Instructor, Bekah: “Lori is a yogi in the deepest sense of the word: she shows up, time after time, and does the work. Her practice is thoughtful; she takes what her body needs and applies it. Lori inspires presence and groundedness in her dedicated practice.”
I moved to Madison two years ago and used a Groupon to check out various fitness options. I was very excited when I came across the BarreAmped classes at Dragonfly. I had done barre a few years back in Chicago but was on hiatus from it as it wasn’t easily accessible to me in Milwaukee. I got the Groupon, came to Dragonfly and was hooked. I joined as a member and at first mostly did just barre or the barre boot camps. Slowly but surely I started checking everything out.
I had taken very little yoga and I have not belonged to a yoga studio before. I love the variety. Dragonfly has a class for whatever mood I’m in, BarreAmped if I want to shake, Power Up if I want to sweat, Yin to chill and the occasional Flow if I’m in the mood for something different. Exercise is a great stress reliever. One thing I’ve learned about myself since being at Dragonfly is that what my mind needs for exercise really varies. I had previously gotten into the rut of doing the same thing (kickboxing mostly) over and over again. Each Dragonfly class offers a different way to zone out and focus on the moment. And the Yin classes, oh those Yin classes. Sometimes I have to take a minute before leaving because I’m half asleep.
Before starting at Dragonfly, I often had problems with my back. I tried physical therapy and chiropractors with limited success. While at PT, my therapist suggested I try yoga to improve my flexibility. So, I eventually decided to give yoga and Dragonfly a try. I was kind of nervous about trying something so new, but the staff and teachers were very welcoming when I started.
After trying a couple of classes, I was hooked. Quickly I was able to do pretty much anything without having back pain later on. That was over three years ago and I have not had problems with my back since. Before starting my yoga practice, things like playing volleyball or playing ball with my son could give me back problems. Now I can do those activities and more without thinking twice. I’m very happy I took the plunge and gave Dragonfly a try.
I’m a 32 year old Madison native. I love to paint, read, hike, bike, snow shoe, canoe, paddle board and go to concerts and plays. I also really love Yoga and Barre. I just finished my 101 class Summer challenge at Dragonfly. On average, I practice yoga every weekday and go to Flyght 2-5 times a week. It all depends on my schedule, but I love to take yoga and spinning back to back. It gives you quite the endorphin rush!
When I was 18, I took my first Bikram hot yoga class at Perfect Knot and fell in love with the poses, the heat and the mixture of energy and relaxation I felt afterwards. In all my life, I had never felt so good after working out. I was hooked, but after the Perfect Knot closed I couldn’t find a studio that made me feel at home until Dragonfly.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.