Like so many others, I have spent my life struggling to find a fitness routine that I could adhere to. I used to be the person who would say to someone who was mending an injury from his activity du jour “See, that’s why I don’t work out.” When someone would boast about her runner’s high, I was sure that the only way I would ever get that adrenaline surge was if I was running away from a bear or a mountain lion or an ex-boyfriend at the bar. I’d made up my mind that working out was something I’d have to occasionally do if I wanted to continue to eat cheese curds and drink beer. But after having two babies in less than two years, I made a conscious decision to make a change in my life. I want to be a good role model for my two amazing daughters (Carson 2.5yrs, Charlie 6 mos) and show them how important it is to make healthy choices that will positively impact their bodies and minds. I knew about Dragonfly and had heard the ravings of so many others, so I committed to the practice in September and I haven’t looked back!
I started at Dragonfly because one of my friends recommended it and I needed a new way to workout that was easier on my hand. Over the past year I broke my hand and have had 2 reconstructive surgeries.
I first broke my hand at work in October 2012. I smashed it in some heavy equipment and had to have surgery that included inserting pins and screws. Then in August 2013, one of the pins got pushed out of the side of my hand, requiring another surgery to remove it.
Yoga has been a great way for me to work out because it is not too hard on my hand. I even completed the Fire classes in an arm cast right after I broke it the second time. My hand is fine now, but I cannot play any sports because the tendons are still weak and if I injure them again I could lose the use of my hand. At least I have Yoga!
Greetings from South America!
This morning finds me in a tiny apartment with nine people, all of whom slept here overnight on couches, beds, mattresses and any cushion they could find after celebrating the first night of carnival in Rio de Janeiro.
My wife and I arrived in Rio in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and crashed at her aunt’s apartment in Botafogo near Copacabana beach. After a few hours of sleep and a delicious Brazilian breakfast we hit the beach.
I have been in Ecuador for almost a week and already have had so many amazing experiences that it is hard to pick a few to write about.
My wife and I will be traveling for a total of a month, starting in Ecuador for a wedding and then moving on to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, and then to Florianopolis, the Hawai’i of South America, which is also my wife’s home town.
Ecuador is amazingly beautiful. There are two regions in the country, the coastal plains and the Andes Mountains. We are planning on staying in the Andes during this trip, but hear that the coast is lovely. It is very green here. It is the rainy season and rains every afternoon around 4 pm, so we have been trying to get out and be tourists in the morning.
I started Dragonfly back in October when Marybeth Mayo convinced me to buy the Groupon. I was not looking to join a gym/fitness studio, as I figured that I had everything I needed in my apartment gym (which is pretty much 2 treadmills and a weight machine), and I certainly wasn’t looking to join some crazy yoga studio where I would willingly sit in 90 degrees for an hour! I figured $40, why not try it out, write it off as a life experience and be done with it forever. How naive I was! I quickly fell in love with hot yoga, and got sucked in.
Before Dragonfly, I had never done a yoga class before. The extent of my “yoga” was pretending to do it on the Wii Fit when I lived with my parents back in high school! I was very intimidated coming into my first class, but I left feeling very comfortable with it. I did not feel like people were watching and judging me based on how I held the poses.
In November of 2012, I had a really bad accident which resulted in a broken leg with multiple pins and rods used to repair it. After months of recovery and physical therapy, my strength and flexibility in my leg wasn’t at the point to resume all the physical activities I enjoy doing.
I was given the recommendation to add yoga to my fitness routine. My work out preference has always been the hotter the better. It was apparent to me that if I was going to do Yoga, it was going to be in the heat. I did some research and tried a few studios in the area, but I soon realized that Dragonfly was the best hot yoga studio around.
During a cold winter afternoon while buried in my work I did not realize the person about to walk through the door would change my life forever. This special person dropped off some free class passes from Dragonfly Hot Yoga. I am someone who absolutely despises cold temperatures so to me this sounded like a great escape! Coupled with the fact I’m a workout junkie I figured it would be a win-win situation for me.
Prior to joining Dragonfly I had been involved with Yoga through another health club in Madison and had also wore out the carpet in my living room with my Jillian Michaels yoga meltdown DVD. While I always enjoyed yoga in the past I had not always felt I had superior yoga workouts. However, this was all about to change as I would soon be entering the oasis that is Dragonfly hot yoga. The thing I enjoy most about attending classes at Dragonfly is the variety of classes that are offered and diversity in each instructor along with the positive reinforcement and energy you get from each of them!
I stumbled across Dragonfly by accident when I moved back to Madison. I was looking for a new yoga studio to help me decompress and reacclimate after a six month stint in Central America. I also needed something to keep me sane and grounded through the winter, and help me heal from an unexpected surgery I had while traveling. I only intended to stay a month because I lived nearby and could bike to the Middleton studio, but I was moving downtown. I had no idea how quickly I would become an addict.
I’ve done yoga on and off for nearly four years. Until I found Dragonfly, the only two studios I’ve ever felt connected to were in Guatemala and Costa Rica. When it comes to a studio, community makes a world of a difference and Dragonfly has that.
In April of this year, a couple months after my dad passed, I knew I needed something to keep me physically healthy and keep my mind healthy as well. I knew yoga was the way to go because I had tried it in the past and knew how good it was for BOTH mind and body. So, I started at Dragonfly because I knew Dfly had the Barre classes as well and was dying to try one. That Barre class led to a few Fire classes, Flow, Fit and MadPower; before I knew it I was hooked!
Prior to Dragonfly I had done a few hot yoga classes in 2011 to de-stress leading up to my wedding and I had a few yoga DVDs at home that I did in my living room every once in a while. I enjoy everything about the classes. The staff always greets me with a smile and by name; the instructors are SO helpful and easy to approach not to mention motivating. And I love the variety! I see such a difference in my strength, muscle tone, etc.!
Six months after moving to Madison, I started looking around for a yoga studio or gym to join – my desk job was turning me into a couch potato! I got Groupons for two different studios and tried both, since I was a bit intimidated by the heat at first. The community and teachers at Dragonfly won me over, and of course now I love the heat! I also appreciated that the studio met me at my level – whatever it happened to be that day.
Prior to starting at Dragonfly, I had been doing yoga on and off for at least five years. Dragonfly has been my first consistent practice. I really enjoy the variety of classes and teachers on the schedule. Some days I feel like a really upbeat fitness class, other days I feel like focusing inward and taking a Slow Flow or a Yin style class. I can do all of this at Dragonfly. I was so excited when they opened the mild studio as well, especially with all the new class types they’ve added. I always sleep better after taking Fire, and I tend to have less back pain from sitting all day when I’m doing yoga.