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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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Ruby Herrera

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I swim, play sports and work out, but I hadn’t really practiced yoga until about a year ago after reading the book “Raw Food and Hot Yoga.” Nutrition and health are my passion and I was already eating mostly raw, so I thought I would try the hot yoga too. I’m so glad I did. Even though I found many of the poses challenging, and still do, I was quickly addicted. I began attending different classes and liked all of them (well, I don’t actually like barre, but I do it anyway because I like what it does for me). I really love the intense heat. There is such a sense of accomplishment that is extremely liberating when you finish a tough class and you are dripping sweat. Oh I enjoy getting to wear those cute outfits too :). It’s inspiring to see the more accomplished yogis and feel that maybe someday I’ll be doing those moves. My only complaint is that savasana is never long enough!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Emma Kahle

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I moved to Madison from Michigan, where I kept a very regular yoga practice. After looking for a new yoga home for about a year in Madison, I finally found Dragonfly after it opened its downtown studio. It has always been full of welcoming staff and teachers, and I instantly felt it would be a supportive and challenging yoga community to join – which is what I was looking for.

Before Dragonfly, I had extensive experience in vinyasa flow classes, but I had never done much work with weight lifting/cardio classes or barre classes. Adding the more strength and endurance-oriented classes have helped to strengthen my vinyasa practice.
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Sun Prairie Yogis of the Month: Rose & Nyomi Defiel

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Nyomi:
In early 2015, I was gearing up to head to NYC temporarily to pursue modeling. Hot yoga was suggested to me to lean and tone up my muscles. I had heard so many good things about Dragonfly I decided to give it a try. I immediately fell in love with everything about yoga & Dfly. Yoga became my stress reliever, it’s relaxing but exhausting, and every single class challenges me. The instructors at Dragonfly are so helpful and genuine; I never feel like a number because they make an effort to get to know everyone. When I moved out to New York it was so different, the instructors didn’t try to even remember your name and it felt like there was so much more judgement from the instructors and other yogis… I really missed the Dragonfly community!

I returned home to Wisconsin early 2016 and was super excited to get back to class. I had told my mom so much about how important yoga is in my life and I convinced her to see for herself! It’s a special thing to be able to do something so beneficial with someone you love. We love attending flow class paired with an occasional yin. I was super excited when my mom shared that she was loving yoga as much as I do. We started going to 4-5 classes a week and were very encouraged when we saw huge improvements in both our bodies and our minds.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Allison Grayev

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I started in the Winter of 2015 as some of my friends had been coming and suggested that I might like it. Who knew at that time that I would end up being the one who would still be coming regularly? From my first class, I was welcomed into the studio and my fear of falling while in a pose and knocking over my nearest neighbors quickly began to fade (I had images of dominoes falling in my head).

I had done some prenatal yoga but hadn’t been incorporating into my regular workout schedule and I honestly rarely even stretched after a run or workout. As I have grown older though I have realized how important (and difficult) it is to maintain flexibility.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Michelle Hollman

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I started at Dragonfly about 3 years ago with no previous yoga experience. A friend of mine brought me along to one of her classes.

For the first couple of years I only attended Flow, Slow Flow or Fire classes. These classes made me feel much healthier and fit. Since the beginning of this year I discovered a few new favorite classes; BarreAmped, Power Up and Yoga Up. With these additions to my practice, I have noticed dramatic changes in the tone and strength of my body.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Ashley Brown

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I got started at Dragonfly when I was looking for a fitness studio that offered a variety of classes at multiple times throughout the day to fit my busy schedule. I also needed a studio that had shower facilities, as I was commuting from Sun Prairie. I saw that Dragonfly had a great introductory month offer, studios located Downtown and in Sun Prairie, a variety of classes, and a great schedule throughout the week.

Before Dragonfly, I had little to no experience with yoga. In fact, prior classes I’d taken were with my college soccer team and I hated them! I was skeptical about trying yoga as a fitness class, but after doing a video with my sister, I thought I’d give it another try. I’m so glad I did, as I have been hooked ever since!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Lori Dailey

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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.”


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Beth Weinman

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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.
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