I have had a strong love-hate relationship with yoga for the past 8 years but then I found Dragonfly when it first opened in Fitchburg in 2011. I began to develop a more regular practice and that allowed me to finally get out of my own head and really enjoy the practice. I wish I could say I have maintained that awesome regular practice over the years but the reality is that my attendance varies. Sometimes I neglect my mat for months, other times it’s a more regular routine.
I have also taken on some personal yoga challenges. Within the last year, many things in my life have changed. When the Dragonfly Downtown location opened, it felt like a sign that I needed a little more yoga in my life. My most recent 60-day challenge helped me to remember that I am better at dealing with life when I feel strong and centered.
We had been participating in classes at another yoga studio when a friend told us that Dragonfly was opening a studio near us. Since we both like to be warm (think Florida in July), we had always thought Dragonfly would be a great fit for us. When the Sun Prairie studio opened 10 minutes from our home, we knew it was karma and we signed up for the introductory month at the grand opening and have been members ever since.
We enjoy the variety of classes offered at Dragonfly. In any given week, we are able to work on everything from deep fascia stretches to cardio. Each instructor shares her unique style and provides opportunities to increase our strength, focus, and flexibility.
I started with Dragonfly in the fall of 2012 with one of the “10 class slash” passes. As time went on, I was attending more and more classes – so I finally signed up as a member and haven’t looked back! Previously, I had done some yoga videos, but it was never a consistent part of my life.
I love the variety of classes offered at Dragonfly, and the instructors are amazing and full of positive energy! Everyone is friendly and it feels like home. Now that I have incorporated hot yoga as a part of my life, I will never go back to non-heated/room temperature yoga.
The one month unlimited yoga special last December brought me to Dragonfly and I tried at least 9 different classes during that month.
I used to live in Connecticut where I just happened to live within a couple miles of a Bikram Yoga Studio. I spent a few years practicing Bikram yoga there before I moved back to Wisconsin. I had gained a love and appreciation for hot yoga because after I left Connecticut, I used GAIAM videos at home and it just was not the same.
My good friend, Susan, invited me to my first class at Dragonfly back in March of this year. I am so thankful she encouraged me. Susan continues to be a great motivator for me, as do the other friends and co-workers with whom I attend classes.
Going into my first class at Dragonfly, I understood some of the basic poses of yoga but had not practiced regularly. My yoga experience was very minimal and I had not been to a class in years and had never attended regularly.
I live in the neighborhood, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that Dragonfly Hot Yoga was opening soon and within walking distance from my home. Prior to Dragonfly, I had taken a few yoga classes near work as a lunchtime experience, but sometimes found it hard to make the time. Yoga classes at Dragonfly are amazing because the people and the atmosphere are warm and inviting.
With every class, my body loosens up more and my mind relaxes. I know we all get a little annoyed or angry when something doesn’t go our way, whether it’s spilling a cup of coffee or a piece of tech breaks unexpectedly. With my yoga practice, I find myself overcoming each obstacle with calmness and serene thought.
I first came to Dragonfly Hot Yoga with a friend in January 2013. I have some anxiety issues so attending group classes can be trying for me, but in my first class at Dragonfly, the teacher immediately made me feel welcome and after class made sure that all my questions were answered. A month later, I took a Yoga Basics Workshop and from there my participation gradually increased to where I am today. I had taken an introductory class at another studio several years before but it just didn’t feel like it was the place for me.
Since I moved to Madison a year ago, I had been looking for an accessible yoga studio where I could develop my yoga practice with mindfulness. When Downtown Dragonfly opened early in July, I found the place I was looking for!
I started with Bikram Yoga 4 years ago and immediately loved the practice in high temperatures. In May 2014 I did my teacher training in Vinyasa Krama Yoga, but after that I lost my regular practice. In the time I have spent at Dragonfly, I have been getting my practice back and I’m so grateful for that.
Most of my workouts prior to starting at Dragonfly had been a party of one. I was looking for a workout in a group environment. Yoga intrigued me for this group dynamic. I also loved the idea of the mind/body/spirit connection. My neighbor, Peggy, started enthusiastically talking about Dragonfly Hot Yoga. She loved it – going almost every day. So, I said “I need to try it.” Try it I did and I LOVED IT!!! Thank you Peggy!
I love the variety of choices. The 5:30 am classes with Suki begin my day with a great thought provoking practice and ideas that awaken my body and mind. Such positive energy to start my day! I love the concept of “practice.” Suki is so good at reminding us that this is a practice – there is no “perfect” pose. I look forward to seeing my extended family at each class and I feel so lucky to have this community.
I started at Dragonfly because I wanted to try something different. I have previously struggled with trying to fit in workouts when I had a gym membership and when I did, I dreaded going. I could barely do thirty minutes of cardio without being completely bored out of my mind. I wasn’t feeling motivated to work out, so I knew I needed something different in my routine.
Dragonfly Hot Yoga opened up next to Monks (where I work) and I thought it would be fun to try something new.
I did not have any yoga experience before starting at Dragonfly, so I didn’t know what to expect. The entire Dfly staff was so welcoming and encouraging on my yoga journey.