Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Debby Jackson

For years, biking and running were my primary forms of exercise. I practiced yoga in my home during the winter when it was just too cold for this Arizona girl to lace up a pair of running shoes. And every year, I counted the days until I could get back out on my bike. Winter was something I came to dread. So when I saw the Dfly Sun Prairie under construction, I thought yoga with people might be a good way to get beyond my winter blues. The variety of classes and the great people were just what I needed. Yoga at Dfly is now my primary year-round form of exercise, but I still love taking my bike out or going for a run on a beautiful day.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Shaney Andler

Three years ago, my boys were heading back to school in the Fall and my friend asked me to try out a class. I have been going consistently since that very day. Before Dragonfly, I was primarily a runner and I also used to do Barre tapes at home. I had taken a few yoga classes at some local studios but none that I stuck with.

Aside from the obvious health benefits of doing the strength training workouts, I love seeing the great friends I have made, along with just the regular faces I see each week. I have yet to see a person (including the instructors or people behind the desk) crabby here!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Amy Hutchinson

I had wanted to find a new way to work out after taking some time to heal some thyroid and adrenal issues. I read that yoga would not induce the same type of stress like some workouts and wanted to try it, but was intimidated by the idea of walking into a gym. I heard the DFly commercials on the radio on my way to work. I was in a place in my life where I was branching out and trying new things. The offer to “just come in to try it” was very welcoming and so one Tuesday night, I decided to do just that! I was hooked after just one class! I’ve done Zumba, running, training with a trainer and other group workouts, but had only experienced some yoga moves in other workout sessions. I did not know what a yoga “practice” was until I joined Dragonfly.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Kate Brey

I got started at Dragonfly in November 2016 when the intro month was on sale, my boss had told me to watch out for the sale around Thanksgiving (it’s apparently pretty easy to figure out that I like to buy things on sale whenever possible.) I moved to downtown Madison in September and wanted to find somewhere close to our apartment because I knew that there would be days where I wouldn’t want to go far to exercise. I’m frequently #lazy.

My yoga experience prior to Dragonfly was pretty minimal – just a few classes and only one hot yoga class where my hands slipped on my mat during a downward dog and decided that hot yoga and I weren’t going to happen for a while. I had been going to barre classes weekly for a few months up in Green Bay, so I knew the basics.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Susan McBryde

I injured my back when my children were little and continued to have constant back pain for 20 years. While receiving a massage for my back pain my therapist encouraged me to try hot yoga to strengthen my back and help with pain management. I researched the available yoga studios/classes in Madison and chose Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie after a very pleasant phone call to the receptionist there! I had never participated in yoga before joining Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie. I was familiar with the practice but felt intimidated to try it myself.

There are so many things that I truly enjoy from attending Dragonfly Classes. I enjoy the calm and peace that I feel. I enjoy the immense pain relief I have obtained since beginning hot yoga!! I enjoy the mantras/teachings of the yoga instructors. I enjoy the AWESOME staff — including front desk, teachers and manager — who are ALWAYS loving, concerned and welcoming!! I have always felt that Sun Prairie Dragonfly is a home away from home for me due to the friendliness and acceptance. I also enjoy the fact that the teachers truly understand everyone is on a personal journey and they do not expect me (or anyone) to be perfect in our yoga poses. The teachers are always very in-tune with the yogis and offer support emotionally, physically, spiritually and psychologically.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: William Hutter

I had been contemplating trying hot yoga but was on the fence since heat really isn’t my thing. But, curiosity got the better of me when I found a Groupon for Dragonfly. Of course I didn’t use it and figured I was out the money. My partner loves Dragonfly and said I should call to see if I could use my Groupon…but alas, I didn’t. I belonged to a gym that gave me a free fitness test as a birthday gift; I went in for the test and failed miserably. According to the trainer, “wow, cardio really is all you can do. You literally have no flexibility or strength.” Feeling defeated, the next day I went to Dragonfly to get a tour, learn more about it, and FINALLY see if I could still use my Groupon…which was in fact honored.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Laura Musekamp

I first heard about Dragonfly about three years ago through one of my friends. She had just purchased a groupon for a month of classes and convinced me to do the same. I was hooked after my first class, and I haven’t looked back since! Before Dragonfly, I practiced vinyasa on my own, took a few classes at another local studio, and occasionally practiced through the fitness center at my workplace, but unfortunately, I wasn’t always able to make the classes because of the demands of my job. I most enjoy the sense of balance that Dragonfly has added to my life. Every time I show up on the mat, I know I have a full hour to dedicate to self-improvement, gratitude, and reflection. The evening classes are always the perfect way to finish my day.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Ellen Atterbury

I wanted to get involved in an exercise program where I wasn’t spending the entirety of my workout counting down every agonizing minute. I started my intro month September of 2016, and have happily had a student membership ever since. My yoga experience before Dfly was comprised of nothing apart from a few youtube clips! I used to work out frequently with my friend Phil (also a dedicated Dfly yogi), and we wanted to add a bit of variety to our cardio routine, so we began experimenting with yoga. I loved it, and wanted to pursue it more seriously. I feel very relaxed and much more focused after attending Dfly classes. I spend most of my time studying and reading, and Dfly provides me with the break I need – both for my physical health, but for my mental well being as well. I am always more productive after giving over an hour of my time to yoga!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: April Komplin

I was gifted a 1 month membership for Christmas in 2015 and have been coming ever since. Some of my friends at Fleet Feet convinced me it was a good way to support my running habits.

I had taken 2-3 classes at different studios with my sisters prior to coming to Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie.

I have found that Dfly is warm, inviting and quiet, which is why I especially like the 5:30am classes. All of the teachers are super nice.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Valerie Shea

Friends asked me to join Dragonfly. I had been at a different studio, but DFLY is closer to home. It’s also warm and welcoming, and I am very impressed with the design. Nevertheless, I had found excuses not to practice until Kelly Perna asked if anyone was interested in joining her for the thirty day challenge. I accepted the challenge in late April, and I have not missed a day since.
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