Middleton Yogi of the Month: Amanda Utz

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I had been interested in starting yoga when I stumbled upon and purchased the Dragonfly Groupon shortly after the Middleton studio opened. During the few months after my purchase, I only attended one or two classes. Over the next several months, my job became increasingly demanding of my time. I realized that I needed to find a more effective outlet for my stressful days and an improved work-life balance and mindset. So I made a commitment to go to a yoga class once a week after work. Once a week quickly turned into twice a week and soon, I was almost out of passes. I debated making a commitment to a monthly membership and quickly convinced myself that as long as I went twice a week, it would be worth it.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Cameron Neusen

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I live pretty close to Dragonfly and I had driven past it numerous times. It looked inviting and I wanted to try out yoga, so I took a couple of classes and I was hooked! I did not have any yoga experience before Dragonfly, but I danced for eight years (the dance background really helps me out in the Pound classes).

I love the fact that Dragonfly offers both fitness and yoga classes. The teachers have so much positive energy and I can always count on Dragonfly to put me in a better mood. Dragonfly classes have really helped me manage anxiety and stress. My body feels a lot more toned and fit since I’ve started at Dragonfly. I’m also a runner and I’ve seen improvement in my running. Power Up or Yoga Up classes are perfect for cross training and the Flow classes feel great after a long run.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Dan Marshall

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In the summer of 2013, I had bilateral knee replacement surgery. After rehab and working out on my own for a few months I felt that I had plateaued and was looking for an alternative form of exercise. My daughter had taken hot yoga classes and had really enjoyed it. Dfly member, Mike Rutlin, told me about Dfly and I came to my first class as his guest.

Having no experience with yoga, I wasn’t sure what to expect but I signed up for the trial month. I was immediately impressed by the friendliness of the staff! The instructors have been amazing with their assists, answering questions, and encouraging me when I get frustrated.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Sarah Parpart

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I got started at Dragonfly through the introductory one month unlimited pass. I had been looking for a new regimen in my life that would help with stress, strength, and weight and had been interested in trying yoga. In researching studios, Dragonfly seemed to offer everything I was looking for and more, with hot yoga and a great atmosphere. I wanted to do the unlimited offer so that I could try a variety of different classes and find my niche.

I had very limited experience with yoga prior to Dragonfly. I had tried a two or three classes that had been offered on-site through my employers, and those were more “one size fits all” prepackaged classes to accommodate the varying skill levels on-site.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Lori Platz

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I was very excited to learn that a new yoga studio was opening up on Junction Road in Middleton during the summer of 2012. My office is nearby so this location would be convenient for me right after work, plus I was intrigued by what hot yoga was all about; so as soon as the doors opened I was signing up for classes. With very little yoga experience, I was apprehensive, but curious to see how my body would respond to exercising in a hot environment. My goal was to focus on improving flexibility and balance so yoga seemed to be the perfect fit. I tried it, loved it, and still love it!

As more of an aerobic junkie, slowing down to do yoga was challenging. I’ve always been an active person, participating in sports and exercise classes at various gyms. In the 80’s it was aerobic classes that energized me, even to the level of becoming a certified instructor. I feel committed to keeping my body in good physical condition and enjoy exercising but have always struggled with finding the right balance. Hot yoga was something new to try and I had heard how powerful it could be for both your mind and body. Within a few classes, I began to feel a part of the Dragonfly community, meeting wonderful people, enjoying a beautiful facility and feeling at ease with learning something new. I was looking for the right combination of strength and mobility, and found it here at Dragonfly.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Barb Kampmeier

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I started DFLY over 2 years ago. My first hot flow class was intense as I had been practicing in a normal temperature studio for 9 years. It felt great to sweat out all the impurities and also get deeper into poses with the 95 degree room.

What I love about DFLY classes are the variety of cardio, strength and flexibility opportunities offered. Katie, Mairin and Kaila have relentless enthusiasm to push us through BarreAmped Cardio Boot Camp. Nichole and Tami’s energy get us to rev up our heart rate in Power Up.

Carrie and Tiffany provide fun sweet humor to teach the very hard Core Flow and Yoga Up classes. My reward and favorite classes are Will and Michelle’s light hearted and welcoming Flow class. At the end of a hard work day it’s nice to do yoga to stretch and unwind in the heated room.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Shanna Erickson

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I started at Dragonfly a few years ago with the Fire classes. I really enjoy the heat. Although I loved the classes, I wasn’t able to make them part of a regular routine, that is, until this past June. I was able to take a 6:30am Yoga Up class with Kim. She is fabulous and I loved the class. Unfortunately, my schedule only allowed for really early morning classes, so I started taking Flow at 5:30am. I fell in LOVE with this class, the teachers/staff and fellow students.

Prior to becoming a Dragonfly member, I started with hot yoga back in 2008, taking the occasional Bikram/Fire class.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Casey Collins

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In late 2008, after many chronic health issues, I was diagnosed with late-stage chronic neurological Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness that causes severe fatigue, joint inflammation, mood issues and a myriad of other symptoms. The illness caused me to lose my career, my health, financial stability, and the “normalcy of life” that I – and many of us – take for granted. At some points during the illness, basic activities like walking were difficult, and the pain was quite intolerable.

Fortunately for me, after 2.5 years of aggressive antibiotic therapy, I began on a path to recovery. As would be expected, my system was completely toxic from both disease and the medications over the prior seven years. While not a Dfly member at the time, after the incredibly debilitating illness, I began taking hot yoga classes as a means of improving my mentation, managing stress, rebuilding my body and detoxifying my body. While it was very difficult at first, I started to make good progress in my practice. Two years later I feel that I am in a much better place physically.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jonathan Krogman

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I spent my childhood and adult life competing in sports and training in preparation for those sports. I was always one dimensional with my approach. Weight training. That worked when I was younger, but as I tacked on the years it began to take its toll. The sports and training related injuries began piling up. I was quickly learning the hard way what happens to a body as it ages.

I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel with regards to my active lifestyle, however; I had to discover an alternative approach as my old approach of weight training was only making things worse. I came across some articles extolling the virtues of yoga, specifically hot yoga. It seemed like it could be my fountain of youth.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Tammy Wenzel

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I was introduced to Dragonfly Hot Yoga through a friend and the free trial pass. On occasion, I would do a Yoga DVD, but did not have a consistent practice or any studio experience.

After a stressful day of constantly putting out fires, it is nice to have time where the only person I need to focus on is ME! It’s relaxing, but hard work.

I’m still a Type-A personality, but I can manage stress and frustration so much better since I’ve started a consistent, regular practice. I have less back pain and my mind is clear. Having a regular yoga practice has allowed me to unplug and turn off all the white noise from a crazy day at the office. It’s amazing what one little hour can do!
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