Sun Prairie Yogis of the Month: Dan & Kay Gilbert

We moved from Wauwatosa to Sun Prairie in February of 2016. While building our home here, I lived in Kiel for 5 months, where I was told about a yoga class offered in the basement of a church. By the way, it was about 60 degrees down there. We had 4 electric heaters running to help warm it up. This was my introduction to yoga. I immediately enjoyed the class and looked forward to going.

About a year after settling into Sun Prairie, I was in search of a place I would feel “at home” while fitting fitness into my new life. I toured every health club in the area before trying Dfly. I was very hesitant to do HOT yoga. I didn’t quite understand why you would want to work out in 95+ degrees. I also was well aware I do not excel at pushing myself to workout, so I needed structured classes. I took full advantage of my free trial week, attending as many classes as possible to meet the teachers and get a good feel as to whether I wanted to join. The answer was obvious – DEFINITELY YES! My timing was perfect. Yoga 101 and 102 were offered within a week of my first class, so I took them both and learned some of the terminology and poses. I highly recommend these to everyone – new and seasoned yogis.
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Middleton Yogis of the Month: Brian & Jill Glenzinski

(Jill) It was four years ago with a Groupon for a 5-pack of BarreAmped classes that a friend suggested, “Let’s just check it out”. I didn’t even own a yoga mat, and I was going to see how things go, not ready to commit to anything. Well, I really liked the BarreAmped classes but was not so sure about yoga – I didn’t see myself as someone who did yoga. So, I started with some Aroma Yin classes and then into the Flow classes. I was motivated by the 99 Days of Summer Challenge and the Turkey Claus challenge, I even did Free to Breathe with friends one summer. Overall, I’d say it’s gone pretty well for just checking things out. (Brian) After hearing how much Jill enjoyed it I bought a 10 pack of classes and was soon hooked.
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Fitchburg Yogis of the Month: Taylor and Matt Demars

Taylor started attending Dragonfly classes shortly after moving to Madison from Minneapolis in the fall of 2014. She was looking to continue her positive experience with yoga, and, after her trial month, decided to become a member. After months of asking Matt to join her, he agreed. Matt, much to his surprise, didn’t die in his first class, so he decided to begin his trial month, too. At its conclusion, he became a monthly member as well.

Taylor started attending yoga and fitness classes while attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota in 2012. She was a member of a local studio until moving to Madison. Matt’s prior experience was joining Taylor in a class (literally one class) where he honestly thought he was going to pass out.
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Downtown Yogis of the Month: Kara Murphy & Jeremy Dejno

How did you get started at Dfly?
We wanted to take our haphazard yoga practice, which we were doing at home, following the video instructions of The Ultimate Yogi, and upgrade—to see how we would fare in hot yoga. Flow on Monday at 6pm downtown was the first class that we attended at Dfly, and it was the one that got us hooked for good. Katie Monk was the teacher at the time, and we fell in love with the perfect balance of emphasizing mindfulness and the pushing of physical limits that Dfly taught. Since then we have come to love all the teachers at Dfly. Each teacher’s unique style satisfies our practice in different ways, and it is refreshing to get different personalities on different days. A few Brady ‘freedom breaths’ on Tuesday Power Flow usually gets us primed for the week; while a contortionist’s twist guided by Anna during a weekend Flow uncovers the gateway to tear down the body’s perceived limitations with a little mental resilience. :)
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Karen Ball

It was about two years ago when I vividly remember saying, “I’m struggling, I can feel it.” I have a history of depression and I could feel myself slipping. I remember giving myself a choice, go back to yoga or go back to therapy. I had a good friend courageously join me for the introductory month at Dragonfly. I’ve been a member ever since.

I have always had a love of yoga within me. Unfortunately, as a parent of two small children yoga was sacrificed. I hadn’t been to a yoga class for years when I joined DFLY. From the first class I attended it became very clear, it didn’t matter if this was my first class or my 1,000th class, I had a place here.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Rob Ringeisen

There was not much yoga in my life before Dragonfly. I had tried P90x and thought the yoga section was hard! A friend had lost weight and solved his nagging back problems through hot yoga. I was intrigued so I started with a 5:30 AM Flow class with Suki.

I love the whole class experience. I find it significantly more motivating and satisfying than my prior training. I find Flow and Yin classes very calming. Taking a variety of yoga classes overall has significantly increased my flexibility and reduced my shoulder/back pain. I attend 4-5 classes per week. Yoga Up is my current favorite class.
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Fitchburg Yogis of the Month: Tammy Holtan Arnol & Denise Quinn

Tammy started in the fall of 2015, attending Sunday Slow Flow, Monday Core Flow and Tuesday Yoga Up, on the recommendation of her husband. Soon after she started, she invited Denise to join her at Shawn Smith’s Yoga Up, because she knows how Denise enjoys an athletic challenge. Denise took a few months to mull it over, terrified by Tammy’s challenging description and her affectionate nick name for it, MoFoYo. Denise gave it a try in February of 2016 and was instantly hooked. Shawn always says, “The class doesn’t get easier, you just get better,” and we couldn’t agree more.

We didn’t have yoga practices before taking classes at Dragonfly. Like a lot of people, we’d taken a yoga class here and there (but never hot yoga), and had done some at-home yoga videos. So, we knew what a down dog was, but not much more than that!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Phil Hausmann

How did you get started at Dfly?
Yoga was recommended to me by my physical therapist after sustaining a sports injury in 2014, as an alternative to going under the knife.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
Limited at best
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Laura Edge

I had abandoned a regular vinyasa yoga practice about ten years prior to becoming a member at Dragonfly but always missed having yoga in my fitness routine. It was due mostly to not having a convenient place to practice that offered classes when my schedule allowed. I had never tried hot yoga before Dragonfly. I was curious and honestly a little nervous (I’m a sweater!) but after my first visit I instantly understood the hype. Now I find it challenging to work out or practice yoga without the heat!!

I absolutely love the variety and large schedule of classes that Dragonfly offers. There is something for everyone. The instructors are fabulous and the community is what keeps me coming back. It is a safe and supportive environment to take care of yourself: mind, body and spirit. It’s truly my home away from home.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Rebecca Schulenburg

Before I started at Dragonfly, I was out of town visiting a friend who had recently gotten into hot yoga. Although I was a bit skeptical, as I tend to enjoy cardio exercise, I agreed to go to one of her classes with her. I was amazed that I loved every minute of the class, and I couldn’t believe how great I felt after it was done. I knew then that I wanted to join a hot yoga studio once I got home. After debating a few months on where to go or if I should sign up, I finally decided to try out Dragonfly. Some may think I’m crazy, but the first class I signed up for was Power Up. I knew I would enjoy hot yoga, so I wanted to use the first class pass to try something different. From the moment the class started, I knew I was hooked. I signed up for the intro month that night, and I have loved every minute since. When it comes to exercise, I have always been more of a cardio junkie. Running has always been something that I have enjoyed, and in college Zumba was my cardio/exercise outlet. Because of my love for cardio, yoga was never something that I had considered trying until my friend had me go to a class with her.
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