Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Barb Reeves

I lost my daughter to cancer 7 years ago after two years of difficult treatments. I was operating on sheer will and knew I needed something to help me move forward. I happened to read the article on Megan in Madison Magazine and I knew I had to give it a try. I drove to the Middleton location for a class and knew that I had found my outlet – my one time to just think about nothing else but the class. The instructors are incredible and the atmosphere is just what I need to “get away”. I was so happy when the Sun Prairie location opened as it is only 5 minutes from my house. I am still a work in progress but Dragonfly Hot Yoga has made an incredible impact on my well-being and I am very grateful for that.

I have done yoga for a long time but never hot yoga and normally in an athletic club – the studio atmosphere is calming and the heat really helps me to focus.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Staci Northouse

My Dragonfly journey began in the summer of 2015 when a friend of mine said she wanted to try hot yoga. I had taken a yoga class for a semester in college, attended a few yoga classes at my gym and did the yoga portion of the 21 Day Fix but had never tried hot yoga. The class we took was Flow 75 and we did not anticipate just how much we sweat! After class, we looked at the Dragonfly schedule to decide the next class we would go to. I immediately signed up for my intro month and then became a member.

I love the welcoming environment of Dragonfly – from the staff checking you in, to the instructors. The instructors are so positive and encouraging. The sequence of each class is never the same so there is no way you could get bored! The staff at Dragonfly makes a point to know you and is also committed to your practice. If I do slow flow on Tuesday night and see Shawn, she will ask me if she will see me in the morning for boot camp so I better be there! Downtown Studio Manager/Instructor Natalie and I went to college together at UW-Whitewater. We actually lived on the same floor for two
years and I had not seen her in probably 5 years before attending Dragonfly. Natalie is always at the front desk when I attend the 6 am classes DT which I think helps hold me accountable to get there in the morning.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Paul Skaar

I have been seeing a chiropractor for years just to keep everything in place. After one visit I was having some issues with my left hip, either as a result of the adjustment or just some accidents where I had injured myself. The end result was some difficulty in walking for long stretches without stopping for a bit. At that point I finally took the chiropractor’s suggestion to try yoga. I stopped in dropped my trial month fee and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. Before Dragonfly my yoga experience was non-existent. I won’t lie, there were a few times when I started that I thought I might “die” but it hasn’t happened yet so woo hoo!!!

I work in software development so I sit at my desk for most of the day. The biggest benefit for me is the constant movement the classes provide to get out some of the days stiffness or in the Yin class to stretch muscles that we do not necessarily use a lot. It also affords a few hours a week to disconnect from the day to day grind. Not to mention the fact an hour of Flow feels like a good workout at the gym.
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Dowtown Yogi of the Month: Laura Carlson

I was initially drawn to yoga my sophomore year of college. I was going through some pretty severe mental illness as a result of overcommitting and was using yoga as a way to get a workout in with some extra relaxation benefits.

At that point in my life, I had lost sight of my own dreams, goals, and ultimately, abandoned myself and all the things that brought me joy. With continued practiced, I initially fell in love with the physical challenge Yoga posed and got caught up in becoming physically stronger, pushing my body to the limit each class.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Meghan Caulfield

I first started attending Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie in the summer of 2015. For numerous years before beginning my yoga practice, running was my primary form of exercise. Slowly, running began to feel like a forced activity that I stuck with because I “had to”. Never once did I even stretch before or after one of my runs! Eventually, I ran straight into a terrible week of being stuck on the couch due to horrible back pain. My doctor suggested I start yoga which I immediately ignored. Fast forward a year after the back pain, and after many, many years’ worth of suggestions from my lovely mother that I “may enjoy yoga”, I started looking into local studios. A friend suggested that I try Dragonfly after she had taken a few classes. I took my first class (flow with Brenda!) and instantly became obsessed! Now, I too sing the praises of yoga and Dragonfly far and wide!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: LeAnn Heun

My incredible friend and neighbor suggested I try yoga in April 2015 after several personal challenges I was dealing with. Without her suggestion, I would have never thought of yoga as a way to de-stress and exercise! Much love and thanks to my friend!

I have been a runner for ages, so yoga really used a lot of new muscles! I had no yoga experience other than DVD (and yes, VHS yoga)!!!!

My first class was with Suki. In one class, she showed me the many layers of yoga. I saw the strength, humility, power and beauty of yoga immediately. I was hooked as the feeling of empowerment, is what I really needed!

I am stronger, mentally and physically and more confident. I am in the best shape of my life! Also, it was and is a wonderful distraction from daily stresses and concerns.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Sydnee Davis

I am a kindergarten teacher at John Muir Elementary School where Tiffany Geier teaches Physical Education. Three years ago my friend and co-worker decided to try something new and that was Dragonfly!

The most impressive part of Dragonfly is, each time I enter the doors I feel welcomed, I feel like I am “home.” I struggle with anxiety each day and Dragonfly is a fantastic outlet for me to take time for myself without concentrating on my worries.

The challenge, the experience, and the instructors are my absolute favorite things about Dragonfly. I feel stronger physically and mentally. I am able to handle my anxiety better when I use practices I have learned at Dragonfly.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Kathleen Ward

I was looking to change gyms to something closer to my apartment and I wanted a fitness studio that provided early morning and late options seven days a week. I hadn’t practiced yoga before, but I thought it would be good for my stiff muscles.

I’d never taken a pure yoga class before coming to Dragonfly. I had done some poses in other fitness classes, but I didn’t know the names of them. The instructors at Dragonfly were welcoming and helped give verbal and hand-on adjustments while I learned the poses (and I’m still learning).
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Sun Prairie Yogis of the Month: Kim and Don Schwenn

How did you get started at Dfly?
K: I learned about Dfly from a friend who casually mentioned that she thought I might like it. I’m so glad she did!
D: My wife made me go. (K: …just strongly suggested maybe, but I so did not MAKE you go)

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
K: I owned a pair of yoga pants; that was pretty much the extent of it.
D: None. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t stretched since 1983.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
K: I love the physical challenge and the sense of community. I also like the variety of classes available; everything from Power Up (although I’ve never taken the class, it is good to know it is available) to Yin.
D: I enjoy all the benefits of each class but I think I enjoy the overall culture the most. The people combined with the environment create an inspiring place to give my body what it needs.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Laura Baumgard

I injured myself running a marathon and my orthopedic surgeon suggested I try yoga. I’ve always been a cardio driven person, so my friend suggested I try hot yoga and she was going to Dragonfly, so I decided to give it a try! I had only ever done a couple of classes of normal yoga.

I always feel invigorated afterwards, despite how hard the class is! Suki’s Flow classes have been so great for my back and knees, as well as my brain! It’s always amazing how her classes sneak up on me!

I find that I always feel better about myself and the day after I leave class. Going to yoga has really helped me at work and personally. Having the time to decompress at yoga really helped me through my father’s recent death and at work as I went through the tenure process at UW Madison. I feel stronger and healthier all around. I was a competitive swimmer my whole life and throughout college but yoga has really become something I hate to miss and love having it as a part of my daily life!
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