Middleton Yogi of the Month: Marti Lindstrom

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My best friend, Carol, started going to Dfly and I tagged along. I was interested in doing yoga, but needed someone to nudge me there. After the first class, I was hooked.

I was first exposed to yoga as a kid. My mom did yoga way back when and practiced daily at home. I remember reading her book of yoga poses and practicing tree pose a lot (which is still my favorite pose). In the few (or more) decades since, I have taken a few classes, but nothing that great or consistent.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Jami Klaogs

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My experience at Dragonfly began in December of 2014 when my older sister, Jodi, took me to my first class. We attended Power Up and I really enjoyed the workout and the overall experience of Dragonfly. For Christmas, she surprised me with my one month of unlimited yoga, where I was able to experience a variety of classes. I decided to become a member after that one month so that I could continue to enjoy classes on a frequent basis.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kaitie Smith

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My mom had been practicing yoga in my home town for about 12 years and had insisted since she started that I would “love it”. I resisted for about 10 years, with the misconception that yoga was only for “old ladies” who could no longer run or bike. About 1 year ago, I finally let her drag me to a yoga session and it only took about 20 minutes and I was hooked. Not only that, my body received it’s most complete workout in years!

When looking for yoga studios in Madison, Dragonfly caught my eye. I loved the number of classes, the childcare, and just the spectrum of options that it provided. I did the Groupon and within the first week, knew that I was here to stay.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Gary Hartung

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I was taking classes at another west side health club and heard that Dragonfly was opening up. A sister and a co-worker were going to Dragonfly and recommended that I give it try. At the time, I was looking for a yoga studio that offered a fun atmosphere, more types of classes and class times that met my needs. The place that I was going didn’t have many options in the evenings and weekends.

Once I started going, I was surprised to see some familiar faces in the classes. I was really excited when I saw Carrie Johnson was an instructor. I started going to Carrie’s classes in 2005. She’s one of the individuals that really helped me recover after an injury which has prevented me from ever running again among other activities. Another familiar face was Suki, who I had taken classes from in the past too. The instructor’s teaching approach makes it FUN to come to classes. They are very helpful and make sure that you’re doing the poses correctly, and they explain the poses and take the time to understand any limitations that you have. Also, they take the time to learn the names of the students.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Tricia Bartley

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After having my son, I was seriously out of shape! I knew I had to get back into some sort of exercise program, but I wasn’t quite sure where to start. A friend of mine offered to take me to the free first class at Dragonfly to try it out. I was very tentative about yoga and very very nervous about the heat! The only other yoga experience I had was doing a video in my basement. I was pretty sure it would not be much of a workout and would be slow and boring. So I went and survived the heat, barely. I kept coming back and realized that yes, yoga is a workout! I signed up for the $40 intro month and tried almost all of the classes. It was very challenging, but after that first month I was getting stronger and learning how to do new things.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Holly Ringen

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Yoga has been calling me since I was a child, but it took me a long time to pay attention.
I remember getting up early to watch Lilia’s Yoga and You on public television. I don’t think I ever followed along, I just marveled. It wasn’t something I would attempt on my own, and when the voice in my head would whisper “yoga” to my older self, I ignored it because classes seemed like a luxury. I did not treat myself to that indulgence.

While I was recovering from surgery and chemotherapy in late 2014, I was fatigued, anxious, sleepless, physiologically out-of-balance, and unable to participate in my go-to activities (mostly volleyball and biking). I caved in and afforded myself this “luxury…” I quickly learned attending yoga classes was no extravagance for me but an essential, healthful practice.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Jennie Clement

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I was looking for a new studio to experience hot yoga and talked with some friends who had been enjoying classes at Dragonfly. They assured me I would love it! I stopped by Dragonfly in Fitchburg to see what the studio had to offer in terms of classes and scheduling. After talking through the information on the booklet, the gentleman helping me suggested I try the $40.00 introduction offer. He encouraged me to try a variety of classes, teachers, and locations to see what worked for me. GREAT ADVICE! I fell in love with Dragonfly. Prior to Dragonfly I took yoga classes at my health club for several years. I also tried hot yoga at a studio that was near my home and when the studio closed my love of hot yoga led me to Dragonfly.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Alexis Balgeman

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When I first moved to Madison after college to start my job, I was looking for someplace to workout daily. I debated joining a gym, but always found myself becoming bored with the routine thirty to forty-five minutes of cardio and weight lifting. I wanted something with variety and something that could challenge me. After some research, I found Dragonfly and their introductory month for new students. Once I began, I didn’t want to stop.
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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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