Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Amber Hollman

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was talking to a friend (and fellow Dfly yogi) about how she had gotten in such awesome shape for her wedding, seeing as I had my own to start getting ready for. She started telling me about Dragonfly’s great classes and how helpful staff and instructors are. It didn’t take long to twist my arm and check it out for myself. I went to my first class and was hooked right away! Within my first month, I ended up going to over 40 classes! I loved trying all the new classes and meeting the instructors. I’ve yet to find a class or instructor I don’t like, so it keeps me coming back for more.
 
What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly? 
Prior to Dfly I had very limited experience with yoga I had tried some home videos and YouTube channels, but nothing serious or consistent. Now I feel so much more confident as a yogi in my poses. I know I couldn’t have gotten here without help from the instructors. When leading a class, they’ll just mention a seemingly small tweak, and it never fails to surprise me the huge difference it can make.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Marybeth Call

How did you get started at Dfly?
My oldest son Jake, who went to Dfly when he went to School at UW Madison, gave me the $40 month trail and yoga mat for my birthday over a year ago.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had no prior experience at all with yoga.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The instructors are amazing! Their dedication, commitment, knowledge, motivation and of course great music choices, this is what keeps me returning for more! I have also met some super nice yogis in all of the classes along the way!

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely, I feel a lot stronger, my body is more toned and it is a great stress reliever.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Joseph Cloute

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started with the $40 trial month and got hooked and started as a member.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I worked yoga into my triathlon training 10 years ago and was going once a week but never really considered myself a yogi, more of a triathlete that needed a good stretch.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I enjoy the variety of classes, and the instructors bring a great sense of community.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Dominic DiMarco

How did you get started at Dfly?
When I first started visiting Dfly I had a membership at another gym/studio in the downtown area and was seeking for some variety in classes and schedules. I started with a punchcard for occasional visits then over time I visited DFly more regularly. Due to superior instructors and facilities DFly has been my primary studio for the last 2 years.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I started practicing yoga about 5 years ago when I moved back from Boulder, Colorado. In Colorado I hiked in the mountains for exercise and a mental reset several days a week. When I moved back the gym I joined offered me a ‘deal’. For an extra few dollars a month I could attend any of their classes, yoga included. The first day I went to the gym, second day went to yoga. Haven’t been back to a traditional gym since.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Stephanie Koteles

How do you get started at Dragonfly?

I found Dragonfly in 2016, when searching for a mindfulness practice in the Madison area. I was hesitant of the heat, but after reading the helpful tips and learning the owner also HATES being hot, I decided to try it. I did not know what to expect with my first visit to a yoga studio, but felt right at home at Dragonfly.

What is/was your yoga/barre amped experience before Dfly?

I had taken a few yoga classes sporadically, but not for many years. I enjoy group exercise classes, and have tried several types of exercise but in my adulthood had not found my niche for a regular exercise practice.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Natalie Nguyen

When I moved to Madison from Los Angeles two years ago, I joined Dragonfly as a way to stay active but since then, it has become a lot more than just a way to stay fit. Although I was a gymnast for 14 years and an NCAA Division I triple jumper, I had little yoga experience before joining. It didn’t take long though to get totally hooked and now I can’t imagine life without it.

With my busy work and travel schedule as a wildlife veterinarian, the variety of classes and times offered at Dragonfly allow me to attend a session no matter my plans. When I return from traveling, getting back into a daily routine can be challenging, but as soon as I step into the studio I’m able to jump back into my active, healthy lifestyle.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Krishna Patel

How did you get started at Dfly?

I moved to Madison in Spring of 2014 and was looking for a way to get moving! I heard great things about Dragonfly from co-workers and decided to give it a try and have been coming ever since (minus a few winter months of hibernation 😊).

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?

I have never done any yoga or barre or really anything fitness related before coming to Dragonfly. Over the past years I’ve realized how important staying active is and my body and mind are definitely the better for it.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Jane Ippolito

How did you get started with Dfly?

Last year, I retired and moved back to Wisconsin after living in Maryland for over 30 years. In Maryland, I belonged to a fitness center where I took a variety of classes including: yoga, dance, stretch and strength building. One of the first things I did after I moved to Madison was to look for fitness classes I could take in the downtown area where I live. Dfly was one of several places I checked out and I took advantage of the Intro Offer that allowed me to take unlimited classes for a month. After a taking only a few classes, I knew that the Dfly community was a great fit for me.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?

Before moving to Madison, my practice included 1-2 regular yoga classes a week at the fitness center. My daughter introduced me to hot yoga several years ago when I visited her in Charlotte. After taking just one class, I loved how great I felt and how it challenged me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any hot yoga classes that fit with my schedule or were close to my Maryland home, so my hot yoga experience was limited to visits with my daughter.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?

One of the first things that I experienced was the warm welcome I get when I enter the studio. I attend classes at all locations and I’m impressed that I am greeted by name when I arrive. The staff are always helpful in answering questions and giving suggestions.

Dfly offers a variety of classes, locations, times and instructors so that my practice always feels fresh and never mundane. Although I am the most senior yogi in the room, I have never felt out of place sharing my practice with yogis forty years younger than me.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?

Since I’ve joined Dfly, I’ve had to deal with some physical challenges that my practice has helped me through. Last year, yoga enabled me to maintain the gains I have made pre and post-surgery. Now, yoga is helping me recover from a knee injury that I’ve been dealing with for months. While there are some positions that I still can’t do, I am making progress every day.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?

My goal is to make it to my mat 4 times a week. I’ve taken a variety of classes including Aroma Yin, Core Flow, Fusion, Power Flow, Slow Flow, BarreAmped, Power Up and Yoga Up. While I’ve enjoyed them all, I usually sign up for the classes that are offered mid-day which best fits with my schedule. While I’ve not taken advantage of the special events offered, it’s good to know there are ways I can always expand my practice.

Joining the Dfly community has been one of the best things I’ve done since moving back to Wisconsin. What a great find!

Instructor Meghan Mehan: “Jane’s dedication to her practice is nothing short of inspiring. She arrives with a smile on her face, and a willingness to embrace whatever it is the practice will bring on any given day. I love that about her. Jane approaches her practice in a way that is persistent and honest, always welcoming a challenge, and continuously showing up to move​, to breathe, and to be in this community. She asks questions, showing the desire to deepen her movement practice and work in a way that is safe and healthy for her body​​. Jane, I am so grateful to have your energy in my classes. Thank you for always being willing, open, and persistent! It is a joy to have you in the room. Congratulations on being yogi of the month!”


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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Allyson Pulvermacher

How did you get started at Dfly?
After leaving my previous studio and not practicing yoga for a while, I decided to get back into yoga and try Dfly because of the variety of classes offered and abundance of different class times that would work with my schedule. I quickly picked up my practice again after falling in love with the classes, the instructors, and the studio itself!

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
As a three-sport athlete in high school, I was always interested in new ways to stay active but had struggled in college to find ways to stay active that I both enjoyed and that fit into my schedule. I had always doubted that I would be the “type” of individual that would enjoy yoga, but I was at wit’s end with trying to find the motivation to go the gym on my own. After spontaneously trying a class with a friend, I fell in love and continued doing yoga for about a year until the following summer, when my studio’s class times became limited and my schedule was less flexible. I had tried staying active by running, hiking, kayaking, etc., but I always felt that it wasn’t the same total mind and body experience that I had in a yoga class. After a few months, I decided to begin my practice again and I have now been doing it ever since!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Chris Plampin

Last December, after a particularly stressful day at work, a coworker (Dragonfly member Peg Harting) encouraged me to join her for yoga at Dragonfly. Exhausted after a twelve hour shift in the emergency room, I was apprehensive about how much I would actually enjoy the class. Within the first fifteen minutes my feelings shifted, and by the end of the class, I felt like I had more energy than when I started! I truly could not wait for the next time I could attend class. I spent December trying as many classes as I could during the introductory month and happily became a member in January.
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