Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Amy Amessoudji

Q: How did you get started at DFly?
A: I started a year ago at DFly when I saw you in my neighborhood and attended sporadically, primarily Yin classes. I had not done any exercise for years and needed that time to meditate and activate my muscles again.

Q: What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before DFly?
A: I have practiced yoga throughout my adult life with many interruptions in practice. I had never taken hot yoga classes or BarreAmped classes before, and was very intimidated by the idea (I googled what to wear and how to survive hot yoga classes when I first signed up!)! After a lot of research, I summoned the courage to jump into a Flow class.

Q: What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
A: I enjoy feeling healthy and energetic again thanks to Dfly classes. I am stronger and more peaceful – I combine classes and have enjoyed shopping in my closet for clothes that haven’t fit me in years!

Q: Have you experienced any changed in your total well-being since taking classes?
A: I have been healthier and much more focused since I started doing the 30-day challenges.

Q: How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
A: I love so many of the classes. I especially love to combine BarreAmped with Yoga Up and follow with a Flow or Yin.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A: In January, I signed up to go on a trip to Rwanda with my church but I was worried that I was too weak and unhealthy to do well in Africa, so I turned to Dragonfly for help. I started going to daily classes and then found out that there were 30-day challenges. It ended up really helping me form the habit of daily exercise. I was surprised that the simple act of putting a magnet up on the board would be so helpful to motivate me! When I completed the first challenge, I felt that I was still on my way to becoming healthy, so I started another one, and then a third 30-day challenge brought me straight up to the day I left for Rwanda. I was feeling healthy, strong, focused – and happy! I am so grateful to the encouraging teachers and the balance of strengthening, flexibility and mediation that is offered. That was really key for me!

Instructor Bekah Gant: “Amy exudes joyful energy not only as she practices, but in the spaces surrounding her practice. She shows up with a smile and a can-do attitude that is truly inspiring! Amy is the embodiment of the Dragonfly spirit. Congratulations, Amy!”

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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Kyle Wilson

I began taking classes in January 2017. I was working out at the gym a lot and I wanted a complement to that routine. I thought yoga was a good choice because it would help me improve my balance, static strength, and flexibility.

My first experience with yoga was a class in college. More recently I watched the YouTube channel “Yoga with Adriene” and did yoga at home before joining Dragonfly. I enjoy the feeling of relaxation after class even though I had just finished a hard workout. I also find relief from anxiety/stress at class and enjoy the mental aspect.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Amy Broadbridge

I have been doing yoga since I was in college, but it wasn’t until 2006 that I was introduced to hot yoga. We were living in Montana at the time, and there was a Bikram studio. After the first class, I was hooked. Not long after, I even did the Bikram Yoga 60 day challenge, 6 days a week for 10 weeks. Never in my life have I felt better than after those 10 weeks.

It turns out that I discovered hot yoga just in time, too. Beginning in the summer of 2006, and for the next six years, my body tackled two pregnancies, 9 surgeries, and breast cancer, including surgery, chemo, and radiation. I was so frustrated by all the hard work I would put in to get my body healthy again, only to be set back to square one with the healing process all over again. Hot yoga became my home base, my promise that things would get better. My body ached to get back to yoga as soon as it was allowed. As soon as I was back on my mat, I knew everything was going to be ok. After chemo took my hair, I couldn’t even wait for it to grow back before I was back in the studio, sweating with a bald head…probably the only time I have enjoyed being bald! I found a community of people in yoga, a healing environment, and a safe landing place after trauma.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: John Clancy

Q: How did you get started at Dfly?
A: I started at Dragonfly by taking Autumn’s $5 drop in flow on Saturdays.

Q: What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
A: I started yoga about 10 years ago after I double tore my Achilles, had a bunch of surgeries, and was feeling like an eighty year old. I immediately loved the effects of yoga on my body (regained my strength and flexibility).
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Dan Griffiths

How did you get started at Dfly?:
A friend recommended Dragonfly Hot Yoga to me.

What is/was your yoga/barre amped experience before Dfly?:
I started yoga over 15 years ago as physical therapy after an auto accident. Quickly realizing it is a mind and body experience that recharges me.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?:
I enjoy the variety of classes. Having a strong Type A personality, Dragonfly Hot Yoga affords me a challenging practice and the humility to not master everything.

What are your favorite classes at Dfly? How often do you attend classes?:
Attending Yoga Up, Core Flow and Flow lets me fully engage in the experience. This seems to refresh my mind and body.
I practice yoga, cycle or some form of workout six or seven days a week, part of my Type A personality.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?:
My words of wisdom are…embrace your eccentric side, just be the you that you want to be.

Instructor Nichole V: “I enjoy having Dan in class. He is always willing to try new things. His strength and patience are seen on his mat. Dan is very dedicated to his practice. Congrats Dan!”

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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Robert Olsen

I started at Dragonfly in 2013 as part of recovering from a serious back injury. I had done some yoga in the past, somewhat sporadically, and knew it could be a key part of recovery. For some time I was limited, and stayed mostly with Yin classes, which I still do and enjoy. Eventually I was able to do more physically challenging classes, and increase the frequency. I had come to believe that if a person could have a daily practice, it would produce dramatic changes.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Haley Adams

I started coming to Dragonfly in November of 2016 and I’ve been a monthly member ever since! Fitchburg is my home base, but I’ll occasionally head to Middleton for classes.

I started doing hot yoga when I lived in Boston and joined a studio there in 2014. As a long-time dancer, I craved the flexibility work and enjoyed the athletic challenge. I had put a lot of strain on my body during years of long distance running, and yoga felt like I was treating my body well for the first time in a long time. It wasn’t until I moved and had a lag in my practice that I realized how much the mental challenge and inner peace had changed my way of thinking. Good for the body AND soul! As I’ve moved across the country various places, I’ve always found a studio first, because I consider it a basic need in my life. I travel frequently and always bring my mat in my luggage to create my own “studio” when I need it!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Samantha Dziak

I got started at Dragonfly because it was the studio my favorite instructor in Milwaukee recommended. I went to my first free class at Dragonfly and loved it. After that class I knew this was the studio I wanted to be a part of. I love the instructors, the space, and the energy at Dragonfly.

I had a little bit of yoga experience before joining Dragonfly. I had done yoga here and there over the past couple of years but this past summer I started going at least 3 times a week. I started going to yoga to release stress and keep myself sane in this crazy world.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Maxine Cimperman

I got started at Dragonfly about a year and a half ago. I honestly picked this studio as my gym because it is close to home and very reasonably priced for a studio offering hot yoga and barre. These may have been the reasons that brought me in the door but I’ve stayed for far better reasons.
Before coming to Dragonfly I had taken yoga classes on and off for the past ten years, not ever consistently belonging to one studio. Prior to Dfly I did not practice yoga for more than a few months and normally only took classes one or two times per week. I had tried a few barre classes in my past as well but ultimately never committed due to the high cost of classes.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Miranda Eldien

In June, I started a new position right down the street at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and was looking for a studio close by. I had done yoga in the past and heard awesome things about Dragonfly, so I thought I would try it out. I am still here today, so I think my curiosity stuck. Back in high school, I did a month trial with my aunt at her favorite studio in Milwaukee. I mainly practiced Bikram style or the Fire classes at Dfly. I liked going into each class knowing the sequence because the repetition allowed for discernible improvements. When I came to Dfly, I wanted to try something new. I had never heard of Barreamped before, so it was a new style of workout I wanted to try. But, I feel in love with the vinyasa style classes. Each day was something exciting, but had familiar poses, so you can still feel the improvements class to class.
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