In April of this year, a couple months after my dad passed, I knew I needed something to keep me physically healthy and keep my mind healthy as well. I knew yoga was the way to go because I had tried it in the past and knew how good it was for BOTH mind and body. So, I started at Dragonfly because I knew Dfly had the Barre classes as well and was dying to try one. That Barre class led to a few Fire classes, Flow, Fit and MadPower; before I knew it I was hooked!
Prior to Dragonfly I had done a few hot yoga classes in 2011 to de-stress leading up to my wedding and I had a few yoga DVDs at home that I did in my living room every once in a while. I enjoy everything about the classes. The staff always greets me with a smile and by name; the instructors are SO helpful and easy to approach not to mention motivating. And I love the variety! I see such a difference in my strength, muscle tone, etc.!
Six months after moving to Madison, I started looking around for a yoga studio or gym to join – my desk job was turning me into a couch potato! I got Groupons for two different studios and tried both, since I was a bit intimidated by the heat at first. The community and teachers at Dragonfly won me over, and of course now I love the heat! I also appreciated that the studio met me at my level – whatever it happened to be that day.
Prior to starting at Dragonfly, I had been doing yoga on and off for at least five years. Dragonfly has been my first consistent practice. I really enjoy the variety of classes and teachers on the schedule. Some days I feel like a really upbeat fitness class, other days I feel like focusing inward and taking a Slow Flow or a Yin style class. I can do all of this at Dragonfly. I was so excited when they opened the mild studio as well, especially with all the new class types they’ve added. I always sleep better after taking Fire, and I tend to have less back pain from sitting all day when I’m doing yoga.
One New Member Will Win 6 months of Free yoga This Month!
It’s Winter! The chill is in the air, snow is on the ground, and Dragonfly is HOT! Need another reason to stick with us during these cold months ahead? Anyone who signs up for a membership this month gets entered into a drawing for 6 months of FREE unlimited classes! Join Dragonfly as a member for less than the cost of your daily cup of coffee! If you come to 2 or more classes per week, membership is the best way to take advantage of our clean studio, variety of classes & instructors, and friendly community of awesome yogis!
Hi Team Dragonfly!
I don’t get a chance often enough to write on this blog, but I’ve been feeling very grateful and inspired lately and wanted to make sure to take some time to send you all a note.
For the past two and a half years, Dragonfly has developed into one very special community. We — our staff, instructors, clients, even vendors — are a team. No part of the team can exist without all of the others, and no one person is more important than any other. For this, I am extremely proud.
I was looking for a gentler workout, my step daughter suggested Hot Yoga and Dragonfly.
I had no experience with Yoga and was a bit intimidated by it. I felt I wasn’t flexible enough. I really couldn’t touch my toes when I began! I was hooked after my first class. The heat is also very comforting to me.
I loved the atmosphere at Dragonfly immediately. As an Interior Designer I love the way it looks. (Important to me.) The staff is open, warm and friendly. I like the diversity in the age of the members, the many class choices and the great instructors.
Prior to Dragonfly I had only taken one yoga class; I’ve always been interested in yoga but never really got around to actually joining a studio. One day I just decided to finally go for it and after looking around at local studios I found that I liked what Dragonfly stood for the best. I have never been very coordinated, so I liked that it was a studio for all levels.
I like how friendly everyone is and how all of the instructors add elements of their own style into the classes and the variety of classes offered.
Last spring my daughter, Riley, was taking Dragonfly classes and encouraged me to come and try one out as her guest. So I did. I was looking for different workouts from the biking, running and basketball that I do, and as my daughters have 'left the nest', I try to take advantage of any opportunities to spend time with them. Even new things! One MadPower class pretty much had me hooked and I have been doing 4-5 classes per week ever since. Most of my focus has been in the Power and Fit classes (it would be hard to pick a favorite!) and I am now starting to explore some of the other classes.
I did not have prior yoga experience before Dragonfly and am learning how beneficial these classes can be. I think for me personally, getting older and doing the same sports for years, Dragonfly classes have helped to awaken less utilized muscles, build a stronger core, and overall improve my balance, all with very low impact activity. Even the same classes during the week will be different enough and push something else for me.
I was looking for something I could commit to because the gym just wasn't motivating me to stay active. I was unsure at first because I hate being hot. Boy, am I glad I did not listen to myself. What I enjoy most about the classes are the teachers. Everyone has their own personality and energy that they bring to class and no class is the same.
My mood throughout the work day has changed drastically. Most days, I would have a lot of tension and frustration when dealing with many different types of people. Now I can relax and not let things bother me. I also smile more!
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5k Walk
Saturday, October 5th 9:30am (Registration at 8:30am)
Vilas Park • 702 S Randall Ave, Madison
Let’s Unite and Fight Breast Cancer!
How you can help:
Donate to Team Dragonfly – we are over half way to our goal of $5000!
Join Team Dragonfly Oct. 5 for the 5K Walk
I give credit to my dear friend and yoga sister, Sonia Sieben, for launching my Dragonfly addiction. For a couple of months, she tried to get me to join her for a class. At the time, I had been running quite a bit and consequently feeling pain in my knees. I thought that yoga and heat might offer some relief. I really had NO idea that in just a few short days I would be hooked!
I didn’t have any personal yoga experience before last July. It seemed like every person I knew who was going to yoga, had already been practicing for years! I assumed because I’d NEVER done any yoga, that I’d missed my window of opportunity! I was intimidated; but the staff was incredibly friendly and encouraging. They made me feel so welcome, and I quickly found my own personal stride at Dragonfly.