Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Eden Lafond

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A few of my friends attended classes at another Dragonfly location. I was interested, but didn’t want to drive that far. When I saw advertisements that the Sun Prairie studio was opening, I stopped in and signed up for a membership during the grand opening. For the first few months, I only took the Aroma Yin classes. I slowly added in other classes. The next class I added and stuck with was BarreAmped. I am working on adding more “new to me” classes.

Prior to starting at Dfly, I took some free Lunchtime Yoga classes at the Monona Terrace. The classes were similar to Yin but without the heat. A majority of the classes were in a room facing Lake Monona. This was an encouraging experience and aided in loosening up some of my tight muscles. I also took a community recreation core yoga course, which left me a bit discouraged.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Brian Rawlins

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Eight months ago (Nov 2015), I tried a yoga flow class at Dragonfly. It was a life-altering experience. I began an amazing cleanse of my body, mind and spirit. Ever since, I have regularly attended classes. I enjoy the amazing heated room, the challenging poses, the wonderful music, the positive learning environment and the strength and wisdom of the instructors. I also go to different types of classes such as Barreamped, Yoga Up and Yin.

Yoga has changed me. I feel more balanced, alive and well. It has completely changed my perspective of working out, as it is no longer a chore. I am more aware of sensing a connection of mind to body. I am strengthening more refined musculature, as well as making fuller use of main muscle groups.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Tracy Schlax

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​​I was a long distance runner all through high school and off and on during my 20s. When I tried to pick it up again at the age of 29, my knees were shot. I was struggling with pain, swelling and difficulty doing simple things like crouching down and standing up – and I was only 30! Months of physical therapy did not help and eventually I was told this was just what my physical ability was going to be like from now on. I was upset about gaining weight and feeling betrayed by my body that was so limited at the age of 30. A coworker encouraged me to try the intro month at Dragonfly and I was immediately hooked. More than a year and a half later, I’m more flexible, stronger and guess what – no more knee pain or difficulty doing simple things like turning, crouching or dancing. :) ​
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Michelle Barker

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I started going to Dragonfly Hot Yoga when the new downtown location opened. Since I moved back downtown, Dfly was a convenient location. I immediately realized Dfly was my new yoga studio and started a membership. I have been practicing yoga for about 10 years, but I only started taking classes at a studio 3 years ago. Hot yoga classes were my first classes at a studio, and I knew I was hooked.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Christine Patrick

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Every time I came to Sun Prairie to shop, I kept seeing the “coming soon” sign for Dragonfly Hot Yoga. I kept debating whether or not I wanted to give hot yoga a try. I lived in Fitchburg when the studio there opened. I had friends who consistently went for a while, but I was always hesitant to try because I felt I didn’t have the stereotypical tall and lean “yoga body” and that I wouldn’t be able to get through a class in the heat without making a fool of myself. I decided to take one of the free classes during the opening weekend and instantly signed up for an intro month! I tried as many classes as I could during that month. During this month, I learned that the heat adds a sort of cleansing component to each class, as well as the fact that yoga really is for every body! The intro month turned into a monthly membership- I was hooked!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Barbara Wendelberger

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I had been doing (unheated) yoga on and off for 7 years when I met Dragonfly Owner Megan Kaiser one evening while out for dinner at the Great Dane. We started talking about yoga and Dragonfly, and I proceeded to tell her that I had no interest in doing hot yoga…ever. Fortunately, I took Megan up on her challenge to give hot yoga a chance and decided to take advantage of Dragonfly’s introductory month offer. My first Dragonfly class was incredible, and I have never looked back!

My first ever yoga class fulfilled part of a Physical Education requirement in college, and I continued taking classes semi-regularly throughout college and graduate school. I’ve now been practicing for over 9 years, and I find myself incorporating yoga into my daily routine, whether I have time to get on my mat for a class or only have a few minutes to sit quietly and breathe. The calm and focus that yoga has brought into my life is unparalleled. Linking movement with breath has enabled me to connect with my mind and body in a way that has proven both humbling and empowering. Regardless of how my day has been going, I feel calm and present the moment I lay down on my mat. After class, I feel invincible, ready to conquer whatever life throws at me.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Barb Kachelski

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I had a challenging 2013. One of my sisters passed away after a lingering illness just after my 50th birthday. I went to a hot yoga class with Mary Johnson, who had a life goal of becoming a yoga instructor. (She took Dragonfly’s Teacher Training to become an instructor.) I had taken a handful of “room temperature” yoga classes through a community program, and just one hot yoga class. I was a rookie. I really enjoyed the class, decided to do something purely for me, and went to my first Dragonfly class in January 2014.

From a logic standpoint, it is the best combination of strength, balance and flexibility I have ever participated in. From a satisfaction standpoint, it is fun to find new “personal bests.” I focus on a pose that I hope to learn to do. First it was bird of paradise, and then side crow, then head stand. It’s enjoyable to challenge myself and see growth. Yoga makes me laugh out loud, unleashing my inner child and pride in being able to do something new.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Kelly Noll

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I recently took a 10-day vacation in the North woods with my most-favorite people – my hubby, Nick, baby Wesley, Grandma Karen, and close friends – but, even though the weather was delightful, conversation light-hearted, and the beer cold, something was missing – I was longing for the 95-degree heat of the Dfly studios! Neither kayaking, hiking, nor swimming could replace the feeling of a post-Dfly workout – the kind that leaves you drenched from head to toe.

The fabulously fit Ashley Bruckner brought me to my first Yoga Up class in October 2015, and I’ve been going just about every day since. The variety of classes, the quality instructors, and the convenience of multiple studio locations makes Dfly so easy to commit to. I’ve never felt this good in my life – I have more confidence and agility and endurance – all important traits when you have an 18-month old running your life!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Tami Lanier

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I began at Dragonfly in Sun Prairie in October 2015. My work/life balance was non-existent. The prior six months I had allowed work to consume me and I did not like the person I was. My body was constantly tight and uncomfortable and I had no energy or zest for life – my spirit had dimmed. I promised myself I would join Dfly when it opened in May 2015, yet; I convinced myself that I was just “too busy” to join and the months kept passing until I walked through the door in October.

I had attended approximately ten yoga classes off and on in the prior three years before I walked through Dfly’s doors. I had zero knowledge of correct form, yoga poses or different class options.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Ashley Bruckner

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My sister-in-law convinced me to go to Dragonfly Hot Yoga two winters ago when I realized I could not eat and drink whatever I wanted anymore…the dryer didn’t shrink my jeans.

Except for a P-90X class, (which my husband and I tried one time and decided not to try it again), I did not have any previous yoga experience. I enjoy how each class and instructor challenges me in different ways. And honestly, I enjoy the people! I enjoy talking to and getting to know all of the girls at the front desk, the instructors, and other Dragonfly members. There are a lot of fun and inspiring people in the studios!
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