I first started attending Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie in the summer of 2015. For numerous years before beginning my yoga practice, running was my primary form of exercise. Slowly, running began to feel like a forced activity that I stuck with because I “had to”. Never once did I even stretch before or after one of my runs! Eventually, I ran straight into a terrible week of being stuck on the couch due to horrible back pain. My doctor suggested I start yoga which I immediately ignored. Fast forward a year after the back pain, and after many, many years’ worth of suggestions from my lovely mother that I “may enjoy yoga”, I started looking into local studios. A friend suggested that I try Dragonfly after she had taken a few classes. I took my first class (flow with Brenda!) and instantly became obsessed! Now, I too sing the praises of yoga and Dragonfly far and wide!
My incredible friend and neighbor suggested I try yoga in April 2015 after several personal challenges I was dealing with. Without her suggestion, I would have never thought of yoga as a way to de-stress and exercise! Much love and thanks to my friend!
I have been a runner for ages, so yoga really used a lot of new muscles! I had no yoga experience other than DVD (and yes, VHS yoga)!!!!
My first class was with Suki. In one class, she showed me the many layers of yoga. I saw the strength, humility, power and beauty of yoga immediately. I was hooked as the feeling of empowerment, is what I really needed!
I am stronger, mentally and physically and more confident. I am in the best shape of my life! Also, it was and is a wonderful distraction from daily stresses and concerns.
I am a kindergarten teacher at John Muir Elementary School where Tiffany Geier teaches Physical Education. Three years ago my friend and co-worker decided to try something new and that was Dragonfly!
The most impressive part of Dragonfly is, each time I enter the doors I feel welcomed, I feel like I am “home.” I struggle with anxiety each day and Dragonfly is a fantastic outlet for me to take time for myself without concentrating on my worries.
The challenge, the experience, and the instructors are my absolute favorite things about Dragonfly. I feel stronger physically and mentally. I am able to handle my anxiety better when I use practices I have learned at Dragonfly.
I was looking to change gyms to something closer to my apartment and I wanted a fitness studio that provided early morning and late options seven days a week. I hadn’t practiced yoga before, but I thought it would be good for my stiff muscles.
I’d never taken a pure yoga class before coming to Dragonfly. I had done some poses in other fitness classes, but I didn’t know the names of them. The instructors at Dragonfly were welcoming and helped give verbal and hand-on adjustments while I learned the poses (and I’m still learning).
How did you get started at Dfly?
K: I learned about Dfly from a friend who casually mentioned that she thought I might like it. I’m so glad she did!
D: My wife made me go. (K: …just strongly suggested maybe, but I so did not MAKE you go)
What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
K: I owned a pair of yoga pants; that was pretty much the extent of it.
D: None. As a matter of fact, I hadn’t stretched since 1983.
What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
K: I love the physical challenge and the sense of community. I also like the variety of classes available; everything from Power Up (although I’ve never taken the class, it is good to know it is available) to Yin.
D: I enjoy all the benefits of each class but I think I enjoy the overall culture the most. The people combined with the environment create an inspiring place to give my body what it needs.
I injured myself running a marathon and my orthopedic surgeon suggested I try yoga. I’ve always been a cardio driven person, so my friend suggested I try hot yoga and she was going to Dragonfly, so I decided to give it a try! I had only ever done a couple of classes of normal yoga.
I always feel invigorated afterwards, despite how hard the class is! Suki’s Flow classes have been so great for my back and knees, as well as my brain! It’s always amazing how her classes sneak up on me!
I find that I always feel better about myself and the day after I leave class. Going to yoga has really helped me at work and personally. Having the time to decompress at yoga really helped me through my father’s recent death and at work as I went through the tenure process at UW Madison. I feel stronger and healthier all around. I was a competitive swimmer my whole life and throughout college but yoga has really become something I hate to miss and love having it as a part of my daily life!
I started at Dragonfly in January 2015 after trying a hot fitness class the previous summer when traveling on vacation. I talked Cheryl into trying a class with me a few weeks later. Neither one of us had tried yoga previously.
We really enjoy how anyone at any level can enjoy Dragonfly and make the classes as challenging as you want to. We love the heat! While we were both very active before Dragonfly, our overall fitness has improved and keeps on improving! We hate it when we miss class!
I started at Dragonfly in August 2016. My girlfriend and I both have busy schedules and we wanted to find a hobby/activity to do with each other and yoga was our solution. Dragonfly was the best option in the UW-Madison campus area because of its wide class selection, flexibility, and pricing.
I played hockey, golf, and football in high school and periodically did yoga throughout hockey and golf seasons to help with my horribly inflexible hips that hockey does a great job making worse! During the summers in high school I worked in a factory for 40-50 hours a week and I would try to incorporate yoga into my off-season summer workouts every one or 2 weeks to not only add variety to my off-season training, but to assist in recovery from being on my feet all week – whether at work, at practice, or working out. Once I came to UW-Madison I got away from yoga my first three years and mainly did strength and cardio workouts at the SERF or ran around campus. I took the 2016 Spring semester off to do a six-month internship down in Atlanta, GA where I attended two free Saturday yoga classes at a park near downtown, which sort of sparked my interest in yoga again. Starting at Dragonfly was my first time doing hot yoga and it was also my first time having a yoga-focused workout regime opposed to using yoga as a complimentary piece of the puzzle, and I have loved it so far.
I hadn’t danced in 10 years. I had hardly participated in regular exercise in 5 years after becoming a mom. I was asked to perform (dance) in front of thousands of people. About 5 weeks before the performance I thought, hey Carly, you might want to stretch and move your body a bit before you get on stage again. I walked into Dragonfly Hot Yoga 2 years ago and now my day doesn’t seem complete without it.
I tried yoga the first time about a year before I got pregnant with my first baby who is now 6 years old. I had full intentions of practicing throughout my pregnancy but unfortunately I was so sick for the first 8 months. My dry heaving and vomiting schedule was not conducive to a yoga class. It wasn’t pretty – there was no pregnancy “glow” for me!
My first class at Dragonfly was a free pop-up flow in Middleton with the teachers in training. It was a little over 1.5 years ago, and I was 60lbs overweight with very little yoga experience. It was my first HOT yoga class, and although I ended up spending most of the class in child’s pose, I was hooked right away (I blame all those hands on assists–it was like a mini-massage)! I tried the introductory month and became a member as soon as that ended. As someone who hates being hot/sweaty and is a huge fan of air conditioning, I am still shocked at how much I enjoy a heated class–there is just something about the heated room that I find incredibly comforting & healing; even in the summer months!