Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jonathan Krogman

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I spent my childhood and adult life competing in sports and training in preparation for those sports. I was always one dimensional with my approach. Weight training. That worked when I was younger, but as I tacked on the years it began to take its toll. The sports and training related injuries began piling up. I was quickly learning the hard way what happens to a body as it ages.

I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel with regards to my active lifestyle, however; I had to discover an alternative approach as my old approach of weight training was only making things worse. I came across some articles extolling the virtues of yoga, specifically hot yoga. It seemed like it could be my fountain of youth.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Tammy Wenzel

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I was introduced to Dragonfly Hot Yoga through a friend and the free trial pass. On occasion, I would do a Yoga DVD, but did not have a consistent practice or any studio experience.

After a stressful day of constantly putting out fires, it is nice to have time where the only person I need to focus on is ME! It’s relaxing, but hard work.

I’m still a Type-A personality, but I can manage stress and frustration so much better since I’ve started a consistent, regular practice. I have less back pain and my mind is clear. Having a regular yoga practice has allowed me to unplug and turn off all the white noise from a crazy day at the office. It’s amazing what one little hour can do!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Tami Raitt

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The fall of 2013 was rough- I experienced some personal and professional challenges that allowed me the opportunity to explore different ways to manage my stress, anxiety and weight more effectively. I knew something had to give and a friend recommended I give Dragonfly a shot. I purchased the Groupon and started on November 1st. Within 3 classes, I had signed up for the monthly membership and I have never looked back!

I had practiced yoga on and off, loved it but never found the environment that spoke to me, and allowed me to feel a sense of belonging. When I walked into Dragonfly, the warm, inviting environment was evident from the start. After a tough day at work, going to Dfly–I truly feel welcomed and that the staff is happy to see me there. I do not feel like just another name or body coming into a workout class. I feel that each of the instructors can see the strength and passion in each person and truly welcomes them to every class they attend.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Lynn Lanning

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Six years ago after my daughter Sarah Sky was born, I joined a local gym. I was actively involved in taking the Group Classes offered at this gym – Body Combat, Body Sculpt, and Body Pump to name a few. A good friend of mine encouraged me to try the new Hot Yoga that our gym was now offering. One of the first classes I tried was Fire. Needless to say, I was hooked! I will admit, I struggled at first but simply loved all that this class had to offer and especially how it made me feel for days afterwards. I began talking about “Fire” to everyone I knew and came across a client of mine that loved Fire as well. She encouraged me to come with her to Dragonfly. The minute I walked into the studio, I was greeted by the warmest smiles, truly the friendliest professionals I had encountered in a long time. When I walked into the Middleton Studio, the heat was incredible – I loved it!!!!! It was a true 105 degrees, no panels and no space heaters. This was the real deal. I came back to practice at Dfly the very next day and this time I heard, “Hey Lynn, welcome back!” I instantly felt right at home.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Mandy Hyde

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I started Dragonfly a few years ago when I first moved to Madison and was looking for somewhere to practice. I was thrilled when I found out there was a studio less than a mile from my house! Before Dragonfly, I had been to a few yoga classes here and there, but had never found a place that I loved. The first class I signed up for was a 90 minute Fire class, and I remember how nervous I was – especially since I had never done hot yoga before. The instant I walked in, the staff eased my nerves. Everyone was so welcoming and they made me want to keep coming back! I’ve been hooked ever since.

I love the warm and inviting atmosphere Dragonfly offers. Despite having two locations with classes running all day, Dragonfly feels like a small community. From the wonderful front desk staff who greet you by name, to the instructors who stay late to help you work on a pose or answer a question. Everyone feels valued and part of the Dragonfly family.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Krystal Tester

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I was always curious about yoga and finally decided to give it a try. The Fitchburg studio is only a few minutes away from my home so I bought a Groupon for a month membership. After the first two classes, I was hooked. I loved it!

I love the whole Dragonfly community as everyone is so friendly. The yoga instructors and staff know your name. I have belonged to many health clubs/fitness centers where the staff did not know who you were.

The instructors are always willing to help you perfect your pose or technique. I also like that Dragonfly is a place for any level of yogi.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Amanda Hoppe

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When I moved back to Madison at the end of November 2013 to return to school, I literally had left everything behind: my career, my family, my friends, my house etc. There were many days when I would wake up thinking “What am I doing?” Having practiced yoga for almost eight years, I knew that I needed to find a place to practice and I would feel a bit like myself again.

I originally chose Dragonfly because of the old taboo – I had a Groupon! I was convinced that I would not enjoy it, since in all my years of practicing, I had never been a fan of hot yoga. I remember one week into my trial membership, I took Joe’s Flow 75 on Saturday morning, and as soon as Avicii came on in the playlist, I knew that I was hooked. That was the beginning, and what ultimately evolved to 16 classes a week!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jean Upton

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I got my start at Dragonfly last spring when I was experiencing thyroid problems and somewhat sleepless nights. My daughter suggested I give hot yoga a try. I had previously taken a yoga class at my former workplace, but it was hard for me to follow along, as I am a lip reader and have been deaf since birth. I gave yoga another shot at a different studio after winning a gift certificate and started to enjoy the practice more, but they did not have very many classes every day for the expense.

Looking for a studio closer to my neighborhood, one free class and unlimited month later, I found myself a yoga home at Dragonfly with their large and varied class schedule. The instructors have been so helpful and welcoming, and I am hooked and haven’t looked back since!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Julie D’Onofrio

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I got started at Dragonfly thanks to my yogi pal Lori Platz. She kept raving about the studio and hot yoga so I decided to give it a try. Before Dragonfly I had tried many yoga studios around town. Each time a yoga Groupon was offered I bought it. I already had a gym membership, but I knew I was lacking in the mind/body connection. I found that each studio was unique, some a better experience than others, but no one studio captured me enough to purchase a membership. That is of course, until I entered Dragonfly. After trying one class at Dragonfly I knew it was the spot for me. I bought a one month unlimited pass and never looked back.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Melanie Stebbins

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My Dragonfly experience began when some young friends from work invited me to join them for a $5 Flow class on a Saturday afternoon last Fall. I was super nervous because I’ve never been much of an athlete and was intimidated by my ideas of what a “Yoga Studio” would be like. My friends assured me they would not let me embarrass myself and that it would be fun. My only experience with yoga was a video class, usually held in the privacy of my own basement (shout out to Kathryn Buddig and Aim True). And although I knew I was learning yoga, I was still very curious if I was on the right track. I thought some feedback would be helpful…
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