Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Julie Voights

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I started at Dragonfly because I wanted to try something different. I have previously struggled with trying to fit in workouts when I had a gym membership and when I did, I dreaded going. I could barely do thirty minutes of cardio without being completely bored out of my mind. I wasn’t feeling motivated to work out, so I knew I needed something different in my routine.

Dragonfly Hot Yoga opened up next to Monks (where I work) and I thought it would be fun to try something new.
I did not have any yoga experience before starting at Dragonfly, so I didn’t know what to expect. The entire Dfly staff was so welcoming and encouraging on my yoga journey.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Rose Courville

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I started at Dragonfly at the Fitchburg location soon after it opened. I have been a member three separate times now – two baby boys each led me to take a break. I rejoined each time afterwards!

I had never given yoga much thought in the past, but my husband was a big fan. When we moved to Baltimore in 2009, my schedule did not allow for much exercise. As a birthday present, my mother gifted me a 5-week introduction to a yoga course for me to learn how to move into each pose properly. That provided a great foundation for my practice.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Carol Chen

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I started yoga in January 2014 after purchasing a 10 class pass at a Madison West Athletic Booster Association (MWABA) fundraiser. My yoga experience prior to Dragonfly was minimal.

I love the variety of classes that Dragonfly offers and the individual styles of each teacher.

In the wide array of classes, I can build strength, balance, flexibility and fitness. It is very satisfying to continually build my practice so “someday, one day” I’ll be able to do that tricky arm balance.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Abby Bare

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I was exposed to my first classes with Dragonfly last summer. A few ladies from my “book” club wanted to try Yoga at the Zoo. I had very little exposure to yoga prior to that because I was afraid my inflexibility would just embarrass me. Come to find out, a lot of people are just like me! Fast forward to May 2015 and Dragonfly opened in Sun Prairie, just five minutes from my office. I was unable to attend a class on the grand opening weekend as my husband was out of town for training but I dragged the kids in and signed up for a membership. The staff was beyond friendly, even taking the time to do a tree pose with my daughter (her favorite). There was no looking back after that.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jason Argraves

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I started at Dragonfly when I stopped traveling weekly for work. Travel and lack of exercise had begun to take a toll on my overall health. I knew I needed to make a change. It was hard for me to figure out what I should do considering I never liked working out. I had taken some hot yoga classes at another studio a few years prior and liked them, so when my wife said she wanted to try Dragonfly Hot Yoga, I was willing to give it a try. When I began attending classes I liked the environment and the teachers from the first class- I had finally found an exercise I really enjoyed!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Joyce Dieter

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I wanted to try something different besides the running and strength training I was doing, and took advantage of the one month Intro special that was offered at a great price in December 2014. I had only done the yoga video that is a part of the P90X program. I had never done hot yoga before.

I love the variety of classes and have enjoyed every one of the instructors that I’ve had! I also love how much effort everyone takes to learn your name.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Marti Lindstrom

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My best friend, Carol, started going to Dfly and I tagged along. I was interested in doing yoga, but needed someone to nudge me there. After the first class, I was hooked.

I was first exposed to yoga as a kid. My mom did yoga way back when and practiced daily at home. I remember reading her book of yoga poses and practicing tree pose a lot (which is still my favorite pose). In the few (or more) decades since, I have taken a few classes, but nothing that great or consistent.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Jami Klaogs

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My experience at Dragonfly began in December of 2014 when my older sister, Jodi, took me to my first class. We attended Power Up and I really enjoyed the workout and the overall experience of Dragonfly. For Christmas, she surprised me with my one month of unlimited yoga, where I was able to experience a variety of classes. I decided to become a member after that one month so that I could continue to enjoy classes on a frequent basis.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kaitie Smith

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My mom had been practicing yoga in my home town for about 12 years and had insisted since she started that I would “love it”. I resisted for about 10 years, with the misconception that yoga was only for “old ladies” who could no longer run or bike. About 1 year ago, I finally let her drag me to a yoga session and it only took about 20 minutes and I was hooked. Not only that, my body received it’s most complete workout in years!

When looking for yoga studios in Madison, Dragonfly caught my eye. I loved the number of classes, the childcare, and just the spectrum of options that it provided. I did the Groupon and within the first week, knew that I was here to stay.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Gary Hartung

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I was taking classes at another west side health club and heard that Dragonfly was opening up. A sister and a co-worker were going to Dragonfly and recommended that I give it try. At the time, I was looking for a yoga studio that offered a fun atmosphere, more types of classes and class times that met my needs. The place that I was going didn’t have many options in the evenings and weekends.

Once I started going, I was surprised to see some familiar faces in the classes. I was really excited when I saw Carrie Johnson was an instructor. I started going to Carrie’s classes in 2005. She’s one of the individuals that really helped me recover after an injury which has prevented me from ever running again among other activities. Another familiar face was Suki, who I had taken classes from in the past too. The instructor’s teaching approach makes it FUN to come to classes. They are very helpful and make sure that you’re doing the poses correctly, and they explain the poses and take the time to understand any limitations that you have. Also, they take the time to learn the names of the students.
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