I started at Dragonfly a few years ago with the Fire classes. I really enjoy the heat. Although I loved the classes, I wasn’t able to make them part of a regular routine, that is, until this past June. I was able to take a 6:30am Yoga Up class with Kim. She is fabulous and I loved the class. Unfortunately, my schedule only allowed for really early morning classes, so I started taking Flow at 5:30am. I fell in LOVE with this class, the teachers/staff and fellow students.
Prior to becoming a Dragonfly member, I started with hot yoga back in 2008, taking the occasional Bikram/Fire class.
In late 2008, after many chronic health issues, I was diagnosed with late-stage chronic neurological Lyme Disease, a tick-borne illness that causes severe fatigue, joint inflammation, mood issues and a myriad of other symptoms. The illness caused me to lose my career, my health, financial stability, and the “normalcy of life” that I – and many of us – take for granted. At some points during the illness, basic activities like walking were difficult, and the pain was quite intolerable.
Fortunately for me, after 2.5 years of aggressive antibiotic therapy, I began on a path to recovery. As would be expected, my system was completely toxic from both disease and the medications over the prior seven years. While not a Dfly member at the time, after the incredibly debilitating illness, I began taking hot yoga classes as a means of improving my mentation, managing stress, rebuilding my body and detoxifying my body. While it was very difficult at first, I started to make good progress in my practice. Two years later I feel that I am in a much better place physically.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!