Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Mike Rutlin

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In the Fall of 2012, I lost a really good friend to a rare blood disease. He became my incentive to live healthier. I started by using Advocare and a workout/yoga DVD at home. A year later, I hit a plateau and was getting frustrated.

I was at a Badger tailgate with Katie Zick and I was telling her about how frustrated I was with my weight loss progress. She suggested Dragonfly Hot Yoga. Of course, my first response was “HELL NO!”. She explained why she loves Dfly and also told me about how nice everyone is from the instructors to the people in classes.

From my first visit I knew it was right for me. I met Tola (studio manager) and Matt (instructor) on my first visit and got a great vibe from both of them. My first class was with Suki and it was hard. Then Lindsey Zick and Teresa Zick told me about the MadPower class with Amy Sanborn. My first class with Amy was so difficult I felt like throwing up, but I knew this was the class that would help my body. I then started trying different classes to see what else yoga had to offer. Then, I fell in love with the Yin class that Carrie Johnson teaches. It is a wonderful class that helps my body with stretching and flexibility.

Dragonfly has changed me both mentally and physically. I am more mentally focused when I leave Dragonfly. I am reading and learning more than I ever have about healthy living. Before I started at Dragonfly I had lost 40 pounds. In just four months here, I have dropped 60 pounds. I am using Dragonfly to reach my goal of 150 pounds of total weight loss.

I’m attending classes 5-7 days a week. I know Dragonfly Hot Yoga will be in my life for a very long time. Dragonfly is a very unique community full of wonderful people. I’ve introduced other friends to Dragonfly. Everyone that comes to class with me loves how there’s no judgment. You do the best you can. As each instructor says, “This is your class and take what you need from it.”

Instructor Amy Sanborn: “I love Mike in Power. He approaches every workout with focused determination which in and of itself is amazing, but what I find even more inspiring is Mike’s ability to make everyone around him feel accepted and welcomed. I am proud to know he has become a really integral part of our Power gang.”


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Joy Randall

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Last spring was a very difficult time in my life. Between complications at work, stress at home, and trying to complete a Master’s degree, I needed something that I could do that would help me cope with all of the anxiety in my life. My usual go to workouts–playing volleyball and training for triathlons, was only adding to the stress and anxiety that I was feeling. I decided to give Dragonfly a try to see if yoga was what I needed.

Before Dragonfly, I had limited experiences with yoga. I had taken a few classes here and there; however, I had never practiced yoga with any consistency or serious intentions.
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Have Yoga, Will’s Travels: Parte Tres

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A lot of people ask me about traveling to, from and in Brazil. If Brazil was something you could buy in the supermarket, the shape of the bottle would be mysterious, the label bright and sexy, and the contents unknown but with an amazing sweet aroma. All of those things are true, but there is a lot more to the country, both good and bad, that you can’t see unless you buy the bottle, so-to-speak.

The country is in a melee with the impending arrival of the World Cup soccer tournament which is less than 100 days away. There are an untold amount of unfinished constructions projects, from bridges to airports to the stadiums themselves, and there is no way they will all be completed on time. Despite their love of soccer, the people of Brazil are unhappy with the Cup as their government is spending billions of dollars on the cup including security, construction, and bribes, and most Brazilians won’t be able to afford a ticket to enter a single game. Then comes the very dark side of the country; according to a recent ESPN article which sited sources in Brazil, 35,000 people in the slums of Rio de Janeiro have been killed by police or have gone missing in the last six years in an effort to rid the city of gangs and drug trafficking before the arrival of the Pope (2013), the World Cup (2014) and the Olympics (2016). I asked my wife’s family about those deaths while I was in Rio, and most people there were unaware of the statistic.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Katie Frank

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Like so many others, I have spent my life struggling to find a fitness routine that I could adhere to. I used to be the person who would say to someone who was mending an injury from his activity du jour “See, that’s why I don’t work out.” When someone would boast about her runner’s high, I was sure that the only way I would ever get that adrenaline surge was if I was running away from a bear or a mountain lion or an ex-boyfriend at the bar. I’d made up my mind that working out was something I’d have to occasionally do if I wanted to continue to eat cheese curds and drink beer. But after having two babies in less than two years, I made a conscious decision to make a change in my life. I want to be a good role model for my two amazing daughters (Carson 2.5yrs, Charlie 6 mos) and show them how important it is to make healthy choices that will positively impact their bodies and minds. I knew about Dragonfly and had heard the ravings of so many others, so I committed to the practice in September and I haven’t looked back!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Alicia Lalor

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I started at Dragonfly because one of my friends recommended it and I needed a new way to workout that was easier on my hand. Over the past year I broke my hand and have had 2 reconstructive surgeries.

I first broke my hand at work in October 2012. I smashed it in some heavy equipment and had to have surgery that included inserting pins and screws. Then in August 2013, one of the pins got pushed out of the side of my hand, requiring another surgery to remove it.

Yoga has been a great way for me to work out because it is not too hard on my hand. I even completed the Fire classes in an arm cast right after I broke it the second time. My hand is fine now, but I cannot play any sports because the tendons are still weak and if I injure them again I could lose the use of my hand. At least I have Yoga!
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Have Yoga, Will’s Travels: Parte Dos

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Greetings from South America!

This morning finds me in a tiny apartment with nine people, all of whom slept here overnight on couches, beds, mattresses and any cushion they could find after celebrating the first night of carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

My wife and I arrived in Rio in the wee hours of Wednesday morning and crashed at her aunt’s apartment in Botafogo near Copacabana beach. After a few hours of sleep and a delicious Brazilian breakfast we hit the beach.
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Have Yoga, Will’s Travels

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I have been in Ecuador for almost a week and already have had so many amazing experiences that it is hard to pick a few to write about.

My wife and I will be traveling for a total of a month, starting in Ecuador for a wedding and then moving on to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, and then to Florianopolis, the Hawai’i of South America, which is also my wife’s home town.

Ecuador is amazingly beautiful. There are two regions in the country, the coastal plains and the Andes Mountains. We are planning on staying in the Andes during this trip, but hear that the coast is lovely. It is very green here. It is the rainy season and rains every afternoon around 4 pm, so we have been trying to get out and be tourists in the morning.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Patrick Chounet

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I started Dragonfly back in October when Marybeth Mayo convinced me to buy the Groupon. I was not looking to join a gym/fitness studio, as I figured that I had everything I needed in my apartment gym (which is pretty much 2 treadmills and a weight machine), and I certainly wasn’t looking to join some crazy yoga studio where I would willingly sit in 90 degrees for an hour! I figured $40, why not try it out, write it off as a life experience and be done with it forever. How naive I was! I quickly fell in love with hot yoga, and got sucked in.

Before Dragonfly, I had never done a yoga class before. The extent of my “yoga” was pretending to do it on the Wii Fit when I lived with my parents back in high school! I was very intimidated coming into my first class, but I left feeling very comfortable with it. I did not feel like people were watching and judging me based on how I held the poses.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Scott Chase

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In November of 2012, I had a really bad accident which resulted in a broken leg with multiple pins and rods used to repair it. After months of recovery and physical therapy, my strength and flexibility in my leg wasn’t at the point to resume all the physical activities I enjoy doing.

I was given the recommendation to add yoga to my fitness routine. My work out preference has always been the hotter the better. It was apparent to me that if I was going to do Yoga, it was going to be in the heat. I did some research and tried a few studios in the area, but I soon realized that Dragonfly was the best hot yoga studio around.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Erin Green

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During a cold winter afternoon while buried in my work I did not realize the person about to walk through the door would change my life forever. This special person dropped off some free class passes from Dragonfly Hot Yoga. I am someone who absolutely despises cold temperatures so to me this sounded like a great escape! Coupled with the fact I’m a workout junkie I figured it would be a win-win situation for me.

Prior to joining Dragonfly I had been involved with Yoga through another health club in Madison and had also wore out the carpet in my living room with my Jillian Michaels yoga meltdown DVD. While I always enjoyed yoga in the past I had not always felt I had superior yoga workouts. However, this was all about to change as I would soon be entering the oasis that is Dragonfly hot yoga. The thing I enjoy most about attending classes at Dragonfly is the variety of classes that are offered and diversity in each instructor along with the positive reinforcement and energy you get from each of them!
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