Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Anne Voxman

I began coming to Dragonfly in January 2016. My sister had been going to Dragonfly in Middleton for quite a while and was always talking about how wonderful it was and that I should give it a try. That January she called to let me know that there was a $20 unlimited pass and I should head over to Sun Prairie to buy one. So, I figured it was a win-win for me. Either I wouldn’t like hot yoga and she’d be off my back or I’d love it and we could share the love. Well, almost two years later I love it and we sometimes take classes together. I had done yoga at different points in my life and while I enjoyed it, it never became a passion – until now.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Caitlin Callaghan

I started going to Dragonfly in 2014, shortly after I moved back to Madison from Seattle. I was missing my yoga studio in Seattle and feeling doubtful I could find anything like it in Madison. I bought the intro month deal to Dragonfly thinking I’d only stay for a month, then move on to other studios’ intro deals. Halfway into my month, I knew I found the perfect studio for me.

Before Dragonfly, I had quite a bit of experience with yoga. I think I must have been about 15 when I took a few yoga classes at a gym in my hometown, Eau Claire. As a freshman in college in Milwaukee I signed up for a 2-credit yoga course, thinking it would be a nice, relaxing addition to my academic schedule. I had no idea that the type of yoga I signed up for (Ashtanga) was one of the most physically & mentally challenging types of yoga that exists. That course in Ashtanga turned out to be my favorite class I ever took in college; in the academic classrooms I learned about various subjects, but on that donated blue yoga mat in the upstairs of a church, I learned about myself. I completed yoga teacher training in early 2014 and will occasionally teach on a volunteer basis at events in the community. My experience with BarreAmped is a different story; I had zero experience with BarreAmped before Dragonfly, and even when I started at Dragonfly it took me a while before I warmed up to trying a BarreAmped class. But I eventually did, and now I can’t stop! I try to go to 1-2 BarreAmped classes a week. Sometimes I find it just as mentally challenging as a yoga class.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Rebecca Kerns

In the summer of 2013, my boyfriend at the time suggested that we try the $5 flow at Dfly in Fitchburg. I had driven by the Fitchburg and Middleton locations before, but had no idea what “hot yoga” was. My workout regimen had always revolved around various gym memberships and I had never participated in group classes of any kind. I reluctantly attended a class at Dfly, having no idea what to expect. To my surprise, I was immediately hooked. I suddenly found myself trying all of the different yoga classes offered at Dfly to see what I liked best. Fire was my favorite for a long time, but I routinely rotated through the different Flow classes and Yin. After a while, I tried BarreAmped and found that I loved it, too. A year ago, I finally became brave enough to try Yoga Up and Power Up, only to find, again, that there is no class at Dfly that I don’t LOVE.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Gabe Grunwald

I got started again with Dfly yoga when I returned to Madison for school in August after spending the summer back home working in the Toronto area of Canada. The Dfly Downtown Madison studio has been very convenient for me and the atmosphere has been great for continuing my yoga practice.

I have been practicing yoga relatively consistently for about six years now. I started yoga as a way to compliment my other practice as an ice hockey goaltender.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Mike Yaker

I took a week of free classes when I first started at Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie. I tried Yoga Up and didn’t even make through the class, so I started coming to Slow Flow, and kind of built off that.

My yoga journey started in 2006 once a week with Rick and Susan, they advertised with a flyer in a coffee shop, I think it was the only yoga in Sun Prairie at the time. When the YMCA opened, I started going there once a week. After that I kind of fell off and didn’t have any regular practice except for a little here and there.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Roxanne DePaul

I started at Dragonfly in 2014 the week I had to have my father placed with Hospice. I was so stressed about his impending death that I needed a more productive way to channel my feelings. When my father died, I decided to give the time I had spent caring for him to myself, specifically beginning this journey in yoga. I had taken one yoga class previously and had taken Pilates for several years.

I enjoy the variety of teaching approaches and the range of experience the teaching staff brings to class. Personally, I like to balance the classes and the instructors: those who are more static in their instructional techniques versus those who direct the class in a more dynamic way. I also enjoy the choice of Flow, Yin and BarreAmped classes.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Angie Mullis

When my husband and I moved here from Texas I wanted to get back into hot yoga. It was something I had done before and it changed me then and I knew it would be good for me again. I have two little boys (ages 5 & 3) with autism and ADHD and when they started therapy in Fitchburg the one thing I was so happy about was being able to go to classes again! I used to do hot yoga at a studio in Plano, Texas and that studio was very different than Dfly. The atmosphere wasn’t as friendly and welcoming as Dfly and the class schedule was not nearly as diverse.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Seoda Duffy

How did you get started at Dfly?

My wonderful friend Kathleen had been trying to get me to go to Dragonfly for a while, and I finally caved! I had never done hot yoga before and was a little intimidated. Since then I have happily accepted being a beet red sweaty mess.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?

I took part in a once-a-week class offered at my workplace…For about a year…Eight years ago! I only ever practiced sporadically at home and let it slide pretty quickly after I stopped going to class. However, I remembered really enjoying the sense of community and shared energy in a class setting.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Debby Jackson

For years, biking and running were my primary forms of exercise. I practiced yoga in my home during the winter when it was just too cold for this Arizona girl to lace up a pair of running shoes. And every year, I counted the days until I could get back out on my bike. Winter was something I came to dread. So when I saw the Dfly Sun Prairie under construction, I thought yoga with people might be a good way to get beyond my winter blues. The variety of classes and the great people were just what I needed. Yoga at Dfly is now my primary year-round form of exercise, but I still love taking my bike out or going for a run on a beautiful day.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Shaney Andler

Three years ago, my boys were heading back to school in the Fall and my friend asked me to try out a class. I have been going consistently since that very day. Before Dragonfly, I was primarily a runner and I also used to do Barre tapes at home. I had taken a few yoga classes at some local studios but none that I stuck with.

Aside from the obvious health benefits of doing the strength training workouts, I love seeing the great friends I have made, along with just the regular faces I see each week. I have yet to see a person (including the instructors or people behind the desk) crabby here!
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