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!
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.
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…
A year ago, I set foot into Heather’s Flow 75, having never taken a yoga class in my life. Despite my efforts to scour the Dragonfly website for every single tip and trick of the trade, I remember worrying about everything: my mat (is it too thick?), towel (is it the right size?), pants (are they going to be too hot?), choice of hairstyle (is it going to fall down?), what others would think of me (I guess I know child’s pose?), if I was going to make it through class (what if I throw up or faint?). I was agonizing about everything except whether or not I was going to enjoy myself. Halfway through, I was surprised at how comfortable I felt with the entire experience. Afterwards, I knew I was hooked and soon, I began to crave coming to class. It wasn’t just about the yoga. It was about feeling at home: accepted, appreciated, and most importantly, understood.
I got started with Dragonfly through the use of a Groupon deal during the Fall of 2012. I had taken about a year to explore the different venues around town to see what each was like and what they offered. After exploring all the options that I had, I decided on Dragonfly because of the variety of classes and awesome staff (and I live super close).
Prior to coming to Dragonfly, I had just begun exploring yoga. I was introduced to yoga through a class I took during massage school. It intrigued me and it was fun.
I love the variety of classes at Dragonfly. It’s so much more than just a yoga studio. I have definitely noticed a change in my well-being, both physically and mentally. My practice provides me the opportunity to challenge myself and I’ve gained a deeper sense of focus.
This Summer Will Be 1% Inspiration, 99% Perspiration!
Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 26 – Sept 1)
Attend 40, 50, or 60 Classes in 99 Days
Get an Exclusive T-Shirt & Invite to our Summer Party!
Distracted? Busy? Out of shape? Stay (or get back on!) on the mat with our 99 Days of Summer Challenge! Summer is almost here, and we know it can be the hardest time of year to keep up a yoga practice. We created this challenge to keep you motivated and inspired during the summer. And we’re sweetening the deal with prizes! Just do it! It could be the most valuable gift you could ever give yourself.
Register now through July 21nd:
1. Pick up your challenge card at either studio.
2. Give us your name, email and your T-shirt size at the front desk.
3. Choose Your Yogaventure! Pick a goal of 40, 50 or 60 classes.
4. Attend 40, 50 or 60 classes between May 26 and September 1. You can do it!
5. If you complete your challenge, you will receive a limited edition Dragonfly shirt or tank and will be invited to a fun Dragonfly Party in September where we’ll have food and prizes!
When the basketball coach called my mom to try to recruit me in seventh grade, she told him that her girls didn’t play sports. Tumbling into my twenties, I found that I loved to exercise! I had trained and gotten my CNT (Certified Natural Trainer) at the Monkey Bar Gym where bodyweight training and clean eating are part of the practice. I worked out with my friends at Pat’s Gym and Paik’s Traditional Martial Arts (PTMAC) where my son trained. In 2009, I trained intensely to earn my certification to teach Russian Kettlebells. I was burning the candle on every end and I was enjoying life. A routine visit to my doctor started with a diagnosis of a hernia and quickly turned serious after the ultrasound showed multiple large fast-growing tumors.
Prior to my daughter and I joining Dfly, my exposure to yoga was limited. I was hooked after the first class. I love the heat! Each time I walk through the door, I am greeted with a smile, friendly welcome and a lot of positive energy.
The variety in the classes offered appeals to me. I try to get to at least 5 classes a week or more, when my schedule allows. I enjoy Barre, (Core) Flow, Fit, and Fusion. Each class is what you make of it. The dynamism and knowledge that Carrie, Erica, Jessi, Kim, Mairin, Michelle, Rachel, and Tiffany share allow me to achieve my goals. The personnel, environment, and sense of community make it easy to get to Dfly. My only challenge is getting there early enough to get my favorite spot.
Get Up To 40% Off!
5% Fly Frenzy Challenge
April 28 – May 5
Each class you attend is worth 5% off Dfly classes and merchandise!
We’ve got Spring Fever at Dragonfly Hot Yoga! Pick up a Fly Frenzy card at the front desk, and each class you attend April 28 through May 5 is worth 5% off your next purchase! The discount is good for 40% off 10 and 20 Yoga & Fitness Class Passes, 5 and 10 BarreAmped Class Passes or 25% off Dragonfly retail items. Wow!
8 Stamps max for class passes, 5 stamps max for retail items. Expires Sept. 1, 2014. Cannot be combined with other offers. One card per person.