Middleton Yogi of the Month: Julie D’Onofrio

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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.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Melanie Stebbins

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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…
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Jenna Garnett

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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.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Felipe Hernandez

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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.
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99 Days of Summer Challenge

This Summer Will Be 1% Inspiration, 99% Perspiration!

Memorial Day through Labor Day (May 26 – Sept 1)
The Challenge:
Attend 40, 50, or 60 Classes in 99 Days
Prizes:
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!


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Field Stark

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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.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Patty Williams

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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.
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5% Fly Frenzy Challenge

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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.


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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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