Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Jackie Ward

I got started with Dragonfly Hot Yoga when the Sun Prairie studio had its grand opening in June 2015. The first time I arrived to check it out, the line was out the door and down the stairs. I chose to go over to Woodman’s and do some shopping and then try again. I walked right in and was greeted with a smile and I knew right then –“YES! This was the perfect fit!”

My yoga experience is hard to put into words. Each time I enter the studio in Sun Prairie, I am greeted with amazing contagious happy energy and I feel I belong. The variety of teachers are awesome! I appreciate each one bringing a kick butt workout with their own twist of exercises and song choices. I feel refreshed and truly amazing after leaving each class. I feel so alive and renewed as my entire mindset has changed to “Awesome” within 1 hour at Dragonfly in Sun Prairie.
I love everything about Dfly – the staff, the variety of classes, the beautiful studio. If I could check all of the above that is how truly fulfilled Dragonfly has given me each time I visit.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Maxwell Love

I started meditating four years ago because I was stressed at work. Meditation was hard – really hard! I started with unguided meditation and couldn’t do it for more than five minutes. Someone introduced me to free guided meditations hosted by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. I worked up to meditating 25 minutes a day before work. If I was getting stressed out during the day, I would try to clear my mind with simple breathing techniques. I started feeling much better.

I remember passing by several yoga studios on my block when I lived in Washington, DC and wondering if yoga would be like meditation. Fast forward a few years while visiting a friend in New York, I attended my first yoga class. I liked it! Then I went with my aunt and enjoyed that class too. I thought to myself, “Hmm, maybe I should really have a go at this.” I started reading more about yoga and meditation and that inspired a trip to India in 2015.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Rachel Page

I got started at Dragonfly back in December of 2016. My friend had asked me to go with her and I had wanted to try hot yoga. We went to a Sunday night Flow class and I loved it so much I signed up for the intro month and returned the next day for another class! Before Dragonfly I had only taken a few yoga classes but now it has become a wonderful and necessary part of my life!

To be honest, I tell people I’m surprised by how much I love hot yoga, being what I call a “hot bodied person”, I was not sure the heated studio would be for me. I cannot explain how amazing it feels every time I lay my mat out on the warm floor. I love everything about attending Dragonfly classes and with my regular attendance it has become a community of familiar faces. We are all there to practice and share our energy and I’m quite social so I love it! Some Friday mornings we are even given a “two minute warning” so we know to stop chatting and head into the studio for Yin!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Mari Rosenfeld

One of my friends joined Dfly two summers ago when she moved downtown and encouraged me to try the intro month and I loved it. I never got into sports growing up and had never before been committed to a fitness routine, so it felt good finding a way to exercise my body that I actually found fun!

I always leave practice feeling strong. Sometimes I leave feeling strong because I pushed myself and hold a new balance and sometimes I feel strong because I set aside my ego and listen to what my body needs to make the practice my own. No matter what happens when I move on my mat I always take that strength with me into the rest of my day.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Barb Reeves

I lost my daughter to cancer 7 years ago after two years of difficult treatments. I was operating on sheer will and knew I needed something to help me move forward. I happened to read the article on Megan in Madison Magazine and I knew I had to give it a try. I drove to the Middleton location for a class and knew that I had found my outlet – my one time to just think about nothing else but the class. The instructors are incredible and the atmosphere is just what I need to “get away”. I was so happy when the Sun Prairie location opened as it is only 5 minutes from my house. I am still a work in progress but Dragonfly Hot Yoga has made an incredible impact on my well-being and I am very grateful for that.

I have done yoga for a long time but never hot yoga and normally in an athletic club – the studio atmosphere is calming and the heat really helps me to focus.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Staci Northouse

My Dragonfly journey began in the summer of 2015 when a friend of mine said she wanted to try hot yoga. I had taken a yoga class for a semester in college, attended a few yoga classes at my gym and did the yoga portion of the 21 Day Fix but had never tried hot yoga. The class we took was Flow 75 and we did not anticipate just how much we sweat! After class, we looked at the Dragonfly schedule to decide the next class we would go to. I immediately signed up for my intro month and then became a member.

I love the welcoming environment of Dragonfly – from the staff checking you in, to the instructors. The instructors are so positive and encouraging. The sequence of each class is never the same so there is no way you could get bored! The staff at Dragonfly makes a point to know you and is also committed to your practice. If I do slow flow on Tuesday night and see Shawn, she will ask me if she will see me in the morning for boot camp so I better be there! Downtown Studio Manager/Instructor Natalie and I went to college together at UW-Whitewater. We actually lived on the same floor for two
years and I had not seen her in probably 5 years before attending Dragonfly. Natalie is always at the front desk when I attend the 6 am classes DT which I think helps hold me accountable to get there in the morning.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Paul Skaar

I have been seeing a chiropractor for years just to keep everything in place. After one visit I was having some issues with my left hip, either as a result of the adjustment or just some accidents where I had injured myself. The end result was some difficulty in walking for long stretches without stopping for a bit. At that point I finally took the chiropractor’s suggestion to try yoga. I stopped in dropped my trial month fee and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. Before Dragonfly my yoga experience was non-existent. I won’t lie, there were a few times when I started that I thought I might “die” but it hasn’t happened yet so woo hoo!!!

I work in software development so I sit at my desk for most of the day. The biggest benefit for me is the constant movement the classes provide to get out some of the days stiffness or in the Yin class to stretch muscles that we do not necessarily use a lot. It also affords a few hours a week to disconnect from the day to day grind. Not to mention the fact an hour of Flow feels like a good workout at the gym.
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Dowtown Yogi of the Month: Laura Carlson

I was initially drawn to yoga my sophomore year of college. I was going through some pretty severe mental illness as a result of overcommitting and was using yoga as a way to get a workout in with some extra relaxation benefits.

At that point in my life, I had lost sight of my own dreams, goals, and ultimately, abandoned myself and all the things that brought me joy. With continued practiced, I initially fell in love with the physical challenge Yoga posed and got caught up in becoming physically stronger, pushing my body to the limit each class.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Meghan Caulfield

I first started attending Dragonfly Hot Yoga in Sun Prairie in the summer of 2015. For numerous years before beginning my yoga practice, running was my primary form of exercise. Slowly, running began to feel like a forced activity that I stuck with because I “had to”. Never once did I even stretch before or after one of my runs! Eventually, I ran straight into a terrible week of being stuck on the couch due to horrible back pain. My doctor suggested I start yoga which I immediately ignored. Fast forward a year after the back pain, and after many, many years’ worth of suggestions from my lovely mother that I “may enjoy yoga”, I started looking into local studios. A friend suggested that I try Dragonfly after she had taken a few classes. I took my first class (flow with Brenda!) and instantly became obsessed! Now, I too sing the praises of yoga and Dragonfly far and wide!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: LeAnn Heun

My incredible friend and neighbor suggested I try yoga in April 2015 after several personal challenges I was dealing with. Without her suggestion, I would have never thought of yoga as a way to de-stress and exercise! Much love and thanks to my friend!

I have been a runner for ages, so yoga really used a lot of new muscles! I had no yoga experience other than DVD (and yes, VHS yoga)!!!!

My first class was with Suki. In one class, she showed me the many layers of yoga. I saw the strength, humility, power and beauty of yoga immediately. I was hooked as the feeling of empowerment, is what I really needed!

I am stronger, mentally and physically and more confident. I am in the best shape of my life! Also, it was and is a wonderful distraction from daily stresses and concerns.
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