I had abandoned a regular vinyasa yoga practice about ten years prior to becoming a member at Dragonfly but always missed having yoga in my fitness routine. It was due mostly to not having a convenient place to practice that offered classes when my schedule allowed. I had never tried hot yoga before Dragonfly. I was curious and honestly a little nervous (I’m a sweater!) but after my first visit I instantly understood the hype. Now I find it challenging to work out or practice yoga without the heat!!
I absolutely love the variety and large schedule of classes that Dragonfly offers. There is something for everyone. The instructors are fabulous and the community is what keeps me coming back. It is a safe and supportive environment to take care of yourself: mind, body and spirit. It’s truly my home away from home.
Before I started at Dragonfly, I was out of town visiting a friend who had recently gotten into hot yoga. Although I was a bit skeptical, as I tend to enjoy cardio exercise, I agreed to go to one of her classes with her. I was amazed that I loved every minute of the class, and I couldn’t believe how great I felt after it was done. I knew then that I wanted to join a hot yoga studio once I got home. After debating a few months on where to go or if I should sign up, I finally decided to try out Dragonfly. Some may think I’m crazy, but the first class I signed up for was Power Up. I knew I would enjoy hot yoga, so I wanted to use the first class pass to try something different. From the moment the class started, I knew I was hooked. I signed up for the intro month that night, and I have loved every minute since. When it comes to exercise, I have always been more of a cardio junkie. Running has always been something that I have enjoyed, and in college Zumba was my cardio/exercise outlet. Because of my love for cardio, yoga was never something that I had considered trying until my friend had me go to a class with her.
After a cross-country move and with the start of a new job on the horizon, I decided to sign up for the monthly intro offer in an attempt to grow roots in a new city. I joined as many classes as possible during my first month in Madison. A habit was born. I immediately signed up for a membership at the end of my intro month and haven’t looked back.
Before Dragonfly, I dabbled in yoga classes at various rock climbing gyms and hopped into a handful of classes with friends throughout the years. The focus on core work and flexibility were an incredible complement to climbing, but it wasn’t until Dfly that I developed a more consistent yoga practice. I hadn’t worked up the courage to try a BarreAmped class before Dfly (admittedly, I was utterly intimidated by what I had heard); I’m glad I finally gave it a try! BarreAmped classes may kick my butt (in the best of ways) every time, but are anything but scary.
How did you get started at Dfly?
One day I saw one of my co-workers coming back in the office with a yoga mat and we started talking. I was interested and she took me to the studio in Downtown. I loved it.
What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The most enjoyable thing to me is the yoga class, the challenge we face as a group, the feel of support, the lack of being judged, and the peaceful environment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.