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!
I love that Dragonfly is a place I can come where I feel no judgement and can really enjoy the experience every time. I learned very quickly into my yoga practice that my shoulders have very little mobility and I am so happy to say that in just about 4 months I can join my hands behind my back and lift without it feeling uncomfortable! I also feel like yoga has really helped me to practice staying present in my life outside of the studio as well. I try to make it to at least 5-6 classes per week! I get a bit stir crazy if I can’t get my flow on! I think my favorite class (if I have to choose…) would be core flow (followed immediately by yin) on Friday mornings! I have been coming to them since I started and I’m challenged (and then treated) every single time!!
I am employed and workout at a fitness studio which is the total opposite of yoga so it is a wonderful compliment to my new found love for health and wellness! I’m about to challenge myself to finish a 30 classes in 30 day challenge in May and I know I can do it! I can’t wait to see where this new yoga journey in my life takes me. Thanks to everyone at Dragonfly for making that one hour of my day just perfect.
Instructor Kelly Perna: “Rachel is truly a shining star! Being recognized as Yogi of the Month is well deserved. She shows up to every class with a bright smile and an enthusiasm that is contagious. I have seen Rachel support newbies to the studio in her charming way and quickly develop friendships with co-yogi’s. I love when she catches my eye during class and gives me a happy smile! Keep up the great work, Rachel.”