Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Carrie Schulte

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I have been a runner for over 30 years. While buying running supplies at Fleet Feet in Sun Prairie, I noticed that Dragonfly was opening next door. I have never thought of myself as someone who would do yoga, but hearing about and seeing the benefits my youngest daughter Inga was receiving from yoga, I thought I’d give it a try. My only prior experience with yoga was videos or looking on the internet. My oldest daughter Ashley and I signed up for the intro month and the rest is history. Now spending quality time with my girls is determined by which yoga classes we can attend together!

The classes have a peaceful and energetic feel. There is something about the feel of the studio that keeps you present, but keeps the rest of the world “out there” and not in the room with you. Since starting yoga at DFLY, my blood pressure is down and the classes have helped me with stress management. I have also noticed that my core and arms are stronger. I’m still working on flexibility and balance, but that is the great part about the classes – you can take just what you need from each one. It is amazing how 20 people in a room can be lead to the same pose, but we are all getting something different out of that pose.

I try to attend all of the classes that I possibly can! Mainly I attend all of the noon classes in Sun Prairie. There is no better way to break up your day! My daughter Ashley and I also try to schedule a yoga date once every two weeks with double yoga classes and dinner. Since I live in Ripon and commute to Sun Prairie every day, if the person I car pool with is going to be late I try to get in a 5:30pm class too! I love all the different classes. The classes complement each other, from YogaUp to Flow to Yin. It is amazing how what you do in one class can help you in the other classes.

There is so much good to say about my experience with Dfly; I think the best part is that it’s helped me bring balance to my life. I was listening to an audio recording by Shinzen Young, and he mentioned, “meditation is like sharpening an axe. Just like you sharpen an axe so it is a more effective tool, you meditate so that your brain and your concentration are also more effective”. I also think this same aspect works with yoga and other activities you do, it brings balance. I love that I just have to show up on my mat and amazing things happen, you may not notice them at first, but life is about the journey, and I think the best surprises are the ones we give ourselves.

Instructor, Nichole Vega, on YOM Carrie Schulte, “Carrie gives 110% in ever class and she is always so full of energy! No matter what class it is, she always bring a positive attitude, her smile and is always ready to work hard!”


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