Support Our Troops Class

Care Packages

Saturday, May 12, 4:30-5:30
Cost: donation of care package items

This donation-based class will be led by instructor Carrie Johnson whose brother is currently serving in Afghanistan. The men and women of our armed forces do not have access to many things we take for granted, so come on down to Dragonfly with care package items, and we’ll send them to the hard working troops stationed overseas.

No need to pre-register online, just call us at 608-274-9642, email, or just show up!

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Maria Kaufmann: Yogi of the Month!

Maria & Family

You’ll often find Marita (as she’s known to her friends) in the hottest corner of the studio, right in a ray of sun wearing long sleeves and long pants.

“I love the heat. (The studio) is my own tropical paradise.”

Born and raised in Panama, Marita moved to Madison when she was 15 to flee political troubles under Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega and take up residency in the U.S. with her siblings. She and her husband, also from Panama, live with their children: Pierce, 9 and Marishka, 7 right down the street from Dragonfly Hot Yoga.

Marita loves to dance and sees a lot of similarities in yoga such as gracefulness. “Yoga inspires me to do more, to improve myself whether it be in stretches or breathing.”
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What does your yoga practice mean to you?

For me, yoga is a way to be with myself for an hour. No obligations, no expectations. Just me and my breath. I have to admit that at first it wasn’t always this zen-like of an approach. I did it to lose weight, I did it to show off my dancer abilities, I did it because I felt like I had to. While all of these approaches can be valid, nothing compares to the feeling of serenity and calm I get at the end of a good yoga practice, whether it be a sweat-inducing Baptiste Flow class or a chill Dragonfly Yin class.

What does your yoga practice mean to you?
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Will Yoga Help Me Lose Weight?

In an answer, yes. It can. Yoga allows us to get more in tune with our bodies so that we can identify cravings for what they are and make more conscious choices with what we put in our mouths.

Will the amount of calories burned in a yoga class be enough to make that scale go down? At first, yes. But then as your body adjusts and becomes more efficient, the metabolism actually goes down. This is why it is important to take a variety of classes. And what better place to do so than Dragonfly Hot Yoga?

I’ve calculated that I can burn up to 850 calories in an average Fire class. But then why didn’t the scale budge when I did my 60 day Bikram challenge? Because i was doing the same thing every day. The body is smart. It quickly clues in to what you’re doing and makes the appropriate adjustments. When I did the 30 day challenge at Dragonfly and was able to choose from a wide variety of classes; everything from a powerful Flow class to a peaceful Yin class, I saw changes immediately. Now we have fitness classes such as Dragonfly Fit and classes where we target challenging areas such as Dragonfly Core. Mix this up with some Fire and Yin and you have a well-rounded practice.

At the Dragonfly studio we have an ongoing challenge: 30 days of continual yoga. Shake it up, move your body, learn to breathe, sweat it out. Keep your body guessing, and at the end of 30 days, I’ll bet you’ll see some changes not only in your body, but in your mind as well. Let us know when you’re ready to make the commitment to yourself and your practice and we’ll put you up on the board. Let’s do this.