Dragonfly Business Spotlight: Robert Shaw Designs

You may have noticed our beautiful new shelves designed by Robert Shaw Designs behind the front desk at our Fitchburg location. We chatted with Robert Shaw Designs about their business.

Dragonfly Hot Yoga: How did Robert Shaw Design come to be?
Robert Shaw Designs: Bob was building custom furniture and Inge was making home decorative accents out of steel cut-outs(swirls, fish, turtles, dragonflies, fairies, etc.) They collaborated their mediums and built a coffee table for their own home. They used a chartreuse green dye on the wood table top in combination with a shiny steel frame with swirls & fish steel cut-outs welded to the frame. The table was a hit with all their friends and family. People loved the fun color and the unique steel frame. They created their business Robert Shaw Design and began making furniture for art galleries and doing some art shows.

DHY: How have you used your design skills in tandem with Dragonfly Hot Yoga?
RSD: The goal at Robert Shaw Design is to create Furniture and Accents that are original and have a connection with its owner. Furniture that make it possible for a person to “express how they see the world” – much like yoga. Inge explains “the shelving we built for Dragonfly Hot Yoga is an expression of the warmth, comfort and class that the studio radiates.”
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Hi I’m Jemma, your new Dragonfly Yoga Adviser!

Starting this summer, I’m your new yoga adviser at Dragonfly Hot Yoga! You can call 608-535-YOGI (9644) or email
me (jemma@dragonflyhotyoga.com) anytime to talk though questions, concerns, or to give feedback. Tell me what I can
do to make your time at Dragonfly better:

  • Loving a class and want to know what else is similar? Give me a call or send me an email.
  • Did you know we just simplified and lowered our membership rates? What was the best deal for you last year might not be anymore. I’m happy to run the numbers with you and help you figure out the perfect plan.
  • Want a sneak peak at class schedule for the new Middleton studio? Call or email me for details.

As we expand to a second studio this summer, we are expanding our customer service. If you’re a new member, you’ll probably hear from me — asking how you liked a class. I’ll be at our our new studio in Middleton on Monday through Saturday mornings at the front desk or in the childcare area.

Last summer, I tried hot yoga for the first time. I had a Groupon, but I didn’t go until I convinced my best friends to come with me. I was not flexible or in shape, and I’m normally a wimp when it’s hot outside. My first class was intense. Without my friends, I don’t think I would have returned to try another (Yin) which was cooler and a good beginner class for me.

Hot Yoga wasn’t what I thought it would be — and in a good way. Some classes were workouts; others helped me relax. Hot Yoga provided balance in my busy schedule, a time to relax and workout with friends, and a great summer. When my Groupon ended, I tried sorting through all the rates to find the best deal for me. It was confusing on my own. My new position as Yoga Advisor was created to help guide you through your yoga journey.

Please feel free to contact me anytime.
I look forward to meeting all of you!
Email: jemma@dragonflyhotyoga.com
Phone: 608-535-YOGI (9644)

We’re Adding A New Location!

In case you haven't heard, the Dragonfly is spreading her wings to Middleton! We will open the doors to our new location at the end of June. Your memberships and class packages will be good at both locations. We will be offering your favorite classes such as Flow, Fire, and Yin as well as adding some fabulous new additions such as Dragonfly Process with Pat Barone, Barre Amped, Dragonfly Relaxation, Flash Fire, to name a few. Stay tuned for more details!

Our Dragonfly Kula

I was in the middle of teaching my 9:30 Fire class on Thursday when I got tears in my eyes. I looked at all of the fabulous, sweaty yogis and yoginis in the room, most of them who make this Thursday class their priority. They build their schedule around this class, some of them coming from as far as New Glarus to practice yoga in a studio where they feel a sense of community, a sense of belonging, a sense of unity through sweat.

Why do we practice yoga together? Why not just in front of our DVD player in our living room?

Practicing yoga in a group creates a community. We practice yoga together to gain strength from each other, encouragement, the will to go on. Fire class for 90 minutes in a 105 degree heated room is no easy feat. If we didn’t have each other’s energy to borrow from, imagine how much more challenging it would be.

‘Kula’ is derived from a Sanskrit word that means “community of the heart”.

We are constantly welcoming new members into our kula. A kula can grow as big as a heart can. I see new people in my classes sometimes with that deer-in-the-headlights look upon entering the hot room. I know that in a few minutes one of our “regulars” will welcome her with a smile, an encouraging word. We’re in this together.

It’s so inspiring as a teacher to see this come to fruition. Sure, I lead the class with instruction and tidbits of advice, but it’s the kula that does the work. With a calm and steady gaze, each yogini offers herself as a pillar of the class, of the studio, of the practice.

Our Dragonfly Kula…the coolest kula in town.

Top 13 Things I Love That My Yoga Teacher Has Told Me

My teacher in Austin, Texas once said, “Try to learn something from every teacher you come across.  Good or bad.  You can always open your mind to some new thing.”  Here is my Top 13 List of things that my yoga teacher has said that I absolutely LOVE.

1.  Breathe.
My face gets really red when I work out.  I used to think it was because I was awesome.  Then I realized it was because I was holding my breath.  When a teacher cues on the breath, telling me when to inhale and exhale, or even just reminding me not to hold my breath, I feel a big difference.

2.  Meet Your Body Where it is Today.
I could touch my forehead to my knee yesterday!  What happened?  Okay, breathe, and realize that every day is different.
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Slow and Steady Win the Race

Those of you who have been to my Fire or Yin class (or even my Fusion class) may have heard me say, “Slow and Steady Wins the Race.” We set the pace for class with our opening breathing exercise.

Why do we do this? Isn’t the point to get a good sweat on, get our heart rates up and lose weight?

Well…

After taking 60 Bikram yoga classes in a row when i was living in New York City I saw many health benefits. My skin glowed, my muscle tone improved. But I also noted a jangling sound in my right knee. After “locking my knee” for 60 days, it turns out my knee had just given up.

So many times our ego gets in the way of our yoga practice. We want to be the best, push past our edge, “outdo” the other yogis in the room.

Why?
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Yoga Bombing Contest!

Yoga Bomb Contest

Introducing our new monthly contest – Yoga Bombing! Email us a picture of your favorite yoga pose in a public location. We’ll post the photos to our facebook page and the image with the most “likes” by the end of the month will win a prize!

Send your images to info@dragonflyhotyoga.com. Whoever sends in the picture is eligible to win! You can use anyone/anything as the subject. Use your kids, use your co-workers, use strangers! The more random the location, the better. Have fun with it and be creative! Most importantly, be safe! Yoga Bombs Away!

Special thanks to Steve’s Wine-Beer-Spirits for being our first participant!