My husband first introduced me to Dragonfly. He moved to the Madison area before I moved up with the kids, and he found Dragonfly through a co-worker. He took me to a class during a visit, and I was hooked before I even officially moved here!
There are so many things I enjoy in my Dragonfly classes! I love being inspired by all the other yogis. As a southern girl, I love the heat and the sweat. I love the feeling that I have slowed down my life and my mind for 60-90 minutes and have focused on myself. Most of all, I love that even when I have a difficult time coming to class, I always feel better about myself and have a better outlook when I leave the studio!
Several years ago, I experienced injuries to my upper hamstring and both sides of my hips. Before yoga, I did not realize how much scar tissue and tightness I was carrying around in my hips! In terms of physical improvements, my flexibility has improved, and I have learned how to move with my breath. These improvements definitely helped me endure and pass an overwhelmingly exhausting test for my second degree black belt in tae kwon do.
Mentally, I have found that the classes have helped this Type A girl relax and be more accepting of myself. I might always struggle with certain poses (such as half moon – Ugh!), but yoga has also helped me realize that I need to fully experience MY expression of a pose and that MY pose will be different from one day to the next. That's OKAY!
I recently completed a 60-day challenge and I can only begin to say what a wonderful experience that was! It is called a challenge for a reason, and the best thing about the challenge was that I had to take classes I probably would not have taken otherwise from teachers I might not have ever met. Each teacher has enhanced my yoga experience in one way or another and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to take their classes. From “fake it till you make it” to learning that falling out of a pose just means that I am further exploring a pose, I have heard pearls of wisdom from the teachers that have improved my experience and my outlook on life!