Free to Breathe Yogathon Recap

When I was invited to participate in Free To Breathe Yogathon via Dragonfly Hot Yoga (which took place on February 23 at Union South), I was thrilled to volunteer my time representing our wonderful community and for such a great cause. I didn’t realize however, how very few survivors of lung cancer there were. Out of the 300 participants, there were only 5 survivors. “If you have lungs, you can get lung cancer.” It takes the most lives out ALL the cancers combined.

As I walked around assisting, I saw so many names printed with a candle next to it, representing the loved ones lost. It was hard not to get teary eyed. Many were doing Yoga for the first time ever and you could feel the tremendous support they gave each other. Some came in groups, some in trios and pairs, but altogether the common thread was the dedication of love, strength, and lots of courage.

It was such an honor to be one of the teachers guiding the participants in the beautiful breath based practice of Yoga. I found immense joy in seeing them, being with them, easing them into laughter, and most of all Breathing with them and those they dedicated their practice to.

So humbled. So thankful for every breath.

We were so honored to be a part of the 2nd Annual Free to Breathe Madison Yogathon. This event provides an opportunity for lung cancer advocates, survivors and the community to come together to raise awareness and support to fight this disease.
Learn more here.

Suki, April, Sarah, and Anya representing Team Dragonfly!

Anya working it as one of the demonstrators.

Tola and Kristen working the Dfly booth!

April demonstrating–look at all of those yogis! So inspiring.


  1. Thank YOU Suki! We were absolutely thrilled to have Dragonfly’s considerable support again this year and having you and your fellow instructors help lead and adjust truly made the event “flow” beautifully.

    As one of those five survivors in attendance, I am grateful for your efforts to raise awareness of this disease through your blog post. It truly can affect anyone! Having the support of businesses like Dragonfly is critical to spreading the word and raising critical funds for research. We are blessed to have your team involved!


  2. Hi. I was at the Yogathon and am a lung cancer survivor. It was an amazing event and so grateful for wonderful instructors! Plus….I was blessed to win a free month at Dragonfly from the Yogathon. I’m enjoying that very much….soul and body…..after not really be able to have much activity for the last nine months due to my cancer. (Plus now I will become a member as I am enjoying so much).Thanks for Dragonfly and their generosity to the Yogathon! Kindest Wishes to you all. Laura

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