Middleton Yogi of the Month: Bret Piontek

I was looking for a new exercise program that I could be more consistent in doing. My friend and co-worker, Ericka Roethe, was working towards her 60 day challenge at the time and highly recommended Dragonfly. She was getting such great results and encouraged me to try it out.

About 11 years ago, I became interested in yoga so I bought a book on Ashtanga yoga. I taught myself some flow sequences and practiced for a couple of years. I stopped practicing yoga when I started getting into martial arts. Several years later, I did the yoga workout that was part of the P90x program. I never took a physical class before Dragonfly.

The instructors are incredible! Each has their own unique style, but every single one is stellar at guiding the classes. I love the combination of guided meditation with the challenging physical focus. Every instructor is welcoming, accepts you where you’re at, but also encourages you to push to your edge.
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Hey Dfly: Your Questions Answered

The folks from Rock Solid Cleaning give the floors a monthly deep clean

Q: How do you clean the studio flooring?

A: Our studio flooring is specifically made for hot yoga and is very easy to clean and very hygenic. We steam it and vacuum it and have a professional company (Thanks Rock Solid Cleaning!) come in to give it a deep cleaning with their antibacterial cleansers. Our flooring is great because it can be power washed and dries very quickly. The thousands of loops in the flooring allow for any moisture to evaporate and dry quickly so we don’t have puddles of sweat left behind! We hope this helps and if you want to read up on the material, here’s a link: www.yogaflooring.com

Have a question for us? Please ask! Email us at info@dragonflyhotyoga.com.

Meet Cynthia: Dfly’s New Go-To Gal

You may have noticed a new face in the mornings at Dragonfly Middleton. Cynthia Stiennon joined us last month as our Director of Client Relations. In addition to helping out at the front desk and in the Childcare room early weekday mornings, Cynthia is charged with being our main point of contact for customer service issues. Questions about which class is right for you? Cynthia. Issues with a class or instructor? Cynthia. Suggestions for how we can improve the Dragonfly experience? Cynthia. Basically, she is the Dragonfly Swiss Army Knife, but always feel free to approach any staff or instructor for more information about the studio, to give compliments, or to provide any other feedback. Cynthia can be reached at cynthia@dragonflyhotyoga.com or by phone at the Middleton studio at 608.203.9000.

Want to know more about Cynthia? Here’s an introduction!
I was born and raised in San Diego, California within a family of seven. As the youngest child and the only girl, I was given a double “educational” experience on the ability of adjustment. My four older brothers broadened my horizons and taught me to have an open mind. From observing my brothers and from their guidance and direction on being a lady, they helped shape my personality. I have a natural love and instinct for all things fashion, all things artistic, and all things natural. From photography, I can express my perspective, and capture and share a hidden story. From the outdoors, I can explore and uncover hidden treasures and discover new things. I was reborn with a new perspective when I met and married my better half and my best friend, Arthur, last June. He being from Madison Wisconsin, we decided to relocate to Madison to be near family and raise our own. Upon relocation, I was anxious to find a yoga studio similar to the connection I had to my yoga studio in Solana Beach, San Diego. I have been practicing yoga all my life. About five years ago, I evolved from the introduction to hot yoga. Yoga sculpt taught by an extraordinary instructor, Stephanie Powell, changed my entire body disposition. In under a week I was doing half push-ups, planks, and flowing gracefully into vinyasa. Incorporating the other hot yoga classes, I was able to run longer, hike higher, surf and paddle with ease, and focus on point. Yoga has become second nature to me. It has given me the freedom of self, self-confidence, peaceful self-reflection, and self-acceptance. When my husband tried his first hot yoga class, he never experienced anything so challenging his entire life. And he is an avid extreme down hill skier and BMX rider. Hot yoga accelerated his body to a new level as well, and gave him a new sense of freedom. Yoga has accelerated both our lives to the next phase.

Our next phase is here in Madison now. I was grateful and excited to have found Dragonfly Hot Yoga, and to become a part of an amazing entity in Madison. As the Director of Client Relations and the Childcare Supervisor, I hope to enhance the lives of our clients and their children . I hope to provide a positive experience for both client, and child. Once I complete my yoga teacher training, I plan to teach and share the great wonders of practicing yoga and clean living.

Girls on the Run 5K Run/Walk

Saturday June 8, 2013 9 AM
McKee Farms Park, Fitchburg

Dragonfly Hot Yoga is a proud sponsor of the 2nd Annual Girls on the Run 5K!

Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls.

This year’s event is a groovy atmosphere and untimed, non-competitive, funky family friendly event! This a community Run/Walk event and we welcome everyone to run, jog, walk, skip or simply cheer on the amazing girls.

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Listen To Your Mother

Sunday May 12, 3 PM
The Barrymore Theatre

Dragonfly Hot Yoga is proud to be a sponsor for this year’s performance of Listen To Your Mother. Created by Madison native and fellow Dragonflyer, Ann Imig created Listen To Your Mother in 2010 (which has now expanded to 24 cities across the country!!) The show’s mission is to take the audience on a well-crafted journey that celebrates and validates mothering through giving voice to motherhood — in all of its complexity, diversity, and humor.

“I first knew of Ann in 1994 when I was a freshman at UW Madison. We were both actors in the theatre department–Ann was a senior and was always cast in lead roles. I looked up to her and greatly admired her talent and drive. I got to really meet Ann in 2008 through a mutual friend and I truly feel so lucky to know this amazing woman! I am so incredibly proud of her accomplishments and what she has done with LTYM. You must go see this show. You really will laugh, cry, relate, and be inspired by the stories shared. Take your mom, your best friend, your sibling, or go alone–just go!”
–Megan Ryan Kaiser, Owner/Dragonfly Hot Yoga

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