Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Roxane Dachman

I truly appreciate how the Dragonfly instructors remind us that yoga is in the experience of the pose, not the image of the pose. Yoga exists inside us and it's not about outwardly perfecting the poses. The instructors support the idea that yoga is a generated experience produced by the co- existence between the body and breath, its life force.

My experience of life is much calmer when I am practicing yoga. I can take what I experience in yoga out into my life and I can release stress and tension while in a yoga class. For me, yoga is an energetic filter that I use to detox and recharge during class.
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Breaking Busy

Chatting recently with my business partner, Will, we started wondering why so many people seem to be obsessed with being busy. Inevitably, of course, there are going to be those days – maybe even weeks – when life is truly busy and crazed. But more often than not, if we sit down and actually look at our circumstances, this does not have to be the case. So why do so many of us feel the need to be busy – to bring chaos where there is none, to fill our days and brains with more than is necessary? And do we truly make ourselves busy, or do we revel in the idea of feeling busy and appearing to the rest of the world that our days are non-stop chains of activity and importance?

We all have acquaintances that lead extremely full, maybe overfull, lives – full-time job, multiple kids, dance, soccer, dinner, cleaning, volunteer work, etc. fill their days. These people are often actually too busy to mention to the world how busy they truly are. But we all probably know a lot more people that talk loudly and at length about how busy they are, while not really being truly busy at all. Instead, they throw their “busy schedules” and “hectic days” out to the world for sympathy, to excuse their inattentiveness or aloofness, to attempt to justify their existence. Not only do we all know others that travel this path, but at some point, we have all been that person. The question is, “Why?” Is there anything so wrong with living a calmer life? With having time for conversation, friends, self-reflection, reading a book, learning something new — for doing absolutely nothing should the spirit so move us? Where is the shame in admitting that you have free time – that you actively pursue and make free-time – and then reveling in it?
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Announcing Our Raffle Winners! Are You One?

Dear Dragonfliers,

Thank you so much for making Week of the Dragonflies a huge success! We hope you enjoyed our customer appreciation week–from our donation classes and our membership/intro offer sales to our fun member tote bags and raffle. With your help, we were able to raise over $3,000 for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Thank you for being a part of celebrating the 2nd anniversary of our Fitchburg studio and our 1 year anniversary of our Middleton studio. We are having a blast and hope to celebrate many more Dfly birthdays with all of you! We appreciate you 365 days a year and we have, hands down, the best clients any business could ask for. We are grateful for each and every one of you!

Megan Kaiser and the Dragonfly Staff

Who won what at our Raffle? Click 'read more' to view!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month Cassandra Foxen

I started at Dragonfly sometime in January with the intention to keep myself in shape through the winter. I have always been a runner but I admit I am a fair weather runner – a true runner should run through any weather (at least that is what I am told) – but I don’t. I despise running in the winter, it’s too cold! So when I started at American Girl and didn’t have the luxury of a fitness center at my disposal, I looked for alternatives to keep me fit through the winter. I had done hot yoga before but it was almost four years ago and I was only able to go about once per week. Dragonfly in Middleton was now convenient for me and I thought if I could go a couple times a week I could keep my anxiety in check and stay fit. It turned out to be a whole lot more than that.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Marylyn Stroup

I had been attending yoga classes on the east side of Madison for 11 years, but the 30 – 40 minute drive from my Fitchburg home was becoming tedious. When I heard about a yoga studio with only a 5 minute drive, I had to check it out.

I loved Dragonfly from my first class with Amber almost 2 years ago, and I soon became a regular client and member. Now that I am retired, I attend 2 – 5 classes a week. I love the positive Dragonfly philosophy, the kind atmosphere, the carefully “choreographed” music, the heat, the showers, but most of all, the talented, encouraging, accepting, attentive, and enthusiastic teachers!
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