Every time I came to Sun Prairie to shop, I kept seeing the “coming soon” sign for Dragonfly Hot Yoga. I kept debating whether or not I wanted to give hot yoga a try. I lived in Fitchburg when the studio there opened. I had friends who consistently went for a while, but I was always hesitant to try because I felt I didn’t have the stereotypical tall and lean “yoga body” and that I wouldn’t be able to get through a class in the heat without making a fool of myself. I decided to take one of the free classes during the opening weekend and instantly signed up for an intro month! I tried as many classes as I could during that month. During this month, I learned that the heat adds a sort of cleansing component to each class, as well as the fact that yoga really is for every body! The intro month turned into a monthly membership- I was hooked!
I had been doing (unheated) yoga on and off for 7 years when I met Dragonfly Owner Megan Kaiser one evening while out for dinner at the Great Dane. We started talking about yoga and Dragonfly, and I proceeded to tell her that I had no interest in doing hot yoga…ever. Fortunately, I took Megan up on her challenge to give hot yoga a chance and decided to take advantage of Dragonfly’s introductory month offer. My first Dragonfly class was incredible, and I have never looked back!
My first ever yoga class fulfilled part of a Physical Education requirement in college, and I continued taking classes semi-regularly throughout college and graduate school. I’ve now been practicing for over 9 years, and I find myself incorporating yoga into my daily routine, whether I have time to get on my mat for a class or only have a few minutes to sit quietly and breathe. The calm and focus that yoga has brought into my life is unparalleled. Linking movement with breath has enabled me to connect with my mind and body in a way that has proven both humbling and empowering. Regardless of how my day has been going, I feel calm and present the moment I lay down on my mat. After class, I feel invincible, ready to conquer whatever life throws at me.
I had a challenging 2013. One of my sisters passed away after a lingering illness just after my 50th birthday. I went to a hot yoga class with Mary Johnson, who had a life goal of becoming a yoga instructor. (She took Dragonfly’s Teacher Training to become an instructor.) I had taken a handful of “room temperature” yoga classes through a community program, and just one hot yoga class. I was a rookie. I really enjoyed the class, decided to do something purely for me, and went to my first Dragonfly class in January 2014.
From a logic standpoint, it is the best combination of strength, balance and flexibility I have ever participated in. From a satisfaction standpoint, it is fun to find new “personal bests.” I focus on a pose that I hope to learn to do. First it was bird of paradise, and then side crow, then head stand. It’s enjoyable to challenge myself and see growth. Yoga makes me laugh out loud, unleashing my inner child and pride in being able to do something new.
I recently took a 10-day vacation in the North woods with my most-favorite people – my hubby, Nick, baby Wesley, Grandma Karen, and close friends – but, even though the weather was delightful, conversation light-hearted, and the beer cold, something was missing – I was longing for the 95-degree heat of the Dfly studios! Neither kayaking, hiking, nor swimming could replace the feeling of a post-Dfly workout – the kind that leaves you drenched from head to toe.
The fabulously fit Ashley Bruckner brought me to my first Yoga Up class in October 2015, and I’ve been going just about every day since. The variety of classes, the quality instructors, and the convenience of multiple studio locations makes Dfly so easy to commit to. I’ve never felt this good in my life – I have more confidence and agility and endurance – all important traits when you have an 18-month old running your life!