Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Barb Reeves

I lost my daughter to cancer 7 years ago after two years of difficult treatments. I was operating on sheer will and knew I needed something to help me move forward. I happened to read the article on Megan in Madison Magazine and I knew I had to give it a try. I drove to the Middleton location for a class and knew that I had found my outlet – my one time to just think about nothing else but the class. The instructors are incredible and the atmosphere is just what I need to “get away”. I was so happy when the Sun Prairie location opened as it is only 5 minutes from my house. I am still a work in progress but Dragonfly Hot Yoga has made an incredible impact on my well-being and I am very grateful for that.

I have done yoga for a long time but never hot yoga and normally in an athletic club – the studio atmosphere is calming and the heat really helps me to focus.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Staci Northouse

My Dragonfly journey began in the summer of 2015 when a friend of mine said she wanted to try hot yoga. I had taken a yoga class for a semester in college, attended a few yoga classes at my gym and did the yoga portion of the 21 Day Fix but had never tried hot yoga. The class we took was Flow 75 and we did not anticipate just how much we sweat! After class, we looked at the Dragonfly schedule to decide the next class we would go to. I immediately signed up for my intro month and then became a member.

I love the welcoming environment of Dragonfly – from the staff checking you in, to the instructors. The instructors are so positive and encouraging. The sequence of each class is never the same so there is no way you could get bored! The staff at Dragonfly makes a point to know you and is also committed to your practice. If I do slow flow on Tuesday night and see Shawn, she will ask me if she will see me in the morning for boot camp so I better be there! Downtown Studio Manager/Instructor Natalie and I went to college together at UW-Whitewater. We actually lived on the same floor for two
years and I had not seen her in probably 5 years before attending Dragonfly. Natalie is always at the front desk when I attend the 6 am classes DT which I think helps hold me accountable to get there in the morning.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Paul Skaar

I have been seeing a chiropractor for years just to keep everything in place. After one visit I was having some issues with my left hip, either as a result of the adjustment or just some accidents where I had injured myself. The end result was some difficulty in walking for long stretches without stopping for a bit. At that point I finally took the chiropractor’s suggestion to try yoga. I stopped in dropped my trial month fee and it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. Before Dragonfly my yoga experience was non-existent. I won’t lie, there were a few times when I started that I thought I might “die” but it hasn’t happened yet so woo hoo!!!

I work in software development so I sit at my desk for most of the day. The biggest benefit for me is the constant movement the classes provide to get out some of the days stiffness or in the Yin class to stretch muscles that we do not necessarily use a lot. It also affords a few hours a week to disconnect from the day to day grind. Not to mention the fact an hour of Flow feels like a good workout at the gym.
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Dowtown Yogi of the Month: Laura Carlson

I was initially drawn to yoga my sophomore year of college. I was going through some pretty severe mental illness as a result of overcommitting and was using yoga as a way to get a workout in with some extra relaxation benefits.

At that point in my life, I had lost sight of my own dreams, goals, and ultimately, abandoned myself and all the things that brought me joy. With continued practiced, I initially fell in love with the physical challenge Yoga posed and got caught up in becoming physically stronger, pushing my body to the limit each class.
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