I got started with Dragonfly Hot Yoga when the Sun Prairie studio had its grand opening in June 2015. The first time I arrived to check it out, the line was out the door and down the stairs. I chose to go over to Woodman’s and do some shopping and then try again. I walked right in and was greeted with a smile and I knew right then –“YES! This was the perfect fit!”
My yoga experience is hard to put into words. Each time I enter the studio in Sun Prairie, I am greeted with amazing contagious happy energy and I feel I belong. The variety of teachers are awesome! I appreciate each one bringing a kick butt workout with their own twist of exercises and song choices. I feel refreshed and truly amazing after leaving each class. I feel so alive and renewed as my entire mindset has changed to “Awesome” within 1 hour at Dragonfly in Sun Prairie.
I love everything about Dfly – the staff, the variety of classes, the beautiful studio. If I could check all of the above that is how truly fulfilled Dragonfly has given me each time I visit.
I started meditating four years ago because I was stressed at work. Meditation was hard – really hard! I started with unguided meditation and couldn’t do it for more than five minutes. Someone introduced me to free guided meditations hosted by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. I worked up to meditating 25 minutes a day before work. If I was getting stressed out during the day, I would try to clear my mind with simple breathing techniques. I started feeling much better.
I remember passing by several yoga studios on my block when I lived in Washington, DC and wondering if yoga would be like meditation. Fast forward a few years while visiting a friend in New York, I attended my first yoga class. I liked it! Then I went with my aunt and enjoyed that class too. I thought to myself, “Hmm, maybe I should really have a go at this.” I started reading more about yoga and meditation and that inspired a trip to India in 2015.
I got started at Dragonfly back in December of 2016. My friend had asked me to go with her and I had wanted to try hot yoga. We went to a Sunday night Flow class and I loved it so much I signed up for the intro month and returned the next day for another class! Before Dragonfly I had only taken a few yoga classes but now it has become a wonderful and necessary part of my life!
To be honest, I tell people I’m surprised by how much I love hot yoga, being what I call a “hot bodied person”, I was not sure the heated studio would be for me. I cannot explain how amazing it feels every time I lay my mat out on the warm floor. I love everything about attending Dragonfly classes and with my regular attendance it has become a community of familiar faces. We are all there to practice and share our energy and I’m quite social so I love it! Some Friday mornings we are even given a “two minute warning” so we know to stop chatting and head into the studio for Yin!
One of my friends joined Dfly two summers ago when she moved downtown and encouraged me to try the intro month and I loved it. I never got into sports growing up and had never before been committed to a fitness routine, so it felt good finding a way to exercise my body that I actually found fun!
I always leave practice feeling strong. Sometimes I leave feeling strong because I pushed myself and hold a new balance and sometimes I feel strong because I set aside my ego and listen to what my body needs to make the practice my own. No matter what happens when I move on my mat I always take that strength with me into the rest of my day.