For years, biking and running were my primary forms of exercise. I practiced yoga in my home during the winter when it was just too cold for this Arizona girl to lace up a pair of running shoes. And every year, I counted the days until I could get back out on my bike. Winter was something I came to dread. So when I saw the Dfly Sun Prairie under construction, I thought yoga with people might be a good way to get beyond my winter blues. The variety of classes and the great people were just what I needed. Yoga at Dfly is now my primary year-round form of exercise, but I still love taking my bike out or going for a run on a beautiful day.
Three years ago, my boys were heading back to school in the Fall and my friend asked me to try out a class. I have been going consistently since that very day. Before Dragonfly, I was primarily a runner and I also used to do Barre tapes at home. I had taken a few yoga classes at some local studios but none that I stuck with.
Aside from the obvious health benefits of doing the strength training workouts, I love seeing the great friends I have made, along with just the regular faces I see each week. I have yet to see a person (including the instructors or people behind the desk) crabby here!
I had wanted to find a new way to work out after taking some time to heal some thyroid and adrenal issues. I read that yoga would not induce the same type of stress like some workouts and wanted to try it, but was intimidated by the idea of walking into a gym. I heard the DFly commercials on the radio on my way to work. I was in a place in my life where I was branching out and trying new things. The offer to “just come in to try it” was very welcoming and so one Tuesday night, I decided to do just that! I was hooked after just one class! I’ve done Zumba, running, training with a trainer and other group workouts, but had only experienced some yoga moves in other workout sessions. I did not know what a yoga “practice” was until I joined Dragonfly.
I got started at Dragonfly in November 2016 when the intro month was on sale, my boss had told me to watch out for the sale around Thanksgiving (it’s apparently pretty easy to figure out that I like to buy things on sale whenever possible.) I moved to downtown Madison in September and wanted to find somewhere close to our apartment because I knew that there would be days where I wouldn’t want to go far to exercise. I’m frequently #lazy.
My yoga experience prior to Dragonfly was pretty minimal – just a few classes and only one hot yoga class where my hands slipped on my mat during a downward dog and decided that hot yoga and I weren’t going to happen for a while. I had been going to barre classes weekly for a few months up in Green Bay, so I knew the basics.