Downtown Yogi of the Month: Seoda Duffy | Dragonfly Hot Yoga Madison WI

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Seoda Duffy

How did you get started at Dfly?

My wonderful friend Kathleen had been trying to get me to go to Dragonfly for a while, and I finally caved! I had never done hot yoga before and was a little intimidated. Since then I have happily accepted being a beet red sweaty mess.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?

I took part in a once-a-week class offered at my workplace…For about a year…Eight years ago! I only ever practiced sporadically at home and let it slide pretty quickly after I stopped going to class. However, I remembered really enjoying the sense of community and shared energy in a class setting.

What do you enjoy most about attending Dfly classes?

There really is a very accepting and friendly atmosphere here. I think a lot of people have to conquer some fears and preconceptions about themselves -physically and mentally- to practice in a group environment, so this is really important. When I first came to the downtown studio Natalie was extremely welcoming, and I have found that at all of the locations I’ve attended.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?

I’m physically stronger, and my stress level is lower overall. My initial motivation for starting here was to deal more constructively with stress. At first I thought of it as an escape, but it has become more of a “moving meditation” that really brings me a lot of peace and joy. My ability to calm myself and let things go is improving. Also, as a bedside nurse, I have a lot fewer aches and pains after a night of work. THAT is certainly a welcome change….Even if my knees still sound like Rice Krispies whenever I walk across the studio!

How often do you attend classes?

I attend 4-5 times a week. I don’t really want to pick a favorite, because I feel like there is always something just perfect for whatever you need that day. I appreciate the variety of classes and instructors at Dragonfly.

Instructor Bekah Gant: When she gets on her mat, it’s like the world falls away from Seoda. A deep peace surrounds her, a gentle smile rests on her face through the toughest poses, and she just flows. She may not realize it, but that equanimity on the mat reaches out into the entire room. Thank you, Seoda, for sharing that amazing, peaceful energy!