Downtown Yogi of the Month: Shtiliana (Ana) Careaga | Dragonfly Hot Yoga Madison WI

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Shtiliana (Ana) Careaga

How did you get started at Dfly?
One day I saw one of my co-workers coming back in the office with a yoga mat and we started talking. I was interested and she took me to the studio in Downtown. I loved it.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
No experience.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The most enjoyable thing to me is the yoga class, the challenge we face as a group, the feel of support, the lack of being judged, and the peaceful environment.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
If I must provide a description of what yoga became to me, I would say:
Yoga= life, challenge, strength, positive thinking, balanced mind, clarity, motivation, inspiration, flow of energy, wisdom …
This is why I always return to class. Yoga practice is a great addiction. One has to experience it in order to understand it.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I am trying to do my best to be there at least twice a week, but my desire is to practice 4-5 times. Due to the time constraints, I did not have the ability to explore all classes, but for my beginner level I found that ‘Flow’ and ‘Core Flow’ are a challenge I can handle.

Please feel free to share any other thoughts you have about Dfly, hot yoga, or your life as we would love to know more about you.
I would like to thank the staff of Dragonfly Hot Yoga for being so kind, considerate, friendly, positive, supportive and encouraging toward me. This is great place to be.

Instructor Quote from Natalie Koberstein: “Shtiliana comes to class with a mindful connection to what her body needs that day. She leaves all external distractions and thoughts outside of the studio, and truly embodies the practice of being present in the moment. She arrives with joy and acknowledges after each class what a healthy choice she made by coming to class!”