I got started at Dragonfly about a year and a half ago. I honestly picked this studio as my gym because it is close to home and very reasonably priced for a studio offering hot yoga and barre. These may have been the reasons that brought me in the door but I’ve stayed for far better reasons.
Before coming to Dragonfly I had taken yoga classes on and off for the past ten years, not ever consistently belonging to one studio. Prior to Dfly I did not practice yoga for more than a few months and normally only took classes one or two times per week. I had tried a few barre classes in my past as well but ultimately never committed due to the high cost of classes.
In June, I started a new position right down the street at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and was looking for a studio close by. I had done yoga in the past and heard awesome things about Dragonfly, so I thought I would try it out. I am still here today, so I think my curiosity stuck. Back in high school, I did a month trial with my aunt at her favorite studio in Milwaukee. I mainly practiced Bikram style or the Fire classes at Dfly. I liked going into each class knowing the sequence because the repetition allowed for discernible improvements. When I came to Dfly, I wanted to try something new. I had never heard of Barreamped before, so it was a new style of workout I wanted to try. But, I feel in love with the vinyasa style classes. Each day was something exciting, but had familiar poses, so you can still feel the improvements class to class.
I began at Dfly in 2012 – I lived down the street from the Middleton location, and wanted to give it a try. I had recently trained for and ran a half marathon but without the training plan I was having trouble really committing to a fitness practice at the local gym where I had a membership. I went for the trial month after I realized that Tiffany Geier, the PE teacher at the elementary school where I had just become the school social worker, also taught at Dfly! Then onto the 10 class passes and soon the monthly membership!
I had done yoga, including hot, here and there, and had maybe only ever heard of this “Barre” thing in magazines and on social media. At the gym I belonged to I would do the treadmill, weight machines and swim but doing it on my own wasn’t really working. And I always thought that I only liked to workout by myself – I never felt like the group fitness classes were for me (turns out that group classes…well, DFLY group classes…are for me!).
Almost two years ago, I started becoming interested in yoga more seriously and decided I wanted to join a studio. I tried out several of the yoga studios in Madison, but once I found Dfly, I was hooked. The community of Dfly is so welcoming, and I immediately felt at home in the studio. I’ve been a member ever since.
I found yoga after trying some classes offered through the UW-Madison gyms when I was a freshman. I instantly loved yoga, but I found many downsides to practicing yoga in that setting. I was only going about once every two weeks, it wasn’t hot in the room, and the classes didn’t explore as many different poses and sequences. Becoming a member of Dfly allowed me to start practicing regularly with teachers who know and teach yoga really well.