Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Stephanie Koteles

How do you get started at Dragonfly?

I found Dragonfly in 2016, when searching for a mindfulness practice in the Madison area. I was hesitant of the heat, but after reading the helpful tips and learning the owner also HATES being hot, I decided to try it. I did not know what to expect with my first visit to a yoga studio, but felt right at home at Dragonfly.

What is/was your yoga/barre amped experience before Dfly?

I had taken a few yoga classes sporadically, but not for many years. I enjoy group exercise classes, and have tried several types of exercise but in my adulthood had not found my niche for a regular exercise practice.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Natalie Nguyen

When I moved to Madison from Los Angeles two years ago, I joined Dragonfly as a way to stay active but since then, it has become a lot more than just a way to stay fit. Although I was a gymnast for 14 years and an NCAA Division I triple jumper, I had little yoga experience before joining. It didn’t take long though to get totally hooked and now I can’t imagine life without it.

With my busy work and travel schedule as a wildlife veterinarian, the variety of classes and times offered at Dragonfly allow me to attend a session no matter my plans. When I return from traveling, getting back into a daily routine can be challenging, but as soon as I step into the studio I’m able to jump back into my active, healthy lifestyle.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Krishna Patel

How did you get started at Dfly?

I moved to Madison in Spring of 2014 and was looking for a way to get moving! I heard great things about Dragonfly from co-workers and decided to give it a try and have been coming ever since (minus a few winter months of hibernation 😊).

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?

I have never done any yoga or barre or really anything fitness related before coming to Dragonfly. Over the past years I’ve realized how important staying active is and my body and mind are definitely the better for it.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Jane Ippolito

How did you get started with Dfly?

Last year, I retired and moved back to Wisconsin after living in Maryland for over 30 years. In Maryland, I belonged to a fitness center where I took a variety of classes including: yoga, dance, stretch and strength building. One of the first things I did after I moved to Madison was to look for fitness classes I could take in the downtown area where I live. Dfly was one of several places I checked out and I took advantage of the Intro Offer that allowed me to take unlimited classes for a month. After a taking only a few classes, I knew that the Dfly community was a great fit for me.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?

Before moving to Madison, my practice included 1-2 regular yoga classes a week at the fitness center. My daughter introduced me to hot yoga several years ago when I visited her in Charlotte. After taking just one class, I loved how great I felt and how it challenged me. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any hot yoga classes that fit with my schedule or were close to my Maryland home, so my hot yoga experience was limited to visits with my daughter.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?

One of the first things that I experienced was the warm welcome I get when I enter the studio. I attend classes at all locations and I’m impressed that I am greeted by name when I arrive. The staff are always helpful in answering questions and giving suggestions.

Dfly offers a variety of classes, locations, times and instructors so that my practice always feels fresh and never mundane. Although I am the most senior yogi in the room, I have never felt out of place sharing my practice with yogis forty years younger than me.

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

Since I’ve joined Dfly, I’ve had to deal with some physical challenges that my practice has helped me through. Last year, yoga enabled me to maintain the gains I have made pre and post-surgery. Now, yoga is helping me recover from a knee injury that I’ve been dealing with for months. While there are some positions that I still can’t do, I am making progress every day.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?

My goal is to make it to my mat 4 times a week. I’ve taken a variety of classes including Aroma Yin, Core Flow, Fusion, Power Flow, Slow Flow, BarreAmped, Power Up and Yoga Up. While I’ve enjoyed them all, I usually sign up for the classes that are offered mid-day which best fits with my schedule. While I’ve not taken advantage of the special events offered, it’s good to know there are ways I can always expand my practice.

Joining the Dfly community has been one of the best things I’ve done since moving back to Wisconsin. What a great find!

Instructor Meghan Mehan: “Jane’s dedication to her practice is nothing short of inspiring. She arrives with a smile on her face, and a willingness to embrace whatever it is the practice will bring on any given day. I love that about her. Jane approaches her practice in a way that is persistent and honest, always welcoming a challenge, and continuously showing up to move​, to breathe, and to be in this community. She asks questions, showing the desire to deepen her movement practice and work in a way that is safe and healthy for her body​​. Jane, I am so grateful to have your energy in my classes. Thank you for always being willing, open, and persistent! It is a joy to have you in the room. Congratulations on being yogi of the month!”