Downtown Yogi of the Month: Jenny Grutzik

How did you get started at Dfly?
I recently retired from playing roller derby (8 years!) and needed something new that was physical and challenging, but a little more self-paced and easier on my body. A friend volunteered to go with me to my first class, and I loved it. Dfly is perfect because there is a wide range of class times and class types, so I can choose a class that fits my schedule and what my body needs at that time.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had gone to a few yoga classes here and there, but never did it regularly, and had never tried hot yoga.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love how refreshed I feel after, whether it’s a relaxing Yin class or a Power Up class that totally kicked my butt. I have a couple old injuries that act up from time to time, and I feel those less and less the more regularly I go to classes.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely. I feel more balanced in general and look forward to taking an hour out of my day where I don’t have to think about work or how many things I have to get done or anything else that may be bothering me. I’m stronger too!

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I usually go 4 days a week and do a mix of Flow, Yin, and Power Up classes. Of those classes, I don’t think I can pick a favorite! They all give me something different and the instructors are lovely.

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 think of physical activity as a form of self-care and meditation. My mood is just better and life seems easier when I’m active. Dfly has been so welcoming and warm (literally!) I’m really glad to have it. I love the feeling I get when I can get into a pose that is challenging for me, and I love seeing what I can do with time and practice.

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Fran Lutz

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was intrigued with the idea of hot yoga. I started with Yin classes because I wasn’t sure if I really knew what I was doing. I really loved the Yin classes though. I then signed up for a Whole 30 program through Dfly and that got me started on the Flow classes and transformed my way of eating. I am much healthier now.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I was doing yoga videos at home. I thought this was teaching me how to do yoga but you really need to be in a group atmosphere with an instructor for guidance.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the different classes to choose from. You even get a different class just from different instructors. And I feel so good afterwards.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes? How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I am more calm, relaxed and stronger too. Since I retired 1 1/2 years ago, I am able to attend class at least 6 days a week. I like to mix up my classes for the week but I think my favorite class is Fusion. I like the mix of Fire and Flow.

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.
Hot yoga has become my hobby. I have been a member of Dragonfly for about 6 years now and I have to thank all the instructors that have helped and inspired me to be the yogi I am today. So much that I want to be an instructor.

Instructor Kelly Perna: “Fran is well deserving of the honor of Yogi of the Month. Her commitment to her practice is an inspiration to her fellow yogi’s. I am so excited for Fran to be joining the yoga teacher training at Dragonfly this summer. My message to you, Fran, compliments of the wise Dr. Suess ~ “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” I’m looking forward to switching places and taking YOUR class one day soon.”

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Brendan Baxter

My wife and I started buying class passes in 2014 and would attend classes sporadically. Eventually I cancelled my traditional gym membership in search of a more structured fitness regimen and joined Dfly with no regrets. We would go to beginner yoga classes offered through our gym which provided some insight into the fundamentals of the practice, enough to make a class at a yoga studio more approachable for me as a novice.

I find yoga to be an excellent physical workout that can be easily dialed up or down based on my energy level, over time I came to better appreciate the mental clarity that this practice can provide through controlled breathing both during class and throughout the day.

Physically I’ve lost weight, lowered blood pressure, increased strength and flexibility, improved balance and muscle endurance. Mentally I have found that my stress level is more manageable, partly through the creation of a routine that allows time for a mental reset each morning at class.

When I get home from work, I want time with my wife and (almost) two year old daughter before her bedtime so for me, early morning classes are ideal. I make it to my mat Monday through Saturday for 5:30am Flow classes in Middleton and Fitchburg.

I am always impressed with the staff at Dfly and appreciative of the positivity they share with everyone that comes through the door and rolls out their mat, it’s inspiring.

Instructor Suki Warda: “Brendan is such a stable and strong force in the 5:30am practice. How he practices on his mat exhibits amazing strength, flexibility & lightness. It also reflects his kind and caring leadership qualities off the mat as well! Congratulations Brendan!! It’s a sincere honor to guide you!”

Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Megan Sellman

How did you get started at Dfly?
A group of friends from work were talking about trying it out as the studio is close to the office and I was asked if I wanted to join them and thought why not, I’m always up for a new challenge.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
Honestly my experience before Dfly was basically nonexistent. The only yoga experience I had prior were from a few drop in classes that were offered in high school and college.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
No matter what the class, I am challenged in one way or another which is great for me. I also love that each instructor has their own teaching style, which is awesome as it keeps each class unique.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
One thing I have never been able to do is forward fold and touch my toes, since starting at Dfly I am able to now touch my toes. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but I was so excited when I could finally achieve it. I also find yoga as an outlet. No matter what type of day I have I am always relaxed after class.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
Yoga Up is my favorite. I try to make to make it to class at least 3 times a week. I am not always successful, but it’s always a good week if I can make it to more classes.

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 love the atmosphere that Dfly provides. All instructors are welcoming to what stage you are at in your practice whether you are just beginning or extremely advanced. Yoga will be a part of my routine for many years to come and I am glad Dfly has started me on this journey.