Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Bill Hagen

How did you get started at Dfly?
I’ve been friends with Dragonfly’s owner/founder, Megan, since the good old 90s. I joined the Sun Prairie studio when the odometer on the water fountain was at “0000012.” My office was nearby.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I’ve done yoga on and off since college when I was in India studying martial arts and dance.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The benefits of yoga. The location is great because I can do the 5:30 AM classes, shower, and get to my office by 7:00. The community is incredibly supportive. The Sun Prairie facility is wonderful.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
When I joined, I had two toddlers and couldn’t cut the grass without having to stop to catch my breath. I’ve lost 30 pounds since the start of 2019 after re-energizing my practice. The biggest gain has been the extra second or two of space I have before I react to unexpected things my kids do. I’ve suffered from depression since the death of my first son in 2010. When I’m practicing regularly, I have space away from that illness. I’m going through a divorce at the moment. Dragonfly has been my angry place. Practice has been incredibly emotional this year. This is a safe place for my anger to release. My practice is vital for me to get things out, be active, and care for myself so I don’t crash and burn when life gets to be too much. I’m able to relax into stressful moments and not hurt myself as I’ve done since I was a kid by bottling up.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
With custody, I’m limited to only two or three classes I can get to at the moment. The 5:30 AM classes fit my schedule as a working parent. When I can get to the 75-minute vinyasa classes on the weekends, I love them.

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 don’t wear my glasses when I practice, so all I see are blobs of color. I have no idea who these other people are in the classes, so I’m focused on what is happening on my mat. The supportive energy from those friendly blobs of color on their mats is tangible. We’re all in it together. The early morning crew was set for years with the same instructors, then we changed up. That transition was great – I got to hear new voices. I miss Kristin, Nichole V (I’ll still track her down for a challenging class), and Megan. I celebrate having Shannon, Jonathan, and Jorie. This has been a difficult year. I’ve broken down crying during Jonathan’s Thursday morning class a number of times, which is still really weird for me, but I’m giving myself permission to cry during yoga class. I don’t know why his class takes me to a spot where it’s safe to release like that (maybe if he changed his playlist, I’d cry less), but that’s where I am in December 2019.

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Stephanie Noskowiak

How did you get started at Dfly?
A friend of mine brought me to a class a couple years ago. I wanted to become more flexible so I figured I would give it a try. I started going to the Flow classes until I found the Power Up and Yoga Up classes. After attending these classes I was hooked.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I ran track in high school and college and heard yoga was so good for your body. So I started with P90X yoga and it was something I was never motivated to do and never understood why people enjoyed it so much. Once I was introduced to hot yoga I instantly loved yoga, especially being in a hot room. Before Dragonfly I never saw yoga as an actual workout. I later found out how wrong I was and how hard the yoga classes were.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I enjoy being in a safe community where I am able to push myself and try new poses. Suki always calls it “play time.” She encourages us to go past what we feel are our limitations.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I feel more grounded and centered. I also feel more focused at work. My flexibility and stability have dramatically improved. I’ve always been in a weight room and I actually feel stronger when coming to yoga.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I usually attend classes daily, if I miss a day I’ll go to 2 classes the next day. Power Up/Yoga Up/Circuit Up/Flow. I can’t choose!!

Instructor Shawn Smith: “Stephanie is like a ninja. She’s quiet and stealth-like and moves like an athlete. She rises to the challenge every single class. She embraces each exercise or pose and takes queuing and coaching really really well. She’s amazing!!”

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Nick Kinsella

I first started with Dragonfly as a means to avoid stiffness in my body from previous sports injuries and consistent sitting in the office. Having no experience in yoga prior to Dragonfly I was a blank canvas to all that yoga has to offer. In Dragonfly I have found a community that harbors growth in a multitude of ways: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Yoga has eliminated all soreness that was previously hindering my day-to-day existence. I have developed new strengths within my body that had not been utilized before. The inspirational wisdom of the Dragonfly instructors has changed my entire perspective on myself and the outside world. Through their teachings I have learned acceptance, gratitude, kindness, and determination. In practice I find a euphoric connection to my fellow yogis through our united breath. I have a deepened sense of connection to the universe through meditation as I ground my body in savasana while letting my mind wander in nirvana.
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