Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Lindsay Bohn

How did you get started at Dfly?
I actually “reluctantly” got started at Dragonfly 3 ½ years ago under the constant nagging of my doctor to “try yoga” to alleviate my back pain. I was hit by a drunk driver and had spinal surgery to try to correct the damage to my lumbar spine (herniated and bulging discs). Before the accident and surgery I was a competitive bodybuilder and played women’s semi-pro full tackle football. I like lifting heavy and hitting hard but the surgery failed and I was unable to do those things anymore. My options came down to a spinal fusion or trying a combination of injections, chiropractic care, massage and yoga to ease the pain. I opted to try everything I could before getting on the operating table again. Yoga was the last of the items I added to my regimen and to my surprise not only did it help ease my back pain, I actually enjoyed it and was challenged by it and I’ve been hooked ever since!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Elizabeth Devine

I have dabbled in yoga and fitness classes since college, but it wasn’t until I broke my arm 3 years ago that I really got into yoga & Dragonfly. I broke my arm snowboarding, so a hot yoga studio seemed like the complete opposite of an icy mountain and a safe place to start becoming active again.

I had a lot of anxiety going into the first couple of classes, but Shawn and Carrie were so welcoming. They both had this infectious positive energy and the exact “sure you can do yoga with one arm, why not?” kind of attitude that I needed. I am sure my downward dog resembled something of a wobbly one-armed fallen tree, but they were so supportive and taught me to embrace and honor my body. That was when I finally started to meet my body where it was. I couldn’t work for 10 weeks, so I started going to yoga all of the time, my hair in whatever type of ponytail my husband (boyfriend at the time) could conjure up. Eventually I came to class, put my own hair up, and successfully did a 4-legged downward dog— I felt so strong and accomplished & have been hooked ever since!

That is why I love the culture at Dragonfly—all you have to do is show up, goof around a little, and grow. The instructors have an incredible way of making you feel strong and awesome. Dragonfly gave me back the strength and confidence to get back out there and explore the world!

Yoga has taught me to appreciate how incredible our bodies are, and the amazing things they are capable of. Practicing yoga helps me to live an overall healthier and active lifestyle. Yoga has given me the strength and endurance to be more adventurous when hiking and traveling, as well as definitely improving my performance in Rec League volleyball.

Instructor Shawn Smith: “Elizabeth will try anything… anything at all! That’s what I love about her fearless attitude! She’s willing to laugh at herself at any given time too – doesn’t take herself too seriously! Elizabeth is also dedicated and creative. She managed to stay with her yoga practice throughout an extensive wrist injury. She was smart and realistic but thought creatively to keep her practice solid.”

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kim Reles

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was trying out a few different yoga studios in Madison and decided to do the Intro month at DFly. I was happy to see classes offered early enough for me to attend before work. That helped me get into a routine, and pretty soon I decided to join as a member!

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I thank my mom for making me go with her to a hot yoga class when I was home during a college break. Although I had no idea what I was doing, I remember walking out of the class feeling lighter and more relaxed. Since then, I’ve been practicing yoga for about 10 years, taking breaks here and there due to various reasons. Every time I would come back to my mat, I would think to myself, “WHY did I ever stop? I need this!” So for the past few years, I’ve made yoga a regular part of my life. Barre is newer to me and I was hesitant to try because I thought I had to be a dancer- I have absolutely NO rhythm. However, I decided to give BarreAmped a chance, and it is now one of my favorite classes! While I still cannot dance, I can hold a pretty long plank!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Jessica Wagner

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got started at Dfly after attending a bend and brew event at Wisconsin Brewing. Tiffany was the instructor and really got me excited about the Dfly message.

What was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had never done a hot yoga class before Dfly nor had I ever done a barre class. I was a pretty avid functional training athlete so I originally started taking classes at Dfly as active recovery.
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