Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: David Riedeman

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was looking for a way to balance out the volume of running I do weekly and yoga seemed like it would be a really natural fit.

What is/was your yoga/barre/fitness experience before Dfly?
My experience was very limited. I had followed along with a few videos online but never been to an in person yoga class before.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I really enjoy being able to slow things down and focus on my breathing and becoming more aware of what I am feeling in different places in my body on a given day. And also of course the wonderful heat! I like to get to class a little early so that I can relax and soak it all in.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I feel healthier and definitely more limber and nimble than I did before. Going to a class also provides a nice release of any external stresses I may be feeling on a given day.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I have been pretty consistent in getting to 4-5 classes a week. I enjoy flow and power up the most.

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 absolutely love to run and especially so when it is on trails. I’m really passionate about the whole physical, mental, and emotional experience that comes with completing longer endurance events and have developed a particular affinity for the 200+ mile race distance over the last 3-4 years. I am doing a set of three races like this together known as the Triple Crown later this year and am super stoked for the adventure it will surely be.

Instructor Cassie Slaby: “David is a great asset to any class. He works hard each time and is willing to try new poses, even the crazy ones. His presence is not only appreciated in the studio, he is always wearing a smile and makes sure to say hello at the front desk. I am happy he is the YOM, he is here almost as much as the employees and definitely deserves the acknowledgement.”

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