Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Lacey Wood

How did you get started at Dfly?
I had a friend who attended hot yoga classes and convinced me to try it a couple years ago. It took a lot of convincing to start attending classes. I thought, “you mean you go to yoga classes in 95-degree temps?!” But I got hooked immediately!

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
Very little experience before I came to Dfly. I had attended a few classes here and there at other studios and never really cared for yoga until I found Dfly.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love that the fitness-based classes are all different. Each instructor has their own style, it keeps me on my toes & I keep pushing myself to be better than I was the day before. While being in a hot room doing cardio or lifting weights for an hour can feel intense, the benefits are worth it.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
YES! I broke my hip in 2018 from a running injury and all the balance poses & unilateral exercises have helped to strengthen my hip flexors. As a long-time runner, strength often took a back seat to miles. Power up & Yoga up is the best of both worlds—a serious cardio workout combined with body-strength exercises that have vastly improved my overall fitness and helped me overcome overuse injuries, so I’m running happily and pain free now. 6-7 days a week. My favorite classes are yoga up and power up classes. I love a good challenge and those classes never disappoint.

Instructor Shawn Smith: “Lacey is consistent and dedicated to her fitness routine. She is ready to get after it every time she’s in one of my fitness classes. Totally determined and ready to work hard.”

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Ava Shadmani

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was introduced to Dfly through a friend in the winter of 2019. I was hooked after my first class and started my intro month right away!

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I used to do some yoga occasionally but had never done hot yoga before Dfly. It was pretty a new experience!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love EVERYTHING about Dfly. From its wonderful instructors to a positive environment and friendly community. Doing yoga at Dfly is where I get to stay mindful and present in my daily life. It is also an effective workout. I should add the chill towel at the end of class is pretty awesome!

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Hot Yoga has enhanced my life mentally and physically. As a violinist, I notice practicing yoga improves my playing by releasing tension from my body. Long hours of holding up my instrument are way more tolerable and less painful with yoga! I also love sweating things out. Overall, I feel more grounded and at ease since taking classes.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I go to Dfly studio 3 to 4 times a week. It’s hard to choose a favorite class since each instructor has something unique to offer. I personally enjoy classes led by John Harmon the most. Chakra Flow is a favorite too!

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 am moving to Canada in a month and the first thing I will do there, is finding the closest Yoga studio to my house. Thank you Dfly for turning yoga into a passion in me and giving me joy and harmony during my time in Madison!