Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Amanda Hirsch

How did you get started at Dfly?
A friend of mine I met shortly after moving to Madison encouraged me to start going to hot yoga classes at Dragonfly. It was during the middle of winter with a foot of snow on the ground as Wisconsin winters have and therefore was not a very hard sell. It felt AMAZING to walk into the warmth! *thought to self* oh my God I have toes again!

What was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
When I was in school I did home workouts to p90x and p90x2. One day, not wanting to go to the gym or do a tough workout, another friend and I decided we would do the p90x yoga DVD. We were looking for something easy and relaxing. *Facepalm* Anyone familiar with Tony Horton knows that is not an easy workout. Especially being an hour and a half long and the first ever yoga class for either of us!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
Do I have to pick one? I enjoy the feeling after class when the muscles still burn and I know I had a great workout.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely. Dfly has helped me in several aspects of my life. It has given me a schedule to get me motivated to get up when I am feeling tired due to my erratic work schedule. The yoga based classes that end with relaxing on the mat help manage the stress that comes with work specifically and life in general. But mostly work…

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
That depends! For a time I was trying to make it to at least 5 classes a week due to the benefits of working out in heat. It can help combat elevation sickness and I was planning a trip to play around in mountain tops. I don’t know if it worked because I still felt like I had been repeatedly pummeled by several horse drawn carriages by the time I was done but! It was beautiful and I am really glad I got the chance to go! Actually, COVID almost trapped me there which would have been a lot of fun as well. My favorite class would have to be Core Flow with Nichole. I could almost swear she loves watching the people in her class die a little on the inside by the time it gets to the end of class and your core is completely spent and she pushes for just a few more moves but you really have nothing left in the tank! lol Thank you Nichole! I can’t give you too much grief for that because I obviously keep coming back to die. I have to ask though, what is with the 3-legged dolphin pose? I really never want to see a 3-legged dolphin. Or a dolphin with any number of legs for that matter.

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 so grateful that Dfly made it through COVID! It has been awesome to come back to the heat and the supportive staff.

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Megan Heim

How did you get started at Dfly? What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I was looking for ways to incorporate more mindfulness into my life and took a yin class with a friend. I was immediately hooked and became a regular attendee and member in April 2019. I took a few yoga classes at a different fitness center prior.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
As one of the instructors puts it best: For that one hour I can say “see you later outside world!” It’s fun, it’s challenging, and so rewarding.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Yes! I’m kinder and more patient with myself and others. Yoga has been a great metaphor for life, emphasizing how nothing is permanent or perfect. As that same instructor likes to say, “you nailed it, wobbles and all!”

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I typically attend 6 classes a week. I love the mixture of vinyasa flow, yoga up, and yin!

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 live in Middleton with my boyfriend Kamal. I’m a UW Madison graduate and work as a pharmacist. I’m a Badger fan and love yoga at Dragonfly (obviously), reading, walking, cooking/eating plant-based meals, and spending time with family and friends – especially my twin sister Melissa! I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Dragonfly community – to the staff who always provide a warm welcome and smile (that I can sense under their COVID masks!), the dedicated instructors, and my fellow yogis who provide me connection and motivation. Thank you!

Instructor Alexis Johnson: “Megan is always a joy to have in class! She seems to be very consistent with her fitness routine and it’s always great to see her at Dfly. She introduced herself to me early on which as a new teacher is always nice. And we bonded over my throwback playlists.”

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Anna Hardymon

I got started at Dragonfly after moving to Madison at the beginning of the summer. I was looking for a yoga studio and signed up for the month unlimited and I loved the classes, so I’ve kept going and I’ve really enjoyed it!

I’ve always enjoyed yoga, but I just did a few classes here and there until 2020, when I started doing Yoga With Adrienne videos on YouTube everyday as my quarantine hobby. Doing yoga everyday during quarantine inspired me to find a yoga studio and develop a true yoga practice.

I feel very strong when I attend Dragonfly classes. I feel very powerful particularly during flows that have a lot of balancing poses and derive a lot of satisfaction from seeing small improvements in my strength, balance, and flexibility over time.

I have definitely noticed an improvement in my well-being since starting Dragonfly classes. My anxiety levels are lower and I feel stronger, healthier, and happier. Doing these classes clears my mind and makes me a more positive and productive person.

I attend classes about 5-6 times a week. My favorite classes are 60 minute flows and the more I attend them, the more I develop muscle memory for the flow, which is very satisfying.

I just think yoga is a really life changing practice and Dragonfly is a great place to cultivate it! It’s such a great combination of exercise for your body and a mindfulness practice for your mind and I love being a part of the Dragonfly community.

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Rachel Bauman

How did you get started at Dfly?
I went to Dfly in college at the downtown campus and loved my experience there. I had to cancel my membership after my schedule got too hectic. After three years, I finally came back in March and have been so happy with my decision to join the Fitchburg Dfly.

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
Prior to my time at the Downtown Dfly, I had zero yoga experience. I remember the instructors doing a great job of talking through, or even demonstrating each pose. This made it easier to catch on and I remember feeling confident in my yoga practice within just a few classes.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I typically attend yoga after work and find it’s the perfect place to stretch, breathe, release stress, and separate my work and home life.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes? How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I’ve experienced so many changes. I’m stronger, healthy, and I better understand my body and my body’s needs. My stress level has lowered, I have a better outlook, more energy, and overall feel better about myself. I suffered an injury in mid-September, but prior to that I was going to class multiple times a week. I’m eager to heal and get back to all the variations of Flow.

Instructor Cassie Everhart: “Rachel is an amazing asset to each class, she comes into the studio always with a smile and happy demeanor, she never forgets to ask how I am doing at the desk or in the studio and is always pleasantly friendly to those around her. During class I have seen her fall out of poses and laugh at herself and try again, which is what I love to see in class someone exploring their practice and enjoy the moments, not taking it too seriously. Rachel is a great pick for the YOM and I hope she continues to attend dfly classes for many years to come.”