Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Shelia Postler

How did you get started at Dfly?
Since it was local I got curious after driving by running errands – thought I’d check it out.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
After a lifelong struggle to find the right for me fitness/weight and mental management I started yoga several years ago my job offered “lunchtime yoga” and loved it! It was a great break from my desk job and got me moving. From there I moved to various community yoga groups – SP parks and rec, outdoor yoga, and Badger Fitness offered hot yoga and it intrigued me as I love saunas since I love to detox with all that sweat – it was nice there but was a giant cliché and felt I didn’t fit in so I stopped going.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
What’s not to like?!? The atmosphere – everyone is SO friendly and doesn’t judge bodies or abilities and is genuinely excited to Fly together. The studio is always clean and welcoming and never smells like “the gym”. The bathrooms and showers are also clean and welcoming. D-fly even offers tea, hair ties, and shampoo/conditioner in the showers!

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
YES! I feel stronger not just physically but mentally too! I like to arrive to class early to kick-start my mental me time and relax, unplug and get into my headspace to get ready for my workout. I feel so recharged after class is over!

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
Typically attend 3-4 various in person classes per week, whenever my schedule allows. Favorite class is Yoga Up! I also really like Barre – can’t wait until it comes back to SP. I’d like to suggest that Sun Prairie D-Fly offer either a weekday Yoga UP early 6 AM class or another evening Yoga Up class to add to the schedule in addition to the Wednesday evening class. Or even a Sunday Yoga Up class would be nice 😊. 45 min classes leave NO excuse for not having ‘time’ to fly!

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 know D-fly has struggled with the pandemic and business. I have some thoughts I’d like and maybe others might like to see with D-fly: Kids yoga in the SP barre room since is not getting used currently? Kids would really benefit not only physically but mentally too – my 10 year old daughter and your daughter too Nicole 😊 (they both come from divorced homes and spending time at two households – even if life is balanced for them it’s still has challenges and would help keep minds right and do what their Mom’s do to stay healthy) Also, healthy recipe sharing or cooking healthy to share with other yogi’s trying to balance life, health and yoga? In closing D-fly is AMAZING! The heat is detoxing and helps muscles move and grow. Never do the classes get boring. Everyone loves being there – feels great getting ME back after a difficult COVID lockdown and sharing the journey with others that are there for the same reason.

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jen Pham

How did you get started at Dfly? What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I started taking classes at Flyght actually. Everyone there was so nice and welcoming that I wanted to try out the sister yoga studio and eventually signed up for the all access passes. I had never done yoga and tried 1 barre class so I very intimidated at the thought of going and trying to keep up.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
After the first few classes, I was hooked. I love leaving class feeling just how I need to feel whether it’s that I’m a sweaty mess and feeling strong or relaxed and more focused for the rest of my day. I get to take what I need from each class, each pose, and each breath.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Well besides being able to do an actual push up, it’s been my greatest stress reliever and as well as a welcome physical and mental challenge. Knowing that I can breathe through the discomfort of a difficult pose with sweat dripping down my face is something I take with me, to breathe through the challenges and inconveniences that’s pop up throughout the day.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to attend 3-4 classes a week and love to start my day off with flow yoga in the morning. It requires minimal motivation to go to a class because all you have to do is get through the door. You can let everything else go and just follow the instructor as they guide you through the workout, when and how to get to each pose, transition to the next. You can stop thinking and just be in the moment.

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 love Dragonfly! I’ve only had great experiences with every class and instructors and everyone has been so welcoming, accepting, and kind.

Instructor Suki Warda: “Jen is a delight to have in class. She embodies a quiet calm strength. As you may notice practicing next to Jen, you will feel her supportive, kind, and nurturing energy. It is an honor to have Jen in class and as a stable member of our Dragonfly community!”

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kathy Janssen

Dragonfly became my “home” studio almost 6 years ago after my children began driving themselves and I had more “me” time. I was thrilled to walk into that hot room the very first day, and haven’t looked back.

I’ve practiced yoga for over 34 years, studying Ashtanga, Bikram, Power, Hatha, and Kundalini among other schools. I’m a Certified YogaKids Facilitator and Yoga Fit instructor so also love learning about other limbs of yoga beyond asana.

But, I love to be in class with the energy of others which is why Dragonfly is so important to me. Due to the abundance of classes offered, variety of teachers to choose from, and the sign-up app that keeps me on schedule, I’ve been able to maintain a consistent practice several times a week.

Whether I’m with family and friends, working on my farm, riding and showing horses, mountain biking, boating, hiking the UP, or just meditating, yoga up-levels every aspect of life through the physical and mental strength, balance and flexibility that comes with regular practice. It also just keeps me from hurting myself:))

My favorite yoga classes are true Vinyasa styles that marry breath and movement, Ashtanga or a flow class that has creative, fun sequencing of poses.

Two of the things I love about yoga are that “it meets you where you’re at” and “the perfect pose is the pose that you can do today!” These beliefs really helped me this past year after I had my hip replaced, so after releasing expectations and accepting modifications, I was able to practice fairly quickly after surgery and speed up recovery.

I encourage everyone to get to the mat, prioritize a consistent practice, accept where you’re at right now yet challenge yourself, have fun, be open to all the benefits yoga will bring into your life, and make it a good one!

Instructor Shawn Smith: “Kathy is an incredible athlete. I’ve loved watching her passion with her horses and how she’s been able to use yoga to strengthen that love of hers. Kathy is dedicated to her practice and has learned how to use all the benefits of yoga to enhance her life.”

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Lindsey Hughes

How did you get started at Dfly?
I wanted to get into yoga, but I was intimidated. I started looking around and Dragonfly happened to have a yoga for beginners workshop at the time. It was exactly what I needed and I was hooked. A friend joined at the same time and it was awesome to have someone to go with and the perfect excuse to meet up multiple times a week.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I occasionally tried an at-home yoga video, but basically none.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the atmosphere and positive energy during classes. I feel relaxed and stronger when I leave and I know that I got a great workout. Plus, the heat during winter is a nice bonus.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Consistently going to classes has helped me deal with stress and I feel much calmer. I also feel stronger and have started to regain the flexibility that I used to have.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
Before Covid I was going about 4 times a week. Since then, my entire schedule has changed and I try to go at least twice a week. I used to go after work, but I’ve been going to morning classes and realized that I love starting my day with a great workout. My favorite class was Fire, but while I wait for that to come back, I’m enjoying a mix of Flow and Yoga Up.

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’m so thankful I found Dragonfly all those years ago. It has been such a wonderful experience and I am so appreciative of the community here. Thank you to the amazing instructors and staff that make it happen!