Middleton Yogi of the Month: Angela Rachidi | Dragonfly Hot Yoga Madison WI

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Angela Rachidi

How did you get started at Dfly?
In 2017, my family and I had just moved to Middleton and we welcomed baby #4. I was more than ready for some fitness options! My husband bought me a month pass to Dragonfly as a gift after I suggested I might like to get back into yoga. I had no idea Dragonfly had such amazing fitness classes too. After my first Power Up class, I was hooked.

What was your yoga/barre experience before Dfly?
I have always worked out and kept myself fit. But before Dfly, I mostly did individual work – going to the gym and running on my own. I quickly learned how much I enjoy the energy and challenge of doing classes. Now, Dfly is my main fitness regime.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the mental break that classes give me from my work and home life. And I love the physical challenge. The instructors are fantastic. They take so much time and care to put together fun and worthwhile classes. I appreciate them so much!

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely. After about six months of doing Up classes, my physique changed and my fitness level improved. I also found classes to be a great stress-reliever. I have been doing Up classes consistently for almost five years (including OnDemand during the COVID months). I am as healthy and fit as I have ever been.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I know Dfly is known for its yoga classes, but I really enjoy the fitness classes. I take 3-5 Up classes per week. My favorites are Circuit Up and Power Up. There are so many great instructors, but Shawn’s Circuit Up is a favorite of mine, and so are Pam, Ashley, and Carrie’s Power Up classes.

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 have four kids between the ages 5 to 11, a job that keeps me pretty busy, and a household to manage. Exercise has always been a big part of my life, but Dfly has been a life saver. I set up my schedule to accommodate Up classes. They give me energy to keep up with my kids and my active lifestyle, and the classes help keep me sane. I love everything about Dfly!

Instructor Ashley Bruckner “Angela comes regularly to my Power Up class and is definitely one of the strongest in the room. I love that she always takes the more challenging option and pushes herself all the way to the end.”