Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Deb Holland

Let me begin my yoga story by saying how honored and humbled I am to be selected as yogi of the month at Dragonfly Sun Prairie. My partner Annie Rubens is the one who introduced me to yoga, many years ago. Over time my practice was sporadic, at a variety of studios, depending on where we lived at the time. When Dragonfly came to Sun Prairie I saw the ad for $20 for the first month and decided it was high time to get back on the mat! Annie joined with me, in support of my practice. We tried out a wide variety of classes and thoroughly enjoyed our time there together. When the month was over I stayed on for some time to come. However, as is so often the case for so many of us, life happened and I went back to only a sporadic practice, mostly at home. Then on May 31, 2018, after 25 years of being together, Annie passed away as a result of a bike accident while training for her second Ironman. My world was shattered and my heart was crushed. I knew that in order to even want to continue to live, I needed to let go of non-essential commitments and make space for what truly served my well-being, my purpose, and our legacy. I returned to Dragonfly and was greeted with tremendous compassion and care by Pete, who welcomed me back as if I had never missed a day. The staff of course knew about the accident, and knew without even having to ask, why I was returning to the mat.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Maria Marunich

If I remember correctly, a friend told me about Dragonfly. At the time I was a member at another yoga studio in town but the idea of adding a weight/cardio class appealed to me. So I gave Yoga Up at try. Wow, I had no idea what I was getting myself into but the challenge brought me back week after week.

I had been practicing yoga for about 10 years when Dragonfly drew me in. I had a dedicated yoga practice but was looking to shake things up. Yoga was satisfying and soothing my mind and soul but I wanted to see more definition in my body. Elizabeth pushed me to add more BarreAmped classes (and weights) to my workout routine. As I write this, I have never thanked her for that! Now I will.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Amy Shanley

My first experience with Yoga was in 1996 at a YMCA Iyengar class. Since then I have been drawn to yoga and have tried several local studios over the years. I started coming to Dragonfly in 2013 for Yin and then discovered Flow. I love the different challenges each class offers. I can push myself as much or as little as I need each day.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Heather Halweg

I was looking for fitness classes to add to my cardio and soccer regime. I wanted some strength training that didn’t require me to join a gym. For at least a year (I think, maybe 2?) I didn’t do any yoga classes at Dragonfly. Peace of mind and slower motions had never been my workout or life forte.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Luann Ballweg

My first visit to Dragonfly was the best decision I made for myself in 2018! Previously I was getting my fitness fix at a kickboxing studio with HIIT in a circuit setting. When the studio announced it was closing, I decided to try something out of my comfort zone by attending a class at Dragonfly. I had no experience with yoga and thought I might pass out doing hot yoga! I had never been so comfortable in an unfamiliar setting and couldn’t wait to come back the next day. I attended a barre class at another studio a few years ago and enjoyed it, so I thought that’s what I’d sign up for most. I tried as many classes as I could my first few days and went straight for the full membership, so I could continue to enjoy them all.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jackie Flavin

I moved to Madison from Chicago when I was 8 months pregnant and needed a way to stay active. I was so fortunate to find Dragonfly’s Barre and prenatal yoga classes. Many of the prenatal work outs around are too gentle to really break a sweat. Dragonfly offered a good burn while the teachers guided me safely through the classes. Soon after I had my baby, I jumped into Yoga Up and Power Up classes. I’ve tried it all and I think the Yoga + Barre + Fitness offerings at Dragonfly are easily the best in town.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Deirdre Green

How did you get started at Dfly?
I wanted to start exercising regularly and had a membership at a 24 hour gym but rarely went there to run on the treadmill as had been the plan. I’d considered classes, but thought “I can’t do classes, I hate exercising with other people” but a friend persuaded me to try it and I found out I loved it! I’ve been at Dfly for about three years now.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I’d done a few yoga classes but no BarreAmped ones; mainly Bikram yoga and I liked it but did it infrequently.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Caroline Matkom

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was struggling to find a consistent, enjoyable workout routine until my friend and fellow Dragonfly member, Anna Gustafson, encouraged me to join in January 2017!

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I was never exposed to yoga in my childhood, but started doing yoga once every 2 months for soccer training in high school. My body always felt strong and empowered during yoga, therefore I wanted to pursue yoga classes in college.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the camaraderie of Dragonfly classes – I feel like I am on a team. I am constantly inspired and pushed by other members in the class.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Jaclyn Shadley

Last year, a friend of mine took me to my first class at Dragonfly Middleton, where I fell in love immediately. Everyone was so nice and supportive of how little flexibility I had at the time. I love when the instructors say “respect and listen to your body, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.”
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jessica Wray

Before I became a member at Dfly 2 years ago I was in a work out rut. I was going to a gym that offered a large variety of classes (spin, step, Zumba, body pump, yoga) and although I liked their classes and instructors I was ready to try something new. I also wanted to practice yoga more regularly but had a hard time incorporating it into my other exercise regimen. I had driven by Dragonfly many times and finally decided to sign up for the intro month and loved it. The rest is history!

Prior to Dfly I had done yoga here and there including a few hot yoga classes but never kept up a regular practice. I had never done Barre before Dfly and even though I’ve tried a few classes since, I still can’t get on the Barre train!
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