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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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Shea Thongnuam

I took my first class (Aroma Yin) in the summer of 2016 with my sister Lily. I enjoyed it, but didn’t quite catch the bug my first time around. Prior to yoga I had dealt with chronic spinal and hip pain/ailments. I had numerous prescriptions and a full medical team. Surgery had been a discussion, but was not an option as far as I was concerned. My physical therapist had suggested that I give yoga another shot. The following summer, Lily took the teacher training at Dragonfly and really expressed to me that I try a flow class. I signed up for her free practicum in July 2017 and was instantly hooked. I subsequently bought a 10 pack and started attending one or two classes a week for a couple of months. As time went by, my frequency of visits increased as well.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Holly Perrotti

How did you get started at Dfly?
I signed up for an Intro offer in fall 2017 after wanting to incorporate some yoga into my exercise routine. After the trial ended, I took the occasional class and signed up for a full membership in late 2018.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I had attended a few yoga classes at my gym, but didn’t practice regularly prior to taking a class at DFly.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Cece Dietrick

My yoga experience before Dfly started in 2015 by answering an ad in our local paper saying they were welcoming new people to join Lisa in her yoga class. I finally got up the nerve and called. It was held in a meeting room in a local hotel not far from my house. It lasted for a few classes until her doctor said she had to retire so that was that. From there the DeForest Community Center decided to hire a yoga instructor and offer once a week classes. They hired Gary, then Tresha and now Martha is teaching. I learned a lot from Marsha, but every instructor has taught me confidence in myself and that has made me a stronger person.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Teresa Mahlik

How did you get started at Dragonfly?
I had always been a student to yoga but wanted to find a studio that would incorporate my yoga practice with my desire to build strength in a weight bearing experience. Through my search I had yet to find an establishment that offered quality within both practices until Dragonfly. I came into the studio on a monthly trial and from there, not only did I find both practices, I soon discovered that both offered a form of meditative practice. Life is good!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Ryan Jester

How did you get started at Dfly?
In early 2016, my wife and I were training for the Phoenix Marathon. This was the first time that we had trained in the winter for a marathon and we had friends that suggested integrating hot yoga into our training program as a way to prepare our bodies for the difference in the Wisconsin winter training climate vs. the race climate in Phoenix. We enjoyed our intro period so much that we have continued to attend Dragonfly classes on a consistent basis ever since.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Kasie Knapper

How did you get started at Dfly?
I came across Dragonfly during my second winter in Madison. I was mainly looking for a way to stay warm, but was also excited to add strength and flexibility into my daily exercise routine.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
Dragonfly was my introduction to yoga!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
My favorite part about Dragonfly classes is that there is no pressure to look or move a certain way. I love being able to come to yoga and take what I need from my practice with out being judged. It’s so freeing!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Clare Hawthorne

I started at Dragonfly after attending another yoga studio, and feeling that I didn’t belong. At the beginning of my journey, I wore the clothes I mowed the lawn in, sometimes complete with lawn clippings hanging off me like a Christmas ornament. I was treated like the kid who didn’t wear fluro in the 80’s! This attire apparently was not “yogi ok”. Even with the cold stares that would send a penguin running for relief, I was unwilling to buy any more specialty clothing, for an activity I might give up in a few months. It looked like yoga would be a fleeting activity, like any plan to reduce the steady drip of caffeine that I pump into my body. Then I went to Dragonfly. Dragonfly was not only ok with my attire, but I was also happy to see all body shapes, and abilities welcomed with a warm hello.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Sara Strell

I had only practiced yoga a handful of other times before finding Dfly. I explored the Middleton studio primarily because of the convenient location and the class times that fit with my schedule needs. I have always been active, but gravitated more towards running, weights, and the occasional at-home video. After both of my children were born, I was struggling to find an exercise path that met all of my needs as a new mom who also worked outside the home full-time. My mom had been practicing yoga for several years and talked about how much she enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until I joined her for a class during a girls weekend in Illinois that I really understood how impactful yoga could be for the mind, body, and spirit. The feeling of joy I got out of that first class was so inspiring that I knew I needed to find a studio back home in Madison.
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