Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Tara Klun

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was in the process of building a house and staying in an apartment near the studio during the time of construction. Also during this time, my mom was going through cancer treatment, so needless to say it was a very stressful time in my life. I was going to Prairie Athletic Club, but was looking for something additional to try and help alleviate the stress. Given DFly was so close, I gave it a try and became hooked.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I grew up a dancer, so I have always been passionate about health and fitness, however, I was more focused on the cardio and strength side of things. I tried a few different yoga studios, but never really got excited about it. It wasn’t until my experience at DFly that I became passionate about yoga.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The energy from both the community and instructors.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I am a firm believer that hot yoga helps detoxify your body. Flushing my body of toxins leaves me feeling refreshed and reenergized. I have also been able to maintain flexibility as I age, I have increased my cardio vascular fitness and reduced stress. Because of all these benefits, I also noticed I rarely get sick anymore.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to attend as much as possible, but on average 4 days a week with double classes every Saturday. Honestly, I love all the classes DFly has to offer. They each have their own unique benefit. A few of my top favorites include Meghan’s 75 minute flow on Sundays-she is always offering a challenge or a new arm balance to try and I love that! But the energy and overall workout you get from Erica’s Power Up is tough to beat.

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.
A Madison native, I started dancing when I was 4 years old. As part of the Wisconsin Dance Ensemble I performed at the Civic Center (totally dating myself here) in The Nutcracker from the time I was six all the way to 18 – performing everything from Bon Bon to Waltz of the Flower. I continued dance as I attended UW Madison. A current resident of Sun Prairie, I am a very busy working mom of two (12 and 14 years old). My kids are involved in basketball, baseball, softball and football and they all seem to overlap. With such a busy life I am so very thankful for DFly. It is a place I can go and take time for me. Spending that 45-75 minutes on my mat helps keep me grounded and gives me the energy and positivity to tackle the challenges life brings, while proving an amazing total body workout.

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Lauren Morey

How did you get started at Dfly?
I had passed by the studio so many times, was intrigued and thought, “I should check that out.” So on Mother’s Day in 2015 I treated myself to a trial class of Power Up and was immediately hooked!

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
Pretty much zero! I had been to a yoga class at another local studio, but it just didn’t feel right…it felt like I was clearly the new person. It just wasn’t a welcoming atmosphere so I never went back.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the energy in the classes and the inspiration and motivation from both the instructors as well as the students. From the moment you enter the door, you are warmly greeted and everyone is so welcoming and positive. In addition, it never gets boring! The variety of classes, the difference in teaching styles keeps it so fun.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely! Every class is a stress reducer and helps challenge me mentally and physically. I can now do poses I wasn’t able to when I started, my weights have increased and my burpee count during Tabata has gone up:)

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I typically attend 3-4 classes a week. Hands down my favorite is Power Up. It is challenging enough to really test you mentally and physically but manageable enough that you aren’t (completely) dying! The classroom has so much energy and you can really feel the support from everyone around you. A very close second is Yin, even though it is the total opposite. It really forces me to slow down from a busy life and focus on the moment and myself.

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.
If you are on the fence about checking Dragonfly out you definitely should. The best thing about it is how welcoming everyone is – there are all different fitness levels and body shapes but there is zero judgement and only positive attitudes surrounding you. I feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to have a place like it where I can better myself mentally, emotionally and physically all while being surrounded by such inspiring and strong individuals. It’s impossible to not leave feeling immensely better than when you walked in.

Instructor Pam Fox: “Lauren is such a joy to have in class!! I love that she challenges herself & really makes fitness & living a healthy lifestyle a priority in her life! Even the other members in the class love working out next to her because of her motivation and intensity! Well-earned Yogi of the month!”

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kyle Anderson

How did you get started at Dfly?
I am a rather “shy” person (being an Aspie), and my first year of practicing Yoga was done in my home. So I took a leap and signed up to both expand my practice, and also challenge myself to get out of my bubble. Dragonfly’s philosophy of Yoga for every shape, every size, every person really spoke to me. Being someone who had struggled with their weight (up until very recently) and self-image (WIP), I thought, this is the place I want to try!

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I became interested in Yoga listening to a book in which one of the characters was a Yogi. I was failing to find a good way to exercise at home at the time and thought “hmm… Yoga? Haven’t tried that. A mat is only $35 on Amazon? Weights are how much during the pandemic!?! Ok, so yeah, let’s try yoga!”
So, I downloaded an app, rolled out my new mat and did a 15-minute flow. I was very, VERY out of shape and 50 lbs heavier than I am today, so that 15 minutes routine kicked my rear… but I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I spent the coming weeks working my way up to 60 minute practices, and celebrated by getting a fancier mat (that I still use today and adore, we’re besties). I continued to practice an hour a day from home until I moved to DFLY on my 1-year anniversary of practicing.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The community, the staff & instructors (seriously, y’all rock), and the heat (95 degrees, let’s go!). Everyone is always so fun, kind, and inspirational. I love to look around and see what everyone else is trying; see how they work their modifications and manage their pace. It’s inspiring and I continue to learn so much from those around me. I love pushing to the edge… and falling past it.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Gosh yes, so many changes. I feel stronger, more flexible, and just all around healthier, both mentally and physically. I’ve always been a focused person, but also impatient at times. I am far more patient these days, especially with myself and my own practice. I deal with chronic pain, and Yoga has helped make it far more manageable with the daily stretching and conditioning.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I would go daily if work wasn’t work, but I still manage to get in 6-7 practices a week on average. Did I mention I love yoga!?! I’ve loved every class I’ve taken, including the one Yoga Up I did with Tiffany (where I was pretty sure I was going to die!). My favs are standard flow and power but I try to mix in as many different as I can. Oh, and I intend to give Up a go again soon. ;)

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.
If you’re like I was– reading these articles to decide if you should try DFLY, just do it — you won’t be sorry. I didn’t think I’d like the heat, but I, and my muscles, absolutely love it. I wasn’t sure I’d fit in, but immediately felt welcomed and a part of the community. DFLY has become my second home.
As for a ‘lil about me, I am an Expert+ Beat Saber player, a big video/board gaming nerd, and I enjoy baking and making homemade pizza from scratch (I’ll never turn down pizza — sorry tummy). Also, I’m excited, and a ‘bit’ terrified, to be enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training this spring.

Instructor Kay Lera: “Kyle is a dedicated Yogi and he shows up on his mat as often as he can. He brings a quiet, cheerful presence to our DFlY community and, at the same time, he fearlessly seeks answers to soulful questions. Kyle has made everyone at Dfly better- just by showing up on his mat!”

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!

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.