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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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Sonia Montero

How did you get started at Dfly?/ What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
A friend suggested it. I’ll never forget our first class was Fire!!!! Even though I had never done any yoga before that I was still hooked. I has zero experience and now looking back I don’t know how I caught on with all the poses. I was like “Warrior who?”

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I don’t know where to start! I love the instructors, front desk staff, and obviously the other yogis. I think I have made a few, if not a lot of new friends. It’s such a positive environment. If I am having a rough day I know I need some yoga and never regret attending!!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Alyssa Love

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started taking a few drop-in classes a few years ago, but I decided to start practicing regularly in the past year as a way to help me manage the stress of finishing up graduate school.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I did a little bit of Bikram yoga while I was an undergraduate, but I had never tried a Vinyasa style class before Dfly.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Brian Stoltenberg

I got started at Dfly in 2015 after relocating to a new home and signed up for the initial trial month. I was encouraged to try a variety of class options and really enjoyed the diverse class offerings and instructors. The encouragement to try different styles of yoga really helped me to diversify my practice and allowed me to find a class that was right for me at the right time.

Before Dfly I dabbled in yoga taking a few classes here and there but never incorporated yoga into my lifestyle. The high quality instructors and class options made it very simple to make the shift and to fully blend yoga into my lifestyle.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Paul Pustina

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got to know Tola and Inge through business events. I thought if everyone at Dfly was like them, it would be a great place to learn and grow in my yoga practice. I have been a member now for going on two years.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
My daughter lives in Australia and is a certified adult and child yoga instructor and always encouraged me to adopt a dedicated yoga practice. Prior to Dfly, I did yoga at home to Elena Brower.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
Constantly learning how to work and honor my body from the caring and dedicated instructors. Also, the energy and sense of purpose from fellow yogis.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I’m more relaxed. I’ve lost weight, improved my breathing, gained flexibility and strength and I am confident working my body again.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I attend 4-5 times a week and do some of the special events. BarreAmped class, here I come. My favorite class is Flow with Bekah Gant.

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.
Throughout my life, I’ve pushed my body hard athletically and have had injuries and surgeries. My body was breaking down. I got into biking and was struggling as I just didn’t have the same flexibility, strength and breathing capacity I used to. Dfly instructors and the hot yoga environment are the reasons I’m getting my health back.

To me, the Dfly staff, instructors, classes and programs represent a way of life that will benefit everyone.

Instructor Alex Scanlon: “Paul is one of those people where when he walks into the studio; it never fails to bring a smile to my face. He has been taking my Slow Flow on Tuesday nights since May of ’17 and in that time it has been such a privilege to be able to watch him progress as much as he has. He is never afraid to find his edge and try different things but he is always able to listen to what his body needs and reset when he needs it as well. Aside from his strong yoga practice, Paul always asks me how I am and how my day is going. Having him at the studio always makes my day a little brighter.”


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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Lauren Kvam

When I moved to Madison three and a half years ago I was looking for a yoga studio that also offered fitness classes. Dragonfly was one of the first studios I tried out and I was hooked right away! After I got my butt kicked at my first Power Up class I knew I was up for the challenge and wanted to become a member.

I moved from Minneapolis where I used to go to Corepower Yoga. I previously did a lot of Flow-type classes but I love that Dfly offers a wide variety of classes, each with their own unique challenges. I had never taken BarreAmped before becoming a Dfly member and now I’m a big barre fan!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Sinead McHugh

I got started with Dfly once the Downtown location became Short Stack’s Neighbor in 2015. This location allowed for me to fit an active/workout routine into my busy work life and support a neighborhood business. I was not involved in yoga more than a drop in once a year prior to Dfly.

I love that everyone is very welcoming at Dfly. The staff quickly learn your name and always have great energy in their classes. I also appreciate the consistency it brings to my life with the set schedule. I stick to Power Up, BarreAmped and Yin classes, so without a doubt the combination of fitness classes with the relaxation/meditation of yin has made me feel so much healthier and stronger than before I started my Dfly routine.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Kristen Van Uithoven

Roughly three years ago I had been noticing that something was missing from my current gym/workout routine. I was unmotivated and realized that I needed something more. I had heard good things about Dragonfly so I decided to try their new member trial month. Within the first week I was greeted by name upon walking in the door, I started to get to know instructors and began making friends with amazing people in class. I realized what I had been missing. Before I knew it, I was there almost every day (ok, that might be a stretch but it was a lot)! I found that I was inspired by the people around me.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Meghan Johnson

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was training for a half marathon and bored with logging miles, my friend Colleen suggested I try a Power Up class with her, I was immediately hooked! I had done cross training previously but never in a heated room, taking classes regularly has greatly improved my lung capacity and endurance while running.
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