Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Dan Griffiths

How did you get started at Dfly?:
A friend recommended Dragonfly Hot Yoga to me.

What is/was your yoga/barre amped experience before Dfly?:
I started yoga over 15 years ago as physical therapy after an auto accident. Quickly realizing it is a mind and body experience that recharges me.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?:
I enjoy the variety of classes. Having a strong Type A personality, Dragonfly Hot Yoga affords me a challenging practice and the humility to not master everything.

What are your favorite classes at Dfly? How often do you attend classes?:
Attending Yoga Up, Core Flow and Flow lets me fully engage in the experience. This seems to refresh my mind and body.
I practice yoga, cycle or some form of workout six or seven days a week, part of my Type A personality.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?:
My words of wisdom are…embrace your eccentric side, just be the you that you want to be.

Instructor Nichole V: “I enjoy having Dan in class. He is always willing to try new things. His strength and patience are seen on his mat. Dan is very dedicated to his practice. Congrats Dan!”


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Robert Olsen

I started at Dragonfly in 2013 as part of recovering from a serious back injury. I had done some yoga in the past, somewhat sporadically, and knew it could be a key part of recovery. For some time I was limited, and stayed mostly with Yin classes, which I still do and enjoy. Eventually I was able to do more physically challenging classes, and increase the frequency. I had come to believe that if a person could have a daily practice, it would produce dramatic changes.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Haley Adams

I started coming to Dragonfly in November of 2016 and I’ve been a monthly member ever since! Fitchburg is my home base, but I’ll occasionally head to Middleton for classes.

I started doing hot yoga when I lived in Boston and joined a studio there in 2014. As a long-time dancer, I craved the flexibility work and enjoyed the athletic challenge. I had put a lot of strain on my body during years of long distance running, and yoga felt like I was treating my body well for the first time in a long time. It wasn’t until I moved and had a lag in my practice that I realized how much the mental challenge and inner peace had changed my way of thinking. Good for the body AND soul! As I’ve moved across the country various places, I’ve always found a studio first, because I consider it a basic need in my life. I travel frequently and always bring my mat in my luggage to create my own “studio” when I need it!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Samantha Dziak

I got started at Dragonfly because it was the studio my favorite instructor in Milwaukee recommended. I went to my first free class at Dragonfly and loved it. After that class I knew this was the studio I wanted to be a part of. I love the instructors, the space, and the energy at Dragonfly.

I had a little bit of yoga experience before joining Dragonfly. I had done yoga here and there over the past couple of years but this past summer I started going at least 3 times a week. I started going to yoga to release stress and keep myself sane in this crazy world.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Maxine Cimperman

I got started at Dragonfly about a year and a half ago. I honestly picked this studio as my gym because it is close to home and very reasonably priced for a studio offering hot yoga and barre. These may have been the reasons that brought me in the door but I’ve stayed for far better reasons.
 
Before coming to Dragonfly I had taken yoga classes on and off for the past ten years, not ever consistently belonging to one studio. Prior to Dfly I did not practice yoga for more than a few months and normally only took classes one or two times per week. I had tried a few barre classes in my past as well but ultimately never committed due to the high cost of classes.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Miranda Eldien

In June, I started a new position right down the street at the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board and was looking for a studio close by. I had done yoga in the past and heard awesome things about Dragonfly, so I thought I would try it out. I am still here today, so I think my curiosity stuck. Back in high school, I did a month trial with my aunt at her favorite studio in Milwaukee. I mainly practiced Bikram style or the Fire classes at Dfly. I liked going into each class knowing the sequence because the repetition allowed for discernible improvements. When I came to Dfly, I wanted to try something new. I had never heard of Barreamped before, so it was a new style of workout I wanted to try. But, I feel in love with the vinyasa style classes. Each day was something exciting, but had familiar poses, so you can still feel the improvements class to class.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Betsy Scholz

I began at Dfly in 2012 – I lived down the street from the Middleton location, and wanted to give it a try. I had recently trained for and ran a half marathon but without the training plan I was having trouble really committing to a fitness practice at the local gym where I had a membership. I went for the trial month after I realized that Tiffany Geier, the PE teacher at the elementary school where I had just become the school social worker, also taught at Dfly! Then onto the 10 class passes and soon the monthly membership!

I had done yoga, including hot, here and there, and had maybe only ever heard of this “Barre” thing in magazines and on social media. At the gym I belonged to I would do the treadmill, weight machines and swim but doing it on my own wasn’t really working. And I always thought that I only liked to workout by myself – I never felt like the group fitness classes were for me (turns out that group classes…well, DFLY group classes…are for me!).
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Rachel Gruenke

Almost two years ago, I started becoming interested in yoga more seriously and decided I wanted to join a studio. I tried out several of the yoga studios in Madison, but once I found Dfly, I was hooked. The community of Dfly is so welcoming, and I immediately felt at home in the studio. I’ve been a member ever since.

I found yoga after trying some classes offered through the UW-Madison gyms when I was a freshman. I instantly loved yoga, but I found many downsides to practicing yoga in that setting. I was only going about once every two weeks, it wasn’t hot in the room, and the classes didn’t explore as many different poses and sequences. Becoming a member of Dfly allowed me to start practicing regularly with teachers who know and teach yoga really well.
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Sun Prairie Yogis of the Month: Dan & Kay Gilbert

We moved from Wauwatosa to Sun Prairie in February of 2016. While building our home here, I lived in Kiel for 5 months, where I was told about a yoga class offered in the basement of a church. By the way, it was about 60 degrees down there. We had 4 electric heaters running to help warm it up. This was my introduction to yoga. I immediately enjoyed the class and looked forward to going.

About a year after settling into Sun Prairie, I was in search of a place I would feel “at home” while fitting fitness into my new life. I toured every health club in the area before trying Dfly. I was very hesitant to do HOT yoga. I didn’t quite understand why you would want to work out in 95+ degrees. I also was well aware I do not excel at pushing myself to workout, so I needed structured classes. I took full advantage of my free trial week, attending as many classes as possible to meet the teachers and get a good feel as to whether I wanted to join. The answer was obvious – DEFINITELY YES! My timing was perfect. Yoga 101 and 102 were offered within a week of my first class, so I took them both and learned some of the terminology and poses. I highly recommend these to everyone – new and seasoned yogis.
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Middleton Yogis of the Month: Brian & Jill Glenzinski

(Jill) It was four years ago with a Groupon for a 5-pack of BarreAmped classes that a friend suggested, “Let’s just check it out”. I didn’t even own a yoga mat, and I was going to see how things go, not ready to commit to anything. Well, I really liked the BarreAmped classes but was not so sure about yoga – I didn’t see myself as someone who did yoga. So, I started with some Aroma Yin classes and then into the Flow classes. I was motivated by the 99 Days of Summer Challenge and the Turkey Claus challenge, I even did Free to Breathe with friends one summer. Overall, I’d say it’s gone pretty well for just checking things out. (Brian) After hearing how much Jill enjoyed it I bought a 10 pack of classes and was soon hooked.
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