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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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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