Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Jen Voge

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started with Dragonfly at the Sun Prairie Opening. I was hoping to find a studio that fit my yoga style and am happy to say that I have been practicing there ever since!

What was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had been practicing yoga on and off for over 20 years, but not consistently before joining the Dragonfly community.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Scott Chauvin

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got started through friends and the $5 drop in classes on Saturday/Sundays.

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
My first exposure to yoga was through P90X 11 years ago when I lost weight and decided to get in better shape. However, I didn’t continue practicing so I really only got back into yoga a couple of years ago following a back injury. Last October is when I truly decided to become more dedicated and practice frequently.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Lexie Tourek

I am honored to be chosen as Yogi of the Month. I’ve been interested in yoga throughout my life, practicing on and off over the years. In the last couple of years, Dragonfly has made it easy to find a consistent practice. It’s been a place where I’ve seen myself grow in poses, relieved stress, and let go of expectations of what yoga is supposed to be. I love that there is a variety of classes and teaching styles, so it’s easy to try something new.

I think I’ve tried almost all of the different class styles offered. Also, the teachers have such creativity and wisdom that I feel like I learn so much – either learning new poses and sequences or learning something about myself through introspection.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Lauren Brischke

My friend, Brooklyn, inspired me to try Dfly. We were at the dog park with another friend, Maddie, and we all decided to go together. I did an intro month and after just a few classes, I was hooked. I’ve been practicing regularly for a couple years now. Time sure FLY’s when you are having fun!

I had no yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly. This was the first I’d heard of it and I also never really had a consistent fitness routine before. I’d occasionally go running but that was about it. That changed once I started taking classes and now hot yoga is part of my routine most days of the week – it’s really turned into a lifestyle. Hot yoga is going to be a part of my life for many years to come, and I am so glad to have started this journey at Dfly!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Ann Mietz

How did you get started at Dfly?
My friend, Ashley Bruckner who is a Yoga-Up instructor, bugged me for a year to give DFLY a try. I did and I was hooked.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I had tried yoga a long time ago, wasn’t for me at the time. After trying it again I realized it was all about timing. I had 2 young girls at home at the time and couldn’t truly come to my mat and forget about everything going on in my day to benefit from the practice. Funny thing is, yoga was probably what I really needed back then!!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jennifer Weisensel

I got started at Dfly around January of 2017 when my friend Gretchen had started attending and she talked me in to joining her for a Flow class. I wasn’t very excited to go and I had absolutely no intention of becoming a yogi. I had done yoga only a handful of times before I entered Dfly and knew little to nothing about the practice. I made it through my first class by attempting to copy what everyone around me was doing. I was surprised at how mentally and physically challenging I found the hour to be and it really wasn’t at all what I had expected. The hot room, savasana, the scented towel at the end of class and the challenge of trying to figure this whole thing out brought me back for another class and soon after that I became a member.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Bryan Schmechel

Since high school, I never really established a consistent workout routine. That all changed when I joined Dragonfly. Although I had tried yoga several times, Dragonfly was where I became a true yogi. My friends used to troll me about how many “spins” I get in. “Spins” is a slang term we use when referring to Dragonfly classes because it’s more than just yoga. The variety of offerings is truly incredible and the instructors are top notch.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Yi Wang

I started my yoga practice at Dfly shortly after I moved to Madison in summer 2016. The first class I tried was a Yoga Up class and it surprised me that yoga and fitness can be blended so well together. So ever since my first class, I dedicated myself to Dragonfly.

I didn’t have much yoga or fitness experience before Dfly. I had never heard of BarreAmped before I found Dfly.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Hannah O’Neill and Jake Schramm

Hannah’s responses:
How did you get started at Dfly?
My friend, Tina Wahl, told us about the free intro class Dfly offers. We went with her to Carrie’s Yoga Up class, and we were hooked!

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had done a little bit of online yoga at home, but never really stuck with it.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love meeting everyone in the Dfly community! Everyone makes Dfly so welcoming and wonderful.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
YES! I am less stressed and sleep easier. I also feel stronger, and I am more flexible than I have ever been.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to go as often as I can, and I shoot for at least a few times a week. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite class! I love the variety that Dfly offers. Every instructor crafts such amazing and unique classes that always seem to provide just what I need that day. I love getting my sweat on (and chaturangas in) during Carrie’s Yoga Up. I love de-stressing and challenging myself at the end the work week with Bekah’s Aroma Slow Flow. The great thing about Dfly is I can have a favorite class for every day of the week!

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 going to Dfly with Jake. He makes my Dfly experience even better! Having him in the Yoga Up classes really helps me push myself to do my best. I always have fun getting his thoughts on classes we went to together, filling him in on classes I went to solo, and hearing about classes I missed. I love that Dfly is letting us be Yogi of the Month together, because Jake is such an important part of my Dfly experience!

Jake’s Responses:
How did you get started at Dfly?
One of Hannah’s friends told us about Dragonfly, so we decided to give it a try. The first class we attended was Carrie’s Tuesday night Yoga Up. It was such an intense and great workout, and it had been a few years since I sweat as much as I did during that class. We really enjoyed the class and we wanted to see what other types of classes were offered.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
Very limited, I had attended a few free yoga classes at a local gym in college. I had never even heard of BarreAmped classes before.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I like the variety of classes offered and how no two classes are ever the same. There are certain classes that we try and attend every week, and you never really know what to expect. I also like seeing how much Hannah and I have grown as yoga students. My endurance has gotten much better after all the Yoga Up classes we have attended.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
YES! I have an old wrestling injury that has caused me years of lower back and hip pain. After attending a few weeks of all the different yoga classes there has been a noticeable decrease in the intensity of the pain. With the relief of my back pack I was able to start running long distances again and jumping exercises no longer bother me! Hannah and I both stress a lot about work and being able to have something we look forward to doing after work is such a mental relief.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to attend 2-4 classes a week. Every class I have attended I have really enjoyed. We make it a point to get to one of Carrie’s Yoga Up classes and one of Bekah’s Yin classes every week. I think my favorite class is the Yin & Meditation class with Bekah Saturdays at noon. I think the slow pace and the long holds of this class has helped my back out a lot. It also introduced me to my favorite pose, the deer pose.

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 the welcoming atmosphere at Dragonfly. Just opening the door and being greeted with a smile and a “Hey Jake” really turns a bad day around. I am not a very outgoing person so the kind atmosphere helps put me at ease.


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Leigh Tsipis

I tried Dfly for the first time shortly after I moved to Wisconsin. My friend asked me if I wanted to try hot yoga and I thought she was crazy. I had never done any type of yoga before, let alone in a hot room! She assured me that I would like it and she was right. I was hooked after the very first class.

There is so much to love about Dfly. They offer a variety of classes and have such wonderful instructors that I find that every class presents a different challenge which keeps me motivated. Everyone is so friendly and accepting here. I am so thankful to have made several good friends over the past couple of years here, especially Kristina who I work out with every weekday.
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