Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Sarah Kavanaugh

How did you get started at Dfly?
I asked my husband to get me a gift card for Christmas a few years ago because I knew that would give me the motivation to stop being intimidated and get into the studio. The first day I walked into the studio I took Flow at 5:30 am and was hooked. Yoga at Dfly was so different than I had imagined.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
None – I was a runner and group fitness class taker prior to Dfly.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jon Bake

How did you get started at Dfly?
A few years ago, I moved back to Madison after being away for grad school. As luck would have it, my apartment was right down the street from the Dfly studio. When walking or driving past Dfly, I remember saying to myself, “I have to try that someday.” The thought of practicing yoga in a hot room was intriguing. As with starting any new activity, it can be a bit intimidating. In January 2014, I finally worked up the courage to take my first Flow class and have been coming back ever since.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I was pretty much a yoga newbie when I found Dfly.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Amanda Forrest

How did you get started at Dfly?
About three years ago, I started looking for a “gym” membership close to where I started working in Middleton. Over the years, I had tried so many various memberships, but I never really felt like I would find a program that I enjoyed.

My doctor started me on high cholesterol medicine at 27, which I did not even think was possible for someone in their 20’s! I decided to start making some lifestyle changes and one of them was joining Dfly!

I signed up for the 30-day trial, intending to lose some weight and get healthy. I ended up receiving so much more from my membership than I thought possible.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Reese Hyzer

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started going when the SERF closed with 2 of my best friends and haven’t looked back since! The friends I started going with have moved away but I keep going to Dragonfly because of the great community I’ve found.

What was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
Before Dragonfly, the extent of my yoga experience were my mom’s old P90X DVDs and I had never taken a barre class before.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Lindsay Bohn

How did you get started at Dfly?
I actually “reluctantly” got started at Dragonfly 3 ½ years ago under the constant nagging of my doctor to “try yoga” to alleviate my back pain. I was hit by a drunk driver and had spinal surgery to try to correct the damage to my lumbar spine (herniated and bulging discs). Before the accident and surgery I was a competitive bodybuilder and played women’s semi-pro full tackle football. I like lifting heavy and hitting hard but the surgery failed and I was unable to do those things anymore. My options came down to a spinal fusion or trying a combination of injections, chiropractic care, massage and yoga to ease the pain. I opted to try everything I could before getting on the operating table again. Yoga was the last of the items I added to my regimen and to my surprise not only did it help ease my back pain, I actually enjoyed it and was challenged by it and I’ve been hooked ever since!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Elizabeth Devine

I have dabbled in yoga and fitness classes since college, but it wasn’t until I broke my arm 3 years ago that I really got into yoga & Dragonfly. I broke my arm snowboarding, so a hot yoga studio seemed like the complete opposite of an icy mountain and a safe place to start becoming active again.

I had a lot of anxiety going into the first couple of classes, but Shawn and Carrie were so welcoming. They both had this infectious positive energy and the exact “sure you can do yoga with one arm, why not?” kind of attitude that I needed. I am sure my downward dog resembled something of a wobbly one-armed fallen tree, but they were so supportive and taught me to embrace and honor my body. That was when I finally started to meet my body where it was. I couldn’t work for 10 weeks, so I started going to yoga all of the time, my hair in whatever type of ponytail my husband (boyfriend at the time) could conjure up. Eventually I came to class, put my own hair up, and successfully did a 4-legged downward dog— I felt so strong and accomplished & have been hooked ever since!

That is why I love the culture at Dragonfly—all you have to do is show up, goof around a little, and grow. The instructors have an incredible way of making you feel strong and awesome. Dragonfly gave me back the strength and confidence to get back out there and explore the world!

Yoga has taught me to appreciate how incredible our bodies are, and the amazing things they are capable of. Practicing yoga helps me to live an overall healthier and active lifestyle. Yoga has given me the strength and endurance to be more adventurous when hiking and traveling, as well as definitely improving my performance in Rec League volleyball.

Instructor Shawn Smith: “Elizabeth will try anything… anything at all! That’s what I love about her fearless attitude! She’s willing to laugh at herself at any given time too – doesn’t take herself too seriously! Elizabeth is also dedicated and creative. She managed to stay with her yoga practice throughout an extensive wrist injury. She was smart and realistic but thought creatively to keep her practice solid.”


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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Kim Reles

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was trying out a few different yoga studios in Madison and decided to do the Intro month at DFly. I was happy to see classes offered early enough for me to attend before work. That helped me get into a routine, and pretty soon I decided to join as a member!

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I thank my mom for making me go with her to a hot yoga class when I was home during a college break. Although I had no idea what I was doing, I remember walking out of the class feeling lighter and more relaxed. Since then, I’ve been practicing yoga for about 10 years, taking breaks here and there due to various reasons. Every time I would come back to my mat, I would think to myself, “WHY did I ever stop? I need this!” So for the past few years, I’ve made yoga a regular part of my life. Barre is newer to me and I was hesitant to try because I thought I had to be a dancer- I have absolutely NO rhythm. However, I decided to give BarreAmped a chance, and it is now one of my favorite classes! While I still cannot dance, I can hold a pretty long plank!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Jessica Wagner

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got started at Dfly after attending a bend and brew event at Wisconsin Brewing. Tiffany was the instructor and really got me excited about the Dfly message.

What was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had never done a hot yoga class before Dfly nor had I ever done a barre class. I was a pretty avid functional training athlete so I originally started taking classes at Dfly as active recovery.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Dawn Reininger

How did you get started at Dfly?
10 years ago my daughters introduced me to hot yoga.

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
The classes I have attended are; hot yoga, barre and spinning.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I have had a long history of back pain. With regular yoga practice I have found relief and flexibility.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
After a busy day at work, yoga at Dfly makes me feel centered and re charged.

How often do you attend classes?
I attend class 2-3 times a week. Yoga Up and Power Up are my favorites.

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 an oncology nurse @ UW Health. I live with my husband in Sun Prairie. We have 2 married daughters and 4 grandchildren. I like to swim and bike in addition to yoga to keep physically fit. I am grateful to have Dfly close to home in Sun Prairie. Yoga helps keep my work / life balance in check.


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Jennifer Norr

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started with the groupon $40 for unlimited classes for a month.

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
My first yoga class was when I was in Second Grade taught by my Mom who studied in India. Fast forward a few years (well, more like decades), I started doing Yin classes to work on my flexibility. After a year or two, I started taking Flow classes. The heat really helped my flexibility and my recovery from running, rowing and weight lifting. Then, when my favorite weight trainer stopped teaching, I treated myself to Power Up/Yoga Up/Circuit Up. It took me 6 months to acclimate to the heat but it was so much more fun than going to the gym and easier than creating all my routines.
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