Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Patrick Hoeft

I entered a yoga studio for the first time a little over two years ago. At the time I had been working out over the lunch hour with (current member) Bryan Schmechel and we were both sick of the usual routine at the gym. On a whim, we decided to give yoga a try and the rest is history.

While I always had a curiosity about yoga, I had zero experience before my first class at Dragonfly.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Tom Martorana

How did you get started at Dfly?
My daughter Maddy joined Dfly about two summers ago with a student membership. She said I’d like it, but I was reluctant to join based on some misconceptions about Yoga. I started with Power Up and then expanded to Yoga Up and a few Yoga classes. It’s become my primary workout regimen since.

What was your Yoga experience before Dfly?
I didn’t have one. I spent most of my time at the Princeton Club.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Alyson Rogers

How did you get started at Dfly? What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I used to get the majority of my exercise through running either outside or on a treadmill. Eventually this took a toll on my knees and I changed to walking to get my exercise, but again, that had a toll on my knees and feet. As I was telling this to a friend (who was a long-time yogi!), she suggested I come to a class at Dragonfly with her to give it a try. I’d never done a yoga class (or Barre!) at a studio before, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Most of my experience with yoga consisted of at-home workout videos with my couch (and pause button) nearby. I was surprised to learn a few things about myself after those first few sessions: (1) that I really thrived with the structure of a class schedule to follow and (2) The impact having an accountability partner had on my attendance (at least while I was still getting my feet wet!) I’ve been doing yoga at Dragonfly for a while now and am so happy that my knees and feet are feeling GREAT!!!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Yeong Kim

My new year’s resolution had been the same for a decade before joining Dragonfly Hot Yoga. It was to find fitness so I can lose weight, gain strength and relieve stress. I joined a gym but ended up donating two years of membership. I played tennis with my husband. He is a great player but not a good coach (I still love him). Then I tried golf and liked it until the attack of the mosquitoes. Sadly I get severe allergic reactions to mosquito bites. One day I saw a Dragonfly Hot Yoga car magnet while driving. What a cute name! So I searched it on the web and found out there’s a free trial class. Who knew I would fall in love with hot yoga on the first try! The class satisfied my long desire of searching for a work out that feels just right for me. I couldn’t find any single reason to look for another yoga studio to compare it with Dfly. Needless to say I became a loyal member since the summer of 2014.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Jennifer Klawiter

My very first class was on New Year’s Eve 2017 with Cassie. I loved everything about it… so much so that when I woke up the next morning, I made the decision to take care of myself and become a member of Dfly. I’ve only missed a handful of days since I’ve started and I can’t imagine my life without Dfly! My prior experience was definitely minimal. I attended yoga classes after school once/twice a week, which were taught by Cassie in our library or gym.

I love connecting with all of the yoga teachers. I truly see them as my mentors and friends. I appreciate how I am given the opportunity to take what I need from each class. Most often I take the physical challenge to increase my strength and flexibility, and to improve my balance. However, I am noticing yoga is so much more than that. I often find myself equally working on the mental challenges class provides me… using positive self-talk, staying in the moment, pushing myself beyond my comfort zone to try new poses, listening to my body and noticing how it feels. Putting all of that together is what I truly love, the best of both worlds!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Alex Vollmer

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started at Dfly in April of this year, as a physical extension of my own meditation practice. I live in the Ovation, so it was an easy ride down the elevator to get started!

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I’d dabbled in some yogic practices while in was in college in Dallas, but never really settled into my own personal practice. Dfly has changed that!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the sense of community at Dfly and the inclusivity of the space. For all intents and purposes, I am still very much a beginner; each time I walk in the studio I am met with a friendly face and encouragement.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Kelsey Garvey

How did you get started at Dfly?
I joined Dragonfly in January 2018 for the third time as a member. While my first time was in 2012 because I wanted to simply “try” yoga, this recent time was more purposeful. In July 2017 my husband and I welcomed our first child together, our daughter. While being a mom has been the best experience of my life, my first months of motherhood were difficult. As a teacher and new mother, I struggled with my postpartum body, postpartum emotions, and the new balance of my working mom life. My husband was the one who said “I think you need to get back to yoga,” so I decided to make it a priority. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner, as it has truly been the balance I’ve needed to help me get through this new journey I’m on.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Kristina Nicolai-White

I started taking yoga classes several years ago with my oldest daughter. She was a dancer and was looking to add something more to her routine, and I volunteered to try it with her. I love that experience with her. Even now, when she and I practice together we hold hands in shavasana. It’s such a lovely way for us to connect. I began doing a regular 5 days a week practice 2+ years ago, at a time of great change in my life. Having this space to call my home every day was incredible and I am not sure what I would have done without it. I love being in the studio. I added Flyght into my schedule in the last year and fell in love with that space as well. Between the two spaces, I am usually taking 9 classes a week.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Chloe McCabe

My sister introduced me to Dfly last year. Last September, I had a pulmonary embolism, and it was a pretty close call. It made me really appreciate the strength of my heart and lungs, and I wanted to continue to grow that strength in a more intentional way than I had before. I started with Slow Flows, mostly making it through so that I could enjoy the cool scented towel at the end of class, but I quickly got hooked! I had taken yoga classes intermittently at a larger gym on and off for a few years before joining Dragonfly.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Molly Philosophos

30 years ago my husband and I lived in Aspen, CO and that is when I did my first yoga class. We did a weekly class together and I only wish I would have continued. We lived in Oak Park, IL for the last 20 years and during that time I did yoga very sporadically.

My husband and I moved to Madison in August of 2016, at the same time that we also moved our youngest into Witte Hall. Our two older boys live and work in Madison so my husband and I decided to move back to the town where we went to college. I injured my wrist moving and putting IKEA furniture together (I know crazy) and was doing physical therapy and at the same time complaining that I was not able to work out. After a couple weeks of PT I decided to try Yoga. I was introduced to Dragonfly by Shelly and Carlin Johnson.
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