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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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Ryan Jester

How did you get started at Dfly?
In early 2016, my wife and I were training for the Phoenix Marathon. This was the first time that we had trained in the winter for a marathon and we had friends that suggested integrating hot yoga into our training program as a way to prepare our bodies for the difference in the Wisconsin winter training climate vs. the race climate in Phoenix. We enjoyed our intro period so much that we have continued to attend Dragonfly classes on a consistent basis ever since.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Kasie Knapper

How did you get started at Dfly?
I came across Dragonfly during my second winter in Madison. I was mainly looking for a way to stay warm, but was also excited to add strength and flexibility into my daily exercise routine.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
Dragonfly was my introduction to yoga!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
My favorite part about Dragonfly classes is that there is no pressure to look or move a certain way. I love being able to come to yoga and take what I need from my practice with out being judged. It’s so freeing!
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Clare Hawthorne

I started at Dragonfly after attending another yoga studio, and feeling that I didn’t belong. At the beginning of my journey, I wore the clothes I mowed the lawn in, sometimes complete with lawn clippings hanging off me like a Christmas ornament. I was treated like the kid who didn’t wear fluro in the 80’s! This attire apparently was not “yogi ok”. Even with the cold stares that would send a penguin running for relief, I was unwilling to buy any more specialty clothing, for an activity I might give up in a few months. It looked like yoga would be a fleeting activity, like any plan to reduce the steady drip of caffeine that I pump into my body. Then I went to Dragonfly. Dragonfly was not only ok with my attire, but I was also happy to see all body shapes, and abilities welcomed with a warm hello.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Sara Strell

I had only practiced yoga a handful of other times before finding Dfly. I explored the Middleton studio primarily because of the convenient location and the class times that fit with my schedule needs. I have always been active, but gravitated more towards running, weights, and the occasional at-home video. After both of my children were born, I was struggling to find an exercise path that met all of my needs as a new mom who also worked outside the home full-time. My mom had been practicing yoga for several years and talked about how much she enjoyed it, but it wasn’t until I joined her for a class during a girls weekend in Illinois that I really understood how impactful yoga could be for the mind, body, and spirit. The feeling of joy I got out of that first class was so inspiring that I knew I needed to find a studio back home in Madison.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Sonia Montero

How did you get started at Dfly?/ What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
A friend suggested it. I’ll never forget our first class was Fire!!!! Even though I had never done any yoga before that I was still hooked. I has zero experience and now looking back I don’t know how I caught on with all the poses. I was like “Warrior who?”

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I don’t know where to start! I love the instructors, front desk staff, and obviously the other yogis. I think I have made a few, if not a lot of new friends. It’s such a positive environment. If I am having a rough day I know I need some yoga and never regret attending!!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Alyssa Love

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started taking a few drop-in classes a few years ago, but I decided to start practicing regularly in the past year as a way to help me manage the stress of finishing up graduate school.

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I did a little bit of Bikram yoga while I was an undergraduate, but I had never tried a Vinyasa style class before Dfly.
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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Brian Stoltenberg

I got started at Dfly in 2015 after relocating to a new home and signed up for the initial trial month. I was encouraged to try a variety of class options and really enjoyed the diverse class offerings and instructors. The encouragement to try different styles of yoga really helped me to diversify my practice and allowed me to find a class that was right for me at the right time.

Before Dfly I dabbled in yoga taking a few classes here and there but never incorporated yoga into my lifestyle. The high quality instructors and class options made it very simple to make the shift and to fully blend yoga into my lifestyle.
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Paul Pustina

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got to know Tola and Inge through business events. I thought if everyone at Dfly was like them, it would be a great place to learn and grow in my yoga practice. I have been a member now for going on two years.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
My daughter lives in Australia and is a certified adult and child yoga instructor and always encouraged me to adopt a dedicated yoga practice. Prior to Dfly, I did yoga at home to Elena Brower.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
Constantly learning how to work and honor my body from the caring and dedicated instructors. Also, the energy and sense of purpose from fellow yogis.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I’m more relaxed. I’ve lost weight, improved my breathing, gained flexibility and strength and I am confident working my body again.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I attend 4-5 times a week and do some of the special events. BarreAmped class, here I come. My favorite class is Flow with Bekah Gant.

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.
Throughout my life, I’ve pushed my body hard athletically and have had injuries and surgeries. My body was breaking down. I got into biking and was struggling as I just didn’t have the same flexibility, strength and breathing capacity I used to. Dfly instructors and the hot yoga environment are the reasons I’m getting my health back.

To me, the Dfly staff, instructors, classes and programs represent a way of life that will benefit everyone.

Instructor Alex Scanlon: “Paul is one of those people where when he walks into the studio; it never fails to bring a smile to my face. He has been taking my Slow Flow on Tuesday nights since May of ’17 and in that time it has been such a privilege to be able to watch him progress as much as he has. He is never afraid to find his edge and try different things but he is always able to listen to what his body needs and reset when he needs it as well. Aside from his strong yoga practice, Paul always asks me how I am and how my day is going. Having him at the studio always makes my day a little brighter.”


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