Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Connor Morovits

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got started at Dragonfly last year pre-covid and really started to see some amazing benefits in my physical health, but also my overall health as well. Then covid hit, and I was in the best shape of my life, and unfortunately I lost everything I worked towards last April-August. I signed back up this year and I am slowly but surely getting back to where I want to be!

What is/was your yoga experience before Dfly?
I had absolutely no experience before signing up to Dragonfly. My wife and I went on a trip to Phoenix and decided to do a free class at Radi8 Hot Yoga down there and we really enjoyed it, so immediately when we got back to Wisconsin I was eager to sign up.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
Getting a good sweat in. I love to work-out, but I am definitely not the type of person who can go to the gym, have stuff written down to do, and then perform those workouts. I need someone to tell me what to do when I workout and then I am good to go. I love how welcoming Dragonfly is too!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Rachel Nachreiner

How did you get started at Dfly?
I started coming to Dragonfly in 2013 while still in high school after receiving an unlimited month of yoga as a gift. It took me awhile to finally start classes, but once I did, I was hooked!! I continued coming to Dragonfly while home from college and now continue going as often as I can!

What is/was your yoga/barre/fitness experience before Dfly?
Dragonfly was my first experience with yoga or barreamped and have never had a reason to try anywhere else!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the atmosphere and the people. It is a great community that feels like a second home when I need to get away from everything on my to do list!
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Katherine Schaumberg

How did you get started at Dfly?
I found Dfly when I moved to Madison in 2018.

What is/was your yoga/barre/fitness experience before Dfly?
I’ve been practicing hot yoga for about 10 years!

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
It’s been wonderful to be in an active space with others again over the past few months. It’s great just to have the space and time dedicated to practice and to be in-person again. And of course the cold towels during savasana!
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: David Riedeman

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was looking for a way to balance out the volume of running I do weekly and yoga seemed like it would be a really natural fit.

What is/was your yoga/barre/fitness experience before Dfly?
My experience was very limited. I had followed along with a few videos online but never been to an in person yoga class before.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I really enjoy being able to slow things down and focus on my breathing and becoming more aware of what I am feeling in different places in my body on a given day. And also of course the wonderful heat! I like to get to class a little early so that I can relax and soak it all in.
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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.”