Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Dawn Peterson

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was in a place mentally and physically where I needed to feel better. I have 3 boys, and I want to be able to play with them and be around for them for a long time. I quit my job last year to stay home with my kids. My incredible husband had taken some classes at Dfly. He encouraged me to make some healthy goals, including going with him to a Dfly class. I fell in love with how the yoga and community made me feel.

What was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had done some yoga at home with various beginner videos. I had also done mindfulness classes, but honestly did not have much yoga experience before Dfly.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
The variety! I love that I can go to Flow or Yoga Up or Yin and hit on different areas of my physical and mental health.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely! I have chronic migraines, and I’ve found Dfly classes are one important aspect of helping me keep my muscles stretched out in such a way to keep my migraines at bay! I also have increased strength, flexibility, and energy.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I like to attend 5-7 classes a week but that varies as my family schedule fluctuates. Some weeks I can only come 1-2 times. It’s hard to pick a fav class, but I really enjoy Flow & Yin because I get both in one class. That said, I just tried Circut Up which was really fun and super challenging.

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 to travel and visit the beach. I recently got to check off my top bucket list item of going to Hawaii! We also like going to Disney World as a family and absolutely love Disney Cruises. It’s been fun getting to know more yogis and feel welcomed coming to classes. So, if you see me please feel free to say “Hi.” I’d love to chat.

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Angela Rachidi

How did you get started at Dfly?
In 2017, my family and I had just moved to Middleton and we welcomed baby #4. I was more than ready for some fitness options! My husband bought me a month pass to Dragonfly as a gift after I suggested I might like to get back into yoga. I had no idea Dragonfly had such amazing fitness classes too. After my first Power Up class, I was hooked.

What was your yoga/barre experience before Dfly?
I have always worked out and kept myself fit. But before Dfly, I mostly did individual work – going to the gym and running on my own. I quickly learned how much I enjoy the energy and challenge of doing classes. Now, Dfly is my main fitness regime.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the mental break that classes give me from my work and home life. And I love the physical challenge. The instructors are fantastic. They take so much time and care to put together fun and worthwhile classes. I appreciate them so much!

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely. After about six months of doing Up classes, my physique changed and my fitness level improved. I also found classes to be a great stress-reliever. I have been doing Up classes consistently for almost five years (including OnDemand during the COVID months). I am as healthy and fit as I have ever been.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I know Dfly is known for its yoga classes, but I really enjoy the fitness classes. I take 3-5 Up classes per week. My favorites are Circuit Up and Power Up. There are so many great instructors, but Shawn’s Circuit Up is a favorite of mine, and so are Pam, Ashley, and Carrie’s Power Up classes.

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 have four kids between the ages 5 to 11, a job that keeps me pretty busy, and a household to manage. Exercise has always been a big part of my life, but Dfly has been a life saver. I set up my schedule to accommodate Up classes. They give me energy to keep up with my kids and my active lifestyle, and the classes help keep me sane. I love everything about Dfly!

Instructor Ashley Bruckner “Angela comes regularly to my Power Up class and is definitely one of the strongest in the room. I love that she always takes the more challenging option and pushes herself all the way to the end.”

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Lindsay Wicktor

I started at Dfly after it opened because I was so curious about the “hot” portion of hot yoga. I had never sweat so much in any workout I’d ever done, as I did in my first hot yoga class!

In college I did a free yoga class, at the University of Minnesota. There were hundreds of students. And hundreds of bare feet. (So you can get the rest of the story! The guy in front of me was wearing rather see through running shorts, so when we went to do our first downward facing dog, the 75+ people behind me could not stop laughing). It took me years to recover from this experience! When I moved the Madison I started yoga with a veteran yogi in Verona. She taught each pose and was a stickler about form. This is when my love for yoga started.

I love the guaranteed sweat and opportunity to challenge and strengthen my body. I am stronger and more flexible, and my balance is better. Yoga does amazing things for my mental health too!

I attend 2-5 classes a week. My favorites are flow/core flow, yoga up, and power up. I have recently tried yin (I prefer to move, so yin is a challenge for me!) and I must admit, it’s pretty great!

I’m a mom of two kids and two chocolate labs. I’m a nanny to three other littles and three dogs. At home we refer to hot yoga as “hoga/oga/yoga (my son calls it hoga, one of my friends calls it oga) and my kids ask me daily if I am going! It seems as if they have noticed that I arrive home in a better mood! I adore going to class because, someone tells me what to do! It’s the only time during my day that I think only about what I am doing!

Dfly is a warm, welcoming, knowledgeable yoga community. It’s a guarantee that I will leave Dfly, feeling better than I did when I arrived!

Instructor Tiffany Geier: “Lindsay is the perfect choice for Fitchburg’s YOM! She is a dedicated member who practices with quiet strength and focus. Lindsay takes many of our UP classes at Dragonfly, but she balances out her experience and practice by sprinkling in flows, and yins. Lindsay leads and motivates those around her with an approachable demeanor, and dry sense of humor. I absolutely love having Lindsay in class, as she continues to teach me the meaning of commitment and patience. Congrats Lindsay!!”

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Carly Edge

How did you get started at Dfly?
I moved back to Madison in early 2021 and was interested in joining a fitness community and getting back into hot yoga. As things started opening back up after COVID, I gave DFLY a try. I instantly loved it!

I also had a goal for myself to close my rings on my Apple Watch everyday for a year. DFLY helped me close my rings and reach my goal. I am now at 491 days in a row for closing all my rings!

What was your yoga/Barre experience before Dfly?
I used to do hot yoga 3-4 times a week when I was in college. After college I moved away from Madison for work and did not continue my practice because I could not find a studio I loved.

That’s why I was so excited when I moved back to Madison, because I could join the Dfly community.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the hot room, it’s such a good feeling to get a sweat in. I also love the community that comes along with Dfly. It’s the teachers and people that keep me coming back each week. :)

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Before I started doing yoga regularly, I would get really bad headaches and upper back pain from sitting in front of a computer screen all day. After about 2-3mo of attending yoga classes my upper back pain went away and I now get fewer headaches. I am also more confident in myself and my overall mental health has greatly improved. I look forward to yoga and treat it as “me” time.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to attend classes at least 3 times a week. My favorite class is Power Up with Brooklyn :) I also really enjoy Yoga Up classes.

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 Dfly community, I feel that everyone is so supportive of each other and works to keep each other accountable. I am so lucky to be able to work remotely and be back in Madison (the city I love the most) and be a part of the Dfly community.

Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Jeff Miller

How did you get started at Dfly?
My wife Stephanie and I wanted to try hot yoga and a friend of ours recommended Dfly.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had no yoga experience prior to joining Dfly. My wife had done yoga through our local parks and recreation department.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
It’s hard to pick one thing I like. I love the inner peace I feel when doing slow flow yoga. I also love the workout “high” I get from both YogaUp and PowerUp classes.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
My well-being has changed since I started at Dfly last August. My core is alot stronger. My balance is getting better. My flexibility, although not where it was when I played for the Badgers back in the late 80’s is coming around. I also find I can de-stress myself with simple breathing techniques learned doing yoga.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I have been attending 4 times a week. I do 2 slow flow yoga classes, a YogaUp class and PowerUp class. To be honest I love all 4 classes and instructors. Dani, Colleen, Nicole and Erica are fantastic instructors that bring out the best in me!

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.
The past 2 years I have worked hard to better my health. I started eating right, lost weight and began exercising regulary. I love to bike, kayak, play pickleball and workout at Dfly. I love being active and working out with my wife and great friend Dixon. I feel like Dfly has helped me to build strength which has translated to better performance in my other workouts. I grew up in Manitowoc, Wisconsin and came to Madison where I played football for the Badgers and graduated in 1991. Met my wife Stephanie (,who swam for UW) married and have 2 children Amber (26) and Emily (24). We live in DeForest (since 1994) where I served as an EMT/firefighter for almost 10 years (5 of those years as EMS Director). Later was elected as a Village Trustee, became Village President and served on our school board. I also served on several Dane County boards and commissions. My service to our community spanned over 20 years. I now enjoy traveling with my wife. Fun fact: I have helped to deliver 3 babies during my tenure with fire/EMS.

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Sarah

How did you get started at Dfly?
I have a demanding job in veterinary medicine. A colleague recommended that I practice yoga in order to protect myself physically and mentally on the job.

What is/was your yoga/barre experience before Dfly?/ What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I started watching YouTube videos in 2018 to familiarize myself with the poses. A few months later, I signed up for in person classes at DFly.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
I enjoy that the teachers recognize each body is different and having the freedom to adjust poses as necessary.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I rarely experience aches/pains in my body like I used to prior to starting a regular yoga practice.

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 try to attend five to six classes per week. My favorite classes are Slow Flow with Carrie S. and Yin with Cassie E.

Instructor Carrie Skawinski:” It is always a joy to have Sarah in class! She enters the practice space quietly with intention and has a calming energy. Her consistent practice demonstrates grace, focus, strength and compassion. We are fortunate to have Sarah as a member of the Dragonfly community!”

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Patricia Rohrer

I had wanted to try yoga, but didn’t know where to start. A friend and co-worker encouraged me to try the introductory month offer at Dragonfly. What a blessing it’s turned out to be!

I had no previous yoga experience, but I belong to a gym and would work out with cardio and free weights.

I look forward to walking into the hot room, setting aside the days “to do list”, finding an inner connection and challenging myself.

The practice of Yoga makes me feel better, both mentally and physically. I’m proud of carving out time for me. I have noticed the biggest change in how my joints feel. When I leave class I feel mentally calm and physically strong. It was a bit intimidating at first; I wasn’t expecting the strength and flexibility needed. Yet, each instructor meets you where you are, encouraging my individual practice and offers options for poses when “I’m not quite there yet.”

I love my yoga experience at Dragonfly. That first month I tried almost every class offered. I’ve settled into my favorite classes, Yoga up with Shawn and Miranda, Flow, Core Flow, but I recently tried a Barre class, which was new for me. Each class offers a different challenge. I try attending 2 classes a week. I wish it could be more.

This quote sums up Yoga for me – “It’s not about being good at something- It’s about being good to yourself.”

Instructor Meranda Masse: “Patricia brings so much happy energy into her classes! Before and after class I always see her chatting wither other dflyers, taking the opportunity to catch up and ask about how they’re doing. During class she pushes through, and never lets what we’re doing for the day defeat her! I’m so happy that Patricia is our yogi of the month 😀”

Downtown Yogi of the Month: Sarah McCaffrey

I started at Dragonfly after having debated signing up for many months following my move to Madison. A lot of people in my life noticed I had been stressed and suggested I try getting back into yoga. I decided to try an intro month with Dragonfly; I was hooked and have been coming ever since.

Prior to Dragonfly I had taken both barre and yoga classes (though never hot) in my hometown in New Jersey. However, that all went on a pause once COVID hit. I did try home practice for awhile, but it didn’t feel the same as coming in person.

The thing I enjoy most about Dragonfly classes other than the classes themselves are the wonderful people. Everyone is so nice, helpful, and welcoming. Going anywhere new and trying new things can be intimidating, but never once have I felt out of place at Dragonfly.

My mental health and quality of life have improved tenfold since starting. It makes my body, mind, and soul feel fantastic and that helps me better in all the other areas of my life.

I attend class 3 times a week (though I would like to go more). I don’t think I have a favorite, but I do enjoy the variety in the types of classes that I take and that each instructor teaches in their own unique way.

I’m a speech pathologist, and I often give a lot of myself to help my patients and their families, so yoga is a great recharge for my batteries. In addition to yoga I love running and attempting to try all of the restaurants in the downtown area. I love coming to Dragonfly and I feel it truly helps me in all areas of my life. Yoga and Dragonfly remind me time and time again to honor myself and take care of myself, and for that I am so very thankful!

Middleton Yogi of the Month: Heather Schwenn

I had wanted to start going to Dragonfly for years, but my schedule was so chaotic, I wouldn’t have been able to start a regular practice. When my schedule finally stabilized, I joined.

When I lived in California, I did a similar barre class called the Dailey Method for a couple of years and also did Bikram yoga. My practice fizzled when I moved back to Wisconsin.

I enjoy the variety of classes offered. I also like how different instructors approach the same class with their own unique style. My strength, balance and flexibility have definitely improved since I started back in February. I attend at least three classes every week. My favorite classes are Lindsey’s Cardio Barre and Brenda’s Flow 75.

Taking classes at Dragonfly is probably my favorite activity I do every week. I have a pretty stressful job working as a psychologist in a prison, so practicing self-care is important and Dragonfly helps me to do that.

Instructor Lindsay Loeffler: “Heather is a powerhouse! She started as a beginner barrefly and has quickly become a staple in our cardio barre classes. She has worked to build strength and is constantly improving. She’s even grabbing those heavier weights! She inspires and pushes those around her. I love having her in class every week!”

Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Lindsay Fisher

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got started in October of last year as COVID restrictions began to ease. I had been feeling pretty down – low energy, stressed, isolated – for several months prior to joining. My husband recommended getting a membership as a way to do something good for both my mind and body, and as a way to ensure I was leaving the house at least a few days a week.

What was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?/ What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I had done a few hot yoga classes in Chicago while staying there for work and absolutely loved it! I had never tried barre before. Feeling like I am doing something good for myself. I don’t think I have ever put this much effort into something solely related to my own self-improvement.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely. I notice very tangible differences in my stress/anxiety level before class vs during and after class. Things I’m worried about tend to melt away after the first few minutes of entering the studio and I have a sense of calm for the rest of the evening. I can also see how much physical progress I am making from month to month. I feel much stronger and more stable both in class and when doing other physical tasks outside of class.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to attend at least 3 times a week, but my goal is to average 4 classes per week. How to pick a favorite?? On the mild side, I absolutely LOVE barre with Belle and Audrey. On the hot side, any class with Jill or Cassie is an absolute delight.

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 truly cannot overstate how much of a difference my membership at Dragonfly has made in my life. I have never been what I would consider an athletic person. Never played any sports growing up or participated in physical activities (at least if I could avoid it). I was pretty infamous for beginning exercise programs and quitting within a month. I just thought I hated exercise. Your staff at Dragonfly welcomed me in and began teaching me how very wrong I was about that. I have a newfound sense of confidence in my body that I have never had before, and I have Dragonfly to thank for that.

Instructor Jill Merfeld: “Lindsay always shows up for class exuding gratitude, which is immediately contagious. I’m so grateful to have her in class. She has a smile on her face and keeps that smile even when I throw a challenging pose her way. Excited and honored to be part of her yoga journey!”