Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Hannah O’Neill and Jake Schramm

Hannah’s responses:
How did you get started at Dfly?
My friend, Tina Wahl, told us about the free intro class Dfly offers. We went with her to Carrie’s Yoga Up class, and we were hooked!

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had done a little bit of online yoga at home, but never really stuck with it.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love meeting everyone in the Dfly community! Everyone makes Dfly so welcoming and wonderful.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
YES! I am less stressed and sleep easier. I also feel stronger, and I am more flexible than I have ever been.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to go as often as I can, and I shoot for at least a few times a week. I don’t know if I can pick a favorite class! I love the variety that Dfly offers. Every instructor crafts such amazing and unique classes that always seem to provide just what I need that day. I love getting my sweat on (and chaturangas in) during Carrie’s Yoga Up. I love de-stressing and challenging myself at the end the work week with Bekah’s Aroma Slow Flow. The great thing about Dfly is I can have a favorite class for every day of the week!

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 going to Dfly with Jake. He makes my Dfly experience even better! Having him in the Yoga Up classes really helps me push myself to do my best. I always have fun getting his thoughts on classes we went to together, filling him in on classes I went to solo, and hearing about classes I missed. I love that Dfly is letting us be Yogi of the Month together, because Jake is such an important part of my Dfly experience!

Jake’s Responses:
How did you get started at Dfly?
One of Hannah’s friends told us about Dragonfly, so we decided to give it a try. The first class we attended was Carrie’s Tuesday night Yoga Up. It was such an intense and great workout, and it had been a few years since I sweat as much as I did during that class. We really enjoyed the class and we wanted to see what other types of classes were offered.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
Very limited, I had attended a few free yoga classes at a local gym in college. I had never even heard of BarreAmped classes before.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I like the variety of classes offered and how no two classes are ever the same. There are certain classes that we try and attend every week, and you never really know what to expect. I also like seeing how much Hannah and I have grown as yoga students. My endurance has gotten much better after all the Yoga Up classes we have attended.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
YES! I have an old wrestling injury that has caused me years of lower back and hip pain. After attending a few weeks of all the different yoga classes there has been a noticeable decrease in the intensity of the pain. With the relief of my back pack I was able to start running long distances again and jumping exercises no longer bother me! Hannah and I both stress a lot about work and being able to have something we look forward to doing after work is such a mental relief.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I try to attend 2-4 classes a week. Every class I have attended I have really enjoyed. We make it a point to get to one of Carrie’s Yoga Up classes and one of Bekah’s Yin classes every week. I think my favorite class is the Yin & Meditation class with Bekah Saturdays at noon. I think the slow pace and the long holds of this class has helped my back out a lot. It also introduced me to my favorite pose, the deer pose.

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 welcoming atmosphere at Dragonfly. Just opening the door and being greeted with a smile and a “Hey Jake” really turns a bad day around. I am not a very outgoing person so the kind atmosphere helps put me at ease.


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Leigh Tsipis

I tried Dfly for the first time shortly after I moved to Wisconsin. My friend asked me if I wanted to try hot yoga and I thought she was crazy. I had never done any type of yoga before, let alone in a hot room! She assured me that I would like it and she was right. I was hooked after the very first class.

There is so much to love about Dfly. They offer a variety of classes and have such wonderful instructors that I find that every class presents a different challenge which keeps me motivated. Everyone is so friendly and accepting here. I am so thankful to have made several good friends over the past couple of years here, especially Kristina who I work out with every weekday.
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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Coco Schauff

How did you get started at Dfly?
My first class at Dfly was over 5 years ago with a coworker. I then did the one month unlimited intro offer and was hooked! Over the years I have belonged to many different fitness clubs. I would enjoy their classes for a few months, but then they became old and felt like I was doing the same workout every time. Also, the class times didn’t work with my schedule. At Dragonfly, each Flow class is different, with different sequences and transitions. The instructors always keep you on your toes (sometimes literally) which makes each class new and fun.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Ryan Moze

How did you get started at Dfly?
I got started at Dfly in 2016 after my girlfriend, Megan, started going to Dfly and recommended it to me. I instantly fell in love with the welcoming community and the challenge of hot yoga.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I started practicing yoga in 2010 after graduating from law school. With my newfound free time, I began running a lot and – not surprisingly – found myself getting increasingly tight. After pulling muscles a couple times, I began doing yoga once a week on campus and found a bit more flexibility.
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Downtown Yogi of the Month: Jenny Grutzik

How did you get started at Dfly?
I recently retired from playing roller derby (8 years!) and needed something new that was physical and challenging, but a little more self-paced and easier on my body. A friend volunteered to go with me to my first class, and I loved it. Dfly is perfect because there is a wide range of class times and class types, so I can choose a class that fits my schedule and what my body needs at that time.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
I had gone to a few yoga classes here and there, but never did it regularly, and had never tried hot yoga.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love how refreshed I feel after, whether it’s a relaxing Yin class or a Power Up class that totally kicked my butt. I have a couple old injuries that act up from time to time, and I feel those less and less the more regularly I go to classes.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
Absolutely. I feel more balanced in general and look forward to taking an hour out of my day where I don’t have to think about work or how many things I have to get done or anything else that may be bothering me. I’m stronger too!

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I usually go 4 days a week and do a mix of Flow, Yin, and Power Up classes. Of those classes, I don’t think I can pick a favorite! They all give me something different and the instructors are lovely.

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 think of physical activity as a form of self-care and meditation. My mood is just better and life seems easier when I’m active. Dfly has been so welcoming and warm (literally!) I’m really glad to have it. I love the feeling I get when I can get into a pose that is challenging for me, and I love seeing what I can do with time and practice.


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Fitchburg Yogi of the Month: Fran Lutz

How did you get started at Dfly?
I was intrigued with the idea of hot yoga. I started with Yin classes because I wasn’t sure if I really knew what I was doing. I really loved the Yin classes though. I then signed up for a Whole 30 program through Dfly and that got me started on the Flow classes and transformed my way of eating. I am much healthier now.

What is/was your yoga/barreamped experience before Dfly?
I was doing yoga videos at home. I thought this was teaching me how to do yoga but you really need to be in a group atmosphere with an instructor for guidance.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
I love the different classes to choose from. You even get a different class just from different instructors. And I feel so good afterwards.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes? How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
I am more calm, relaxed and stronger too. Since I retired 1 1/2 years ago, I am able to attend class at least 6 days a week. I like to mix up my classes for the week but I think my favorite class is Fusion. I like the mix of Fire and Flow.

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.
Hot yoga has become my hobby. I have been a member of Dragonfly for about 6 years now and I have to thank all the instructors that have helped and inspired me to be the yogi I am today. So much that I want to be an instructor.

Instructor Kelly Perna: “Fran is well deserving of the honor of Yogi of the Month. Her commitment to her practice is an inspiration to her fellow yogi’s. I am so excited for Fran to be joining the yoga teacher training at Dragonfly this summer. My message to you, Fran, compliments of the wise Dr. Suess ~ “You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so…get on your way!” I’m looking forward to switching places and taking YOUR class one day soon.”


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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Brendan Baxter

My wife and I started buying class passes in 2014 and would attend classes sporadically. Eventually I cancelled my traditional gym membership in search of a more structured fitness regimen and joined Dfly with no regrets. We would go to beginner yoga classes offered through our gym which provided some insight into the fundamentals of the practice, enough to make a class at a yoga studio more approachable for me as a novice.

I find yoga to be an excellent physical workout that can be easily dialed up or down based on my energy level, over time I came to better appreciate the mental clarity that this practice can provide through controlled breathing both during class and throughout the day.

Physically I’ve lost weight, lowered blood pressure, increased strength and flexibility, improved balance and muscle endurance. Mentally I have found that my stress level is more manageable, partly through the creation of a routine that allows time for a mental reset each morning at class.

When I get home from work, I want time with my wife and (almost) two year old daughter before her bedtime so for me, early morning classes are ideal. I make it to my mat Monday through Saturday for 5:30am Flow classes in Middleton and Fitchburg.

I am always impressed with the staff at Dfly and appreciative of the positivity they share with everyone that comes through the door and rolls out their mat, it’s inspiring.

Instructor Suki Warda: “Brendan is such a stable and strong force in the 5:30am practice. How he practices on his mat exhibits amazing strength, flexibility & lightness. It also reflects his kind and caring leadership qualities off the mat as well! Congratulations Brendan!! It’s a sincere honor to guide you!”


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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Megan Sellman

How did you get started at Dfly?
A group of friends from work were talking about trying it out as the studio is close to the office and I was asked if I wanted to join them and thought why not, I’m always up for a new challenge.

What is/was your yoga/BarreAmped experience before Dfly?
Honestly my experience before Dfly was basically nonexistent. The only yoga experience I had prior were from a few drop in classes that were offered in high school and college.

What do you enjoy most from attending Dfly classes?
No matter what the class, I am challenged in one way or another which is great for me. I also love that each instructor has their own teaching style, which is awesome as it keeps each class unique.

Have you experienced any changes in your total well-being since taking classes?
One thing I have never been able to do is forward fold and touch my toes, since starting at Dfly I am able to now touch my toes. It doesn’t seem like a big deal but I was so excited when I could finally achieve it. I also find yoga as an outlet. No matter what type of day I have I am always relaxed after class.

How often do you attend classes? Favorite class?
Yoga Up is my favorite. I try to make to make it to class at least 3 times a week. I am not always successful, but it’s always a good week if I can make it to more 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 atmosphere that Dfly provides. All instructors are welcoming to what stage you are at in your practice whether you are just beginning or extremely advanced. Yoga will be a part of my routine for many years to come and I am glad Dfly has started me on this journey.


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Sun Prairie Yogi of the Month: Barb Sullivan

I was taking a lot of fitness classes when I became bored with them and started looking for something else. I knew about Dragonfly and wanted to check it out but I was intimidated, would I be able to handle the heat, would I be judged for my skill level, and all the other insecurities that were in my head. But I finally got up the courage and walked in. Everyone was so nice, I felt safe. Then my journey with hot yoga began!
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Middleton Yogi of the Month: Emily Gregory

How did you get started at Dfly?

When I was training for the Madison Marathon back in 2015, I injured my foot. I pushed through the marathon, but knew that I needed to take a break from running. I knew there were many different options for working out, but was so very lost on where to start. I took a hot yoga class with one of my good friends in the Milwaukee area and absolutely loved it! I knew I had to find a hot yoga studio near me. At the time, Dragonfly was the closest one and I was sucked in immediately! I absolutely love everything about it – especially the fact that there’s a class for everyone.
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