If you’re looking for a studio that's not entirely dominated by students, Dragonfly Hot Yoga’s downtown studio will provide a comforting environment for all yoga-goers—beginner to advanced.
THE SWEAT SCALE
The 60-minute vinyasa class will definitely make you sweat, but the class is more focused on the meditation and flexibility side of yoga rather than the cardio. Because it's hot yoga, you will be drenched in sweat when you leave, but the workout isn’t so strenuous that you’ll be sore in the morning.
The class I took was a classic 60-minute vinyassa flow with a room temperature of around 95°, which is pretty typical of hot vinyasa classes. My instructor, Kathryn, didn’t participate in the practice, rather she walked about the room suggesting pose variations and offering assists for students. As an instructor, she had a nice balance between “passionate yogi” and fitness instructor. She offered more challenging variations, but mainly encouraged everyone to follow their breath and concentrate on their own practice. Rather than repeating Chaturanga dozens of times as in other yoga classes, Kathryn lead the class in a wide variety of poses, some that I had never done before.
Savasana is particularly long at Dragonfly, and we're not complaining. The instructor leads the class in a meditation afterwards, and hands out cold hand towels scented with cinnamon and sage to put over our eyes. I left the class feeling sweaty, stretched, and refreshed.
WHAT TO WEAR AND HOW TO PREPARE
Wear leggings that you can possibly wrap around your ankle—your feet will be extremely slippery on your mat, so having this grip can be a huge help. If you have a yoga mat towel, we would definitely recommend you use it. A lightweight tank top that is relatively tight to your body will be best as well. You can rent mats at the studio, but they aren’t very high quality so definitely bring your own mat if you have one! Also, bring a hand towel to wipe your sweat throughout the class and a large bottle of water.
In terms of Madison yoga studios, Dragonfly is relatively upscale. Like most studios, you do have to arrive early (around 20 minutes) if you want to get a decent spot, or even to be let into the class at all. While the studio is a bit of a walk from most on campus housing, the more secluded location and less scene-y atmosphere is definitely a plus. Most of the people there are Madison residents rather than UW students, which means your workout won't be interrupted by handfuls of people you know. At the end of class, be sure to grab a cup of complimentary tea and graze through their clothing selection (they carry a variety of ALO Yoga apparel).
Single class: $17 student, $20 regular
Student unlimited monthly: $69
Regular unlimited monthly: $99
First month intro offer: $40
THE BOTTOM LINE
Dragonfly has a lot more to offer than just their vinyasa class. Take your time finding the right instructor and class for you–there's definitely something for everyone at Dragonfly!
Dragonfly Hot Yoga Sweat Scale*
✓ Equipment Rentals
✓ Equipment Purchase required
✓ Hand Sanitizer
✓ Lockers with locks
✗ Free Towels
✗ Free Water
✗ Hair ties
HAVE YOU BEEN TO THIS STUDIO? HAVE YOU TAKEN ANOTHER CLASS OR TRIED OUT A DIFFERENT INSTRUCTOR? TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKOUT AND RATE YOUR SWEAT!
Dragonfly Hot Yoga (Downtown)
309 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Mon: 7am-9am, 10:30am-1:45pm, 4pm-10pm
Tues: 5:30am-4pm, 5pm-10:15pm
Wed: 5:15am-9:30am, 12pm-2pm, 4pm-10:15pm
Thurs: 5:30am-9:30am, 11:30am-1:30pm, 3:30pm-7pm
Sun: 8:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9pm