Dragonfly and Flyght have reputations for developing relationships between clients.
Before Megan Tucker moved back to Madison in 2007, she had tried yoga at a number of studios across the U.S. While she loved the practice, she was disappointed in the quality of the studios and the overall vibe many seemed to exude.
“Yoga had changed my life,” Tucker says. “But I felt if I were to bring my people to such studios, I’m not sure they would give yoga a chance.”
Tucker, owner of Dragonfly Hot Yoga and Flyght Cycle, says she’s walked into plenty of studios where she felt judged and unwelcome by other clients and staff. After moving back to Madison and never finding a home studio, she thought: “I’m going to create a yoga studio where fellow Midwesterners, my family and friends, feel welcomed and accepted.”
Fast forward to 2020 and Tucker has four Dragonfly Hot Yoga studios in the greater Madison area and two Flyght Cycle locations. “Our amazing local community and incredible staff have come together to create something almost magical and is the reason we’ve been able to grow,” Tucker says.
Dragonfly and Flyght have reputations for developing relationships between clients, Tucker says. “We’ve had so many friendships develop and existing relationships become even stronger at our studios. It’s a beautiful thing to witness. Pushing through challenging classes and bonding through self care is powerful stuff,” she says. Tucker attributes these connections to the warm atmosphere where conversation and interaction is encouraged. On a typical day, you can find guests socializing in the tea lounge or just taking some much needed solo time.
Dragonfly and Flyght have a unique ability to meld fitness into clients’ every day routine, Tucker says, because staff members encourage long term, sustainable practices.“We give clients permission to push themselves (at their own pace) in a Flyght session or a Power Up class where they can sweat out the day’s stresses,” Tucker says. “And the next day, take restorative classes that focus on breath, flexibility, and self reflection.” She doesn’t want her clients to experience the all-too-common “boot camp burnout,” she says, but rather develop a long-term, long lasting practice of self care and community.
Between the two studios, Tucker says, they offer about 250 classes a week and more than 20 different types of classes. Guests can experience an ’80s versus ’90s pop music” cardio focused Flyght session, or a warm and relaxing hourlong restorative Yin class complete with cool scented towels and essential oils. The studio transcends ability, Tucker says, and clients range from first timers to long time practitioners, from college athletes to retirees and all professions.“We have clients who are recovering from injuries and take advantage of our all access membership, which allows for classes at both Dragonfly and Flyght,” she says. “They are able to get low impact, high cardio classes as well as strength building and restorative classes with just one membership.”
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