South Burlington residents Danielle Vardakas-Duszko and Scott Duszko recently opened Honest Yoga Center at 1408 Hinesburg Road. Through its focus on Hot Yoga—the only facility of its kind in Chittenden County—the center hopes to provide a serene, clean space with enthusiastic and learned teachers.
Danielle Vardakas -Duszko was introduced to yoga through her dance career, which began at age three in Philadelphia. She continued to study at the Philadelphia Creative and Performing Arts High School, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University and the Tyler School of Art in 2001. Vardakas -Duszko fell in love with yoga in 1994 while dancing with a junior ballet company, and began teaching the discipline in 2000. She continues to train and has completed more than 2,500 hours of teacher training programs all over the globe. She is a registered 800-hour Advanced Teacher with Dharma Yoga and 500-hour Experienced Registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Danielle and her family moved to Vermont winter 2009.
Scott Duszko began practicing Qi Gong and Hatha yoga varities in his early twenties, and later found Baptiste Power Yoga and Flow Yoga. Duszko teaches Tao Yin, Yama, and Niyama for the Honest Yoga 200 hour Teacher Training Program, and has himself trained with Cara Bradley, Johnny Gillespie, Rolf Gates, and John Friend. Duszko is currently working on his 500 hour certification. Besides enjoying yoga, Scott has a degree in Audio Engineering. He has produced two group albums and one solo hip hop album, and creates inspiring and unique scores for his yoga classes. He is a vegetarian and Tao cultivator, and lives in South Burlington with his wife and son Garnet.
With its indoor temperature set for Hot Yoga, Honest Yoga Center feels like you’ve just stepped off a plane and into your favorite tropical destination. Warm temperatures enhance many of yoga’s benefits: muscles stay looser and are stretched more deeply, promoting flexibility and minimizing the risk of injury. Perspiration increases, helping to detoxify and purify the body. The heat becomes a focal point, allowing the participant to better concentrate on breathing and relaxation, which are so important to yoga. The effects—inside and out—are immediate and noticeable.
Instructors at the facility have studied the principles of yoga extensively, and are registered with Yoga Alliance. Each teacher has been trained in anatomy, physiology, yoga philosophy, and the Honest Yoga method, and maintains a committed daily yoga practice.
For more information, visit: www.honestyogacenter.com.
SOURCE: Honest Yoga Center