Honest Yoga Center
Do you want to become a yoga teacher? Have you been unsure about how to afford tuition or where to pursue training?
Danielle Vardakas Duszko & Scott Duszko run Honest Yoga School here in Burlington, VT and you could win a spot in their upcoming YTT! To support the Vermont Foodbank and BYC, Honest Yoga has donated one student ‘s spot (through the BYC Silent Auction) in their upcoming YTT! This could be you. Learn more about Honest Yoga now and imagine the possibilities.
Here’s How it Works: Normally the BYC Silent Auction opens bidding of each item at 20% of the retail value. In this case, that would be $500. Our dual-goal is to raise the most amount of money for VT Foodbank and BYC as possible (proceeds are split 50/50) while also making this prize accessible to anyone who wants to be a yoga teacher, right-there, day-of at BYC. So, for this one grand-prize only, bidding will begin at $1.08 and go up in $20 increments. Be the 1st one to bid and you could win for nearly nothing! Though chances are you may be outbid and for our hungry neighbors, this is a good thing. This item will be located at Honest Yoga Booth at BYC so all people who enter can meet the founders, Danielle and Scott. Good Luck!
Here’s an interview with Danielle and Scott by BYC, about Honest Yoga:
1. What would you say is the founding philosophy of Honest Yoga
This program was created out of the necessity for well rounded, compassionate yoga teachers. It is a great honor to deliver this program to you. The standards for teachers must be made higher.
Our name represents becoming true to oneself, seeing one’s own nature and accepting it, understanding one’s intrinsic goodness, and realizing there are many layers of the self.
We, as yogis/yoginis, are to put an honest mirror up to ourselves to see what obstacles are holding us back from our own true greatness and what obstacles are holding us back from our unhealthy addictive patterns. Become honest with yourself and allow your truth to emerge.
Our mission is to provide a container for practitioners to develop themselves in a safe, effective, and joyful way, improve the clarity of body & mind, align your body strategically to cleanse & detoxify, decrease stress and improve everyday life with daily practice and help beings to enjoy each moment fully without regret.
Our teachers are knowledgeable, practiced, and compassionate.
2. What is Honest Yoga
Honest Flow Yoga links movement to breath and links longer hold postures with a flowing sequence. Each class is a unique combination of poses and theme. The postures stretch and strengthen your body. The themes open your mind and heart. Teachers teach off the mat using verbal cues and hands on assists. This style of teaching helps you move towards perfected alignment and deeper postures. You will leave feeling your true power & bliss.
3. How would you describe Honest Yoga YTT?
We have 2 teacher training programs, 200 and 500 hour levels. Both are Yoga Alliance and VSAC grant approved. Our 200 hour program really helps trainees find their voice as they become teachers. They will graduate confident in their ability to teach off the mat and give effective therapeutic hands on assists & verbal cues. We feel that teaching off the mat allows the teacher to focus more on the students. This allows the students to move through the sequences safely. We focus mostly on Alignment Vinyasa but also teach Tao Yin Restorative as a complement. They learn ways to begin to use spiritual theme-ing in their classes. During the training they thoroughly learn the Chakra System and our Honest Alignment System for the physical body. They also learn about Dosha-s and how to work with themselves & others at different stages of life. During Dosha-s study we also look into how the guna-s effect the dosha-s. We focus on first 20 Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali and absorb them through lecture, charts, Sanskrit root words, and discussion of how they apply your life. They also gain a deep understanding of the Yama-s and Niyama-s. There are special Tao lecturers during the last section of the training that transmit how to live your truth, serve others, and follow a path towards the greatest good. Trainees graduate with the ability to teach a well rounded class using our Honest Yoga Block System as well as teach a personalized private lesson & assess a client. All of our trainees are placed into a teaching position upon graduation if they desire ( and most do !). After graduation the new teachers continue to be mentored by all of Honest Yoga’s senior teachers & HY founders Danielle Vardakas Duszko & Scott Duszko. There are 2 options for our 200hour training a deep immersion retreat style or 7 weekends in your back yard!
Our 500 hour Advanced Teaching Certification is for any one who has completed a 200 hour program from any Yoga Alliance approved school. We continue to help students find they voice as off the mat teachers but for more complex postures. Trainees will leave with a hands on assists and benefits for each posture as well as a deep understanding of body mechanics and therapeutics. This training is really a lifestyle training. The participants will slowly work towards a purified sattvic existence through kryia-s. This living of the yoga creates a space for the divine to rush through them as they transmit the ancient tradition of Vinyasa Krama. We go deeper into Yama & Niyama and Yoga Sutra-s, compare & contrast classical & tantric philosophy and examine the Bhagavad Gita. We study how to practice & teach mudra-s, pranayama, mantra, meditation, intense advance, therapeutic and restorative asanas. The student will gain a clearer understanding of the workings of the body and mind.
We have a special weekend with Douglas Donnell of The American Sanskrit Institute. He will go deeper into pronunciation & meanings of Sanskrit that are specifically related to what our trainees are working on. There will be several uplifting Kirtans peppered through the immersions with Patrick McAndrew.
The goal of this training is to immerse yourself in the lifestyle so it seeps out of you & helps all those you touch. You learn to live bhakti and wipe away karma-s and ego!
4. What’s something interesting we may not know about the founders of Honest Yoga?
Danielle and Scott met while preparing to perform on The Vans Warped Tour in 2004. They began to share how they were individually cultivating which eventually lead to marriage, a child, and the formation of Honest Yoga.
5. Anything else you’d like people to know?
We have classes 7 days a week to help students to grow their practice. See our schedule atwww.honestyogacenter.com
Danielle has several classes on www.yogavibes.com
.Honest Yoga is releasing a DVD at BYC that includes 2 full length practices & 3 therapeutic shorts.