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Danielle Vardakas


Danielle Vardakas Bio

Danielle Vardakas (MA, ERYT500, DYT1000, Reiki Master ) has graduated with a masters degree summa cum laude in yogic studies and a mindfulness instructor certification from Naropa University. Originally from Philadelphia, she studied dance and art at the Philadelphia Creative & Performing Arts High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Temple University and the Tyler School of Art in 2001. Danielle fell in love with yoga in 1994 while dancing with a junior ballet company and began teaching yoga in 2000. Her practice continued to create balance in her body and mind through her professional dance career which included mainly Hip Hop and Breakin with a bit of Contemporary Modern. She was mentored by Cara Bradley of Verge Yoga. She is also strongly influenced by her teachers Dharma Mittra , John Friend and Kausthub Desikachar. Danielle is continuously training and has completed over 4000 hours of teacher training programs all over the globe. She is a registered 1000 hour Advanced Teacher with Dharma Yoga. Danielle & her family moved from Philadelphia to Vermont in winter 2009 where she had a yoga center and a dance studio for almost 11 years.

Danielle’s teaching style incorporates principles of alignment with flow and bliss. She themes each practice so the student can evolve spiritually as well as physically. A teacher to teachers, Danielle created five unique YTT certification programs and led 58 teacher training groups. Danielle is certified Reiki Master’s master and certifies other humans to share reiki to the master level.

Danielle Vardakas is passionate about sharing all aspects of yoga and creating a world where magic is embraced and witnessed in our daily life! She and her son are homeschooling in West Palm Beach.

Cultivation timeline

1993 Began to study Buddhism and Zen Meditation1994 First exposed to yoga practices

1995 Began a daily yoga practice and teaching dance-Creative Movement

1997 Graduated from Creative & Performing Arts High School in Philadelphia,PA 

1998 Completed Hatha Yoga Teacher Training and began teaching Yoga

2001 Graduated from Tyler School of Art BFA program

2005 Received the Tao

2006 Completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour

2003 Completed Hatha Yoga Level 2 Teacher Training and Pilates Mat Level 1-3

2004 Completed Hip Hop Teacher Certification in dance performance/ history and culture at University of the Arts

2006 Completed Verge/ Empowered Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour

2008 Completed Empowered Anatomy Intensives 100 hours

2010 Completed Adv Asana & Yoga Therapy Training with John Friend

2011 Completed Krishnamacharya Adv Yoga Sutra-s Intensive Training -month abroad program 

2011 Complete Anusara Yoga Therapy Training, Adv Asana, Level 1 & 3 Immersions.

2011 Completed Dharma Mittra 500 Advanced “Life of a Yogi” YTT

2011 Completed Dharma of Relationship YTT with John Friend

2012 Completed Dharma Mittra’s 800 hour Psychic Cultivation and Yoga Nidra YTT

2018 Completed Dharma Mittra’s 700 hour Meditation and Pranayama (Breathwork) YTT

2018-2019 Became a Certified Reiki Master

2019 Water Exercise Certificate

2020- 2022 Naropa University Masters Degree in Yogic Studies

2022-2023 Naropa Mindfulness Instruction Certification