Our Team

DawnDawn Wetzel ERYT 500 has been practicing yoga since her first class in 1997, while pregnant with her son. Like all things, her practice fluctuated on and off until a few years ago, when Dawn was faced with a serious health condition. Her doctor recommended she return to a daily yoga practice to re-build strength and support her healing process. Not only has Dawn’s strength returned, but her passion for sharing yoga with her community was ignited — a passion that is infectious!</>

Every student of hers feels at home — from the boys snowboard team at Killington, to beginners, teenagers, moms to be, and advanced students. During her classes, you can feel her love for the practice shining through her detailed cues, postural adjustments, and presence.

As a health conscious Vegan, Dawn’s lifestyle reflects her commitment to Yoga beyond the physical practice. She is an Honest Yoga 200 hour & 500 hour & B-Tru Hip Hop Yoga Dance graduate. She is also certified in Prenatal Yoga. Dawn will graduate from the HY Children & Tweens Yoga 90 hour Course this summer 2016 !

SusanSusan Buchanan RYT 500 has been practicing yoga since 1999. She graduated from Honest Yoga’s 200 and 500 hour programs. In the beginning yoga was a good way to counterbalance her running and satisfy her need to always move. As a runner, biker, paddler and skier, yoga adds strength and flexibility to her other activities. She also utilizes her yoga as a certified paddleboard and paddle board yoga instructor. She strives to bring a sense of fun, freedom and kindness to her classes.

A former practicing lawyer, yoga has been life­changing, bringing Susan a new and profound sense of life balance, well­being and peace. It has taught her not only the movements of yoga but also to accept the need and benefits of stillness and reflection. Co ntinually inspired by yoga’s transformative power, both externally and internally, she finds it to be a source of strength, helping her to view the world with compassion and to feel grateful everyday.


Samantha Wright E-RYT200, RYT500, CYT, YACEP is a native Vermonter, having grown up in the Northeast Kingdom. She began practicing Yoga in 2006 and completed her first training in 2014. Samantha has completed 4 certifications with Honest Yoga, and will continue training with Sri Dharma Mittra in the Fall of 2017 for her 500hrLOAY certification. Samantha is experienced in therapeutics, vinyasa, power flow, guided meditation, gentle and beginner series as well as children’s Yoga. She also offers workshops and private lessons. Samantha strives to teach inclusive classes that all levels are capable of attending, while braiding together and unifying the body, mind and spirit. She uses dynamic cuing and hands on assists to guide you and help deepen your practice. Samantha is committed to sharing the path of Yoga with any one who is sincerely interested.

Samantha has been teaching at B-Tru Dance since 2014. She began dancing at the age of 7 as a Tai Dancer and then moved in to Ballet, Jazz, and HipHop at age 12. During High School she performed with 2 dance teams at state competitions, and also choreographed pieces for multiple high school showcases. Samantha strives to make her dance classes light-hearted, fun and creative!

Samantha is an open-hearted life-learner who enjoys traveling, live music, being outdoors and reading. She is a Vegan and Tao Cultivator.


Kemper Gottshall RYT500
 “began yoga in 2015 and found it an extremely centering, beneficial and supportive practice to my life. And then, it took over. I practice almost every day and absolutely love how dynamic and endless yoga is in all its forms – on and off the mat. It truly is infinite! Thank you for letting me serve you today.” Kemper has graduated from Honest Yoga’s 200 and 500 hour trainings.





img_0441Elizabeth Heeter RYT500 CRYT95
was introduced to yoga in 2008 in her hometown of Birmingham Alabama. She was instantly struck by feelings of physical and mental well being that it gave her, and she was hooked from that point on. She continued to practice throughout high school and college and decided to take her training to the next level when she moved to Vermont in 2014. She completed her Honest Yoga 200 hour certification in 2015 under the guidance of Danielle Vardakas and Dawn Wetzel, and went on to complete Honest Yoga’s 500 hour training and kids/tween training in 2016. The birth of her daughter in July of 2016 guided her interest toward infant and postnatal yoga practices, which she is excited to share with the community. Yoga has been and always will be an essential part of her life and she is so grateful for the opportunity to share her passion. Namaste!

Rowan Dunlop is a rising sophomore at CVU and has been dancing at B-Tru Dance for five years. She has studied ballet, lyrical and hip hop. Rowan participates in numerous theatre productions in Chittenden County. She is happy to assist teaching younger dancers in the summer.






Stepanie Gipson started dance when she was 6 in Lake George, NY starting with tap and jazz. She soon added gymnastics and ballet. Stephanie fell in love with dance. She was asked to join the gymnastics and dance teams. The dance team was a mixture of modern lyrical, ballet and jazz movements. When Stephanie was 16, her dance team went to Prague, Czech Republic to perform in an international event and performed on the main stage and for a televised segment. She has performed many years worth of recitals, side shows, bigger shows, and everything in between as part of this traveling team. After graduating high school in 2011, Steph moved to VT to attend St. Michael’s college and she graduated in 2015 with a degree in Psychology. Stephanie graduated from the Honest Yoga 200 hour teacher training last winter and is currently working on her 500 hour Honest Certification as well as a 200 hour B-Tru Dance certification with Danielle. She is very happy to bring her passion for expressive movement and technique with your children!

meganMegan Haak is dedicated yoga lifestyle & a proud mama of 2. She currently teaches Hoop Dance & Kids Yoga at our center.

Megan graduated the Honest Yoga Children’s Teacher Training as well as another Kids Yoga training 8 years ago. She is currently enrolled in our 200 hour program. She is excited to share her love of movement with you & your family!  You will also meet Megan at our front desk with her beautiful daughter Piper!




Christine Badalamenti-Smith began dipping her toes in the healing waters of yoga as a teen. From that time she maintained an “on-again, off-again” relationship with her yoga practice.  In Spring 2016, after a few years being “off-again,” a series of life changes found her in a new state, with a new job, a new, less positive perspective on her health, and serious anxiety. Yoga had called her home, for good.  Now, a RYT 200 in the middle of her RYT 500 training, Christine hopes to bring the immeasurable healing and transformative power of yoga to as many people as she can.  If you feel as though you have read this bio before, it’s because so many people have come to yoga seeking something, and at some point all of those people found something they needed.   Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually – yoga will change you, and it can only be for the better.

Christine is excited to bring her knowledge and practice to others, and she will never stop developing and learning on the path of yoga.  She also believes that the practice of yoga will eventually come to heal many other ailments, whether they be societal, environmental, even political.  She is working to find creative ways yoga will be a part of her advocacy and environmental work.


Rowan Beck has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. She first went to the mat after the birth of her first child to balance it her marathon training. She quickly realized the impact her practice had on her running, improving her speed, endurance and focus. In 2010 she went through a major transition in her life and found it necessary to temporarily leave her mat as the emotion that came out after practice was too much. Had she known then what she knows now she would have stuck with her practice. Yoga purifies the body, mind and soul. The breath forces the emotions up and out of the body, allowing for a deep healing. After returning to her mat in full vigor in 2012 she is now a RYT 200 hour, a CYT and in the midst of her 500 YTT all from Honest Yoga.

She hopes her teaching will help others heal their bodies, mind and spirits while having a little fun along the way. Life is a journey, which yoga enhances. She takes her yoga practice beyond the mat and believes in family, community and that life is a constant lesson. There are no mistakes only experiences. It is what we do with those experiences that create who we are. Every day is a new day, every practice a new practice and if she can help someone create a great day from their practice she will be happy. She hopes to see you on the mat.

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