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Yoga Instruction, Yoga Teacher Training, International Yoga Retreats, and Inspiration from Maria Santoferraro, E-RYT 500

Yoga Retreats

Plan Your dream yoga adventure!

Hang Ten Meditation

Got ten minutes? Try out Maria’s free guided meditation videos with the sound of the surf to relax you.

Women of Wisdom Sedona Yoga Retreat

Feb 5-8, 2018 Join Maria for the retreat and then stay for the Sedona Yoga Festival

Latest Inspiration from The Daily Downward Dog

The Magic of Three Breaths

Are you as excited as I am that summer is here? This new season should bring pleasurable thoughts about spending more time outside, lazy summer days at the beach, enjoying fresh food from the garden, and relaxing with friends. But last week instead of being full of...

Bali Life and Yoga Lessons – Part 1

Om Swastiastu my yogi friends! That is the way I was greeted in Bali, and it is a beautiful way to say hello and peace and greetings from God! In Bali, Om is the most important sound, and an Om starts every mantra, prayer, and ceremony, and it represents Brahma the...

Sunrise Life Lessons

During my last two yoga retreats I got the opportunity to teach a few sunrise beach yoga classes. Each class I lead is an opportunity to learn, but I must say the classes on the beach at sunrise were exceptionally good at teaching me the following life lessons. My...

Loving Kindness

Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Be Happy Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Be Healthy Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Be Safe Breathe In: May I     Exhale Out: Live in Peace Ready to change your mood with a tried and true meditation? Find a comfortable seated...

When the Student is Ready…

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." I love these words from Buddha, and they have rung true in my life and yoga journey. When I needed yoga to heal my back pain caused by scoliosis, I found my teacher in Mary Pat Murphy. I had been told about yoga...

Retreat to the Beach!

Sing it with me, "I don't want to work, I just want to yoga on the beach all day!" Before summer slips away, it's time to take a well deserved retreat to the beach. If you live in northeast Ohio, Lake Erie has beautiful beaches, and I am blessed to share beach yoga on...

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