DDD Yoga Classes

November 29, 2010

Class Schedule9135125644_4b2a44452c_o (see below for class descriptions)


10:45 -11:45 AM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Gentle Flow

5:30 – 6:45 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Slow Vinyasa Flow and Meditation

7:00 – 8:15 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | March 16 – April 20 | 5-Week Beginners’ Series    Next series begins April 27 – 5-Week Beyond Beginners’ – and runs through June 1 (no class May 25)


9:30 – 10:45 AM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Slow Vinyasa Flow and Meditation 

6:45 – 7:45 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Gentle Flow



Private Yoga Sessions


9:30 – 10:45 AM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Slow Vinyasa Flow and Meditation 

5:30 – 6:30 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Vinyasa Flow

6:45 – 7:45 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Gentle Flow



Private Yoga Sessions

February 27 | The Yoga of The Beatles | Yoga Bliss Akron | 6:30 – 8:30 PM

March 20 | The Yoga of Bob Marley | One Love Yoga, Kent, Ohio | 6:00 – 8:00 PM


April 4

April 25 (May dates to be announced soon)

8:15 – 9:15 AM | Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion | Beginners’ YOGA

9:30 – 10:45 AM | Sailorway Middle School in Vermilion | All Levels Yoga & Meditation

(More April and May dates to come!)

Sailorway Middle School | 5355 Sailorway Drive, Vermilion, OH




11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Vinyasa Flow in Hot Studio 

4:45 – 6:00 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron| Sunday Night Stretch & Unwind

April 26 |  12:15 – 1:15 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron| Meet the Heat | See class description below






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Private Yoga, Birthday Yoga Parties, Corporate Yoga, and Group Yoga Sessions Available

Interested in setting up a Private Yoga Session, a Birthday Party Yoga Class, or Corporate Yoga Classes for your business or organization in the Cuyahoga Falls, Richfield, Bath, Akron, Fairlawn and surrounding communities.  The Daily Downward Dog will work with you to develop a custom program for you or your organization. Please contact Maria at (330) 289-7026 for more details.



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Want to know what it’s like to attend a beach yoga class with Maria?

Click on the video link above to get a glimpse into one of the classes.

Beginners’ Workshops & Class Series

Yoga Bliss Akron | Mondays, March 16, 2015 – April 20, 2015 (no class Monday April 13) | 7:00 – 8:15 PM | Five-Week Beginners’ Series

Yoga Bliss Akron | Mondays, June 8, 2015 – July 6, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:15 PM | Five-Week Beginners’ Series

Vermilion Ohio | Saturdays, April 4 and April 25, 2015 | 8:15 – 9:15 AM | Beginners’ Yoga

Have you always wanted to practice yoga but didn’t know where to start? If you are seeking a series of yoga classes that will demystify yoga and teach the basics in a supportive and fun environment, then join me for this five-class beginners’ yoga series! In the series you’ll learn about the background of yoga, pranayama (breathing) exercises, step-by-step instruction of the basic asanas (yoga postures) to demonstrate proper alignment and safety. Throughout the series, suggestions for modifications to poses will be presented to ensure that everyone can participate, and we’ll review proper use of props and the Sanskrit and English names of the yoga postures. Each class builds on the next, leaving you with a core foundation to start your personal yoga practice. What to bring: A yoga mat, water, and an open beginner’s mind. Questions will be encouraged and are welcome throughout the class. Wear comfortable clothing.

Beyond Beginners 5-Week Series

April 27 – June 1 | Mondays 7:00 – 8:15 PM at Yoga Bliss Akron (no class Monday, May 25)

July 13 – August 10 | Mondays 7:00 – 8:15 PM at Yoga Bliss Akron Contact Yoga Bliss to Register

This five-week series is perfect for those who have completed the 5-week beginners’ series or workshop and for those looking to explore and deepen the spiritual side of their yoga practice. Each class will build on the foundation of the Beginners’ Series while adding beginning arm balances, inversions, and more advanced balance, twisting, and standing asanas, all with a focus on proper alignment and quieting the mind. This series will include teachings from the yoga sutras and cover the eight limbs of yoga, with an emphasis on learning how to meditate. Each session will end with a guided meditation practice. Throughout the series suggestions for modifications to poses will be presented, along with proper use of props and the Sanskrit and English names of the yoga postures. Prepare to learn, laugh, relax, and grow deeper in your yoga practice in these highly motivating classes. Class size is limited to 16 students so register early!

Contact the studios noted above to register for classes as space is limited. Or, contact Maria  for more details and to learn how you can schedule either private yoga instruction or yoga classes for your workplace or group.


YOGA BLISS – AKRON, OH9132859387_dd13b1e312_o

3045 Smith Road, Suite 300, Directly behind Summit Mall

Slow Flow Vinyasa and Meditation: An uplifting class that begins with a seated pranayama (breath) exercise, followed by a slower paced yet invigorating vinyasa yoga practice. The last 15 minutes of class are dedicated to a long sweet savasana and instruction for a quiet period of meditation to help your mind calm and let your body relax and absorb the peace and stillness. If you are seeking detailed asana and meditation instruction, or desire a slower paced yoga practice with longer holds and focus on breath and proper alignment, this class is for you! Class length is 75 minutes and is held in the Ganesha (non-heated) studio. All levels welcome.

Gentle Flow: These classes begin with warm-ups and proceed to step-by-step asana instruction, providing you with an active yet gentle practice that focuses on breath work, strengthening of the core and back, stretching, toning, relaxation, and meditation. This class will help you open up areas of tightness, such as hips and shoulders, and get you moving with basic Sun Salutations sequences—always with suggestions for modifications and proper alignment. Perfect for those newer to yoga, or who desire a slower paced yoga practice in a supportive and fun environment. Class length is 60 minutes and is held in the Ganesha (non-heated) Studio.

Meet the Heat: Have you always wanted to try a class in the hot room but felt a little intimidated by the heat? Come join Maria and meet the heat in a welcoming slow flowing vinyasa class with lots of breaks to catch your breath and wipe off the sweat. This slower paced yet invigorating practice will include time for a long sweet savasana and guided meditation. Find your bliss in a fun and supportive environment. Class length: 60 minutes All levels welcome.

Sunday Night Stretch and Unwind: So, it’s Sunday night and you’re already stressed out thinking about the week to come. If this sounds like you, this class will help you unwind, quiet the mind, and relax. We’ll start with a grounded and healing asana practice combined with meditative breathing to help you redirect your prana (energy) and breath into releasing tension and stress from the body. The second portion of class will focus on deeper, restorative stretches and meditation – each week a different and new experience from guided, silent, mantra, yoga nidra, breath work, and moving will be explored. This practice will quiet the mind and prepare you for a restful sleep so you can flow into the coming week with peace, clarity, and inspiration. The Ganesha Studio at Yoga Bliss will be dimly lit and filled with peaceful music. All levels welcome.

Vermilion – Fall/Winter Yoga Class Location

Sailorway Middle School

5355 Sailorway Drive, Vermilion, OH 

All levels welcome for this Hatha style yoga class. Each class begins with warm-ups and proceeds to step-by-step yoga instruction, providing an active yet gentle practice that focuses on breath work, strengthening of the core and back, stretching, toning, and relaxation. This class will help open up areas of tightness, such as hips and shoulders, and get you moving with basic Sun Salutation sequences – always with suggestions for modifications. If you are feeling stressed out, you will leave this class feeling refreshed and energized. Option to stay an additional 10 minutes after each class for meditation. 


About Maria Santoferraro, E-RYT 200

IMG_5368Maria is a graduate of Marietta College and spent the past 25 years ravaging her body in the crazy corporate world. Needing a detox from an unhealthy lifestyle, boatloads of stress, and an aching back, she sought out a healthier lifestyle and went back to the one form of exercise that has always brought her joy and relief—yoga!

The practice of yoga has helped Maria heal her back from the chronic pain she experienced as a result of being diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager. But more than relieving stress and feeling better both physically and spiritually, it has brought her a new balanced way of living that has enhanced her well-being. Maria’s passion for yoga has led her to gain her 200-hour teaching certification from Try4Life and also blossomed into this blog. Over the last few years, Maria has been fortunate to study with Erich Schiffmann, Angela Farmer, Doug Keller, Max Strom, Rodney Yee, Kathryn Budig, and Cora Wen, and will start the next 300-hour level of her training with Mary Pat Murphy at Namaste Yoga Studio in September of 2014. She plans to continue her yoga education and journey for the rest of her life.

Maria loves to keep her classes lighthearted and fun while helping to demystify yoga and educate her students on the benefits of yoga both on and off the mat. With a different playlist every week and a variety of uplifting class themes, she keeps her classes fresh and creative. Maria’s goal is to share the benefits of yoga for everyone, especially those who think they are too old or too inflexible.

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Beach Yoga pictures by Laura Watilo Blake and taken on the gorgeous Linwood Beach in Vermilion, Ohio!

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Cathy December 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM

You rock Maria, wish I lived closer!!!


Kashif May 23, 2011 at 9:38 AM

When I grew up in Cleveland I don’t think anyone had even heard of yoga … so cool to know there are teachers out there now!


jennifer caccamo June 7, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Yea for Cleveland bloggers!! Great site. I am interested in becoming certified to teach yoga. Do you have any advice on which certification is best and where to get it? Also check out my blog: diaperderby.bblogspot.com.


Dawn August 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Yoga can sometimes be very serious. But Maria’s classes are always fun. She laughs easily and tries to keep us all relaxed and smiling while getting all the benefits of our practice. The best part of her class is at the very end when she gives any student who wants one, a little neck and head massage while we are in shavasana. I find that I relax even deeper after her massage and I feel so totally balanced in mind and body that sometimes it feels like I’m floating. It’s a great feeling and it’s one reason I keep coming back to her classes.


karen February 4, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Hello. So for the vermilion classes is there anywhere to sign up or do we just show up? I live around the corner from there and would love to come to yoga classes


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Jacqie Kolivosky November 18, 2013 at 8:04 PM

Hi Maria…great class tonight. Thank you for the pep talk after class. I really appreciated it!


Karen Pompeii March 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Hi Maria, I’m glad there is yoga on Saturday in Vermilion and that I went last Saturday. Excellent!!! In regards to your dream of puppies, I found nothing. But dreaming of dogs is a positive sign.


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