DDD Yoga Classes
(see below for class descriptions)
3:45 – 5:00 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Slow Vinyasa Flow and Meditation
6:00 – 7:00 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Gentle Flow
7:15 – 8:30 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | March 17 – April 13 | Five Week Beginners’ Series AND May 5 – June 2 Beyond Basics Five Week Series
9:30 – 10:45 AM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Slow Vinyasa Flow and Meditation
Noon – 1:00 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Hot Vinyasa
9:30 – 10:45 AM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Slow Vinyasa Flow and Meditation
5:15 – 6:15 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | Gentle Flow
6:30 – 7:30 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron| Vinyasa Flow
The Yoga of the Beatles | 6:30 – 8:30 PM | Friday, May 16 | Yoga Bliss Akron
NEW! Winter/Spring Yoga Classes in Vermilion
Dates in Green are held at Vermilion School Administration Office, Community Room, 1230 Beechview Drive, Vermilion
9:30 – 10:30 AM (followed by 10 min of meditation)
April: 5, 19
April 12: This class will be held at Grace United Methodist Church, 13046 West Lake Road in Vermilion (across from Sherod Park)
May: 3, 10, 17
Vermilion Class Fee: $8 for Vermilion School employees, or $10 per class, Eight class passes available for $64
The Yoga of the Grateful Dead | 6:00 – 8:00 PM | Saturday, May 12 | Yoga Bliss Akron
May 4 | Meet the Heat | 12:30 – 1:30 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron | See class description below
April 6, April 13, May 4, May 11 | Restorative Yoga | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Yoga Bliss Akron
Beach Yoga Bliss in Aruba | April 22 – 27, 2014 | click here for more information.
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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Beginners’ Workshops & Class Series
Yoga Bliss Akron | Mondays, March 17 – April 13, 2014 | 7:15 – 8:30 PM | Five Week Beginners’ Series
Yoga Bliss Akron | Sunday, April 6, 2014 | 1:00 – 3:15 | Beginners’ Workshop
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 Basics 5-Week Series
Yoga Bliss Akron | May 5 – June 2 | Mondays 7:15 – 8:30 PM
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.
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.
Vermilion – Community Room at 1230 Beechview Drive, Vermilion
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
Maria 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, Doug Keller, Max Strom, Rodney Yee, Kathryn Budig, and Cora Wen and will 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.
Isn’t this poster adorable! My awesome niece made it for me to advertise my yoga classes!
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