DDD Yoga Classes
Yoga Class Schedule
During the summer months my schedule is modified and I am blessed to teach classes at Yoga Bliss Akron and up on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Here is a schedule of all my classes and you can find class descriptions for the Yoga Bliss Akron classes below and click this link for more details on the 2015 Beach Yoga Schedule.
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Beginners’ Workshops & Class Series
Yoga Bliss Akron | Monday, August 31 | Beginners’ Workshop | 7:00 – 9:15 PM
Yoga Bliss Akron | Mondays, September 28, 2015 – October 26, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:15 PM | Five-Week Beginners’ Series
Yoga Bliss Akron | Mondays, December 7, 2015 – January 4, 2015 | 7:00 – 8:15 PM | Five-Week Beginners’ Series
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
November 2 – November 30 | 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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Isn’t this poster adorable! My awesome niece made it for me to advertise my yoga classes!
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Beach Yoga pictures by Laura Watilo Blake and taken on the gorgeous Linwood Beach in Vermilion, Ohio!