Woo-hoo I’m so excited to be back for the 8th summer of beach yoga bliss! Do your Daily Downward Dogs this summer basking in the sun with a yoga class playlist courtesy of the rolling Lake Erie surf! Feel the breeze across your face as you breathe, stretch, and let go of your stress on these beautiful Lake Erie beaches. Come visit Vermilion, there is so much to do and enjoy in this small city on a Great Lake! Click here for a list of places to stay, eat, and play in Vermilion!
Firefly Beach Huron
Saturday & Sunday Mornings 8:30 – 9:30 AM
at the Firefly Beach Resort in Huron, Ohio
May 25 – September 2
Please park in the front by the Erie Kai Tavern or in their side parking area and walk down towards the beach. Check-in for classes is under the pavilion at the top of the beach.
All levels are welcome for this Hatha style yoga class.
Drop ins welcome! Never a need to sign up – there is plenty of room on the beach and there is a covered shelter available for days when the weather does not cooperate.
Firefly Resort guests per class walk-in: $5.00
Non-Resort Guests per class walk-in: $10.00
10 Class Pass: $80.00
Linwood Beach Vermilion
THURSDAY Night Sunset Beach Yoga
at Linwood Park in Vermilion Ohio – 4920 Liberty Street
7:30 – 8:30 PM from June 7 – August 30
All levels welcome (see class description below). Let the guard booth know you are there for beach yoga and there is no fee to enter the park. We meet by the volleyball courts for class check-in. On evenings when there is rain, class will be held in the shuffleboard pavilion right next to the Stand. Class fee is $10
Main Street Beach Vermilion
Monday & Friday 8:30 – 9:30 AM
at the Main Street Beach in Vermilion, Ohio
Memorial Day and then regular schedule beings June 4 – September 3
There will be a class on the Mondays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day
The Main Street Beach yoga classes in Vermilion are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome! This year we are practicing right on the beach!
If you would like more information, please contact The Daily Downward Dog
or call (330) 289-7026. Private yoga classes either for individuals or groups may also be booked.
Full Moon Beach Yoga
Stay Tuned – Dates to be Announced
Join me at Showse Park this summer for Full Moon Yoga Classes! We’ll do some moon salutations, yoga mat dancing in the moonlight, and definitely, meditate under the radiance of the full moon. Please plan to dress in layers in case it cools down when the sun sets. All levels welcome. This is a donation based class.
Showse Park in Vermilion. Click this link to go to Google Maps for directions: https://goo.gl/maps/o9uzBxYu3rG2
Buy a 10-class yoga pass and SAVE! 10 classes for $80!
Hatha Yoga — All Levels Welcome
Have you always wanted to practice yoga but hesitated because you thought it looked too difficult? If you are seeking a yoga class that will demystify yoga and teach the basics in a supportive and fun environment, then this class is for you! We will start out 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. If you are feeling stressed out, you will leave this class feeling refreshed and energized.
New to yoga? Check out the Yoga 101 articles on The Daily Downward Dog.
What to Bring
New students, please arrive 5-15 minutes early to prepare for class. Requests, concerns and questions will be happily addressed.
Bring your own sunscreen and yoga mat or beach towel, but we do have a few complimentary mats for students who need one. However, if you use our mats, please wipe them down (with wipes provided) after use. You should also bring an old sheet or a beach towel to place under your yoga mat to aid in keeping sand off your mat. You will also want to bring sunglasses or a hat for sunny days and also water for after class. No shoes needed, we will practice barefoot.
Updates are posted here and on the Daily Downward Dog Facebook Page and Twitter @downwarddog up to an hour before class on questionable weather days. Class is cancelled when temperature is below 50. If it is raining or there is a chance of rain, classes at The Firefly Beach Resort will be held under the covered pavilion (except on the rare occasion of high winds along with the rain) and at Linwood Park there is also a pavilion next to the Stand where class is held on rainy evenings.
About Maria Santoferraro
Maria Santoferraro (E-RYT 500) spent the past 25 years ravaging her body in the crazy corporate world. Needing a detox from an unhealthy blackberry addiction, boatloads of stress, and an aching back, she sought out a healthier lifestyle and luckily found her physical and spiritual release through the practice of yoga.
Today she is living a balanced and blissful life, teaching yoga, sharing yoga inspiration on the Daily Downward Dog, creating meditation videos for Hang 10 Meditation, and also contributing her writing to MindBodyGreen, Elephant Journal, Intent, Yoganonymous, and DoYouYoga. Maria has been fortunate to study yoga with Erich Schiffmann, Rodney Yee, Kathryn Budig, Max Strom, Doug Keller, Gurudev Yogi Amrit Desai, and Cora Wen.
Her playful, heart-opening teaching combines meditation, breath, alignment, and asana in slow flowing Hatha yoga classes that encourage students to quiet their minds, let go, and reconnect to their bodies and breath. Maria incorporates uplifting class themes, music, poetry, laughter, and the spiritual teachings of yoga to create a peaceful environment where students can experience a deep sense of calm and fill up with joy.
In 2011 she was able to combine two of her greatest passions – yoga and the beach – to start her summer beach yoga classes on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie, Ohio, where she has shared yoga with hundreds of students.She is thrilled to be leading yoga retreats all over the world, including Italy in September of 2016, and Bali in March 2018.