Beach Yoga in Vermilion and Huron

April 13, 2011

Click here for Fall/Winter Yoga Classes with Maria in Vermilion, Ohio!

Thank You

Thank you for another great summer of beach yoga! 

It was awesOME meeting and sharing yoga with so many new yogis from all over the globe, shouting out woo hoos, blending our OMs together with the sounds of nature, and soaking in the sunshine and all the beauty of Lake Erie.

My heart is full of gratitude for all of you and for all the gifts from Mother Nature.

Come practice this Fall/Winter with me at Vermilion Sailorway Middle School.

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Woo-hoo I’m so excited to be back for the 5th 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.


See below for additional location info and class fees.



TUESDAY, JULY 2 and July 31 | LINWOOD BEACH | 9:30 – 10:30 PM 

And  AUGUST 29 – at Cedar Point as part of the Top Thrill Yoga Retreat – 8:30 PM


Firefly Beach Huron

WEDNESDAY Nights 7:30 – 8:30 PM

Saturday & SUNDAY Mornings 8:30 – 9:30 AM

at the Firefly Beach Resort in Huron, Ohio

May 23 – August 26 (no class Sunday, May 24)

The Firefly Beach Resort is located directly behind the Erie Kai Tavern at 4903 Cleveland Road East (Route 6) in Huron, Ohio, just minutes away from Sandusky, Ohio.

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

Tuesday Night Sunset Beach Yoga

at Linwood Park in Vermilion Ohio –  4920 Liberty Street

7:30 – 8:30 PM from May 26 – Sept 1

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, Wednesday & FRIDAY 8:30 – 9:30 AM

at the Main Street Beach in Vermilion, Ohio (meet at the Lighthouse)

May 25 – August 28

The Main Street Beach yoga classes in Vermilion are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome!

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.

Firefly Beach 2014 Beach Yoga

Class Description

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 Downard 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 200) 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. She gives back to the community by teaching yoga to at-risk teenage girls with the non-profit organization Girls With Sole.

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 a yoga retreat in Santorini, Greece in September of 2015.


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Nick March 25, 2012 at 5:56 AM

I would love to do beach yoga and wish someone would have a class in Cleveland. I was excited to see an Ohio class but your location is not feasible for Cleveland residents. Maybe some time you could do a weekend workshop on the beach here or convince some teacher you know in this area to start a class boggles the mind that this is not more popular in my city.



Maria @dailydownwarddog March 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM

Nick – I do know of a class that is held around Rocky River (west side of CLE) and I’ll email you the details. If I hear of anything else I will let you know. Would love to get something set up around Cleveland – will see what I can do, but my summer schedule in Vermilion keeps me busy.


Alex April 26, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Looking forward to practicing with you in Vermilion!


Susan November 7, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I had heard that you would be teaching yoga classes somewhere in Vermilion this fall/winter. I would love to take part now that I am through my breast cancer therapies. I so missed being able to come to beach yoga this summer but chemo and surgery made getting off the couch pretty difficult. I am starting to exercise regularly again and would like to add yoga back into my regime- tell me the rumors are true!


Maria @dailydownwarddog November 7, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Susan – the rumors are true!! I’ll be posting the details about my winter yoga classes in Vermilion in the next few weeks and I’ll send you an email as well. SO glad you are feeling better :)


Dianna November 27, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Hello, I am sooo ready to regain control of my life. I have the desire to be physically and mentally strong and feel that yoga would be a good place to start. Do you have yoga classes through the winter, is so what are the hours and the price. I need to lose about 80 lbs so I need to start at a beginners level. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you


Maria @dailydownwarddog November 27, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Dianna – So happy for you! There is a saying – when you are ready, the teacher will come. I think that yoga will help you get strong both physically, mentally and spiritually.

I will be teaching this winter in Vermilion at Beyond Yoga a new studio opening up on 12/15. I have a 5-week beginner series that would be perfect for you. I’ll send you a separate email with more details. Namaste!


Angie burr August 28, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Coming to town to see ill family member, so glad to find serenity and peace while I am here; I will need it. Look forward to seeing you by th water :)


Katie Lynch Kleeh May 13, 2015 at 1:56 PM

I was wondering if you offer private yoga classes for people? We are hosting a bachelorette party at Mitiwanga Park, next to Firefly Beach, on August 8. Please let me know!



Maria @dailydownwarddog May 19, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Hi Katie – YES – I love offering private yoga class parties! I’ll get in touch with you.


Krista Watts June 30, 2015 at 11:52 AM

I’m with Nick, I’d love to find something around Cleveland that is outdoors as well…could you provide the Rocky River information to me as well, I live close to RR :) Thank you and Namaste`


Louise July 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM

Hello! I was wondering if kids are welcomed as well?


Carrie Godesky July 27, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Hi Maria- just came across a comment you left on a beach blog and thought you might be interested in beach yoga mats. We were the feature product in June’s Yoga Journal Magazine this year and our business has just taken off. Using a mat made specifically for the sand definitely makes a difference:)

Have a great summer…Carrie


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