“Yoga at the Beach in Vermilion and Huron with Maria Santoferraro, is the best thing that ever happened to me!!
You are, by far, THE BEST yoga instructor that I have ever had; I miss your gentle, soothing, almost hypnotic (that is a compliment) voice and your kind and encouraging words. I made a folder in my computer with many of your words and phrases that you have mentioned (that I can remember) during your yoga classes this summer. I refer to them often whenever I feel stressed about something going on in my life. Some of your yoga terms and phrases I have memorized so when I am driving or whenever I think about it and feel the need throughout the day, I just go over and over them in my mind.
Your positive disposition and uplifting words are a great way to help me cope with the little stresses in my life and to help relieve those feelings of anxiety that we all have to deal with. Thank you very much!!  –Margie Mutnansky


I wanted to thank you! Every time I get to work with you is a pure privilege…you are such an epic person and I love getting to share your light! – Stacy Duffield

“In addition to Maria’s uberrelaxing beach classes, I have had a couple private sessions as part of my rehab for a back issue. Maria tailored the sessions to my needs while being very mindful of my limitations. The poses she selected for my practices were quite gentle, and she provided modifications when the need arose. I was surprised when each hour was over because the time flew by. I didn’t feel like I had worked out yet felt renewed and six inches taller for days afterward! An added gift was receiving detailed write-ups of my sessions so I can do them on my own. Maria’s gentle nature and infectious spirit always have me looking forward to our next meeting.” -Paige Sanders


“I just wanted to tell you how much I treasured your Weekend Yoga Retreat at Firefly Beach. I left there feeling so light and invigorated. I wish I could duplicate right now that lightness. Thanks for all that you do. Please know you make a difference in everyone’s life that meets you.”  –Kathleen Merk


“I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVED the yoga class this morning!   You are a great instructor, kind and patient, especially with the newbees!  I have taken yoga before but it was about 2 years ago and it is amazing what we forget.  Thanks again for starting my day in such an amazing, positive way. NAMASTE!”  –Alice Young


“I’ve continued my yoga…I’m becoming more flexible and feel lighter and more in touch with my body.  I’m so thankful to you for getting me started on this journey.  I’m so looking forward to summer 2012 for a chance to practice with my very first and very special yogini!!  Thanks again for your great positive attitude and making our classes so much fun.” – Mary Lou Karahuta


“Maria Santoferraro was a DYNAMITE Girls With Sole Coach, as she brought laughter, fun and first-time yoga to our girls today! Thank you for bringing comfort and confidence to our girls on their mats! They had no idea what “sits bones” were….but they do now…NAMASTE and deep appreciation goes out to you! 🙂 You are awesome!” – Liz Ferro, Founder, Executive Director of Girls With Sole

“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.” – Dawn McNerney


“Maria: Thank you for A lovely moment in an overwhelming day…I’m on my way to buzz…thank you for the reminder that I have a choice when it comes to much of my daily stress. I can painfully endure and affect my health and well being or I can learn new strategies to put stress in it’s rightful place.
You are a blessing am I look forward to a yoga session on the beach with you!
Buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”  – Esther Lutes
(The buzz Esther is referring to is from Bhramari Breathing)


“I just wanted to thank you again for the FABULOUS beach yoga class.  We had a great time and I loved the format that you chose for us. Thanks again for getting our vacation off to a great start!” –Donna Yantz


“Thank you so much for doing this…I enjoyed both the morning and the sunset yoga. You are such an inspiration…you were very calming and had so much to bring to each class…I still think about Santosha at times to get me through stressful situations and calm myself…” – Katie Kovach

My recovery from back surgery has been immensely helped by Maria’s research and a private session where she worked one-on-one with me to make sure she addressed and adapted each yoga pose to coax out the very best from me. Thank you also, Maria, for what you referred to as simply a handout. It is so much more than that! The attention to detail on these pages — concise instructions and photos geared specifically to my body’s limitations and abilities – is of inestimable value. I greatly appreciate and will always use the information as a part of my rest-of-life routine.  I am sincerely grateful.” – Dayle Davis

If you would like to leave a testimonial about your experience at one of Maria’s yoga classes,or how the practice of yoga has benefited you personally,  please leave a comment below!


  1. robin kurowski

    Even though I was only able to make it to one of your beach classes because of a crazy hectic summer, I enjoyed it very much and am excited about the opening in Vermilion! Please keep us informed.

  2. Rosanne, Maureen, Deb, and Kathy

    Thank you so much for the beach yoga class we participated in on Linwood Beach this past Tuesday, August 21. We were vacationing at the park, and saw the sign near the entrance so we decided to give it a try. The night was beautiful, the sunset was breathtaking. Your style is so relaxing. We loved it! It was a great addition to our week.
    Thank you so much!

  3. Wendy Coleman

    Maria is amazing!!! I am 44 years old and suffering from surgical menopause. I have had hot flashes, night sweats, foggy mind, insomnia and weight gain over the past few months. I have tried over the counter medication with no relief. I can’t take hormone replacement due to a history of blood clots, and the only other option my doctors could recommend were anti-depression pills, whose side effects is helping with hot flashes. I was going crazy!! My co-worker suggested I contact Maria and I’m so thankful I did. We meet for a private session and it was amazing. She showed me poses and shared information about essential oils, and sent me home with information about the poses and the benefits of each along with some tea.
    It’s only been a couple days, but I’m doing a 15-20 practice before bed and last night I slept through the night! Something I haven’t done in months. My hot flashes are less frequent and less intense! My foggy mind is going away and I feel better than I’ve felt in months.
    I’m looking forward to her class on menopause in October!
    Thank you Maria for helping me find myself again!!
    I’ve started going back to yoga and plan on doing my nightly practice also!

  4. Lynn Chapin


    I am reaching out to Maria on a non-yoga question, am unsure if this is the best place?? I have enjoyed practicing a couple times this past summer and hope to join again this season! 🙂 I am reaching out today because I heard Maria say she and her husband live in Vermilion in the summer and I have been toying with getting the bonding and background checks, etc. to offer a businees helping people ready their homes if needed. The situation may be similar, or may be that some rent their placesand could use a hand with managing this process. At this point I am just trying to get a feel for if there is a need? Any input would be appreciated.

    Thanks so much!


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