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Yoga Instruction, Yoga Teacher Training, International Yoga Retreats, and Inspiration from Maria Santoferraro, E-RYT 500

Bring it On 2019 Yoga Retreat!

January 26, 2019

Hines Hill Conference Center in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Hang Ten Meditation

Got ten minutes? Try out Maria’s free guided meditation videos with the sound of the surf to relax you.

Latest Inspiration from The Daily Downward Dog

Celebrating 8 Years of Daily Downward Dog!

Woo Hoo - eight years ago today the Daily Downward Dog blog was launched (that's the original logo above)! It started out as quick little musings about my budding yoga practice and then blossomed into a place to share my yoga inspiration and details about...

The Sweet Joy of the Way

In a recent yoga class while teaching a challenging asana I cued the students to connect to their breath and let go of any struggle. I reminded them that life is not supposed to be a struggle, that we wake up each day and can decide to struggle or live in...

Sunset Choices

The picture above is from a Lake Erie sunset on Saturday, July 14. I’ve seen many sunsets over the lake and always marvel at how different each one is, but I’ve never seen one quite like this. This sunset was a sweet reminder of something important that I...


I’m finally done unpacking my bags after leading a yoga retreat at the beautiful Sansara Surf and Yoga Resort in Panama and have so much I want to share. Anytime one travels there is an opportunity for growth and transformation, to get out of a comfort zone and learn...

Take the First Step

Did you set new goals or resolutions for 2018, or are you starting the new year with a big project in mind?  Does it seem daunting or overwhelming? Are you letting fear keep you from even starting? The struggle to keep those resolutions is real, and I have to admit...

You (yes, you) Should Go on a Yoga Retreat

By Lisa Sands (woo hoo a guest post on the DDD) I never thought I would be the “type of person” who would go on a yoga retreat. I thought that sort of thing was for people with way too much time on their hands, people with lots of money to spare, or lots of problems...

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