Beach Yoga in Vermilion and Huron

Please see the FALL YOGA CLASS Schedule at Sailorway Middle School – Oct & Nov dates have been announced!

THANK YOU for a fantastic Summer of Beach Yoga!

Please contact me if you would like to be placed on the mailing list to receive class schedule updates.

Woo-hoo I’m so excited to be back for the 7th 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

June 3 – September 3

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

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Linwood Beach Vermilion

THURSDAY Night Sunset Beach Yoga

at Linwood Park in Vermilion Ohio –  4920 Liberty Street

7:30 – 8:30 PM from June 8 – August 31

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 

June 5 – September 4

There will be a class on the Mondays of 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.

Firefly Beach 2014 Beach Yoga


Full Moon Beach Yoga

September 6


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:


Buy a 10-class yoga pass and SAVE! 10 classes for $80!



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 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.

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  1. Nick

    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

      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.

  2. Alex

    Looking forward to practicing with you in Vermilion!

  3. Susan

    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

      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 🙂

  4. Dianna

    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

      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!

  5. Angie burr

    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 🙂

  6. Katie Lynch Kleeh

    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

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

  7. Krista Watts

    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`

  8. Louise

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

  9. Carrie Godesky

    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

  10. Elizabeth

    Hi! I’m looking to start yoga again. I have all sorts of issues, scoliosis, falling over, lower back weakness and I’m trying to get more core strength. Do you have any suggestions. I need a class to motivate me. What do you have that starts soon. 🙂 Thank you. Please send an email response

  11. Sherry

    Hello. I would love to learn how to do yoga with you but I have rheumatoid arthritis. My doctor says yoga would be the best thing for me since I can’t do any of high impact exercises. I live in Vermilion and a friend told me about your beach yoga. I’m sad I just missed out on the classes. Will you be having a winter class in Vermilion? Thanks!

    • Maria @dailydownwarddog

      Sherry: I still have classes running in Vermilion on the beach until Labor Day. I will be teaching indoors in Vermilion this Fall/Winter on select Saturdays. I’ll make sure you get my newsletter that will have the information and dates for these classes. Hope to meet you soon!

  12. Susan

    Hi Maria, Do you offer a beach yoga on Wednesday evenings?

    • Maria @dailydownwarddog

      This summer I did not teach on Wednesday evenings. I did have a class on Tuesday nights at Linwood Beach, but the last one was this week.
      I will have beach yoga classes this weekend at the following locations:
      Friday – Main Street Beach 8:30 am
      Saturday & Sunday – Firefly Beach at 8:30 AM
      Monday – Labor Day – Main Street Beach at 8:30 AM

      Please let me know if I can answer any questions about the schedule. I’ll be teaching classes in Vermilion on some Saturdays in the Fall/Winter months and that schedule will be posted here on the Daily Downward Dog in the next week.


  13. Lindsay

    Hi there! My name is Lindsay, and I am the owner of a headband company called HeadPeace. HeadPeace offers quality headbands for athletes, yogis, hippies and busy people! I created HeadPeace, design the headbands, and my manufacturer in is Nepal–they’re a socially-ethical, fair trade company that helps women coming out of slavery and trafficking situations get back on their feet. I am wondering if you’d be interested in selling HeadPeace headbands in your studio. HeadPeace headbands are currently in about 100 gyms, yoga studios, Natural Grocers, mountaineering, and boutique stores around the country. Headbands retail at $16, with a wholesale cost to you of $8. I do not have a minimum order requirement. I offer exceptional customer service, easy ordering, and a 2 day average wait time from order to shipping date. I also offer free shipping on orders over $200, and shipping rates on orders under $200 are reasonable. Please shoot me an email if you have any questions 🙂
    Thank you for your time and take care,

  14. JoAnn

    Yea, sunset beach and full moon yoga!! After teaching a looooong academic year at Ball State I can’t wait, and boy do I need it! Thanks, Maria, for doing this again. If you haven’t experienced sunset beach yoga I can honestly say it washes away the tension and troubles of the day.



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