The YMCA of Greater Erie has led community-based health and well-being programs for more than 150 years.  The triangle in our logo is a symbol of a person’s essential unity-spirit, mind and body.  And it is with a steadfast commitment to our holistic approach that we offer a variety of mind/body programs to give participants the opportunity for self discovery and growth.  Our goal is to help students achieve better physical and emotional health through their practice.

Levels vary from beginner to advanced.  Classes include Pranayama (breath), Guided Meditation, and Stress Relief Techniques.

All classes are led by an experienced, certified instructor who will address the skill level of each student.  We offer a safe environment to relax, renew and restore both the body and mind.

Educational workshops, Reiki clinics, breastfeeding support group and special events are held monthly.We invite you to check out the positive effects of Prenatal Yoga.  The practice is appropriate for all trimesters of pregnancy, however, it is important to consult with your physician /midwife before starting any exercise program.

We also offer the Kidding Around Yoga program (at Glenwood and Eastside Ys) which is a fun and engaging Yoga experience geared towards our littlest Yogis.  All equipment is provided and each class runs 60 minutes.

We invite you to join our classes and experience an overall transformation.

Upcoming Events/Support Group                                                                                                             

REIKI Clinic

This clinic offers energy healing Reiki, Pranic and Touch Therapy to name a few.  The benefits are stress and pain relief and an overall healing – mind, body, emotion, soul.  It helps with conventional treatments from  your doctor and is practiced in operating rooms now.  Come and experience a peaceful healing.  For more information email cheris12see@aol.com or call (814) 868-0867 EXT. 271   Clinics held every Friday.

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Private Yoga Sessions

Fertility & Pre-Natal, Therapeutic, Athletic Performance, Restorative

For pricing and scheduling contact:  Ledys Negron, CYT, TRM, Holistic Coordinator (814) 868-0867 ext. 271 or lnegron@ymcaerie.org

Prenatal Yoga

This program, conducted in a calm, peaceful environment will help strengthen the uterus and pelvic muscles, improve circulation, aid in digestion, exercise the spine and increase overall comfort.  Yoga can also alleviate many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, swelling, back pain and varicose veins.  Instructor:  Ledys Negron, CYT, TRM/Certified Prenatal Instructor  Members: $16 / Non-Members $32  REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Must have 6 participants to hold class.  Tuesdays,  October 23 – November 13th at  5:15-6:30pm.

Weight To Go 

In this class you will learn ways to be mindful to support your journey with weight management.  It’s about embracing your eating plan.  Nutrition educational class providing healthy living tips and tricks to keep you on your path to wellness.

Introduction To Essential Oils                                                                                                                                      In this 6-week course Lisa will teach you how to purchase good quality oils, proper use and benefits of the oils, and you will learn how to blend oils to benefit different body systems.  Lisa will finish out the course with a sample for you to take home.  Tuesdays 9/11-10/16 at 5:30pm and Thursdays 9/13-10/18 at 2:00pm  Instructor:  Lisa Schroder, MPA, L/BS  Open to the Community

Lessons In Meditation                                                                                                                                         A weekly class with instruction, philosophy, discussion, and practice.  This is a great place to start, learn new techniques, or to deepen your practice.  Whether you are looking for ways to relax and handle stress or deepen your spiritual journey, this may be the place for you.  Sundays  1:00-2:00pm.   No registration needed.  Open to the Community with the purchase of a day pass.

Weekly Meditation                                                                                                                                               Together we will journey inward into silence.  This will be a guided experience with movement, chanting, and meditation.  No experience is necessary and all experience levels and traditions are welcome.  Om is home.  Sundays 2:15-3:00pm.  No registration needed.  Open to the Community with a purchase of a day pass.

Namaste First!

Bring your body, mind & spirit to a state of peaceful and joy living by learning meditation.  Join this new program for an overall state of well-being.  Instructor:  Tim Bickel   Free and Open to the Community.  Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:00pm.  Starting in Fall.

Chromatic Dance

Chromatic Dance starts in vibrant stillness and explores the exhilarating effects movement has on our mind & body.  Classes are an exploration through Eastern & Western forms of movement.  No prior experience needed.  Only a willingness to embrace the movement from within. Saturdays September 8th – October 27th 12:30pm-1:30pm  Members:  Free / Non-Members: $64   *Registration Required  Instructor:  Alethea Boldini

8 Pieces Of Brocade

This Qi Qong practice is used to improve organ function and overall well being.  The forms serve various purposes and repeated  7-10 times depending on which ones are being preformed.


Tai-Chi originally developed for self-defense, has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that helps with stress reduction, balance and promotes serenity through gentle flowing movements.  Free – Members Only – Registration Required – 15yrs. & Up.  New session in the Fall.

Open Community Events 


Eating Disorders 101

 Learn the 9 truths about eating disorders, what are the risk factors, the warning signs and symptoms of ED, eating disorder consequences, how you can help and treatment and prevention programs.  Saturday, November 3rd 1:45-2:45pm in the Holistic Center.  Mary Machuga Presenter

The Gift Of Miracles – ACIM Support Group                                                                                               Miracles are natural expressions of  prayers and desires for healing.  They are needed to create a change in perception that result in experiences of Love, instead of fear.  Miracles can flow through us as easy as breathing  To experience a meaningful and fulfilling life it is important to rely upon their infinite power to make decisions.  Supporting this process of trust is the purpose of this Group.  Thursdays 7:00pm – 9:00pm    *No Registration Required / Open to the Community 



The Glenwood Y Holistic Centers hosts a number of events that are open to the community.  Our calendar is always evolving so check back often.   Additional events are added to our current events section.