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 Groups

Masala Bhangra Training  – Level 1 Ambassador Training 

 Masala Bhangra is the first Indian-inspired dance and fitness program that is ACE, AFAA and AFLCA approved! This workout provides overall toning and body conditioning and builds up endurance, stamina and balance. It is as much fun as it is rigorous. Participants burn over 500 calories per workout! Classes are easy to follow and can be modified making it accessible to people of all ages and fitness levels. We have been around since 2000! Come join our team, a group of dedicated instructors who share a passion for fitness, music, and dance.  Saturday, July 21st 8:00am – 5:00pm

For more info and to Register: masalabhangraworkout.com


Holistic Energy Healing

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.  See Holistic schedule for times.

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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/Certified Prenatal Instructor  Members: $24 / Non-Members $48  REGISTRATION REQUIRED  Must have 6 participants to hold class. Keep an eye for the new session starting in May 2018.

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. Schedule   

Living A Course In Miracles

Listen to meditative music, discuss “A Course in Miracles” and participate in energy healing every Thursday in the Holistic Center.  We embrace the principles of honesty, open-mindedness, forgiveness and unity, which we believe provide opportunity to experience new loving thoughts about our self and the world.  Free & Open to the Community

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.  Thursday June 14 – July 19th  1:30 – 2:30pm  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.

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 May 5th – July 7th 12:30pm – 1:30pm  Members:  Free / Non-Members: $64   *Registration Required  Instructor:  Alethea Boldini

Crystallize Your Life                                                                                                                                             Experience well being and explore the chakras, their associated colors along with the metaphysical stones that will help to enhance and balance them in this four part series.  Members $45 / Non-Members $50  *Registration Required.   Participants and encouraged to purchase their crystals, stones and pendulums before the workshop.  Thursdays May 3rd, 10th, and 31st  3:00pm – 4:30pm

Kidding Around Yoga (KAY)

KAY is designed to motivate children to be active, build confidence, develop mindfulness, and help them manage the spectrum of emotions children experience.  A typical Kidding Around Yoga class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more.  Ages 5-8 years.  Registration is required – space is limited.  Members Free / Non- Members $48.  Must have 6 participants to hold class.  Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:15pm Classes starting Summer 2018

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.  Schedule


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.

Open Community Events   

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 

Finding Strength In Your Asana Practice – Charity Event

Iyengar Inspired – Hatha Yoga Workshop.  Physical Power / Mental Peace / Spiritual Purity.  Yoga is combining body, breath and mind.  Thus, whatever you do – Yoga can help you do it better. Our goal is to provide you an individualized experience via techniques and building blocks to enable practicing poses for strength and functional flexibility.  Saturday, June 30th 8:00am – 10:00am – Holistic Center.  Members: $20 / Non-Members $25 with proceeds going to the Y’s Food & Fun Bus – a mobile meals site for kids.



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.