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.

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Upcoming Events/Support Groups

Energy Healing Basics Class

REIKI is a Japanese relaxation technique which reduces pain and stress, and also promotes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing.  Try it for aches and pains, symptom management, or to maintain your health, vitality, and well-being. There are no side-effects; you just feel wonderful! Give and receive hands-on energy healing under the supervision of a Reiki Master/Teacher, no experience necessary.  (Please note, this is a Reiki experience, NOT a Reiki training.)  Cost: $5 donation.  With Jeanette Reynolds, M.Ed.TRM.  Info:  reikijeanette@gmail.com, or 454-1887. Class held the 1st Friday of the month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Download more information about Reiki 

HeartMath Workshop

Mingle and Jingle your way to less stress and more joy!!

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of practical tips and tools and learn how to:  Stay Cool Under Pressure, Carve Out Time For Yourself, Head Off Stress and Drama as They Occur & Meet the New Year Refreshed.  Saturday, November 4th  12:30 – 2:30pm Holistic Center.  Presenter:  Mary E. Machuga. LLC

Open To The Community, Registration Required, Space is Limited.  Members – $20 / Non-Members – $25.

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) 860-0384.  Workshop held the 4th Friday of the month from 5-6:30 p.m.  Donation $5/workshop.

Meditation 101

Meditation 101 is a welcome guide to the meaning, purpose and benefits of Meditation and how it can bring mindfulness to your everyday life.  Each week will include a discussion session, Meditation and reading assignment.  For ages 15 & Up.  Instructor:  Robert Brandt 200/Certified Meditation Instructor.  Open to the Community.  Registration Required – Must have 6 participants to hold class. Fall class schedule Sunday, November 11th – December 16th

Members $20 / Non-Members $40

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

Reiki Care 4 Cancer 

Reiki is a gentle therapy for relation and stress reduction, which also promotes healing. There are no side effects-you just feel wonderful!  Half-hour treatment designed by a Reiki Master Teacher cancer survivor offered by appointment to patients, survivors and caregivers.  Friday, August 11th  & Friday September 8th  5:00pm-7:00pm.   Appointments Required contact:  Jeanette Reynolds (814) 823-2333 or reikijeanette@gmail.com

Weight Management With EFT

Emotional Freedom Technique teaches you how to utilize meridian tapping points and acupressure points to help reduce anxiety and stress. 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

Kids Mediation And Craft Class Fall Schedule

A fun creative practice to inspire kids to be open to meditation through breathing techniques, art and sound, and help them relax and feel calm.  For ages 7 – 12 years old  Schedule  

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 November 8th – December 20th.

Teen Movement Exploration 

This blend of yoga-based flows, dance and other creative physical movements inspire confidence, joy and optimal health.  Release stress and emotion through breath and movement.  Discover and express your unique spirit in a nurturing and sacred space.  A brief discussion and brief meditation are also included.  For ages 12 & Up.  Thursday, November 9th – December 21st.  Free And Open to the Community.  Registration Required / Must have 5 participants to hold class.

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.  Ages 15 & Up.  For more info, click on the Schedule tab.

Open Community Events

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.