YMCA of Greater Erie

YogaThe 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.

Holistic programs offered at the County, Downtown, Eastside Family and Glenwood Park Ys. View schedule.

Locations & Contacts

Downtown YMCA
Kelly Gheres, kgheres@ymcaerie.org
734-5700

Downtown YMCA
Monica Olesnanik, molesnanik@ymcaerie.org
877-7030

Eastside Family YMCA
Shelly Sheridan, ssheridan@ymcaerie.org
899-9622

Glenwood Park YMCA
Ledys Negron, lnegron@ymcaerie.org
868-0867


Yoga and Pilates Programs

Choga/Chair Yoga

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A gentle form of yoga in a chair or standing using a chair for balance.  Advocates of this practice claim this type of yoga can reduce high blood pressure & anxiety, alleviate symptoms of chronic fatigue, arthritis, MS, carpal tunnel, clinical depression and chronic pain.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Essential/Beginner Yoga

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This accessible class moves at a moderate pace introducing traditional yoga postures that focus on the structural alignment of the physical body.  This practice strengthens and releases the body organically, uniting body, mind and spirit for health and well-being.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Gentle Yoga

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Whether you are new to yoga or looking to revitalize your practice, this class provides you with the tools & inspiration you need to make yoga, and its benefits a regular part of your life.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Group Fitness Classes

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There is something for every “body” at the Y. From cardio to resistance training to mind/body classes are available to meet every interest and level: Water Fitness (summer only), Yoga, Pilates, Strength & Tone Classes, Kick Boxing, Step, Low Impact, Silver Sneakers & Silver & Fit, Zumba, Bosu and more.

View Schedule for: County Y, Downtown Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Holistic Programming

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Programs in pilates, yoga, nia, qi gong, reiki and more.  Click here for more information.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Integral Yoga

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Combines gentle yet invigorating asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting to help maintain optimum health and harmony for the body, mind and spirit.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

KAY Yoga/ Kidding Around Yoga

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Come and join our Certified KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) instructors for these new and exciting Kids Yoga classes. 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 (KAY) class incorporates singing, jogging, limbo-ing, dancing, games and so much more.  KAY is free for YMCA members and open to the public for a class fee at Glenwood only.  Registration is required and is limited.  Call Glenwood at 868-0867.  No registration required at the Eastside Y.

 

View Schedule for: Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Multi Level Yoga

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This class is for both advanced-beginner students. This will help to give a great basic practice of yoga with the ability to grow. Find your own practice within a knowledgeable and comfortable atmosphere.

View Schedule for: County Y, Eastside Y, Glenwood Y

Power Yoga

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Power Yoga is a strength building yoga class that incorporates core power with concentration.  Develop your mind & body together, merging movement and stillness.  Not for beginners.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Prenatal Yoga

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This class offers a holistic approach for you and your baby.  It helps strengthen the uterus, the pelvic muscles, and ease many of the discomforts of pregnancy such as nausea, varicose veins, swelling and back pain.  Registration is required. Fee for members and non-members.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Recovery Yoga

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Recovery Yoga is a yogic support group for all those on a path to heal physically as well as mentally.  All those who suffer and choose to recover from anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, alcoholism, and addiction are welcome. First half of class is a group discussion and the second half is yoga.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Restorative Yoga

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A practice that helps to reduce the effects of chronic stress. This practice can help to reduce the effects of chronic stress. It simulates and soothes the organs by providing a complete supportive environment for total relaxation.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Restore, Reflect & Energize

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Be reminded of the importance of the inner journey to enhancing health and alleviating stress through reflection, practicing meditation, affirmations, mudras, yoga nidra, and guided imagery.  This class will bring alert attention and mindfulness.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

SilverSneakers Yoga

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SilverSneakers Yoga will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of seated and standing postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Sports Yoga (Yoga for Athletes)

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An athletically specific approach to yoga that brings focus to the alignment of the body, breath and core.  Utilizing proper breathing mechanics and awareness that engages the body, this class will emphasize improvement in power and range of motion to enhance performance all while integrating therapeutic results for the modern athlete.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Vinyasa

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Vinyasa is a moving yoga practice which links one asana or pose to the next, through the breath.  Vinyasa helps to orchestrate a balance of strength and flexibility within the body, merging movement and stillness. This class is stimulating and heat-building.  Previous yoga practice recommended.

View Schedule for: Glenwood Y

Wellness Series for Veterans

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YOGA –Thursdays at 10 a.m. @ BLOOM Collaborative – 138 East 26th Street:fitness_yogaEach class emphasizes emotional healing at a relaxed pace in a safe and nurturing environment.  This class offers simple and effective tools to heal those suffering from PTSD. Yoga delivers inner peace, vibrant health and relaxation.

TAI CHI – Wednesdays at 6:30pm @ Downtown Y
Tai Chi, referred to by the Harvard Medical School as “medication in motion”,  helps with stress relief, reduces anxiety and depression; and has been proven to improve arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleeplessness, fibromyalgia , PTSD, and back and spinal problems, as well as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

WATER FITNESS -Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00 a.m. @ Downtown Y
This low to high-impact aerobics class held in the shallow end of the pool will utilize the resistance and buoyancy of water to tone muscles while protecting joint.  Water Fitness has been proven to help as increase strength, mobility, balance, and endurance.

Please make sure to check out our Family Changing Room located next to the pool and to use our newly added Pool Steps to make entering and exiting the pool easier.

FREE Monthly Memberships are also available.  Veterans may apply for a membership at The Downtown YMCA on the 1st of every month.  They are on a first come first serve basis.

For more information or for questions, please contact Victoria Stilson at 452-3261 Ext 240 or vstilson@ymcaerie.org.

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Youth Yoga Class

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This class, for 8-12 year olds, will help youth find confidence and comfort with themselves through yoga poses, meditation, and breathing techniques.  This class is a fun way to embrace the style of yoga on the mat and taking the practice of mindfulness of the mat.  No registration required. Mats available for youth to use during class.

View Schedule for: Eastside Y

Programs