Yoga & Mindfulness

What We Do

Building Resilience with Yoga & Mindfulness

Mindfulness, simply put, is paying attention to our attention. It’s a way to sharpen our focus and increase productivity. Together, yoga and mindfulness provide a holistic approach to wellness.

YWCA York has introduced mindfulness across our organization. Every staff and committee meeting begins with a mindful moment. Our Pre-K Counts children are learning breathing techniques and yoga. Clients who are domestic violence survivors are exploring how the brain functions under stress and how to control their fight-flight-freeze impulses. We’re seeing the value of this work in meaningful ways every day.

Strengthen your focus and find healing.

Did You know?

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of yoga practitioners in the U.S. said that yoga helps them release tension.

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of yoga practice everyday changes the brain’s chemistry and boosts mood.

a Community Approach to Yoga

One Heart Yoga Studio

Yoga increases balance, strength, and flexibility and helps with managing pain, stress, anxiety, and trauma. YWCA York’s trauma-informed and invitational approach focuses on your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Our certified instructors bring their wealth of experiences to their group classes. EVERYONE and all levels are welcome!

Gentle Yoga

Mondays, 5:30 - 6:15 PM
Virtual Classes with Jane

Invite relaxation into your home! Build strength and increase flexibility by connecting basic postures, breath, and thoughtful movement. These classes are suitable for beginners or those with experience. Zoom links will be sent in the registration confirmation email.

Yoga from the Inside Out

Wednesdays 5:30 - 6:30 PM
In-Person Classes with Bethany

Classes include a sequence of yoga poses to create a slow unfolding – a journey of self-discovery into the personal and universal connections between mind, body, and spirit. These classes welcome all people regardless of their flexibility, age, background, or yoga experience.
YWCA York is a provider for the Healthways “Silver Sneakers” and “Forever Fit” programs and the American Specialty Health “Silver & Fit.” Contact us to learn more and inquire about eligibility.

Interested In Trying Our Classes?

Purchase a punch card at the front desk for $75 and enjoy any combination of 10 classes.

OR become a member and enjoy unlimited aqua exercise and yoga classes for ONLY $31 a month. Contact us to enroll.

The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Workshops

Mindfulness results in feeling less overwhelmed and reactive. Research also shows that it’s possible to train our brains to be more aware, observant, and non-judgmental. The practice of mindfulness can be a unique experience or something designed from the following module topics:
  • Managing Stress Mindfully
  • Building Self Awareness to Enhance Performance
  • Creating Connection and Team Building
  • Improving Focus and Attention – Bolstering Self-Care & Resilience
YWCA York’s mindfulness training can be delivered in either a 60 or 90-minute workshop. You and your team can visit our tranquil yoga and wellness studio located at 320 E. Market Street, schedule a virtual session, or we can come to you. The cost is $150 per hour for up to 20 people.

Rent Our Facilities

YWCA York has beautiful rental facilities that can accommodate large or small groups.

Our Work

Making an Impact

As our reputation as a wellness provider grew, the York County Office of Probation took note.
YWCA York was asked to provide mindfulness training for the staff of both the Juvenile and Adult Probation departments. This partnership included offering Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes to the Girls Empowerment Model program (GEM), which is a program for young women with a history of trauma and loss in York County.
The partnership brought a new energy to the GEM program and provided a different way of coping and healing. A variety of benefits were reported: better sleep, feeling calmer, releasing stress and tension, and being able to clear their minds.
As the supervising Probation Officer, it has been a pleasure to witness the growth in the girls since adding mindfulness into the GEM curriculum, and I look forward to continuing this unique and beneficial partnership.
Everyone deserves to feel
Be a part of the change. Together, we can make a difference for the most vulnerable in our community and beyond.
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