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specialty fitness programs

We are pleased to offer some amazing specialty classes for members and nonmembers.

total-yogaTotal Yoga Classes *FREE FOR MEMBERS!

Total Yoga takes a therapeutic approach to yoga, focusing on holistic, systemic wellness. The  accessiblility for everyone suports improvement in mental as well as physical health.  Total Yoga is based on the principles of Subtle Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Kripalu Yoga, Color Me Yoga for Children, & YogArt (an approach blending yoga and expressive arts, created by Maria Curran) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.  It takes into account the ancient yogic system of the 8-limbed path.  A typical class  incorporates breathing practice, meditation practice, postures or asanas, deep relaxation, and group discussion designed to promote self-awareness.  Postures used are accessible and adaptable, as well as trauma-informed, encouraging practitioners to incorporate aspects into their daily lives.

Total Yoga Instructors


mariacurranMaria Curran, Ph.D., LPCS-Masters level is a professional counselor and President of The Center for Creativity and Healing, PC.  Maria has practiced counseling in Charlotte for 20 years, incorporating her training in yoga, dance/movement, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and expressive arts in both therapy and workshop/class faciliation. Maria formerly taught dance at the Harris YMCA Dance Studio and worked as a NC Wolf Trap Teaching Artist for 3 years.  Maria also has 25 years of experience and training in family and group dynamics, trauma/acute stress intervention/prevention and play/expressive arts facilitation. Maria is currently pursuing her certification in Subtle Yoga, a form of therapuetic yoga.



Sherry Lyerly-Tarner - Total Yoga InstructorSherry Lyerly-Tarner, MS, LPCA, RT is a professional counselor, registered Color Me Yoga Teacher for children, and a Reiki Master teacher.  Sherry has an extensive background in dance and yoga for more than 20 years, and currently teaches yoga at Community Charter Elementary School, as well as at The Renfrew Center, an eating disorders clinic, here in Charlotte.  Sherry is a counselor at The Center for Creativity and Healing where she integrates yoga and holistic healing and into her clinical practice.  Sherry formerly taught yoga in New York, studied at Sivananda Yoga, and with Jon Kabat-Zinn in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in Education, both in New York.  Sherry is currently working towards certification in Subtle Yoga, a form of therapeutic yoga.



Contact the front desk for details. We will gladly email you the registration form. Members & Non-Members Welcome! 


Body Blast Holiday Bootcamp

$65 Member  $76 Non-Member  $10 Drop-In
October 28 – December 6, 2014. (excluding 11/29)
Tuesdays 7pm – 8pm & Saturdays 10am – 11am

Beat the holiday weight gain and have FUN!  YWCA’s Holiday Body Blast Bootcamp is a fun co-ed 6-week training program focusing on conditioning and muscle-toning through running, plyometrics and total body drills.  Prepare to get dirty, prepare to be challenged, and prepare to take fitness to the next level while having a great time with new friends.


Holiday Hustle:

$10 per person (Bootcampers - fee is included in Bootcamp registration):

December 13th - Registration 9am - 9:30am.  Hustle begins at 10am.  Rain or Shine.  All levels welcome!
Join the Hustle for a challenging 12 obstacle, 3-mile run course designed to promote a healthy, happy holiday season!  Fun prizes will be awarded!  Dressing for the holidays is encouraged!


Yoga Fusion:

$20 per person

One Saturday each month  2pm - 4pm  (See YWCA Event Calendar for dates)
A variety of monthly one-day workshops with various concentrations.


Partner Yoga:
$20 per person early bird registration  $25 regular registration

Sunday, Nov. 16th  2pm - 4pm
Partner Yoga awakens new strengths: deepening flexibility and broadening personal balance, while encouraging patience, generosity and empathy.


Prenatal Yoga

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*No prior yoga experience required
3rd Wednesday of every month       11am - 11:50am
Childcare available $5 per child for two-hours
$10 per person


Flick & Float - Parents' Night Out:

$5 per child. 
*Register early - limited space!


10/24/2014 (6pm – 8pm) Despicable Me 3    Register By: Oct. 17th  
11/21/2014 (6pm – 8pm) Rio   Register By: Nov. 14th 

12/19/2014 (6pm – 8pm) Shrek Forever After   Register By: Dec. 12th


Babysitter Certification Training:
Monday, December 22nd 9am - 4pm
$65 Members  $75 Non-Members
Register by emailing Brian Coffey at 
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