There’s no way around it – combating cancer requires energy and strength. There are daily battles with fatigue, stress, even sleep. That’s where our wellness and exercise classes come in. These programs help you face the challenges of cancer to the best of your ability. How much physical activity you can tolerate will depend on your type and stage of cancer and any side effects you may be experiencing. 

About Our Program

Wellness and Movement

The Erie Cancer Wellness Center’s exercise classes are open to individuals of all fitness levels. Yoga mats will be provided, or you may bring your own.



Meditation Walk with ECWC Staff

  • Fridays in September
  • 8:30 am

Join the Erie Cancer Wellness Staff at the labyrinth in Frontier Park where we will offer a prompt and then engage in a quiet, reflective meditative walk focusing on breathing and reflecting the topic at hand. Show up if you can and let’s get outside!

Led by Kim, Sarah, and Kristin

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Restorative Yoga with Terry Henry

  • Wednesdays
  • 5:30pm

Work on connecting to the breath and noticing with self-awareness and compassion, what we are feeling in the body, heart, and mind.

Led by Terry Henry, LYT

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Earth Dance

  • Will resume in the Fall

This class utilizes ancient tools of breath work, meditative dance, and restorative yoga nidra. Come prepared to breathe, move, and rest. No prior experience needed.

Facilitated by Dr. Zentner, MD, Radiation Oncology

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Gentle & Restorative Yoga

  • Restorative and Gentle Yoga
  • Thursdays – 10:00am
  • 9:00 am on Thursday, September 14th

Restorative yoga is a style of yoga that encourages physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. Appropriate for all levels, restorative yoga is practiced at a slow pace, focusing on long holds, stillness, and deep breathing.

Facilitated by Karen Ducato, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP

Class will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, July 13th!

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Chair Yoga

  • Every Tuesday – 11:30am

A gentle type of yoga performed while seated. This program is especially appropriate for those looking to increase flexibility and range of motion without performing complicated poses. Choose a sturdy seat for ease of movement.

Facilitated by Karen Ducato, E-RYT500, C-IAYT, YACEP

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Evening QiGong with Eileen

  • Every 1st and 3rd Thursday
  • 5:30

Led by Eileen Talbot, RN, BSN, CAPA

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Full Body Strength & Balance

  • Every first Tuesday
  • 3:30pm

A class focusing on dynamic strength and balance exercises to restore the physical body and minimize some of the effects of cancer treatment. This will be held every first Tuesday.

Led by Physical Therapist, Vicki Leopold, PT

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  • Wednesdays 11:00am

A mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating postures, movement, breathing technique, sound, and focused intent. Bring soft shoes and wear comfortable clothing.


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Resistance Physical Therapy

  • October 4th
  • November 8th
  • December 6th
  • 12:00 – 12:45 pm

Now 45-minute sessions

Did you know that performing resistance activities during cancer treatment can decrease cancer-related fatigue? Did you know that resistance training can help maintain the white blood cell levels while undergoing cancer treatment?

Join us for an introductory class on gentle resistance training that will leave you feeling energized, educated, and empowered.

Led by Elizabeth Darling, PT, OCS, CLT, ATC

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Supporting Wellness

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The Erie Cancer Wellness Center relies on our friends, donors, partners, and community supporters. The organization is 100% privately funded, not receiving government monies or insurance reimbursement. Funding for The Erie Cancer Wellness Center is provided by tax-deductible donations from a caring community of individuals, families, foundations, and businesses.

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