Maintain a healthy lifestyle, enrich the quality of your life, connect with others, improve your skills and have fun.  All of this happens at the Santa Monica Family YMCA Senior Center.  Our Y’s programs go beyond exercise classes and offer many other opportunities for senior adults to stay healthy and get involved. We offer an array of exercise classes including – Fitness Fusion, Stretch and Strengthen, Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, Core and Stretch, Mindfulness class,  chair exercise, YogAbility Hatha Yoga Chair Exercise.  Our aqua programs provide water exercise classes, lap swimming, and Twinges in the Hinges.   Volunteer opportunities are available.  Teach a class, or find another way to help out in the Y. Join us for some of the wonderful special programs and lifelong learning events including wellness seminars, potlucks, music and performances, sign language, ping pong and table games group. If you would like to know more about our programs, take a tour of the facilities, and discuss volunteer opportunities, contact Lidia Magarian, Chronic Disease Prevention Program Director at (310) 393-2721, ext. 129 or email Lidia at:

Fitness Fusion
This low impact class includes warm-up, cardiovascular conditioning, muscular strength and stretching.  Specially designed for the older adult exerciser.  Come meet new people and get a great workout!  You participate at your own pace and enjoy music from all over the world, Brazilian, Latin, Arabic & more.

Monday  10:00 – 10:45am
Monday  10:45 – 11:30am
Tuesday & Thursday  10:00 – 11:15am

Instructor: Lidia Magarian, Cayton Room, 2nd floor

Chair Tai Chi & Chi Gong
This is modified version of the traditional Tai Chi / Chi Gong class.  Students will be using flowing movements while sitting.  Great if you are new to exercise or have weak joints, knees, ankles or bank.  All levels welcome.

Monday 11:00 – 11:45am

Instructors: Salley Ashew, DeWind Room, 2nd floor

Stretch & Strengthen

Increase your flexibility and strength.  Muscles are worked through their full range of motion with lightweights for a safe and effective workout.

Tuesday 9:00 – 10:00am
Friday 9:00 – 10:15am

Instructors: Lidia Magarian, Cayton Room, 2nd floor

Smooth Moves
These gentle effective exercises maintain and improve your flexibility, range of motion and coordination. Done to music while sitting or standing. Great if you are new to exercise or have weak joints, knees, ankles or back. All levels welcome.

Tuesday 11:15am – Noon
Thursday 11:15am – Noon

Instructor: Albert Setton & Lidia Magarian, DeWind Room, 2nd floor

Hatha Yoga
Using traditional yoga poses combined with breathing exercises, classes are carefully designed to meet the needs of beginners as well as advanced students.  Benefits include greater flexibility, balance, strength, and stress reduction.
Please see the Group Exercise Schedule for class times/days.

This gentle Hatha Yoga exercise class utilizes chairs and walls to help students into simple poses.  It will increase motor skills and strengthen muscles. Great for relaxation and quiet mind.

Wednesday 10:30 – 11:15am

Instructor: Beatrice Ammidown, DeWind Room, 2nd floor

Tai Chi Chuan
Yang style Tai Chi practiced in a slow, relaxed manner to quiet our mind, improve circulation, strengthen your legs, and improve concentration. The unity of movement, breathing, and concentration contributes greatly to physical and mental health.

Wednesday       (Level 1) 10:30am –  Noon
Thursday           (Level 2) 8:45am – 10:00am

Water Exercise

Using the natural resistance of the water is ideal to develop muscle tone, strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance while also reducing trauma to the joints. No swimming required.  Perfect for those with limiting physical conditions.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 – 11:00am

Instructors: Aquatic Department Staff & Volunteers
Lap Pool, 1st floor


Twinges in the Hinges
Try these water exercises to improve joint flexibility, muscular strength, physical endurance, and to relieve pain and stiffness.  Please consult your physician prior to participating.

Monday & Wednesday 8:00 – 9:00am  Instructor: Shel Weinstein
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 – 10:00am
Tuesday 11:00am – Noon  Instructors: Christine & Charles Haskell
Thursday 11:00am – Noon  Instructor: Joyce Simmons
Friday 8:00 – 9:00am  Instructor:  Pat Kerry
Saturday 11:45am – 1:00pm  Instructors: Christine & Charles Haskell

All classes are held in the Teaching Pool
FREE for Y members
Non-Members: $7.00 per class or 10 class card for $63.00
Swim cap is required for all pool usage.


Educational Seminars Please see the current FREE Educational Seminar & Events brochure.

8-Week Health Enhancement Program
See our 8-Week Health Enhancement Brochure

Senior Core/Stretch

This class will emphasize the balanced development of the body through core strenth, flexibility, and awareness supporting efficient movement.

Monday 11:30am – 12:30pm

Cayton Room


Ping Pong

Monday 1:30 – 2:30pm
Tuesday 3:00 – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 1:00pm

DeWind Room, 2nd floor

Volunteer Opportunities

If you know how to sing, act, to play chess, or if you have any other skills and would like to share helping others, become a YMCA Volunteer.  To know more about these programs, contact Lidia Magarian, Senior Program Director at (310) 393-2721 Ext. 129 or email:

Membership Information
All classes are FREE to facility members except where indicated.  Community members may pay the daily rate to participate unless otherwise indicated.  For more information about rates, Financial Assistance, and other programs and services available, please see our Membership, Fitness, and Aquatic brochures.  Underground parking available.

For more information about these programs and event registration contact Lidia Magarian, Senior Program Director at the YMCA (310) 393-2721 Ext. 129 or Email: