YOGA NOW

OMAHA’S ORIGINAL YOGA CENTER. SINCE 1983.

Susan Gillespie Amendola (C-IAYT & E-RYT 500) founded YOGA NOW (formerly Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center) in 1983, creating the first established yoga center in Omaha. The center moved to its current location in 1988, creating a tranquil foundation in the heart of historic downtown Benson. YOGA NOW enjoys a reputation as one of the wisest, most deeply established yoga centers in the Midwest. Led by Susi’s deep understanding of the Himalayan Tradition, YOGA NOW is a premiere training center.. 

The Himalayan Tradition

Yoga means union of body, mind, and spirit. According to the ancient texts of yoga, this unity is achieved through the practice of the Eight Limb (Ashtanga) path. The Eight Limbs include the Yamas & Niyamas (ethical practices), Asana (yoga poses), Pranayama (breath practices), Pratyhara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), and Samadhi (bliss). Many modern yoga studios focus only on asana, emphasizing challenging physical poses. YOGA NOW, by contrast, offers a complete form of yoga through teaching all Eight Limbs. By keeping the poses simple and including centering, breathing, imagery, relaxation, and meditation, YOGA NOW offers a safe, accessible, and holistic practice for all. YOGA NOW honors the Himalayan Tradition. Inspired by Susi Amendola’s time living and studying at the Himalayan Institute, the center carries on their ancient traditions of simplicity and heart-centered living. In honor of the tradition, all are welcome to participate in daily meditation and the recitation of the morning chants from the lineage (week day mornings at 5:30am). Our Yoga Certification (TT200 & TT300), as well as our Meditaiton and Ayurveda trainings, all are anchored in the Himalayan Tradition. YOGA NOW is also blessed to have teachers who pass on the traditions of yoga from Kripalu and Kundalini as well as QiGong/Tai Chi in the tradition of Taoist Dragon Gate Branch. 

Special thanks to Sandy Aquila and Chuck Amoura for their photopraphy and Daria Hlazatova for her creation of our logo and mural.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’VE NEVER DONE YOGA BEFORE. WHERE SHOULD I START?

All of our yoga classes are accessible to all students, due to the simplicity of our tradition. However, if you have limited mobility, you might consider taking Chair Yoga, Beginner’s Yoga, or one of the Small Movement classes. Meditation and Unplugged classes have no movement, just relaxation techniques.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Whatever you want! YOGA NOW does not have a dress code and all of our clients wear what makes them comfortable. You might want to consider dressing in layers so you can adjust to a temperature of your choosing.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

YOGA NOW has mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks, and many other props for your comfort. Often clients will bring their own mat, but this is not necessary.

DO YOU HAVE CLASS PASSES OR MEMBERSHIPS?

We offer 12 and 24 class passes, but we do not have monthly memberships. You can view our full pricing options on the Schedule page.

WHERE DO I PARK?

Street parking in Benson is free. There are several spaces behind YOGA NOW that are also free for your use during classes.

CAN I COME TO YOGA IF I AM {PREGNANT, WORKING WITH LIMITED MOBILITY/SENSITIVITY, INJURED, ETC.}?

We recommend that you contact your primary care provider to determine if yoga is right for you. Many studies continue to show that yoga benefits many aspects of a person’s health. Please inform the instructor of any accommodations you need prior to class so they can plan accordingly.

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