Omaha Yoga and Bodywork Center

Therapeutic Yoga

From the perspective of Yoga, our natural state is wholeness. When we can move into a state of union between body, mind, emotions and spirit, healing naturally occurs. Yoga therapy operates under this guiding principle.

Drawing upon the multitude of practices from the Yoga tradition, yoga therapy seeks to facilitate the client's journey of awakening to this truth. Rather than a prescription of practices set to "heal" a patient, yoga therapy is a collaborative process whereby the therapist works as a mentor with the client to uncover the healing resources available whenever we move into a state of balance. Therapy sessions are individually designed to meet physical challenges or constraints and respecting cultural and religious perspectives.

What we do:

In addition to developing a program of practices based upon an assessment and interaction with the client, the yoga therapist provides the client's primary healthcare provider with a report outlining the program of practices advised.  The intention always being total support for the client in their healing journey and respect for confidentiality at all levels.

Therapeutic Yoga focuses on Yoga as a healing journey. Yoga is an ancient practice that brings about integration of the whole person. During a therapeutic yoga session, techniques and practices from both Yoga and Ayurveda (an ancient healing modality) are used to promote overall health and wellbeing. During a session, a series of practices and lifestyle modifications will be individualized based on your personal needs. Your input and feedback are essential to this process.

Areas of focus include:

Postures (movement) are designed to release blocked energy, and promote circulation, and energy flow. The postures chosen are specific to the physical condition, capacity, and needs of each person. They are also used to bring attention back to the body as a way to listen to the signals and information the body has to offer. When we deeply listen, transformation can occur.

Systematic Relaxation is a practice of learned and conscious, letting go. Through the relaxation practice, we are training to be awake, alert and fully relaxed. The ability to relax leads to better and deeper sleep, lower stress reactivity, lower blood pressure and heart rate. It is through these deep states of relaxation that we begin to heal.

Breathing is the link between the body and the mind. How we breathe affects how we think and feel. How we think and feel affects how we breathe. An intimate connection exists between the breath and the mind. As a result, breathing is one of the quickest and easiest ways to affect stress and anxiety. The breath is also one very important way we access and manage energy.

Guided Meditation teaches us to focus our attention while holding space for our mind to relax and get quiet. When we can witness the patterns of mind without judging, analyzing, or ruminating we start to let go. It is in meditation that the mind begins to loosen its hold over us. Through the practice of meditation, we have the opportunity to gain awareness, insight and a deeper understanding of our own true nature.

Imagery Uses the mind to heal the body through comforting and soothing images that can create a deep and profound experience and can serve to enhance the healing process.

Diet and lifestyle have a powerful affect on our health. What we eat and how we live determine many of the outcomes that challenge us. Ayurveda and Yoga recognize this important connection. Recommendations according to body type (doshas) are given when appropriate during the sessions.

As a companion to other healing modalities, the practice of yoga can assist you in accessing feelings, managing difficult emotions, releasing stress, balancing the nervous system, reducing anxiety and depression, and gaining greater self awareness.

The goal of therapeutic yoga is to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health. It takes a minimum of 3 sessions to teach and reinforce the transformative skills that will be introduced.

First session is 1 hour and 30 minutes
All subsequent sessions last one hour.

Minimum of 3 sessions — $375

Advanced training packages are available for those who are interested in more sustained support and enhanced skill building.

Therapuetic Yoga Teachers:

Susi Amendola ERYT500

Susi Amendola brings over 30 years of experience to her teaching. She is the National Director of Stress Management for the prestigious Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease using Yoga and Meditation in hospital sites around the country. She is a certified Yoga instructor through the Himalayan Institute and holds an ERYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.

From 1978-82, she lived as a resident of the Himalayan Institute where she trained in Hatha and Raja Yoga, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda and advanced Yogic practices. She has studied with a number of esteemed teachers: Swami Rama of the Himalayas, Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, Swami Veda, Rolf Sovik, Nischala Devi, Pema Chodron and others. She Founded Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center in 1983, where she is currently the Director. She has also developed a 200 teacher training (Yoga Alliance Registered) program as a way to support teachers and students in furthering their experiences in Yoga.

In 1993-2004, she taught heart yoga as Stress Management through Immanuel Hospital’s Heart Institute in Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease Without Drugs or Surgery. Dean Ornish is based out of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute (PMRI, Sausalito, California).

She has developed yoga-based Stress Management programs for schools, businesses, and hospitals throughout the country and has traveled and lectured extensively in the US and India. She continues to teach, study, practice, lecture and travel. Her CD "EMBRACE THE HEART OF YOGA" can be found on itunes and at

Vidyarani Lisa Hofmann began her study of yoga in 1994 with OYBC.  She began teaching in 2000 and is a registered Yoga Instructor through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.

She has taken workshops with esteemed instructors Rodney Yee, Erich Schiffmann, and Angela Farmer in addition to trainings in Integrative Yoga Therapy with Joseph LePage; prenatal yoga with Janice Clairfield; and Radiant Child Yoga with Shakta Kaur Khalsa. She has studied with local instructors Susi Amendola, Larissa Treskunova, Mark Watson and Sue Moon. Currently, she is working towards her 500 hour certification through Kripalu.

Lisa’s educational background includes the study of art and a Master’s degree in Art History. A lifelong love of art making and art appreciation have inspired her to explore new ways of self exploration using the tools of art journaling, photography, collage and free form writing in conjunction with meditation, breath work and visualization practices. Her teaching focus is to encourage a joyful and playful reconnection with one’s creative life force.