YOGA NOW

OMAHA’S FIRST YOGA CENTER. ESTABLISHED 1983.

Susan Gillespie Amendola (C-IAYT & E-RYT 500) founded YOGA NOW (formerly Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center) in 1983, pioneering the first 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 facility for Yoga Alliance 200 & 300 hour Yoga Certification.

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). The Himalayan Tradition incorporates all Eight Limbs of yoga, particularly focusing on relaxation and meditation, rather than the challenging physical poses. By keeping the poses simple and including centering, breathing, imagery, relaxation, and meditation, Yoga Now offers a safe, accessible, and holistic practice for all.

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. Our Yoga Certification (TT200 & TT300), as well as our Meditation and Ayurveda trainings, all are anchored in the Himalayan Tradition. While the majority of our teachers carry on 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 photography 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 classes are accessible, due to the simplicity of our tradition. However, if you have limited mobility, you might consider taking Chair Yoga, Beginner’s Yoga, Beginner’s Yoga for 50+ or Yoga Nidra. Meditation and Chanting classes have no movement, if you want to practice a different aspect of yoga.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Whatever you want! Yoga Now embraces comfort and simplicity. Yoga is about feeling good in your own body, so we encourage you to wear whatever makes you feel at home. Our only suggestion is 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?

Yes. We offer 12 and 24 class passes, an annual membership and monthly membership option.  View our full class schedule and pricing.

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. Please do not park in the space marked for our neighboring boutique, Lion’s Mane, or the Yoga Center Director.

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.