Beginner’s Guide

First Visit Tips

Yoga Beginner? We understand that your first visit to a yoga studio can be a little intimidating.  Here’s what you need to know to be in the know.

Sound Method Yoga is located at 615 N. 98th Street, Omaha, NE.  We are adjacent to Westroads Mall in the Clocktower Village Strip Mall.  Our doors generally open 15-20 minutes before classes.  The doors are locked during class so please be on time (at least 5 minutes early) to class or you will be locked out!

Beginner's Guide

Before you arrive please create an account in our online schedule. Start by choosing the class you wish to take. You can register as unpaid for your first class or purchase a pass during registration. New Students at SMY can take their first month of unlimited drop in classes for just $40.For additional class pricing please check out our class pricing page. If you are unsure where to start please contact Frank at frank@soundmthodyoga.com  or at 402-991-POSE(7673)

Plan to be at least 10-15 minutes early your first time.  You will need time to meet your instructor, grab any equipment you might need and get settled.   You should wear comfortable somewhat form fitting clothing.  Pants or 3/4 length shorts are encouraged rather than gym shorts to preserve modesty.  Remember, you are going to be bending over! Try to avoid clothing that is too loose fitting or that needs to be adjusted frequently.  The less you think about what you are wearing the better.  Layer your clothing if you get cold easily and bring a pair of socks for the end of class.  Shoes and socks are not worn during yoga practice.

If you already have a yoga mat bring it.  If not, just bring you.  We don’t recommend purchasing a mat before your first class.  You can borrow one while you are here for $2.  As your practice develops you will likely develop preferences and dislikes regarding your yoga mat and should plan to purchase one after that.  Sound Method offers yoga mats for purchase when the time comes.  We have all the props that you will need while you are in class though some students prefer to bring their own blocks, yoga strap etc. We use wool blankets as props, if you are sensitive to wool please bring a large beach towel to substitute. Yoga props are invaluable to any yoga practice and can also be purchased at the studio for home practice. Some students also like to have a towel on hand to stay dry during practice.

Where to start

Beginner’s Flow, Gentle Vinyasa  and Yin classes all include lots of instruction and basic poses to maximize success and safety when you are just starting out.  Level I is a great option for students who have a little experience or are comfortable with a wide range of movements and poses, provided that there is a good deal of instruction. All Levels classes are recommended  for students who feel comfortable with Adho Muka Svanasana (Down Dog) and Chaturanga Dandasana (low pushup) as well as a basic understanding of alignment in common standing poses.  Novice students are asked to attend several of the Beginner friendly classes before attending an All Levels, Level II or Level II/III class. If you have any questions at all about what might be a good class for you please feel free to contact us.  We have a class for everyone at Sound Method and our first priority is your safety and success.  Not every kind of class suits every body.  If you have specific health concerns or feel a little too compromised in a class setting set up a Private Session with one of our instructors.  We can help you to get to where you want to be.

What to expect

Beginner's GuideHatha Yoga or the yoga of postures is a physical practice of asana (poses), transitions and breath (pranayama).  At Sound Method Yoga we practice movement mindfully and carefully with regard for alignment to facilitate the greatest benefit to the student.  Though SMY offers several different kinds of classes our first priority is your safety.  Yoga is more than just exercise but you will leave feeling like you’ve worked hard.  Yoga is not competitive; through yoga we learn to practice compassion first with ourselves so we can then be kind to others. Yoga is where we get better. If you are worried about your lack of flexibility, strength or experience, weight, age , etc…. join us. We can improve at all ages and sizes.  Plan to absorb and experience your practice without expectations.  At Sound Method you become a true yogi when you honor your strengths and weaknesses; success comes from doing poses mindfully and safely, not from pushing yourself to do more and more complicated positions.

The best kind of exercise is the kind that you love. As with any physical fitness program, yoga can and should be done regularly. For some this means once a week. For most it means at least two or three times a week. Because frequent practice is so important Sound Method offers unlimited yoga (drop in classes) for just $90 per month. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns, we love new students and are happy to chat:

Call Us: 402-991-POSE
Email Us: frank@soundmethodyoga.com.

Register for a month of unlimited drop in classes for just $40.