About Us


Sound Method Yoga was founded in early 2010. We pride ourselves on providing principled instruction to a diverse and intelligent community of yogis. Our mission is to teach yoga that prioritizes the individual student. We want to empower and inspire you and educate you so that you may enjoy the benefits of yoga well into your lifetime.

We do not host Omaha’s fullest classes. We have 2 rooms: Surya for smaller groups and Chandra for groups up to 25. Though classes can get full we are not an “overlapping mat” kind of joint.

We do not play the loudest music. We like music as much as the next yogi and while we may feel strongly about our preferences as teachers we will not blast you with top 40s or Rap songs.

We believe that yoga can help us heal, but that the most important person in a healing process is the one doing the healing. Our job is to give you the tools you need, inform you about what is possible, encourage you to grow and be inquisitive. We love yoga and are always innovating in our own practices. We hope to stoke your curiosity and imagination as well.

We do not heat classes. We can (and will) make our own heat. Classes can get warm as movement becomes vigorous but we do not artificially heat classes by turning up the thermostat.

We’re a community. For each of us to be successful we need to feel safe and supported. We ask you to register ahead for classes so we remember your name and so we may plan our classes with individuals in mind. You don’t need to lose 50 lb or buy $90 yoga pants to feel at home here. About us, we take professionalism seriously but we’re a pretty chill crew.

Our Staff

Mandy Ryle

Mandy Ryle

Owner and President, Director of Teacher Training


I am passionate about helping my students to reclaim their somatic sovereignty. My specialty is Pain Pare Yoga and restorative fitness. I am the host of The Yin Yoga Podcast.


Emily Lorius Virtual Assistant

Emily Lorius

Studio Assistant


Emily is an Architecture student at UNL with a passion for admin work and yoga.


Pamela Chase

Pamela Chase

Instructor and YTT mentor

Pamela is an adventurer and a seeker of new experiences. Her classes offer mindful movement and usually a few laughs. The love of life and true well-being she endeavors to achieve each day, shows in her teaching.


Carolina Fernandez-Cox

Carolina Fernandez-Cox

Instructor


A few years ago, Carolina decided to make a career change and became a Yoga & Pilates instructor. She loves Movement and Mindfulness. She hopes to see you soon!


Aimee Woods

Aimee Woods

Instructor


My background as a gymnast, physical therapist, and fitness professional inspired me to become a yoga instructor.  I enjoy exploring the mind-body-spirit connection and it’s relationship to long term wellness.  


Tina Helms

Tina Helms

Instructor


Yoga helps me to feel strong and empowered when going through tough times. It also allows me to feel vulnerable and that it’s ok to ask for help. To me, yoga is awareness and truth. Being mindful on the mat carries out into everyday life. My intention for you in my class is to be present, open, and explore. I want you to leave feeling good – mind, body, and soul.


Jenny Coons

Jenny Coons

Instructor


My favorite thing about teaching yoga is the opportunity to help others achieve a better quality of life. Yoga has the ability to support and improve all aspects of health – body, mind and soul. I am forever grateful to have found yoga on my journey, and to be able to share it with others.


Lauren Kraemer

Lauren Kraemer

Instructor


Yoga has given me the tools to become friends with my mind & thoughts (sometimes), to excavate my heart, and to truly connect with others and the world around me.


Lizz Cowley

Lizz Cowley

Instructor


I believe that yoga begins in the heart and transcends the body. It has served as a foundation and a fulcrum for my personal development, and can challenge and enrich any person’s life in many ways. Pause and practice with me as we seek out moments of clarity and venture to live with intention.


Suzanne Wright

Suzanne Wright

Instructor


Suzanne’s classes are challenging, energetic and aimed at helping you explore and find balance in your practice on and off the mat.  


Matthew Ryle

Matthew Ryle

Vice President, Handyman


Sound Method’s computer guy, handyman and class assistant extraordinaire!

Lizz Cowley

Kelcie Bell

Studio Assistant


I have been practicing at SMY since they opened their first studio. Yoga has healed me in ways I didn’t even know I needed. I currently support SMY on the business/admin side.

Erin Burke

Erin Burke

Instructor


Through slow breath or sweaty movement, Erin turns to yoga as a pathway for constant growth and discovery. She gravitates towards vinyasa classes and aims to lead a practice that allows students to challenge themselves in an accessible, lighthearted way. She is passionate about cultivating personal wellness through movement, food, and community.


Laura Schafer

Laura Schafer

Instructor


I have always had a passion for helping people discover and create their own movement. I intermingle elements of dance, physical therapy, and yoga throughout each discipline and practice.


Erin Hirsch

Erin Hirsch

Instructor


Erin believes that yoga is much more than just a fitness practice. Because it was an integral component to her own healing path, she sees yoga as a way to integrate mind, body, and spirit in a way to promote a whole person who is grounded, loving, and feels gratitude for the journey of life.


Jama Deforge

Jama Deforge

Instructor


I aim to keep classes accessible yet interesting, honor the traditions of yoga, and have fun. Yoga to me is part of living well. Being well.


Mary Carollo

Mary Carollo

Instructor


I like to take the intimidation factor out of yoga and promote a welcoming environment. My classes seek to physically challenge and emotionally center. I try to weave music into the class that fuels a moving meditation. My goal is always to let you leave class feeling better than when you entered.


Jo Anne Andersen

Jo Anne Andersen

Instructor


I found out about 10 years ago that you are never too old to start yoga. I enjoy working with and sharing your practice no matter how old or young!


Jeffrey Vrana

Jeffrey Vrana

Instructor


My motto has always been “Go with the flow”. Not knowing where it may lead but always ready for adventure. So the river of love and support has brought me here. After 20 years as a chef & cook, and 25 years designing buildings, The Covid pandemic gave me an opportunity to see my dream, teaching. Sharing an understanding of self-care, love, and joy is what I want to bring to the mat every day and share.


Suzanne Wright

Kathleen Schmidt

Instructor


I love being a Tai Chi and Yoga instructor.  My mission and goal is to help people feel better and recover from any surgery or accident in which they have been involved.  There are special Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga poses to help any area of the body feel better.  I welcome the chance to help.


Suzanne Wright

Marissa Thomas

Instructor


I love learning and growing! The mind and body connection has been a curiosity of mine for sometime and I love helping others explore this!