Frequently Asked Questions
How is Modo Yoga is different from other forms of hot yoga?
For your bod
Modo yoga builds upper and lower body strength, balance, flexibility, and cardiovascular health. The series also focuses on treating and preventing commonly cranky areas of the body like the lower back, knees and bellybutton lint. The cool part is that everybody is welcome and every body will benefit.
For your brain
A regular Modo practice gives us the rare opportunity to slow it all down. The stress reduction associated with yoga helps to calm and balance the nervous system, increase blood flow to the brain, and help you remember where you left your keys.
For your breath
The average person takes 900 breaths an hour. Modo yoga encourages you to make each and every one of them count, on and off the mat.
For your being
The word Modo comes from the root word ‘modus’ meaning the way that something is done or the path that is followed to get to the destination. A regular Modo practice gives us the chance to explore all the different paths we can choose in our lives to create peace within and live the best most awesome life ever!
When should I avoid doing hot yoga?
If your health care professional has advised you to avoid cardiovascular activity, or you’ve just come from a pie eating contest, it’s best to avoid practicing hot yoga. We also encourage women in their first trimester of pregnancy to consult with their midwife or OB if they’re new to practicing hot yoga. If you discover you’re pregnant (congrats!) and have been practicing for at least 6 months, it’s safe to continue throughout all trimesters. Let your teacher know you’re expecting, and consider setting up at the back of the class if you’re looking for a cooler spot in the room.
We also recommend that a hot yoga practice is best suited for adolescents who have already developed their sweat glands, so that’s normally around a girls first menstruation and a boy’s growth spurt.
If you have any questions or concerns, it’s always best to consult with your health care provider before visiting a hot yoga studio.
Is Modo Yoga a cardio workout?
Yup, it sure is.
What if I’m the least flexible person in the entire world?
Then you officially have the best reason ever to come to a Modo class! But really, don’t worry about all the bendy people around you. They’ve been practicing for a while or were born that way. Flexibility will come with time and you don’t have to be flexible to start. Modo teachers know how to modify postures to make every posture benefit even the least flexible student.
What should I wear?
It’s best to come to a Modo class in your comfiest, coolest yoga gear. And when we say cool, we don’t mean hot pink leg warmers and a one piece leopard leotard. We mean cool as in light weight, breathable materials that will absorb sweat and dry quick. Men usually wear shorts with optional t-shirt or tank tops and women typically wear tank tops, shorts, leggings or loose fitting clothes.
What should I bring?
Studios typically have water bottles, mats and towels to rent or buy, but if you have your own it’s great to bring a water bottle, yoga mat, 2 towels (one for your mat and one to freshen up after class) and a sense of humour.
How long are the classes?
Modo classes are 60, 75 or 90 minutes long. It’s best to check the schedule to see what is being offered at a convenient time for you!
Do I book in advance?
There is no need to register in advance. Unless indicated, all classes are on-going and drop-in.
Will I lose weight?
Depends, are you going to come? If yes, absolutely. Along with becoming a happier, more stress free person, losing weight is among some of the benefits that are most appreciated from a regular practice. It’s good to keep in mind that a healthy diet, meditation and rest are also helpful for optimal well being.