What inspired you to start Modo Yoga?
I came from an athletic background where I destroyed my body. I also had a lot of trauma as a kid and teenager and at 19 years old felt like I was 70. I dove into practicing yoga in the heat and everything changed. Injuries like a fractured spine that my doctors said I’d never recover from went away, deep rooted anxiety melted away and I just started not only waking up happy but feeling great all day. From someone who was pretty much at the lowest of Lows to then feeling awesome from practice I wanted and needed everyone that joy and pain free life was easier than what society tells you. Modo yoga LA was dreamed up because it felt like such an amazing city but I never found a community I felt home in, a practice that felt it would support long term health and a space that was inspiring...so we started it. We wanted to open a studio that all felt welcome. Not just yogi’s but everyone.
Whats the biggest lesson you’ve learned since starting your own business?
Biggest lesson is probably no means nothing until you believe it. My business partner Emily Morwen and I had a saying that two no’s make a definite. We were two female Canadians and every turn we made we had people telling us no.
When was your first experience of defeat and how did you over come it?
“Defeats” for me luckily started young. I was a high level basketball player and had a game ending injury. It made me deeply ask who am I without everything I define myself to be. I put defeats in quotes because I don’t think I ever had a defeat, just big lessons that ask be to grow bigger and greater than I am in the present moment.
Whats some advice you would give someone who has just started their yoga journey but not sure about it?
That someone may start yoga for a fit body and come away with deeper sleeps, lower anxiety and stress, better relationships and so much more. I would say lean into discomfort until it feels comfortable. Show up when you don’t want and it will re-pattern your brain for greatness
What’s a quote you live by?
My mother always says “shit happens, but suffering is option” and man is that true. We will all have challenges but the reaction to that pain is on our control.
Who is a women that inspires you?