If you’re looking for a heated vinyasa studio, Modo Yoga West Village is about as good as it gets. You can enter for the first time as a beginner and build a beautiful practice that will leave you stronger, more grounded, and in a better head-space every time you walk out the door. The teachers are some of the best that the city has to offer, and there is enough variation in the classes that your practice can be whatever you want it to be here. Modo is a reliable, challenging, feel-great space where you can get your namaste on.
Modo flow is a vinyasa class that will get your heart rate up and your blood pumping. You will build flows from the ground up in the heat making them more complicated as you go along. This class is great to get a good workout in, but also is incredibly meditative by nature. A majority of the class is spent flowing and exploring standing postures, which makes the floor poses all the more juicy at the end. Great workout for body and soul.
Although the teaching staff roster at Modo Yoga is one of the best in the city, Lawrence is a standout in our eyes. With a bandana keeping his hair off his face and a textured voice (that once in a while reminded us of Shaggy from Scooby Doo), Lawrence really knows how to teach yoga. He makes simple flows incredibly connected and powerful, and often times challenges his students to try new things in a way that makes them attainable. He is fantastic at making basic flows enriching and enlightening, and is a master of creative and difficult flows as well. We learn something new every time we sweat with Lawrence.
Like all good West Village spaces, the Modo Yoga studio has character and charm. There is a wall of plants in the lobby and half animal/half yogi paintings on many of the walls. The wood-floored rooms have great natural sunlight and are often lit by candles or fairy lights at night. For the most part, the heat control is great, although weʼve gone to a couple of classes (out of MANY) that have been a little too cool. There are lockers and showers with few frills, but itʼs never dirty. There is always hot tea available and awesome yogi merchandise (plus vegan cookbooks and beaded earrings). There’s a very particular smell when you walk in that we’ve grown to love over time.
434 6th Ave #2, New York, NY 10011 West Village Yoga $$$
Modo Yoga West Village
West Village Yoga, $$$
434 6th Ave #2, New York, NY 10011
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Josh has amazing energy and a smile that can only be described as dazzling. He is super positive and will be one of the first people at the studio to remember your name! (Plus, he gives great hugs!) His class is light-hearted even in the moments when your legs are shaking and you feel like you could give up. His practice is beautiful and he is more than willing to lend a helping hand to help you get yours where you want it to be.
We knew weʼd like Maddy the minute we saw her, because damn that girlʼs eyebrow game is STRONG! Maddy mixes things up. Though for the most part her flows hit the main poses and nothing crazy happened, she got us into positions in creative and exciting ways. She started us on the floor and got a good stretch in our legs before moving into the flow of class, and did little things along the way so that we didnʼt anticipate what would come next. Extra bonus points: she left plenty of time for juicy savasana.
As a Broadway performer, Randy exudes charisma and awesome energy. His practice is goddamn impressive as he casually presses in to inversions, demonstrating with ease that one day you too could achieve them. He brings really challenging (optional) poses into the studio, so if youʼre looking to be challenged and learn something new, Randy could be your guy. That being said, his class is friendly to everyone, and you will definitely get a great sweat in no matter where you are in your practice. If you’re really lucky, he might sing to you during savasana.
Sarrah is one of our favorite yoga teachers in NYC (you can also check out her classes at Sweat and Woom)! She comes from a theatrical background and exudes charisma into the room in a way that brings us so much joy. She often includes inspirational speeches and real talk in her classes, and she provides amazing hands-on adjustments. Her flows are usually fun, and when she teaches a class with music, she knocks it out of the park every time.
Armed with the fiercest nails in the game, Jase will drop yoga knowledge on you left and right during your practice. With a long history with the practice and a clear knowledge of its many styles, origins, and different aspects, Jase will educate you before, during, and/or after you flow. The classes are usually pretty straightforward, but youʼll definitely leave sweaty and uplifted.