Stefanie

Student / Modo Teacher

Why do you love the Modo community?

Everyone can just BE, without struggle or competition. I love that this practice is not about going anywhere. It’s about finding balance where you are. And everyone can do that here at Modo.

Why do you teach yoga?

The best way to learn is to teach! Before teacher training, I was an Energy Exchange member for almost two years. I love that I can contribute to the studio where I am inspired and learning every day. And I love the Modo series. So much thought went into making it a healing practice that balances strength and flexibility, prevents injury and is accessible to everyone.

What yoga certifications do you have?

Modo Level 1 – 500 YTTT

If you were an animal, what would it be?

A duck. You get to fly and swim. Plus, a simple life is its own reward.

You have one day completely to yourself in Columbus.  What do you do?

Because I’m answering this question in 2020, I’m dreaming of things that we used to take for granted. My four kids think it’s a thrill to ride the COTA bus to the Gateway Film Center or COSI downtown, and you can find us at the Grandview Pool every day in the summer. I miss walking Grandview Avenue and popping into shops just to have a look, and eating at Aab India. This year, on a nice day with no virtual school, we pack a picnic and ride our bikes to the Scioto Audubon Park climbing wall, come home to make pizza for dinner and watch monster movie DVDs from the Grandview Library. My perfect pandemic day is one where I can bike to Modo, take a class, and meet a friend for take-out and a walk at Wyman Woods.

What’s your favorite yoga pose and why?

Thread the needle and cobbler’s pose are hip opening poses that help with low back pain, which is just what I need after so many years of carrying little people.

You can only eat at one Columbus restaurant for the rest of your life.  What is it?

Nile Vegan and Basic Biscuits both just opened on the way from my house to Modo. How could I choose just one?