Andrew Palyniak

Owner / Director / Teacher

In August 2008 Andrew was challenged by his wife to try hot yoga. He has always enjoyed a good challenge and the thought of yoga in a hot room would make a great experience. Ever since that first hot yoga experience, what first appeared as a challenge soon turned into a passion. In March of 2009 Andrew decided to go to his first yoga teacher training in Kerala, India for Modo Level 1. This was an easy decision. He thought: Travelling to an exotic, tropical location while pursuing and learning yoga was the perfect discourse to his otherwise monotonous and melancholy life. Soon after completing the 500 hour Modo Level 1 Teacher Training, Andrew committed to Modo Level 2 training in Costa Rica in November 2010; Frank Jude Boccio’s Mindfulness Training in Gabriola Island BC in June 2012; Baptiste Power Yoga Level 1 in The Big Island, Hawaii in March 2013. Between trainings Andrew has continued his personal practice as well as participating in workshops when he can.

Andrew finds that the holistic approach of yoga has continually challenged him in new ways, whether physically or mentally. Live to Learn is one of his favourite of the 7 pillars of the Modo community. Be Accessible is another pillar that Andrew aligns closely with since understanding how important it is to stay active while aging and working through injury. Andrew believes that yoga’s multi-facetted dynamic is a great accomplice to help understand living in a challenging world.