It’s Modo Yoga San Diego’s Grand Opening! Up Close & Personal with owners Frenny and Andrew Palyniak.

circular-headshotBY CAROLINE ABKAR | Red Tree Realty | April/May 2017

I am delighted to chat with Andrew and Frenny Palyniak this week, owners and teachers at Modo Yoga San Diego on Clairemont Dr. right at the junction between Bay Park and Clairemont. Excitement is gleaming in their eyes as they give me a tour of the premises in anticipation of Opening Day. Enjoy the interview and please share your thoughts, comments and questions as always!


Caroline AbkarCan you tell us a bit about yourselves and your backgrounds?

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak: Andrew is originally from Chicago but grew up in Edmonton, Canada and Frenny is originally from London, England and also grew up in Edmonton, Canada. Frenny’s engineering work moved us to Australia from 2005 – 2007. Being in Australia was an eye opener and made us realize we were ready to shed our old skin and live a fuller life. San Diego had everything we wanted: coastal city, beautiful climate, wonderful people. We settled here in January 2016 and couldn’t be happier.

Caroline Abkar: Why did you choose to open Modo Yoga?

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak:  We began practicing Modo Yoga (which originated in Canada as Moksha Yoga) and became regulars pretty quickly. Modo Yoga, which is a form of hot yoga, has been around since 2004 and was founded in Toronto, Canada by Ted Grand and Jessica Robertson.

Practicing Modo Yoga gave us so many benefits both on a physical and mental level that we decided to take it to the next level and complete the 500hr Teacher Training in Kerala, India.

We feel that Modo is a more accessible form of hot yoga to the general population in terms of flexibility, health, injury and age. Modo Yoga is a hot yoga series rooted in the traditional teachings of yoga and yoga therapy concepts. It encourages staying healthy in life. It is a nonjudgmental, noncompetitive yoga practice. There is great attention on mindfulness and breathing.

When Modo Yoga was launched, it was focused on spine health. Many people coming in had a lot of tension from their day jobs. This is a form of practice that aims to alleviate the tensions in our bodies, and embrace our anatomy as individuals.

Caroline Abkar: Why did you decide to settle right here, at the junction of Bay Park and Clairemont?

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak:  We like to say that Bay Park chose us! We love the way it is the center of San Diego and embraces all kinds of people with diverse backgrounds. The building itself was the perfect setup. We needed enough square footage to offer a big practice space and all the amenities. The ability to offer parking space is such a luxury. We are even looking into offering bike racks for those who live nearby who would like to come to our classes with their bikes. We live right next door to the studio ourselves.

Caroline Abkar: What do you think makes Bay Park special as a neighborhood?

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak:  There is a wonderful community feel in Bay Park and we really want to be a part of it. We feel that Bay Park, with its proximity to Clairemont, represents the largest group of people: elderly, young, families alike. It is this kind of inclusive population we would like to see reflected in our own studio.

Caroline AbkarWhat makes Modo Yoga unique?

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak: Modo Yoga is a community of yoga studios gaining popularity all over the world, and is based on respect for the environment and the Modo standards. Modo Yoga studios are built on the foundation of clean, green, conscious construction that is designed to create a calm and healthy environment for your practice. It is inspired and backed by a large worldwide community. It is a flat organization and we have had the pleasure to meet and train under the founders. Although each studio is independently owned, our voice is a collective one. There is so much knowledge and experience to draw from the other Modo Yoga studios worldwide. We care a lot about the environment and made sure that our facilities are as green as can possibly be. There 7 pillars we go by:

Seven Pillars Modo Yoga

The Seven Pillars of Modo Yoga

The Modo community has raised over $3M since 2005 for charities. There is a lot of emphasis on giving back thru local and global initiatives.

Caroline AbkarCan you tell us a bit about the environment, teachers and culture at your studio in particular?

Frenny and Andrew Palyniak: The hot yoga room will feature a cork based floor, which is naturally antimicrobial and easy to maintain. We will use botanical cleaners to keep the floors clean and avoid irritating, harsh chemicals. All of the paint in our building will be VOC free paint to minimize off-gassing. We will have brand new amenities including showers, lockers, and a filtered water fountain.

Our studio will use radiant heating which heats objects and is a cleaner form of energy, and more efficient since heat is not lost through the air as in traditional air heating. A fresh air system will sanitize and filter incoming air and remove stale air from the hot yoga room. We are also installing 2 commercial steam humidifiers to help maintain our target hot yoga conditions at 98-100F and 40% humidity.

Earlier stages

Andrew and Frenny chatting with the construction crew in the earlier phases.

All our teachers need be certified through the Modo Yoga 500hr teacher training. Modo Yoga International organizes 3 trainings every year and their presence in the US is growing. We are the first Modo Yoga studio in San Diego. LA and Vegas are the closest regions which offer Modo Yoga. In addition to memberships and passes we will offer weekly donation based Karma classes which all money raised will be donated 100% to local charities.

The Karma classes are a reduced rate (minimum $5 donation) and will be no different than any other Modo class taught by our regular teachers. We really want to give everyone and every budget a chance to practice hot yoga.

We will offer a variety of classes to cater to all levels and preferences including Modo, Modo Flow, Modo Level 2 and Yin Yoga. The full list can be found here:

We can’t wait to see you!

** Don’t miss out the Grand Opening Sale for free classes all week, May 1 – May7! **


About the owners: Andrew and Frenny Palyniak are the owners of Modo Yoga San Diego located at 3091 Clairemont Dr, San Diego, CA 92117. You can stay tuned on the latest news and promotions by subscribing to Modo Yoga San Diego’s newsletter at  where you will also find a wealth of information about Modo Yoga, or through their Facebook page at  Make sure to take advantage of one of their fantastic opening sale promotions!

About the author: Caroline Abkar is a Real Estate professional who is absolutely passionate about helping her clients with one of the most important decisions of their lives. She loves to be an advocate for those who place their trust in her and will go above and beyond to serve anyone needing her real estate services. She also loves bringing the community together any way she can. You can contact her anytime at 619-808-4804 or