Yoga studios are becoming community hubs where yoga is just the beginning. DXA Studio’s design for Modo Yoga in New York City caters to the health and well-being of its mind-body conscious clientele. The design concept embraces the core principles of Modo Yoga: calm mind, fit body, inspired life by providing amenities beyond the typical yoga studio. Similar to a health club where members might linger before or after a fitness session, the design includes locker rooms, social spaces and a retail component. Many elements of the design embrace the yogic principle of serene, non-harming surroundings. Modo Yoga’s seven pillars: Be Healthy, Be Accessible, Live Green, Community Support, Reach Out, Live to Learn and Be Peace; are included in a studio designed around natural light, indoor air quality and red-list-free materials and finishes (non-toxic products) that enhance health rather than harm it. The building’s exposed brickwork, tall ceilings and column-free spans accommodate continuous skylights, a green wall and cork floors for interiors that possess an uplifting and vibrant quality that resonates with members, says owner, Sarah Neufeld. “We believe it to be the most beautiful, unique and sustainable yoga studio out there. It truly has an uplifting and vibrant quality that really resonates with our members,” says Neufeld.