We had the good fortune of connecting with Cleo Vo-Dai and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cleo, can you tell us about what you are most excited or proud of in terms of the business you’ve built?
Your vibe attracts your tribe and I am extremely proud of the community that we built collectively at Modo Yoga Miami Beach. From our team of staff and teachers to our students and members, including our team of energy exchangers. This community has shown so much support to each other during this time, it has been an incredible human experience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started Modo Yoga Miami Beach as a passion project, having already a full-time career as a PR and Branding Strategist. I had originally planned on opening the studio with a business partner but things did not work out according to plan, not my plan at least :). As I gave birth to my daughter the same week I opened the studio ( again not according to plan), I sometimes wondered if I had not taken on a little more than I could chew. But we learn and grow with the support of others, and little by little, Modo Miami Beach acquired an amazing community that kept on growing and growing. Two hurricanes and a pandemic later, I am proud to say that we are still here and plan on being here for a while. The key to survival is to be organic, to always adapt to the circumstances.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
People who visit Miami tend to stick to the same route, and for good reasons, the classics are amazing but there are other pockets of Miami that are great as well. I would definitely do enjoy sunny days at Soho Beach House and the Standard, eat at Lucali pizza and 27 at the Freehand. Mandolin in the Design District is one of my favorite spots as well. Little River and Little Haiti offer amazing coffees spots and art galleries.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I believe that there is something to learn from everyone that crosses your path in life so it will be difficult for me to narrow down this list as I have encountered SO MANY inspiring people in my life. My first mentor was Renée-Claude Ménard, Director of Public Relations for Cirque du Soleil. She gave me my first chance as an intern and inspired me tremendously on all levels, including navigating the business world as a woman, never taking yourself too seriously and her signature advice: “fake it until you make it”. More recently, early after the launch of Modo Yoga Miami Beach, I received the help of a new friend, Maude Iralde, who owned a similar studio in Montreal. She graciously came to help me, mentored me and showed me all she learned from years of being in business while juggling being a mother at the same time. I am eternally grateful to her.
Photography by Christina Ballinger