In September, we raised $135.64 for Trans People recovering from Hurricane Laura in Southwest Louisiana. If you didn’t get to practice with me this month, please consider donating directly. This fund has barely raised more than $4,000 and folks desperately need assistance!
This summer, Fat Kid Yoga Club participants raised $894.87 to support transgender people through organizations like Black and Pink, House of Tulip, and Louisiana Trans Advocates. That’s worth celebrating! Thank YOU! As the world has slowly re-opened, fewer folks have been joining the live practices. Therefore, for the rest of 2020, I will donate $150 or 20% of my monthly yoga earnings (whichever is higher/earnings from Patreon and live classes) to the House of Tulip.
The good news continues below, so please be sure to check out some of the great opportunities to practice with me in the coming weeks!
October is a great month to sign up for Fat Kid Yoga Club Unlimited! Join me for bi-weekly restorative practices and weekly Hatha practices AND stream practice on demand all for one monthly fee! Equity pricing begins at $35 per month, sign up today! Patreon memberships are not prorated and non-transferable, so please wait until October 1 to upgrade/sign-up!
Please note there is no practice on Saturday, October 3. For a full schedule and to register for individual practices, visit https://marcsettembrino.com/classes
Save the Date! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be hosting several workshops in October and November. These workshops are intended to help you integrate yoga practices and philosophy into your daily life. More details are coming, so stay tuned! Fat Kid Yoga Club Members receive exclusive discounts on practices and workshops.
Do you love yoga? Want to learn how to remove the barriers that keep people from practicing? Then join me for the first ever online Accessible Yoga Conference!
I am honored to announce that I am one of the presenters at this incredible event and I am inviting you to join me. Join myself and others October 9-11, 2020 Teachers from all over the world will be joining us to co-create a space to learn, connect and advocate.
Registration is open with sliding scale fees. Scholarships are also available.
To learn more visit: https://conference.accessibleyoga.org/a/34834/j4LCyQBz
Don’t let finances prevent you from practicing with me. Use the code IAMWELCOME to practice with me for free, anytime, no questions asked!
This weekend I’ll be a guest on my friend Daniel’s Instagram Live Series Undressing Gender. We’ll be talking about the intersections of fatness, gender identity and expression, and queerness. I hope you’ll join us!
Saturday, September 29 at 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
On Saturday, September 26, I’ll be a guest on my friend Daniel’s Instagram Live Series Undressing Gender. We’ll be talking about the intersections of fatness, gender identity and expression, and queerness. I hope you’ll join us!
Saturday, September 26 at 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
I’m honored to be part of this year’s Accessible Yoga Conference and I hope you’ll join me October 9 – 11, 2020. This conference is shaping up to be the most accessible yet and includes a rockstar lineup of yoga practitioners, educators, and social justice activists. Click here to learn more and register for the conference.
Our world is alienating. Capitalism, White Supremacy, Cis-Hetero-Patriarchy, Ableism, and Anti-Fatness actively repress our humanity. As a result, many of us accept that we are unworthy of dignity. Worse yet, we allow other people to suffer because we don’t recognize them as humans either. I spent most of my fat-queer life thinking that I was unworthy of love, acceptance, or kindness. I believed that I needed to shrink myself before I could be worthy. I lived disembodied, for a future thinner self. One day I could be happy, but not until I took up less space.
For most of my life, movement/exercise was punishment for having eaten “too much” being “lazy” and allowing myself to get “fat”. I accepted and even paid for shame, humiliation, and abuse from family, friends, gym teachers, doctors, and personal trainers. Practicing yoga brought me back into my body and allowed me to find joy and freedom through movement. It wasn’t always easy. In the beginning, my inner critic screamed with rage, “you don’t belong here! This should be easy! Maybe if you didn’t let yourself get so fat you could do this!”. With time, I learned to use asana as a tool to quiet the mind. Most days, I can easily redirect my attention to physical sensations, rather than listening to the echoes of past trauma.
I created Fat Kid Yoga Club for folks in larger bodies to explore joyful movement and celebrate what is possible in their bodies one practice at a time. Fat Kid Yoga Club is a truly judgment-free zone where folks like me, who were always picked last or have experienced a lifetime of body shame get to reconnect with their bodies and have fun at the same time. Many of the people who practice with me new to yoga or are returning to the practice after a long break. I encourage them to prioritize self-care, to truly make the practice their own, and not to hold themselves to other people’s expectations. In Fat Kid Yoga Club, we show up fully and take up space because we are worthy.
As instructors, we cannot give anyone yoga – it’s something each person has to find on their own. I can lead people through postures, pranayama, and meditation. However, these practices are simply tools through which we can reconnect with our humanity. In other words, the postures are not the point. When I encourage my clients to adapt postures, it’s not just for them to experience the same benefits of the posture. Rather, I also want them to see that there is more than one way to experience life and that it’s okay to go your own way. At the end of the day, our value as human beings is not tied to our ability to do a handstand. Each of us is worthy of dignity, love, acceptance, and respect simply for being alive.
Hey friends! Earlier this week, Kelly-Ann Maddox interviewed me for her Self-Love September series on YouTube. I had so fun talking to Kelly-Ann about yoga, self-love, and fat liberation, I figured that y’all might also have some great resources.
So, It’s time for another community share, what videos/documentaries have you watched about any of these topics that have really resonated with you? Leave a comment below and share the love with our community!
I did not intend to become an online yoga studio this year, but the COVID-19 Pandemic created an opportunity I had never considered. Historically, Fat Kid Yoga Club was in a weekly, in-person yoga class offered in New Orleans. I created the Patreon community for folks who wanted to practice with me but couldn’t do so in-person.
Since May, there have been two ways to practice with me: pre-recorded practices on Patreon or live via Zoom. Patreon members paid a monthly fee for on-demand access to pre-recorded practices. To practice with me live, you needed to purchase passes for individual classes. Recently, someone asked if it was possible to pay a monthly fee for unlimited live classes – something which I never considered. Thanks to their inquiry, I’m excited to offer Fat Kid Yoga Club Unlimited!
Beginning today, Fat Kid Yoga Club Unlimited Members received BOTH on-demand access to pre-recorded practices AND unlimited live practices with me each month, all for ONE fee! Typically, I will offer 10 live practices per month, the full schedule is available here.
Please note that Unlimited Membership is valid for the calendar month. For example, September 1 through September 30 and will not be prorated. You will be charged the full amount when you sign up and Patreon will automatically renew your subscription on the 1st of every month unless you change your membership level.
If you sign up today (9/7), you will be able to join the remaining September practices:
- Hatha – Saturday 9/12 @ 10 AM CDT
- Hatha – Sunday 9/12 @ 12 PM CDT
- Restorative – Thursday 9/17 @ 6:30 PM CDT
- Hatha – Saturday 9/19 @ 10 AM CDT
- Hatha – Sunday 9/20 @ 12 PM CDT
- Hatha – Saturday 9/26 @ 10 AM CDT
- Hatha – Sunday 9/27 @ 12 PM CDT
Please let me know if you have any questions!