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Fat Kid Yoga Club – FAQ

What is Fat Kid Yoga Club?

Fat Kid Yoga Club is an online community for bigger-bodied people to practice yoga and celebrate their bodies.

Why “Fat Kid”?

I have been a fat kid my entire life. I spent years being ashamed of myself and hating my body. Yoga helped me form a better relationship with my body and I want to share that with others. You don’t have to be “fat” to join – you don’t even have to identify with the word “fat”. But you DO have to respect us.

Why Fat Kid Yoga Club?

Fat people are regularly excluded from “fitness” and “wellness” spaces. Fat Kid Yoga Club provides a safe and accessible way for folks with marginalized bodies to practice yoga. Folks have been asking me for online offerings the last few years and now feels like the right time.

Why a Facebook Group?

For better or for worse, many people still use Facebook. The Facebook group is intended to be a place for people to come together and share their experiences and advice. All are welcome to join regardless of whether or not they are paid members. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/322414445358304

Why Patreon?

Patreon allows me greater control over who access my content.

Why charge a fee for your classes?

Yoga teachers spend thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours in training and practicing. I teach yoga because it’s FUN and I LOVE working with people. But I also have bills, a lot of student loan debt, and my time is valuable.

How much does it cost?

There are three levels of membership:

  • Basic – $1 or more per month ($10 suggested)
  • FKYC+ – $35 per month
  • FKYC+2 – $60 per month

What do I get?

Basic membership provides access to a growing library of yoga practice videos, with new practices being added each week.

FKYC+ includes access to practice library PLUS one 30 minute coaching call with me.

FKYC+2 includes access to the practice library PLUS TWO 30 minute coaching calls with me.

How do I sign up?

To sign up, visit www.patreon.com/marcsettembrino

What happens when I no longer contribute?

I’ll be sad ☹ BUT I understand that life changes happen AND that yoga and/or my classes aren’t for everyone. You’ll lose access to the weekly practice videos but you will get to stay in the Facebook group.

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Do You Use Yoga Blocks?

A few years ago, I heard another student say “blocks are cheating”. He couldn’t have been more wrong! I always practice with blocks, and you should too! Even if you don’t use them for every pose, they’re great to have on hand. Check out this video about three of my favorite ways to use blocks.

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How to Step to the Top of Your Mat

If you’re like me, you might struggle to “step to the top of your yoga mat”. The struggle is real, and we’re not alone! Check out this video from my YouTube channel to see how I do it!

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Fat Kid Yoga Club!

Y’all! I am so excited to announce my new project, Fat Kid Yoga Club! As you may know, I offer weekly, size-inclusive Radical Acceptance Yoga classes in New Orleans. Many of my followers have asked for an online option, so, I’m using my summer vacation to step up to the challenge!

Beginning July 1, 2019, I’ll offer weekly yoga practice videos for Fat Kid Yoga Club members. You’ll also get access to my exclusive Fat Kid Yoga Club Facebook group – a place where we can build community together. 

Of course, you don’t have to identify as “fat” to join – ALL bodies are welcome! Check out my Patreon for more info and to sign up! https://www.patreon.com/marcsettembrino

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4 Things Yoga Studios and Teachers Can Do to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June is LGBTQ+ Pride month. It’s a time of celebration for many LGBTQ+ people, marked by parties and parades. But pride wasn’t always a party. LGBTQ+ Pride emerged out of the gay liberation movement of the 1970s, which sought to end violence and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Since the 1970s LGBTQ+ folks in the US won the right to marry, and protections against discrimination in housing, employment, and medical care.

We must not forget, pride is political. It is an unapologetic statement by LGBTQ+ people that we are here and that we will not be silenced. Pride is also a political moment for allies. Clearly, you don’t have to be LGBTQ+ to support our community. Straight folks are welcome and encouraged to participate in pride festivities, but I would also invite you to do more. Our current political climate has created many challenges for LGBTQ+ people. Nationally, hate crimes against LGBTQ+ people are increasing, and our current administration actively targets the rights of transgender people.

What Can Yoga Studios/Teachers Do to Support LGBTQ+ People?

There are lots of things that you can do to support LGBTQ+ folks, here are the 4 things that I think can make the biggest impact.

1. Celebrate and Acknowledge LGBTQ+ Pride Month and other LGBTQ+ Awareness Days

First and foremost, acknowledge pride! It’s as easy as making a social media post or including a paragraph in your newsletter. These simple steps will help your LGBTQ+ clients feel welcome and supported. You can also fly a rainbow flag or post some other signage that indicates your support for the community. But there are many other important LGBTQ+ days including Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) and National Day of Silence (April). Check out this list for more.

2. Create Safe and Inclusive Spaces for LGBTQ+ People

It’s one thing to fly a rainbow flag but it’s another to create a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ people. There are MANY great resources available for learning how to create safe/inclusive spaces. I’ve offered LGBTQ+ inclusion training at my university for six years; here are some basic tips:

  • Don’t Assume – you cannot tell someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation from looking at them.
  • Use inclusive language – avoid talking about “male” or “female” “energy” or “natures”; remember not all men have penises and not all women have periods. In general, try to avoid gendering bodies.
  • Offer gender-neutral restrooms/changing areas
  • Shut down homophobic/transphobic language – period.

3. Donate to LGBTQ+ Organizations

Put your money where your mouth is. Consider offering a special donation-based yoga practice(s) to raise money for LGBTQ+ organizations, especially local organizations or organizations support LGBTQ+ racial and ethnic minorities. Similarly, reach out to local LGBTQ+ organizations and OFFER to help them raise funds.

4. Offer FREE Classes

Yoga shouldn’t be a luxury. Unfortunately, many folks simply cannot afford a $15 drop-in class or a $120 monthly membership. LGBTQ+ people, especially people of color, face significant financial hardships due to housing and employment discrimination. Consider offering a few free or low-cost classes each month to low-income folks in your community.

What do you do?

This is by no means a complete list! Leave a comment below and let me know what kinds of things you do to support LGBTQ+ folks in your studio. Or, if you’re LGBTQ+, tell me what you’d like teachers and studios to do.