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My Daily Yoga Practice

Like everything else, my yoga practice has changed a lot this year. Prior to the pandemic and shut downs, I practiced asana three or four times a week in a yoga studio, as well as several times a week at home. But in April all that changed. In recent months my practice has mostly consisted of mediation, chanting, journaling, and reading sacred texts like the Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, and event books about St. Francis of Assisi. Today, I thought I’d give you a sneak peek into my morning practice. I usually meditate or chant for 10 or 15 minutes but I edited down to about 5 minutes in this video. I hope you’ll join me.

As we head into the final weeks of 2020, remember that you don’t need to do 108 Sun Salutations to practice yoga. You simply need to practice awareness. Through that awareness you may discover your true Self. That is yoga.

 

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Join Me at the Accessible Yoga Conference!

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.

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Fat Kid Yoga Club on Great Day Louisiana

Make it a Great Day with Fat Kid Yoga Club!

Jaclyn and I had a blast filming a segment about Fat Kid Yoga Club for Great Day Louisiana. If you don’t know Jaclyn, you should! She’s the owner of Jaci Blue – New Orleans’ only plus-size boutique, a self-love coach, and a curvy community organizer.

We know it can be intimidating to try something new – especially if you are in a bigger body. That’s why Jaclyn and I began offering accessible yoga for plus-size people in her shop last year. We quickly outgrew her space and that’s when we moved to Balance Yoga and Wellness.

At Fat Kid Yoga Club, we offer a fun, body-positive environment where you can feel good in your body in a truly judgment-free zone. It’s really healing to take time to be in your body – especially when the whole world is telling you that your body is wrong.

I have always been a fat kid and it wasn’t until recently that I got comfortable calling myself the F-word. For me, it’s been an important step in repairing my relationship with my body. I believe that EVERY body is a yoga body. Everyone, regardless of their age, size, or strength can practice yoga right now. In Fat Kid Yoga Club, we explore what’s possible in the bodies we have today.

Self-care is an important part of our practices. I encourage you to take water breaks and to ask questions. This is truly your practice and you are in control. I hope that by participating in Fat Kid Yoga Club you’ll feel confident to take other mainstream yoga or fitness classes without having to wrestle with your inner critic.

In the segment, I offer some really great tips on how you can make downward-facing dog feel better in your body – regardless of your size, strength, or level of flexibility.

I offer Fat Kid Yoga Classes Sundays at 5:30pm at Balance Yoga and Wellness located at 120 S. Cortez Street in New Orleans. Don’t live in New Orleans or can’t make it to the studio! No problem – I also offer Fat Kid Yoga Club Online!

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Braving Body Shame

What’s your body shame story?

I am honored to participate in the inaugural Braving Body Shame conference. This conference is important because it is intersectional and accessible. It brings together diverse stories and experiences to demonstrate the impact of body shame on all of our lives.

In terms of accessibility, Braving Body Shame is FREE and fully online. There are also options to receive interview transcripts.

The conference launches in February – you can learn more and register on the Braving Body Shame website: https://bravingbodyshame.com/

I hope you’ll “tune in” to hear my story!

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Set Your Intentions for 2020

How will you show up in the new year?

We’re all familiar with making resolutions for the New Year, but too often our resolutions end in failure. This year, join me and set an intention that you can celebrate and return to throughout the year. No more failures only new opportunities!

I’m excited to host a special workshop on setting intentions at Downtown Yoga on Saturday, January 4 at 10:30 am.

This workshop will explain the practice of setting intentions (in yoga asana classes as well as daily life) and discuss how yoga philosophy (primarily, the yamas and niyamas) can inform our intentions. The workshop will include some brief meditation/reflection exercises and journaling. Workshop participants will receive a handout with relevant information. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of the Yoga Sutras (optional).

Learn more or register at www.hammondyoga.com .

Can’t make it to the workshop?

No worries! I recorded a similar practice for Fat Kid Yoga Club members that will be released on January 1.

Visit https://www.patreon.com/fatkidyogaclub to sign up!

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How to Teach Yoga for Bigger Bodies

Yoga is for EVERY-body. But not all yoga teachers are trained to offer accessible classes for folks in bigger bodies. This creates a barrier that prevents many plus-size would be yogis from accessing the benefits of the practice.

If you’re a thin/average/not-fat yoga teacher who wants to create accessible classes, I want to help! I teamed up with my good friend Laura Burns founder of Radical Body Love Yoga to talk about how yoga instructors can make their classes fat-friendly. In the video below, you’ll find our tips for offering inclusive yoga classes for everybody.

Want to Learn More?

Check out the resources below!

Connect with Marc
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/c/MarctheFatYogi
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/embracewhatis/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcsettembr…
Join Fat Kid Yoga Club: https://www.patreon.com/marcsettembrino

Connect with Laura
Website: https://www.radicalbodylove.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/radicalbody…
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/wedged10…

How-to Videos
Child’s Pose – https://youtu.be/1oofrM1IYcg
Sit Cross Legged – https://youtu.be/7m3gi1ZoYRc
Step to the Top – https://youtu.be/2WnN0R4PV6A

Books We Like!
https://www.curvyyoga.com/book/
https://diannebondyyoga.com/yoga-for-…

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How to Child’s Pose

Child’s pose is one of the most common yoga poses, but that doesn’t mean that it’s easy! I’ve met many people who either HATE child’s pose or struggle to make it restful. 

This week’s Fat Kid Yoga Club practice is a mini-workshop on child’s pose. We’ll start off with a self-assessment, taking time to notice our embodied experience of the posture.

Are you limited by pain or an injury? It’s important to discuss these issues with a medical professional as well as your yoga teacher. 

Are you just uncomfortable in child’s pose? There may be ways to shift or support your body with props to find ease.

Maybe you’re “not flexible enough” – that’s okay. With practice, you may become more flexible. But, bone structure and body shape/size also play a part in how our bodies move, bend, and flex.

In this Fat Kid Yoga Club practice video, I provide adaptions for each of these challenges using different yoga props, so before you get started you may want to have some blocks, a blanket or towel, a bolster or cushion, and a chair nearby.

If you found this video helpful, please consider supporting me and joining the Fat Kid Yoga Club on my Patreon Page: https://www.patreon.com/marcsettembrino

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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!