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Rest

Today’s theme is simple: rest. Take 5, 10, 15 minutes, maybe even an hour, and allow your mind and body to rest. 

There’s no practice video, but honestly, you don’t need me to tell you how to rest. You already know how to do that! If you need some inspiration, you can revisit some of the practices from earlier this week. On Sunday, we practiced heart-opening restorative poses, and on Tuesday, I offered some restorative inversions. You can also try one of these practices.

Journaling can also be restful. And today, I’ll offer you two prompts. The first is “my top 3 self-care practices are…” take time to list and describe each one. Our second prompt is a little more creative. Take a mental vacation and plan a restful long-weekend getaway. Where would you go? What would you do? What sort of treats would you allow yourself?

Leave a comment and let me know how your practiced resting today or share your response to the journal prompt(s) with us!

And if you need a little deeper rest this evening, you can join me for a live restorative practice via Zoom at 6:30 PM CDT. Sign up at yoga practice at  https://marcsettembrino.com/classes/pop-up-restorative-practice/

Remember you can always practice with me for FREE (no questions asked) using the code IAMWELCOME.

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August 2020 Newsletter

It’s been a long, hot summer and I know we can all use some good news.

I’m so happy to share that we raised $225 for the House of Tulip in July! The House of Tulip is a Black Trans led organization working to create housing solutions for trans/gender non-conforming people in Louisiana. I will continue to donate 50% of live class proceeds to House of Tulip through the end of 2020. If you’d like to support them directly visit https://houseoftulip.org/make-a-donation or send some funds on Cashapp: $HouseOfTulip or Venmo: @HouseofTulip. 

As the pandemic rages on in Louisiana, I’m incredibly grateful to you and everyone who shares virtual space with me on Zoom, Patreon, and Instagram. Your support continues to carry me through. 

Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to return the favor!

-Marc

PS There’s more good news below…

May all beings be happy and free,
And may my thoughts, words, and actions contribute to the
Freedom and happiness of all beings, everywhere. 

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How to Adapt Yoga Postures for Your Body

My Patreon supporters have been raving about my new How to Cat/Cow video!

When I started my practice I really struggled to adapt yoga postures (asanas) for my body. At times, it was really frustrating and my teachers didn’t always offer me assistance. I know how hard it is to start something new, so I like to share the tricks I’ve learned along the way.

I hope the videos below offer you support in your practice. If they do help, maybe you’ll consider joining Fat Kid Yoga Club?

How to Sit Cross Legged (free to the public)

How to Downward Facing Dog

How to Child’s Pose

How to Step to the Top of Your Mat (free to the public)

How to Use Yoga Blocks (free to the public)

How to Pick the Best Yoga Mat for Your Body and Practice (free to the public)

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Trans & Queer Inclusivity Workshop: August 7, 2020

Sometimes even the most well intentioned yoga spaces can leave trans/gender non-conforming people feeling unwelcome.

I’m honored to participate in the first Trans Inclusivity Workshop offered by a group of trans/queer yoga and wellness industry leaders.

This training is geared towards creating welcoming and inclusive spaces for all genders. We will cover a wide variety of topics, including gender inclusive language, understanding the intersections of identities, and providing practical action items that you can take to support trans and queer people in your community.

The workshop takes live via ZOOM place on Friday, August 7, 2020, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm (Pacific Daylight Time). Registered participants will receive a recording of the workshop. Investment is sliding scale ranging from $10 to $50.

Register now at https://bit.ly/2PdjbGR

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Equity Pricing for Livestream Practices

I believe that everyone deserves to access the benefits of yoga, regardless of their ability to pay for it. To eliminate financial barriers to community participation in yoga, equity pricing models ask those who can afford to pay more to offset costs for those experiencing economic hardship. Beginning June 1, 2020, I will reorient live stream class prices towards equity. 

Equity Price = $10 – Equity membership is intended for BIPOC, trans/queer people, people living with disabilities, and those experiencing economic hardship. 

Standard Price = $15 – Standard price is intended for folks who can afford to pay the full price.

Supporter Price = $20 – Supporter price is for folks who have the ability to “pay it forward” and create opportunities for those who are experiencing hardships. 

Ultimately, this is an honor system approach. I ask that you pay what you can, when you can, no questions asked.

Fat Kid Yoga Club members receive a discount code for $5 off each class, which can be applied to any price level.

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Fat Kid Yoga Club is Turning One

Time flies when you’re having fun!

Last year, I launched Fat Kid Yoga Club via Patreon to supplement my face-to-face teaching in New Orleans and offer some continuity while I was out of town. I’m truly humbled by how quickly it took off and how many people have joined!

One year later, I’ve got a better idea about what I want to offer to the world, and for better or for worse, Miss Rona seems to be giving me the time and space to do it. In that sense, I’m excited to share with you some changes that are coming to Fat Kid Yoga Club.

Equity Pricing – I believe that everyone deserves to access the benefits of yoga, regardless of their ability to pay for. This is why originally set basic membership at $1 and have encouraged folks to pay what you can. However, I offered additional perks to folks who could pay more. That approach only reifies class stratification contributes to the marginalization of BIPOC, trans/queer folks, and people living with disabilities (to name a few) who could not access these perks due to historical and contemporary economic violence. Therefore, beginning May 30, 2020 I will reorient the current membership tiers towards equity. 

The new membership tiers are:

Equity Membership = $1 – Equity membership is intended for marginalized people and those experiencing economic hardship. 

Standard Membership = $10 – Standard membership is intended for folks who can afford to pay the suggested monthly contribution. (This is currently the “Sustainer” level and helps to cover the costs of running a virtual yoga community)

Equity Supporter Membership = $19+ – Supporter membership is for folks who have the ability to “pay it forward” and offset equity memberships. 

The following benefits are available to ALL tiers:

  • Access to the Facebook Group
  • On-Demand Streaming of pre-recorded practice videos (one new practice added each month)
  • Invitation to Weekly Community chats (more on this later)
  • Discounts on FKYC Merchandise
  • Discounts on LIVE classes and workshops offered via Zoom

Ultimately, I continue to ask that you “pay what you can” to help keep this community thriving.

Equity pricing will also be implement for all LIVE classes.

Fostering Community – Isolation has reminded of the importance of community. I’m disappointed in myself for not doing more of the last twelve months to hold space for the Fat Kid Yoga Club community. Personally, I’m not a fan of Facebook and I haven’t done much to cultivate the Facebook group. I also know that many folks are limiting social media consumption these days. Therefore, I will begin hosting weekly community chats via Zoom. The day and time are TBD – please keep an eye out for an upcoming poll to help select the best time for most of us. Community chats will be informal and will mostly be a chance for me to see and connect with YOU the amazing humans who make Fat Kid Yoga Club possible.

Member Spotlights  – We have some really badass members of our crew: stay-at-home parents, programmers and artists, plus-size beauty gurus, body love coaches, podcasters, and accessible yoga teachers from around the world. I want to start highlighting the incredible work that you do. So keep an eye out for your opportunity to share your work with the rest of the club.

More Opportunities to Practice with me Live – I’ve decided that I won’t be offering in-person instruction for the foreseeable future. This presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is that I will lose the income from two studios I used to teach at. I’ve got a full-time job that meets my survival needs, but the money I make from teaching yoga allows me to take additional trainings (which aren’t cheap) which empower me to be a better instructor and continue to enhance my presence in the yoga world. The opportunity is that since I’m not teaching in studios, I’ll have more time to offer live online instruction

As of now, I plan to continue to offer Fat Kid Yoga Club practices on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am US Central Time, and Big Fat Queer Dude* Yoga practices on Sundays at 10:00 am US Central Time. 

I’ll be adding additional practice times/days based on interests – if there’s something you want, don’t be shy! As always, thank you for your continued support. I am so glad that you are here and that you continue to trust me to be part of your yoga practice.

<3 Marc

PS – If you haven’t already joined Fat Kid Yoga Club, you can do so here.

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Yoga for Big Fat Queer Dudes?

*Y’all – I had to get real with myself on the name*
Over the last few years, I’ve heard for many fat (mostly gay/queer) men who are interested in starting a yoga practice but don’t know where to start. I’ve also heard from a lot of dudes who are glad to see another fat (outwardly appearing) gay guy, living their best life: fat and happy.

So long story short, I’m offering Big Fat Queer Dude* Yoga classes as a way to bring us together to enjoy the benefits of yoga.

I can’t stress enough that I’m using “dude” in the most inclusive way possible. If you identify or experience the world in any way as a fat man, guy, dude, demi-boy, etc. you are invited to participate!

Classes being Sunday, May 24 at 10:00am US Central Time. More dates/times will be added based on interest visit marcsettembrino.com/shop to purchase your class pass now.

Wondering What to Expect?

It’s only natural! Big Fat Queer Dude* Yoga is intended to be accessible to everyone regardless of your level of experience with yoga. Generally, we’ll begin each session with a brief “hello” and check-in with each other (community is important!). Then we’ll begin the practice. Typically, my classes begin with a few moments of meditation or body scanning (laying down or seated). Most practices will be a flow style which includes movement with the breath and includes instruction on how to use props and adapt postures for YOUR body. We will end our practice with a traditional savasana (at least 5 minutes of rest) and then you’ll have some time to ask questions or chat with one another.

Classes are offered via Zoom but will not be recorded.

If you have any questions feel free to send me an e-mail using the form below.

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Grounding Meditation (with Cosmo)

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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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Summer of Self-Care Retreat with Laura Burns

Enjoy an inclusive and accessible weekend of yoga and relaxation in the Texas Hill Country.

I am thrilled to partner with my friend Laura Burns to co-host our Summer of Self-Care retreat June 19 – 21, 2020 in Wimberly, Texas.

Laura and I created the video below to give an overview of what to expect, but here are the highlights:

  • A weekend of ACCESSIBLE yoga practices
  • A weight-neutral, body-positive, no diet-talk space
  • Gender-inclusive atmosphere (ALL are welcome here)
  • Delicious gourmet meals
  • Refreshing crystal clear creeks
  • Body love exercises
  • Crafting and making art
  • Building a self-care toolbox
  • Summer Solstice Celebration

To learn more or register, visit: https://www.radicalbodylove.com/events