An open yoga community supporting positive relationships across identities.

Building community through yoga

Setu supports positive relationships across different identities through building community around the practice of yoga.

  • We create opportunities for connection amongst yoga practitioners through events, our Slack group and Community Board.
  • We spotlight yoga teachers with our free online directory.
  • We believe yoga is for all bodies and share classes from diverse teachers in Setu Studio.
  • We donate 1% of our profits to the Black Yoga Teachers Alliance 


  • Libby Nicholaou Founder

    Libby was a yoga student for 8 years before becoming a teacher and starting Setu. She holds a MA in art history with a focus on race, gender and class through the lens of Kara Walker's A Subtlety. She believes yoga holds a healing power on an individual and social level and wants to share that with others. She started Setu out of a desire to raise awareness and advocate for the incredible yoga teachers who are often left out of mainstream studios and media.

  • Hillary Lopes Partner - Community Building

    Hillary keeps coming back to her mat to stay rooted and to practice centering in radical presence. To create a closer path to liberation and to create a path of love within her body. That is why she unrolls a mat no matter where she goes. Her vision for the world is one in which space for her community of sisters and brothers of color to thrive and be well is honored.

  • Mary Lou Burkhardt Partner - Marketing & Communications

    Mary Lou is a passionate yoga teacher and advocate for inclusivity in the yoga space. Utilizing her communications skills she aims to connect Setu with the right partnerships and expand the community through events and social media efforts. In her past life she was a top sales executive, event producer and public relations professional. Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Mary Lou has called New York City home for the past 15 years.

  • Christine Herrin Graphic Designer

    Christine is a designer and hand letterer from Manila, Philippines, currently based in San Francisco. She's happiest when she's making things for Everyday Explorers Co., her line of goods for paper-obsessed frequent flyers to creatively document their lives (and adventures!)

  • Loveis Wise Artist

    Loveis Wise is a Freelance Illustrator (& Capricorn lady) from Washington, DC now living in Philadelphia. She has illustrated for a few awesome clients such as Cartoon Network, Refinery29, BuzzFeed, Philadelphia Printworks, & Setu.

  • Deepa Subramaniam Advisor

    Deepa Subramaniam has spent 15 years leading teams to build products with broad reach and impact. She has been a leader at numerous organizations including Kickstarter, Hillary for America, charity: water and Adobe. She champions data-driven design, achieving high-velocity in fast-paced environments, and building collaboration and joy into company culture.