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We are embracing our mission more fully

Setu Studio and the Community Board were two years in the making. From the beginning, Setu’s goal has been to give credit to diverse yoga teachers, who are doing important work in the community. As well as contribute to abundance in the yoga community by bringing in new financial resources. Setu Studio and the Community Board will further these efforts.

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Announcing CU x Setu Financial Assistance Round 2

Are you a New York yoga teacher planning to take an advanced or specialized training in 2019? Apply for the second round of CU x Setu Financial Assistance from May 28 – June 14, 2019. Application is here. Setu has teamed up with Cultivate Union to create CU x Setu Financial Assistance. Cultivate Union is…

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Announcing the recipients of CU x Setu Financial Assistance round one

Remember in January when we announced our partnership with Cultivate Union for CU x Setu Financial Assistance? Well, we received many qualified applications, reviewed them, passed them onto our board for review and selected two recipients. We’re honored to share the recipients and our board members with you today. If you are just now hearing…

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Weekend Roundup

Events on March 23 & 24, 2019 There are several nourishing ways to spend your weekend in community. Here are a few we recommend. Rise Goddess Rise Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue, #16th floor, New York, NY 10018 AWAKEN, DISCOVER, IMPLEMENT THE GODDESS WITHIN! Join…

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Merge New York: Shifting Yoga Back

Images by Katie Piper Words by Monica Pirani Walking to class, a friend posts his thoughts on social media: “Does anyone else get that sinking nervous feeling when they are going to a new yoga studio?” Anyone who’s ever practiced yoga or taken fitness classes knows that feeling of dread trying to find a new…

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We launched an Indiegogo campaign

Visit our Indiegogo page. We’ve been dreaming of ways to make it more financially sustainable for people to be yoga teachers and for students to have a practice that truly supports them. We understand yoga teachers can’t rely on studio classes alone to bolster financial stability. And we know how hard it can be to…

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Announcing CU x Setu Financial Assistance

Setu has teamed up with Cultivate Union to create CU x Setu Financial Assistance. Cultivate Union is a non-profit that supports sustainability and equity across the yoga community, led by Rachelle Knowles. CU x Setu Financial Assistance is a program that supports New York yoga teachers pursuing advanced and specialized trainings. Thanks to our partner,…

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Sara Clark: on Moving Conversation to Action

Words by Marissa Hatten Sara Clark came to yoga when searching for ways to heal. Her journey started when she was only seventeen. “My sister introduced me to yoga and I fell in love. As an athlete, it was a completely different experience of moving my body. From there, I practiced in my college dorm…

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Monica Pirani: I’m Queer and that’s awesome

Monica Pirani is a Queer identifying yoga teacher, who is making space for her students and fellow teachers to feel seen and heard. She is based in New York City but traveling abroad for the Summer and Fall of 2018. In New York she teaches at Sky Ting, Jewel City and HealHaus. I met Monica…

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A body love celebration!

I was overwhelmingly inspired by your answers to our prompt “share one thing you love about your body.” You were so brave and open in your responses. Together your comments are like a celebration of our bodies. I put them all in this blog post. Whenever you’re having a hard day, you can come here…

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Breathing: a conscious act

phots by Savannah Lauren The breath seems so simple. We breathe easily in sleep. We struggle to breathe when our bodies are stressed. But how often do we think about our breath? When I first started practicing yoga I was self-conscious about the sound of my breath. It felt weird for other people to hear…

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Liana Naima: on finding a balance between caring and self-care

words by Marissa Hatten Liana Naima can be described as many things – wise, caring, genuine – but what she has become over time is an incredible facilitator of healing for so many people. Liana is a certified Reiki Practitioner who uses breathwork and other healing methods to encourage those she works with to connect…

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Release

Earlier this month we hosted our sixth event of 2018. The theme was Release and Pilin Anice led us through an Afro Flow practice. It was an energizing evening. We moved to the beat of a live drummer and danced off our mats. After cooling down from practice we shifted into conversation and refreshments.  …

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Dana Falsetti: on giving power back to your community

Photo by Michele Suits Dana Falsetti is a thought leader, yoga teacher and activist based in Pennsylvania. Through her practice, she focuses on personal empowerment and finding one’s autonomy. She inspires hundreds of thousands of people online daily through her classes, podcast and Instagram posts. Dana didn’t initially intend on being a yoga teacher, she was…

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Trina Morris: on being rooted

Trina Morris is a beautiful human who puts her care into action. She is the founder of BREAHEBro, a campaign designed to strengthen the tenacious ways brothers survive and thrive amidst their challenging reality. She provides branding and life coaching through her company Style Root. To round it all out, she is a yoga teacher…

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Listen, Be Heard

It’s validating to hear others share stories similar to yours – stories you previously thought you only had. It’s empowering to share your story to a room of people who are listening and want the best for you. The theme of our event last weekend was Listen : Be Heard. We explored it through practice,…

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Kerri Kelly: On being a catalyst

  Kerri Kelly is a force of nature. She is a skilled yoga teacher, motivating students to effect change in their lives. She’s a fierce coach, whose ability to turn ideas into purpose and action is a gift. And she plays big; straddling the mindfulness and political worlds, so that the social change makers—the visionaries—she…

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We launched a Patreon!

When I launchd Setu in November 2017, there were 40 teachers in the directory. Today there are 150! Setu’s growth motivates me to keep exploring what we can do to increase inclusivity in the yoga community. In March, Setu entered new territory with yoga livestreams. The first streams were filmed in Brooklyn at Greene Moments…

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See : Be Seen

Photography by Scott Griffin Current events and social media remind us that Setu’s mission to represent and advocate inclusivity remains highly necessary. Setu is committed to supporting teachers of all ages, races, ethnicities, body types, geographical regions and life stories. Our events are one of the ways we do this. On Saturday for See :…

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