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  • How Trauma Informed Language Cued Vulnerability Within Me

    words by Zahrie Ernst It was simply movement of the body. There were no props today, nor any of those “fancy” poses you might see on social media by Insta-gurus. I sat on my mat moving my arms in circles as Sangeeta Vallabhan cued us by inviting any variations of arm circles; bigger, smaller, slower,…

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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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  • Setu Yoga teachers explore what does voice mean when it comes to yoga

    by Marissa Hatten When you hear the word voice what does it conjure? At our event Identity, Your Voice, Your Presence on November 3rd Setu invited a variety of yoga practitioners to share space and explore what exactly is voice in the context of identity.  Through a practice that emphasized the opening of Vishuddha, also…

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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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  • Identity: An Exploration Through Mindfulness, Meditation + Breathwork

    Join us August 22 from 6:00 – 8:00pm for our event with Liana Naima and Minka Brooklyn. Each month we bring together compassionate wellness practitioners for an evening of mindfulness and conversation. In August, we are starting a new series titled Identity, to explore how we understand and express ourselves through the physical body. The…

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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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  • Rachelle Knowles: on the power of self inquiry

    Photo by Wes Knight Rachelle Knowles is a yoga teacher, founder of the community non-profit Cultivate Union, a lululemon ambassador and overall lovely human being. Through her practice and work with Cultivate Union Rachelle is committed to promoting sustainability, equity and access in the yoga community. She completed her 200 hour training with Kashi Atlanta and…

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  • Nourish : Be Nourished

    Photography by Scott Griffin Setu exists to bring people together with compassion and respect. Many aspects of modern life demand success and survival in highly competitive ways. Even as yoga teachers it can feel challenging to connect with a studio, be acknowledged for your teaching or find your true yoga buddies. Where does that leave…

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  • Yuuki Hirano: on creating community

    Yuuki Hirano is a yoga teacher, owner of Dou Studio, co-founder of Suryaside Yoga and Hosh Yoga and an acupuncturist in New York. He completed his training with ISHTA Yoga and has been teaching since 2008. After meeting Yuuki you quickly notice his bright personality and appreciation for others. He stumbled into yoga like many of…

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  • Erica Garcia: On finding your soul

    Erica Garcia is a yoga student of 30 years, a yoga teacher and the owner of Nueva Alma™ studio and founder of the A(sana) L(ifestyle) M(editation) A(cceptance) Institute – center for yoga and holistic education.  She is a certified health coach, reiki certified and doTERRA wellness advocate and essential oils educator. She is passionate about…

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  • Love : Be Loved

    This is what it looks like when 35 yoga teachers, who care about diversity and positive relationships, get together on a Saturday night. Lots of smiles, warmth and vibrant energy.  The theme for our first Setu community event was ‘Love : Be Loved.’ We carried the theme throughout the whole evening – from our yoga…

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  • Hillary Lopes: Being unapologetically yourself

    Photography by Scott Griffin. Hillary Lopes is an activist, community leader, and yoga teacher. She is full of life and shares it with others. She speaks clearly and boldly in support of what she believes and the truth she knows. Hillary is an advisor for Setu and plays a large role in guiding the way…

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  • How simple words can make yoga more accessible

    In our recent interview with Selenge Baatartsogt, she said, “Belongingness and inclusiveness are so important for all of us.” We imagine that has something to do with why all of us keep coming back to yoga. At Setu, we want to foster this positive feeling and experience. We keep belongingness and inclusiveness in mind with…

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  • Selenge Baatartsogt: on nature as our teacher

    Selenge Baatartsogt is a yoga teacher and independent tour guide based in Australia, originally from a small town of 2000 people in Mongolia. She’s loved nature and horses her whole life and has fond memories of riding horses as a girl, in a culture where it was meant for boys. For college she moved to…

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  • Cyndie Spiegel: Being the most intentional and honest version of yourself

      Cyndie Spiegel is women’s business coach, speaker and community leader. She has 500+ hours of yoga teacher training and integrates the philosophical parts of her yoga practice into her day-to-day life. She recently spoke at TEDx and launched The Community (of Us). The greatest focus for her energy goes towards empowering women to live…

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  • Anna Guest-Jelley: On being whole

    Anna Guest-Jelley is the founder of Curvy Yoga, a training and inspiration portal offering classes, workshops, teacher trainings, retreats, a virtual yoga studio and lots of love and support for  people of every shape and size. Anna is a writer, teacher and lifelong champion for women’s empowerment and body acceptance. Through Curvy Yoga, she reaches…

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  • Sangeeta Vallabhan: cultivating a thoughtful practice

    We had the pleasure of talking with New York-based yoga teacher Sangeeta Vallabhan. Sangeeta comes from a background in dance and has 1200 hours of yoga teacher training, including trauma-informed and prenatal yoga methods. She teaches with an emphasis on discernment – challenging herself and her students to question their choices and decisions in their…

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  • Jyll Hubbard-Salk: Name it and claim it

    Jyll Hubbard-Salk is real. She gets to the heart of the matter. She makes space for her students to let their guards down and process what is going on inside. Jyll is a yoga teacher, doula, studio owner, mother and community leader. She owns Urban Asanas in Crown Heights, Brooklyn and teaches there regularly. Urban…

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  • Carolynne Cantila: Your wellness can be a gift to others

    Carolynne Cantila is a yoga teacher in Los Angeles. She completed her training last year and jumped right into pursuing a life of wellness and helping others do the same. We met her through Instagram and were drawn to her bright spirit, positivity and holistic lifestyle. It was a pleasure to talk with her about…

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  • Dianne Bondy: Why taking care of yourself will help you nurture others

    To say that Bondy does a lot is an understatement. Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, activist, leader, speaker and mother. She started the Yoga for All movement and is a co-founder of  the Yoga Body Image Coalition. She speaks at several conferences a year, addressing topics like self-empowerment, yoga as therapy, body image,…

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  • Megan Goldberg: Being your authentic self

    I met Megan Goldberg through Three Sisters Yoga in Manhattan, NY. Megan immediately struck my attention with her genuine nature and confidence. She was one of the first people to offer support for Setu before knowing much about it. I knew she had a powerful yoga story and enjoyed talking with her for this piece.…

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  • Latham Thomas: Using a mantra practice to support your community

    We met Latham Thomas at W.E.L.L. Summit last weekend where she led the opening meditation, spoke on a panel along with Koya Webb and Josh Rosenbrook and held a breakout session on self-care titled, Observe Your Sabbath. Through these conversations, she focused on the importance of our voice and the impact it has on us…

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  • Why Setu

    When you look at yoga fashion brands, publications, festivals and marketing they often highlight one specific body type — the thin, white female body. If you only looked at mainstream narratives of yoga, you would think that this is the person who makes up the yoga world. This can often make the practice seem unwelcoming to anyone…

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  • Welcome to Setu

    The yoga community is expanding, with numerous yoga retreats around the world and more people completing 200-hour trainings. This makes the need for an open, welcoming directory more important now than ever. How do we reflect the growth and value the work of all yoga practitioners? How do we connect with each other in a…

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