A Mighty Om

serious about yoga but not serious


Keri Setaro's Yoga Page. Keri Setaro is a New York based Yoga teacher and an all around bad ass ;)

Keri is a New York based yoga instructor who firmly believes that you can be serious about yoga without being too serious yourself. She makes yoga accessible to people of all levels and all ages and usually will crack a few jokes along the way as well. 

Keri was born and raised a beach gal in southern New Jersey and always feels the sand between her toes. This beach lifestyle is something she misses living here in the big bad city and tries to find these vacation moments in her yoga practice and her teaching. Dealing with the stresses of daily life has made yoga her vacation and medicine for dealing in the world we all live in today.

After a childhood spent nursing many injuries both as a dancer and figure skater she turned her focus to theater and holds a BFA in Acting from both Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and the London Academy of Theater. She found yoga to be a great alternative to dance for expression and far less taxing on the body. Keri is also a certified Holistic Health Coach having studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  She studied with the Yoga People 200- hour teacher under Asthangi Matthew Seidman and Vinyasa Flow teacher DonnaLynn Civello. Since her teacher training she has studied with such amazing teachers as Kathryn Budig, Elena Brower,  and Julie Dorhman just to name a few. Using both her holistic health and yoga knowledge Keri’s goal is to bring a greater sense of well-being and strength to people while helping them deal with the ever increasing difficulty of living in today’s world and maybe just maybe to bring a smile to the face of those she teaches by having a yoga style that is accessible and fun.

Photo by Erin Nicole Brown Photography

Photo by Erin Nicole Brown Photography


My time practicing with Keri has truly been life changing. I luckily stumbled into her class last September and instantly knew that she was my kind of teacher. Keri always says, “I’m serious about yoga, but not serious.” Her approach to the practice is heartfelt, yet refreshing. I can honestly say that she completely changed my perception of yoga teachers and lit a fire inside of me to deepen my own practice, while having fun of course! Shortly after meeting Keri, I started taking private lessons with her and still do to this day. Through her encouragement and guidance I have blossomed into a confident and eager yoga student and am currently working towards my 200 hour teacher training. Keri is my friend, my mentor and best of all, the lady that made me fall in love with yoga. I will be forever grateful.
— Rachel V
I can’t overstate how much I love Keri. I don’t think I could even go to yoga if she wasn’t teaching, I’ve become so obsessed with her classes.

She’s funny and inspirational and gives lots of individual attention to everyone and plays amazing music. (I’m always downloading albums on her recommendation.) The talks she gives at the beginning of class always sync perfectly with something I’m dealing with in my life and I walk out feeling like I have so much more perspective about that issue. And physically, she’s the perfect balance: she helps me achieve more when I’m feeling lazy, but she never pushes me too hard when a pose is above my level. When I got pregnant, she gave me individual suggestions, helping me adjust my poses accordingly. My husband has often observed that I’m in a great mood whenever I get back from yoga, and it’s true. I highly recommend her class.
— Melissa M
Photo by Jill Futter

Photo by Jill Futter

It is almost impossible to know where to begin when it comes to singing Keri’s praises as a teacher (and human being). No matter what level of yoga you are at, she makes you feel as though you absolutely belong on a mat—regardless if you are a master yogi or if you can’t touch your toes. She’s encouraging and inspiring. You’ll find yourself pushing on and advancing through her careful teachings and—perhaps most importantly—she makes practice fun. There’s no judgement or preaching, just warm instruction and the best f’n musical playlist you could ever hope to hear.

Be ready to leave class feeling great and wanting more.
— Sara V
Keri is a wonderful and accessible yoga teacher. For the past 6 years or so, I’ve been trying to get my body (and mind) into better alignment, unlearning old habits and holding patterns so I can better move as one without pain, rather than continuing to work around my limitations... it was all getting a little stale, and late last year I came across Keri, subbing for another teacher.

She was a breath of fresh air.

Keri makes it easy and fun to keep this stuff up- I’m going to her classes a couple of times a week now. Plus which, her music is (at times) totally in synch with my sensibilities, which is an added bonus of no small importance (and a good hook to describe what she does so well). Just as some of the songs she plays during class are new covers of familiar works, engaging and a little surprising-(they let you hear what you’ve already heard, but in a different voice, and all of a sudden you’re hearing it more fully, getting to understand it a little better), Keri does the hard work and goes out there into the more arcane reaches of the yoga world, bringing back the good stuff for rest of us, in usable doses, and with humor. I’m sure there are plenty of other yoga teachers that do the same sort of thing in a similar way, but this is her testimonial, and she’s the only one like her I know, so there you go.
— Peter R

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