Exhale to Inhale was founded in 2013 by Zoë LePage. Zoë first conceived of ETI when she was a senior at Barnard College and had been practicing yoga for several years. Someone Zoë loved deeply was a long-ago survivor of domestic violence and while at college, several of Zoë’s close friends had been sexually assaulted. Living as a witness to the trauma and pain her loved ones struggled with long after the physical effects of the violence had faded, Zoë felt compelled to do something. Yoga had served as a therapeutic tool for Zoë, so she suspected it would be helpful for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Zoë knew intuitively what research has now proven – that yoga can reduce many of the symptoms of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She founded Exhale to Inhale in honor of her loved ones and named the organization based on the idea that sometimes we have to let go of that which is no longer serving us, in order to inhale new possibilities.
Zoë’s vision: bring the healing power of yoga to survivors of intimate partner violence, especially those who would most benefit from the practice, yet might not otherwise have access to it. Armed with a mission statement, Zoë partnered with yoga studios, and community organizations. Within four months, she had a roster of teachers willing to donate their time and had launched weekly yoga classes in three locations. Exhale to Inhale has continued to expand to more locations, develop new relationships and forge partnerships throughout the country. To date we have served over 1000 survivors!
Exhale to Inhale empowers those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault to transform their lives. ETI uses the healing practice of trauma informed yoga to empower survivors, while helping communities to develop skills and knowledge to support them.
We believe that survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault can feel strong and safe in their bodies, and when they do, they can step out of the cycle of violence in their families and communities.
Exhale to Inhale brings yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in New York, Connecticut, and Los Angeles through free weekly classes at shelters and community-based organizations. By providing access to trauma informed yoga, Exhale to Inhale offers a valuable resource to an underserved community.
We all have the inherent power to heal ourselves.
We all have the right to feel strong and safe in our bodies.
We believe that given the space, we can honor our past experiences.
We believe in yoga’s ability to help us reconnect to ourselves and our worthiness.
We believe that the individuals who work with survivors should be recognized and offered this healing practice.
If you believe in our mission and would like to help, please click here to make a tax deductible donation. If you would like to participate in Movement for Meaning, click here. If you would like to establish a program at your shelter or community center and you are in NY, CT, or L.A., click here to send us a message.
Exhale to Inhale is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. New York, NY. (800) 585-6081.
Our work is made possible by generous donations from people like you!