Exhale to Inhale was founded in 2013 by Zoë LePage, then a senior at Barnard College. Zoë named her initiative Exhale to Inhale, the idea being that sometimes we need to let go of that which is holding us back in order to open ourselves up to new possibilities. We need to exhale to inhale. 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. Since then, 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 900 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 help to end 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.
Exhale to Inhale is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.