Exhale to Inhale was founded in 2013 by Zoë LePage, while she was a senior at Barnard College. Someone Zoë loved deeply was a long-ago survivor of domestic violence and while in college, several of Zoë’s close friends were sexually assaulted. Witnessing 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. Since yoga had served as a therapeutic tool for her, she suspected it would be helpful for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Zoë knew intuitively what research has since proven - that yoga can reduce many of the symptoms of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She founded Exhale to Inhale in honor of her loved ones and named it 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 months, she had a roster of teachers willing to donate their time and had launched free yoga classes in three locations. Exhale to Inhale continues to expand, forging partnerships throughout the country.
To date we have served nearly 2000 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 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 or L.A., click here to send us a message.