Exhale to Inhale teachers are grounded in both the philosophy and physicality of the yoga practice. We recruit certified yoga instructors and educate them about the nuances of teaching trauma-informed yoga. Our teachers go where others don’t—to the shelters and community-based organizations that work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our teachers share the gift of yoga in the spirit of Seva, selfless service, by volunteering their time.
Each week, our instructors draw upon the training and resources we provide to plan a sequence of gentle movement, and breathing exercises that meet the needs of women whose lives have been shaped by trauma. Operating in this environment presents its own challenges. However, in the midst of chaos, we attempt to create a safe space in which women can breathe and connect.
Ariel Islam found yoga in 2010 and has been an avid practitioner ever since. In 2012, she completed her (200-RYT) yoga certification and has been focused on providing compassionate yoga care to her students. Ariel specializes in a Vinyasa flow style class and teaches at yoga studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as private classes in student homes. Ariel hopes that through her work at Exhale to Inhale she can share with her students the power of their yoga and unlock the sense of serenity that yoga has provided to her. She spends her free time exploring the city, reading avidly, and practicing yoga.
Ashley Antler committed to a regular yoga practice as a way to heal from a running injury. After consistent practice, she discovered the wide-ranging emotional and physical benefits of yoga. Driven by a curiosity to deepen her own practice, as well as a desire to guide others in discovering the mind-body benefits of yoga, she became a certified teacher. By day, Ashley is an attorney, with expertise advising clients in the healthcare industry, both at large law firms, and “in-house” at a healthcare start-up. An enthusiastic runner and athlete, Ashley has, through Achilles International, participated as a running guide for blind and disabled runners in the New York City Marathon and other road races, which brings her great joy. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ashley believes deeply in the power of movement to heal and empower, and is grateful for the opportunity to support others on their journeys.
Caroline Smith began her practice in 2003. After living abroad in Italy from 2006-2010 she returned to New York and needed an outlet to provide a sense of grounding and stability. It was that need that quickly brought her back to yoga and she has been practicing ever since. Caroline is now a 500-Hour RYT yoga instructor and yoga integrative therapist. She teaches well-rounded and dynamic classes that blend playful and energetic asana with breath awareness, and self study. Her classes focus on alignment and intelligent sequencing by striking a balance between the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions. Caroline also teaches restorative yoga classes that integrate mindful meditation, breath awareness, yoga movement, essential oils, and Reiki. Her teaching is inspired with love, compassion, patience, and humor. Caroline loves art, reading, cycling, cooking for friends and family, playing with her dog, and volunteering at local animal shelters and community centers.
Corinne Cappelletti completed Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Project, and holds an MFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah. Corinne teaches Hatha-based Vinyasa, specializing in Meditation, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga. Deeply affected by volunteering at the NYC LGBTQ Emergency Homeless Shelter, she organized a team of practitioners and rediscovered her dance and yoga as healing arts. Her certification in Laban/Barteneiff Movement Analysis (CLMA), and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist & Educator (RSMT-E) informs her individualized practice. Corinne co-facilitates the eco-dance social platform, "roodərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse," bringing audiences to the streets to reconnect, play, and experiment with weeds growing wild in Brooklyn. She is honored to share her curiosity and passion for the body-mind connection with ETI.
DK Dyson describes her "Great Mission" here on Earth as an effort to help realign this planet back to harmonic balance. She feels this can occur by aligning herself daily, and then inviting others to do so (through yoga and music) to a place of inner sunshine where she mindfully walks each day! She is fortunate to have studied spirituality under two Guru’s, Paramahamsa Muktananda and Gurumai Chidvalasananda for over thirty three years. DK has served her African American Community teaching yoga, helping to detox those addicted to drugs, and performing Rites Of Passage programs for men and women. She has brought yoga and music to troubled youth throughout New York, and dance to the hearing impaired. DK also conducts workshops for her Native American community teaching yoga and music on the Lakota Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
Esterina Anderson is an enthusiastic yogi eager to share the many benefits of yoga with her students. She is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran with an MBA, and has worked since 2002 in healthcare administration. Esterina has had a life-long interest in health & wellness. She began practicing yoga regularly in 2013 and soon discovered several additional mental and physical benefits; including the mind-body-spirit connection. Desiring to help others in a more connected way, Esterina made a conscious decision to simplify her life and participate in more activities that nurture the soul and human interaction. She loves spending time with her family, friends and pets. She also enjoys hiking, baking, gardening, traveling and blogging. She feels that yoga supplements her life, and would like to share the mutual benefits that practicing and learning from one another brings.
Hélène Kerhervé discovered the beautiful practice of Yoga in 2002 while living in Asia. She used Yoga to rehabilitate and neutralize serious back problems. Soon, she began to see its tremendous physical and spiritual benefits. After moving to New York, she turned to a calm and mindful practice as she realized that her intense Ashtanga practice was potentially leading to injuries. Helene believes that yoga develops strength, flexibility, focus, as well as physical and spiritual balance. Her style is inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga, and by her wonderful teachers. Helene is certified as an E-RYT 500 and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. She adapts her classes to student’s physical capabilities, focuses on breath, alignment and use of clear, sensitive guidance.
Jeesoo Park was certified with CorePower Yoga in Washington, D.C., and has been teaching since 2013. Her classes are empowering and challenging, designed to help yogis block out the stress of the city and feel strong every day. A former Division I track athlete and competitive equestrian, Jeesoo currently volunteers with Exhale to Inhale and teaches Hot Power Flow and Hot Vinyasa classes at New York Yoga on the Upper East Side. She works full-time with ABC News, and holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Jess Blake has been teaching yoga in New York City for over eight years. She is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher certified through YogaWorks. She has additional certifications in Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative Yoga. Jess’ classes consist of intelligent and creative sequencing and she carefully guides her students through each pose so that they can practice with confidence and clarity. Jess infuses mindfulness techniques, meditation, and breath-work into her classes, offering students the opportunity to develop a deeper awareness of their own mind-body-spirit connection. She brings a sense of presence and compassion into her teaching and aims to create a nourishing and empowering experience for her students. To learn more visit www.jessblakeyoga.com.
Jessica Apfel began her yoga journey in 2006, when she needed an elective course for her undergraduate studies. She found the practice to be incredibly grounding and healing, as well as a great tool to relieve her anxiety and depression. As she developed her steady home practice, Jessica felt inspired to take her practice further and completed her yoga school training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. Since yoga school, she has been drawn to learning and teaching trauma-sensitive, restorative, and yin yoga methodologies, specifically for helping women and girls. Jessica feels honored to be a part of the Exhale to Inhale community. When she's not practicing or teaching yoga, Jessica works as a creative designer/marketing coordinator. She also enjoys traveling, photography, and exploring New York City through food.
Jessica Lillian is a writer and editor with experience overseeing print and online content development at national magazines, launching and managing social media programs, and running independent blogs. Her yoga practice, philosophy, and service-focused teaching are continually inspired by literature and lyrics. Jessica graduated from 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014 and has completed training with Lisa Danylchuk on teaching trauma-informed yoga. She holds a degree in English from Wellesley College.
Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, E-RYT 500, is a teacher, teacher trainer, and poet living in New York City. Formerly a professional dancer, she integrates a love of fluid movement with a mindful, creative, and interoceptive practice that creates space for students to learn, explore, and transform. She teaches for Exhale to Inhale, Yogaworks, and Manhattan Country School, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.
Julia Suklevski remains humbled by her yoga practice. She believes that yoga can empower anyone to achieve transformation in all aspects of life. Having practiced yoga since high school to feel confident and discover inner-strength, she realized that one can find a sense of grounding and peace when faced with life’s hurdles by cultivating awareness of mind and body. Julia is a NY State Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. She is currently a Masters in Social Work candidate at Columbia University School of Social Work, concentrating in Advanced Clinical Practice, and a fellow in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Program. Julia aspires to merge the worlds of yoga and clinical practice to address the unique needs of survivors of trauma, and guide them on a journey of healing.
Julie Rowland commits daily to her practice and to helping others manifest the sense of wholeness and wellness inherent in us all. Julie holds a credential in Yoga Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. In addition to her work with Exhale to Inhale, Julie teaches yoga to recovering cancer patients at UCLA Olive View Hospital, and a free weekly outdoor class for her community. Julie conducts private instruction for clients experiencing challenges, tailoring a practice unique to each person. Julie fell backward into a serious yoga practice. She practiced secondarily for over seventeen years until her cardio junkie tendencies resulted in an injury and yoga so graciously caught her. She speaks Spanish fluently and serves on the board of the non-profit organization the Heartstringz Foundation, which provides musical companionship, ukuleles, and musical instruction to hospitalized children and senior citizens. www.heartstringzfoundation.org
Karine Himbeault landed in Brooklyn in April 2016 and has been enjoying its many treasures since then. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she has been teaching since 2013—currently guiding classes at Dou Yoga in Brooklyn. She’s also a freelance graphic designer working from home (www.vivacedesign.com). Her teaching style comes from the hatha yoga tradition (with strong influence from the Iyengar philosophy) and focuses on adapting the practice to the participants’ conditions. Karine believes that yoga can help us let go of what was, accept what is and trust in what will, while relying in our inner guide. You can find her at www.karunya.yoga and on Facebook.
Kathryn Cornelius believes in the ability to transform traumatic events into powerful personal narratives. A survivor of trauma and abuse, with a diverse training background in yoga, neuroscience, meditation, breath work, and reiki, she offers an informed, experienced perspective that is creatively curated to individual needs. Kathryn’s personal yoga journey began in 2001, and she is certified in Dharma Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. With her intuition, humor, and compassion, Kathryn helps students get in touch with their body, feelings, and spirit so they may feel safe to explore what speaks to them. Kathryn is thrilled to serve the Exhale to Inhale community.
Lisa Mehos is dedicated to bringing the benefits of yoga to children, adults, and those struggling to overcome obstacles, including domestic violence survivors. Certified in children’s yoga, family yoga, and trauma-sensitive yoga, Lisa's teaching methodology helps clients improve fitness, cope with anxiety, and build resilience and strength. She works with schools, shelters, and in private sessions to enhance fitness, self esteem; compassion; and combat bullying. Her focus of bringing yoga to underserved communities is driven by the belief that yoga can empower individuals to transcend barriers of race, gender, and economic status. Lisa graduated from Boston College; worked in business; and started a promotional marketing company; until her own children inspired her to dedicate herself to the health, happiness, and well-being of children, adults, and families.
Lisa Weinert created the annual Narrative Medicine program at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. As an editor and publicist, Lisa has published and promoted hundreds of best-selling and award-winning authors and witnessed first-hand how the written word transforms lives. Motivated by the healing and transformative power of storytelling, she specializes in narrative nonfiction and literary fiction with a special interest in memoir, spirituality, health and social justice. Lisa is certified in both restorative and therapeutic yoga with Jillian Pransky where she learned how we all carry stories in our bodies. She teaches yoga at Medicine Space in New York City and curates workshops pairing yoga and writing called StoryFlow. www.lisaweinert.com
Lindsay Gruskay began practicing yoga to cope with the anxiety and stress of living in New York City. She soon discovered the incredible physical and emotional benefits of the practice and its powerful ability to heal both the body and the mind. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training with Y7 in 2015 and her ETI Trauma Informed Yoga training in 2017. Off the mat, Lindsay is a Media and Marketing professional at NBC, meditation practitioner, hiking and outdoor enthusiast and animal lover. As a survivor of sexual assault herself, Lindsay is forever grateful and honored to teach on behalf of ETI and to use this platform to share the healing practice of yoga with her students, helping them find peace of mind and strength and ownership of body.
Maisah Hargett began practicing yoga whilst looking for a low-impact way to better maintain her body as a modern dancer. Though not always as enthusiastic about yoga as she is currently, she found her love for the practice in Vinyasa. Her classes center on linking breath and movement, on the importance of developing a practice that is safe for the body, the mind & the spirit while, honoring the individuality of each person’s practice. She completed Exhale to Inhale’s Trauma-Informed Teacher Training in the fall of 2016. In addition to her work with ETI she also teacheds Vinyasa (ERYT 200), Restorative, Aerial Yoga, Kid's Yoga (RYCT), and AcroYoga throughout New York. There’s more about her at www.yogawithmaisah.com.
Marjorie Rosenfield is a Senior Teacher at Yoga Works Westchester, on staff since 1998. She is 500 hr. ERYT certified and 700 hr. SYT certified (Structural Yoga Therapist). Over the years, Marjorie has shared her knowledge and experience with those students seeking to deepen their practice and embark on the teaching journey. Yoga allows Marjorie to have an open and varying view of herself and her ever-changing relationships with people, places and all things. Teaching Yoga allows her to share the gifts of the practice. Marjorie has a B.F.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University. She has choreographed for children’s and community theater from 1988- 2000. Her dance background has been a creative inspiration for her practice and teaching, allowing spontaneous intuition to flow.
Marlynn Wei, MD, JD (www.marlynnweimd.com) is a Harvard and Yale-trained psychiatrist, therapist, certified yoga teacher, and author. She is author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga and writes the latest research on yoga, mindfulness, and nutritional wellness for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and Harvard Health. She has a holistic private practice in Manhattan specializing in anxiety, stress management, and career and relationship guidance.
Melissa Jhunja has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and loves to share this transformative practice with others. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks and 500 hour training at ISHTA yoga. Melissa combines the flow of vinyasa with precise alignment and focus on breath in her classes, to nurture a profound and healing mind-body connection. Melissa is trained in Trauma Informed Yoga, which she applies with at-risk youth, veterans and prison populations. She is also certified in restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. Off the mat, Melissa is a Social Worker, Reiki practitioner and animal lover. She is excited to share the healing practice of yoga with her students at ETI helping them find strength and peace for mind & body. To learn more visit healinghathaflow.com.
Nicole Dodich began practicing yoga in high school, but stopped for several years due to a sensitive knee injury. When given the okay by her doctor to resume yoga post surgery, Nicole returned to her practice with renewed vigor and a deep longing to learn more about the philosophic and spiritual components. She completed her RYT-200 certification at ISHTA Yoga in the summer of 2016. She is currently a graduate student at the Columbia School of Social Work in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, a specialized training program for psychotherapy that integrates mindfulness and emotional self-regulation into the treatment experience. Nicole is eager to bring the benefits of balance, independence, and self-knowledge to others through movement and breath.
Penelope Gay Sheely, M.D., started practicing yoga 20 years ago right after her first son was born. While raising her kids she worked part time as a pediatrician. In a search for deeper healing she became a Reiki II practitioner and trained in Cranial Sacral Therapy and over the years found herself using these practices more and more with her own kids and with her patients. In 2016 she left the pediatric group and completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sonic Yoga in NYC, as well as 150 hours of advanced inversion training with Patrick Beach & Carling Harps, and Laughing Lotus Yoga. She is a marathoner and a triathlete. She is excited to share what she has learned from these experiences to help people to heal, to center, and to reach their highest potential.
Prema Kelley has been exposed to yogic principles and practices since she was a young girl. Since these values have been a part of her life from the very beginning, she has sought training to enunciate and deepen her understanding of self through movement, dance and contemplation. She is a 300 hour registered yoga teacher through YogaWorks and specializes in the restorative and therapeutic aspects of yoga as well as prenatal and trauma-informed yoga. Prema combines meditation, breathing, restorative and hatha yoga, with Body-Mind Centering to develop strength, agility, and balance.
Sammee Leigh changed her life with fitness. Yoga and running empowered her to care for herself by inviting in balance, and moving away from things not positively serving her. To deepen her personal practice, Sammee earned her Stråla Yoga certification but upon completion she was inspired to bring this dogma-free yoga to as many people as possible. She believes yoga is for everyone; that it's about moving everything you have with natural ease. She wants to inspire, encourage, empower as many people as she can to live their best life on their terms. Sammee believes health and wellness are not one size fits all. That it's not about stepping out of your comfort zone, it's about expanding your comfort zone from the inside out, starting right where you are, and working with what you have. www.sammeeleigh.com | Instagram & Twitter: @chasing_sammee
Sarah Beranbaum found yoga through her rigorous dance training. While studying sensation based dance, she learned about the power of movement and touch, which sparked her excitement in discovering our untapped physical and emotional potential. Sarah completed yoga teacher training in Bergerac, France with Jennie Cohen of Yogaworks. There, she learned to teach both in English, her native tongue and French, her second fluent language. She has since studied Yoga for Trauma with Lisa Danylchuk, Jenn Turner, and Hala Khouri. Her exploration of the body continues as a researcher studying the psychophysiology of trauma. Sarah teaches people of all ages and developmental stages, starting with those who are 4 weeks old! Her classes are focused on proper alignment, which gives space for interoceptive exploration. Sarah wishes to create a safe space where any body is welcome to discover, play, and breath.
Sarah Yurch began her yoga journey as a stressed out grad student studying literature in New York and has been in love with her practice ever since. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Deborah Hanekamp at the Namaste Yoga Center in Brooklyn and has since taught in New York, Miami, and Costa Rica. As a survivor of domestic violence, she is deeply honored to share the practice of trauma-informed yoga with others. Yoga was instrumental in her journey to find peace and calm in her own body, and she strives to create a nourishing class environment for all of her students. Off the mat, Sarah works in book publishing.
Shannon Carlin visited ashrams with her parents as a child and then many years later, found herself in a yoga class one day. Though unfamiliar with the poses, the breath, and of course-sanskrit, she immediately felt a sense of belonging and of coming home. The experience resonated so deeply with her that she knew she had taken her first steps on a life-long path of study, practice and devotion. In between the movement of your breath and body, her classes will help you find an ever-evolving sense of connection to the most authentic parts of yourself and a deeper sense of engagement with the world around you. Shannon is completing her 500hr advanced training with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine, and continues to study philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks.
Shawna Wakefield is dedicated to promoting women’s rights and gender justice with local and international organizations. She began practicing yoga in 2000, and developed her home practice to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia while living in Cambodia. The practices of yoga, and daily meditation have been increasingly critical to her path. Shawna completed yoga teacher training with the Kula Yoga Project, and has since completed Trauma Sensitive Teacher training, Nikki Costello’s mentor practice, a leadership intensive with Off the Mat, and is part of the Interdependence Project’s Secular Buddhist Studies Program. She currently teaches at Third Root, Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, and with Exhale to Inhale. She co-leads an 8-week Yoga in Action series to help activists apply yoga practices to social justice work. Shawna helps students identify their own sensations, including pain, strength, resilience, compassion, joy, and the ever-fluctuating relationship between them.
Sophia Holly is a 500 hour level yoga teacher, trained at Abhaya. Sophia teaches private and public yoga classes in NYC designed to help people love themselves, regardless of their ability and body size. She also teaches private sessions and yoga based workshops to help people heal their relationship with food and body. Her classes are a blend of flowing movement, and relaxing restorative. When not teaching yoga Sophia is singing and playing music, and enjoying city life.
Stacey McFadin is a former professional dancer and dance teacher, and draws upon this experience to teach yoga, emphasizing alignment, breath work, and flow. She began her yoga practice in 2008 to restore balance amidst her busy career as an attorney. She loves the freedom of choice and creativity cultivated through ETI’s methodology, and is thrilled to be a part of this organization. Stacey holds a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. She is also a certified health coach and writer. www.staceymcfadin.com
Suzannah Gratz is a theater artist, yoga instructor, and movement enthusiast. Suzannah grew up performing and studied acting professionally earning a BA in acting performance from California State University Long Beach. Her performance studies blended with Yoga have led to many theatrical endeavors rooted in mindful embodiment and character building. When she isn't teaching yoga Suzannah might be found dancing in her living room, devising new theater projects, or exploring how we might bring social justice to our communities through movement! Her most recent curiosity and study has led Suzannah on the path to becoming a certified drama therapist. Since finding empowerment through her own journey of yoga beginning in 2010, Suzannah guides students to lead extraordinary lives through the courageous healing art of this practice.
Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com), featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, three times Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 9 books, novelist, poet, essayist, and columnist. Sweta is also a certified yoga teacher and is most interested in sharing the love and power of yoga with trauma survivors. A graduate of Columbia University, when Sweta is not doing yoga, cooking, traveling, writing books, or posts for magazines, teaching creative writing, or giving talks on gender equality, she works as a digital and content marketing consultant. Sweta lives in New York City with her husband and can be found on Twitter [@swetavikram] and Facebook facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta.
Tania Nunez has been practicing Yoga since 1998. She is a 200Hr Certified Yoga Teacher in Dharma Yoga, and is currently completing her 500Hr certification. She is 200Hr Certified in The Science of Self (combining the power of Vinyasa Yoga with the Science of Meridians) and is also certified in Karma Kids Yoga. Her classes are creative and intuitive focusing on guiding students to release stress and restore balance, while gaining strength and flexibility. Tania is an artist and designer, and a graduate from the School of Visual Arts. When she is not teaching Yoga she can be found working in the creative arts arena. Tania is happy about having the opportunity to teach, inspire and empower the women of Exhale to Inhale's community.
Tara Johnson completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at The Yoga School New York. During her teacher training, she found Exhale to Inhale and learned to incorporate its healing methodologies into her own personal yoga practice. As a former competitive figure skater, Tara practices yoga to reconnect with her body, breath, and mind. By day, Tara is an attorney practicing civil defense litigation in New York and New Jersey state and federal courts. In her spare time, Tara enjoys playing with her bulldog puppy, reading, and eating all the ice cream. As a survivor of domestic violence herself, Tara is forever grateful and honored to teach on behalf of ETI. You can find out more at www.taraajohnson.com.
Tyvette Symone is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Nomadic Healer, Artist, Writer and Intuitive Medium. In 2014 she founded Transcendence Yoga, a private collective based in Brooklyn. Using yoga as a therapeutic tool, her personalized classes are catered to adults and children suffering with PTSD. "Practicing yoga allowed me to get back in touch with my body. For someone like myself who grew up in a house full of violence and destructive anger, I latched on to those thought patterns because they were what I experienced my entire life. My yoga practice gave me the compassion that I needed to identify my triggers and realize that I have the ability to transcend the traumas of my past and break the cycle". Tyvette is proud to show children and adults who grew up in households with domestic violence that they are worthy of love.
Whitney Riegel Mooney has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. The practice of yoga has been transformative for Whitney on so many levels. She has had the privilege of teaching at Yoga To The People in New York and Bikram Yoga in Connecticut. Whitney enjoyed teaching so much that she opened her own home studio a year ago. It has been her dream come true to share these benefits of moving meditation that challenge your body while quieting your mind.
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., just click to send us a message.