Exhale to Inhale was founded in 2013 by Zoë LePage, while a senior at Barnard College. Someone she loved deeply was a long-ago survivor of domestic violence, and in college several of her close friends were sexually assaulted. Witnessing the trauma 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 to honor 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.

Our Vision: bring the healing power of yoga to survivors of domestic & sexual violence, especially those who could benefit from the practice, yet might not otherwise have access to it.


the classes have been so relaxing and uplifting. I always come out feeling more at ease and at peace … bottom line: I am grateful to the Mayor’s office and to your organization for hosting this yoga program
— ETI Student, Family Justice Center
Watch this 5 minute mini-documentary to learn more about us

Watch this 5 minute mini-documentary to learn more about us

our values

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 also offered this healing practice.

Knowing that every week an hour of self-care is provided to us so that we truly have a space to decompress from the intense work we do here is one of the best gifts to be given, thank you for that and thank you for this program!
— Stefanie, staff at Brooklyn Family Justice Center

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