Practice “Movement for Meaning” This Month to Raise Awareness for Domestic Violence

Charitable organization Exhale to Inhale is partnering with studios, gyms, and teachers across the country this month to raise awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence. Learn how you can help.

Add purpose to your practice this fall in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Exhale to Inhale, a charitable organization that brings trauma-informed yoga to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, is holding its third Movement for Meaning to raise money and awareness of the fact that 1 in 3 women in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.

“If you’re a survivor of this type of violence or a traumatic situation, you ​might ​​have spent a lot of time trying to separate your mind from your body, because your body ​may not have ​felt like a safe place,” says Exhale to Inhale Board President​ Amy Tobin. ​”Yoga is really fundamental, because it works to ​connect your body and your mind. ​It ​helps you start to feel ​safe ​in your own body and make choices for yourself.”

Exhale to Inhale’s goal for this drive is to find 103 partners to hold a yoga class or other fundraising event to raise money and awareness. So far, 45 classes have been scheduled, thanks to partners like lululemon, Athleta, YogaWorks, ISHTA Yoga, and Yoga Shanti, as well as other gyms, yoga studios, and well-known yogis.

“We are going for 103 partners to raise awareness that 1 of 3 women in the U.S. will be physically assaulted by an intimate partner in her lifetime,” Tobin explains.

Exhale to Inhale brings trauma-informed 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 (to support women who can benefit the most from yoga, yet might not otherwise have access). All proceeds raised from the Movement for Meaning will go to Exhale to Inhale programming. 

See also Research Shows Trauma-Informed Yoga Helps Girls in the Juvenile Justice System Heal

How You Can Help

  • If you’re a teacher/studio owner, set up your own class or event.
  • If you’re a student, ask your home studio to donate the proceeds from a regularly scheduled class or schedule a special class to benefit Exhale to Inhale. Find out where to take classes already scheduled
  • If you’d like to make a donation, click here. It’s tax deductible. 

See also 5 Ways to Create a Safe Yoga Space for Trauma Survivors