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Breathing Access 501(c)3 is a non-profit organization founded in 2013 and based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • Our mission is to provide trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices for children and communities in need.
  • Our vision is to create a physically and emotionally healthy community for all through access to creative and healing arts.

Our experience and research shows that yoga and mindfulness practices increase attendance and academic performance, as well as student and staff morale. Schools we work with also see reductions in violence and other negative behaviors that require disciplinary action.  Students develop camaraderie, team work, and collaborative skills as they improve their physical, mental and emotional health.  We help young people of all backgrounds, cultures, shapes, sizes, and abilities to feel confident and to thrive!

As a result of COVID-19, we have prioritized support for teachers and administrators.

  • We equip and empower them with self-care strategies and tools to navigate challenges and difficult situations.
  • Our goal is to build a supportive culture of wellbeing in classrooms and schools across the district.

We are currently pursuing partnerships that will allow us to continue to offer programs in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to support teachers and staff, as well as students and parents. Please consider supporting our organization by donating or reaching out with volunteer support or new ideas.  We’d love to hear from you!

I have seen first hand how our classes empower students to feel in control of their bodies and teaches them tools to calm their minds.  The children learn to works together and see each other as partners as they develop compassion and empathy.  I believe this program is extremely important for all students; in particular children who have experienced trauma so they can build resilience to befit them throughout their lives. Christine Bloomfeld

Senior Yoga Instructor , Breathing Access 501c3