profileMary Lu James is the founder of Exhale Pilates and Yoga Studio.  She was driven to launch Exhale for two reasons – a compulsion to share the life-changing benefits of Pilates and Yoga, and a desire for an environment that readily supports the principles of those practices.

Mary Lu discovered Pilates many years ago, but became hooked on it while living in South Africa, completing her first two Pilates teacher’s training courses there. Since her return to St. John’s, Mary Lu has accelerated her training and has received certifications in Mat Intensive and Reformer Intensive from Body Harmonics; Zenga Vinyasa Yoga, Zenga Mat Strength & Flow, and Stability Barre from Stott Pilates; plus Soft Tissue Release, Muscle Activation & Release, and TRX.

In her leadership role at Exhale, Mary Lu provides group and one-on-one training, while overseeing the direction for the studio.  She is supported by a terrific team of professionals motivated by a passion for Pilates and Yoga and committed to lifelong learning.


Exhale Pilates and Yoga – Free flowing movement.