Breathe in Color fills a niche

Teylor Parks pictured with some of her business items. Photo courtesy: Parks

In the vibrant heart of Tallahassee lies Breathe in Color Studio, a sanctuary of creative expression and community healing. Founded by Teylor Parks, a graduate of Florida A&M University with a degree in interdisciplinary studies, this studio emerged as a beacon of hope during the times of post-graduation depression exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breathe In Color Studio is more than just a business; it’s a space for individuals navigating life. Parks envisioned this space as a haven where individuals could find solace, unleash their creativity, and forge connections amid uncertainty. What started as a personal endeavor to combat post-grad depression quickly evolved into a collaborative effort as Parks extended her helping hand to peers facing similar challenges.

“Breathe In Color was born from me using affirmations and journaling to deal with my anxiety and depression after college,” Parks said. “When I noticed my peers struggling, I started sharing the things that helped me and it turned into my brand.”

Parks mentions how the studio serves as a platform for individuals to explore their artistic talents, nourish their mental well-being and foster meaningful connections within the community.

“We focus on healing through affirmations, meditation, journaling, and pole fitness,” Parks said. “We’re constantly pushed into the bar and drug culture but Breathe In Color is a safe place.”

Through her dedication and passion, Parks has cultivated a vibrant space where people can find inspiration, support and encouragement.

Parks’ vision and impact extend far beyond the walls of Breathe In Color Studio. Her commitment to uplifting others has garnered admiration and support from the local community. 

Claire Noel, a first-year political science student at FAMU, says attending Breathe In Color has  been an eye-opening experience.

“I recently attended a journaling and yoga event. At first I was hesitant because I’ve never done it before but I was able to sit with myself in a quiet space and enjoy writing out my feelings,” Noel said.

“To me, mental health is just as important as your physical health, the ‘I can do it’ mentality pushed me above my physical capabilities. The events were helpful as they reminded me to focus on my mental health.”

Kiera Carlton, a graduating psychology student, says she has benefitted from the studio.

“Teylor helped me become more in tune and intuitive with myself,” Carlton said. “She has created an environment where creative expression and spiritual freedom has become the norm and I really enjoy it.”

As Breathe in Color Studio continues to flourish and expand its reach, Parks remains steadfast in her commitment to fostering a more compassionate and connected community through the transformative power of art. For anyone willing to join in on any activity, you can connect via Instagram @BreatheInColor_ .