Lauren Ash is a wellness visionary, yoga and meditation guide, engaging speaker and creative writer, and founder and executive director of the culture-shifting lifestyle brand synonymous with black women’s wellness—Black Girl In Om. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, Lauren grew up in predominantly white settings and didn’t see herself reflected in most of her surroundings. After a series of racially-motivated hate crimes ensued on her college community, she began to take leadership roles and creating and cultivating safe spaces for people of color. After college, the stresses of graduate school nudged her to take up yoga. She fell in love with it and when she serendipitously moved to Chicago in 2013 she followed her intuition and took up yoga teacher training one year later. There, the seeds for Black Girl In Om began to deepen their roots within her.
Lauren’s contributions to the world ultimately reflect what she once needed and didn’t see. From the BGIO podcast—which has reached more than half a million listeners—to self-care sessions, her leadership in creating and cultivating meaningful experiences and content for a hugely marginalized community illuminate the compassion, care, and belonging that she affirms all women of color are deserving of. Since founding the leading platform for women of color on their wellness journeys in 2014, OWN, Nike, MAKE UP FOREVER, Wanderlust, HBO, and SXSW have partnered with Lauren—recognizing her as a trailblazer in contemporary wellness and having a tremendous influence on modern beliefs about mindful living and beauty.
We’re thrilled to have Lauren share her knowledge with all of our attendees and with YOU. In this video, we had a quick chat about staying well while traveling. Whether you decide to attend the retreat or not, Lauren shares some seriously helpful tips.
How do you stay well while traveling? Do you have any travel hacks?
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