|Lauren Ash is a wellness visionary, yoga and meditation teacher, creative writer, and founder of the culture-shifting lifestyle brand synonymous with black women’s wellness—Black Girl In Om. Through BGIO, Lauren creates and cultivates meaningful experiences and content for a hugely marginalized community. From the BGIO podcast—which has reached more than half a million listeners—to holistic self-care retreats, Lauren considers her work an act of compassion, belonging, and ultimately a space she once needed and didn’t see.
Lauren was recently named at the top of ESSENCE’s list of “33 Self-Care Sistahs That Helped Redefine Wellness in 2017” and declared “one of the most important voices in the wellness industry” by Shape.
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 moved to Chicago in 2013 she took up yoga teacher training where the seeds for Black Girl In Om were planted within her.
Lauren is a two-time 200-hour yoga certified teacher, with yoga training in Power Yoga from Corepower Yoga as well as Vinyasa Yoga through Get Loved Up with internationally renowned yoga teacher Koya Webb. She has toured the nation sharing her self-care and yoga for women of color workshops reaching thousands of women since 2014 with her good vibes and inclusivity.
Lauren contributes to numerous, national wellness & lifestyle publications including WELL+Good, HBFit, GLAMOUR, Thoughtfully Magazine, Teen Vogue, and has been featured in ESSENCE, Forbes, ELLE, i-D, Girlboss, Saint Heron, Yahoo Beauty, and CRWN Magazine.