Category Archives: Chicago

Illuminating Darkness through Yoga and Self-Care


Salt + Light Coalition in Chicago helps victims of human trafficking heal and rebuild their lives through a tested program that includes yoga and other forms of self-care.

Lauren Cohen sits down with Izabel Olson, the founder of Salt + Light Coalition – a Chicago-based non-profit that helps a forgotten community rebuild their lives after unspeakable trauma. 

See also Finding Healing and Empowerment After Human Trafficking.

Live Be Yoga ambassadors Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

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Finding Healing and Empowerment After Human Trafficking

Salt + Light Coalition is a non-profit organization using yoga and wellness to help rebuild the lives of women and youth who have endured human trafficking.

Dr. Izabel Olson, founder of Salt + Light Coalition.

While in Chicago, Live Be Yoga ambassador, Lauren Cohen visited Salt + Light Coalition, a non-profit organization that aims to help heal, educate and empower youth and women in the fight against slavery. Lauren sat down with founder and CEO, Dr. Izabel Olson, to hear about her personal journey, what led her to start the organization and why yoga is such an important component of the year-long program offered to victims of sex trafficking.

As I walked into the studio space, I was met by a group of women in black and yellow shirts. They were sitting around waiting to begin their weekly yoga class, a vital part of their year-long healing curriculum and job training program as participants of Salt + Light Coalition. Salt + Light is a non-profit organization that incorporates yoga, wellness and spirituality into its programming to carry out its mission to educate, heal and empower women and youth in the fight against slavery.

A Founder with a Mission to Help Those Living in Darkness

As someone who had a difficult upbringing and faced many challenges, Izabel Olson, founder and CEO of Salt + Light Coalition, turned to spirituality, health, and wellness as tools to help her heal from her traumas and build a life and career for herself. Her experience growing up with a father who was a political prisoner in Brazil lead Olson to reach out to a local Chicago jail to begin teaching healing yoga to female inmates. She soon realized that 70% of the women she encountered were incarcerated for charges related to having …

Fueling for Yoga On the Road


How do our Live Be Yoga ambassadors stay energized during their six-month, multi-city tour?

Live Be Yoga ambassadors, Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt share a snapshot of their time in Chicago. Each city they travel to they are constantly on the go with studio events, content creation, connecting with the yoga community and so much more. Thankfully EVOLVE® is a tour sponsor and provides them with plant based protein bars to sustain their energy from city to city. EVOLVE® protein bars are convenient on-the-go nutrition and taste delicious.

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Lauren Cohen and Brandon Spratt are on a road trip across the country to sit down with master teachers, host free local classes, and so much more—all to illuminate the conversations pulsing through the yoga community today. Follow the tour and get the latest stories @livebeyoga on Instagram and Facebook.

http://dogdewormer.net