Wellness studio becomes a safe haven for Latinx women at a time of high Latinx depression rates

In 2018, Kat Novoa founded Babes of Wellness in South Los Angeles, a safe space that provides women the chance to explore what it means to build physical strength, while simultaneously healing generational emotional trauma, renewing mindsets and connecting spiritually. It’s the first Latina-owned wellness studio in Compton, CA, even though the 96,000-person city is 68 percent Latino. Novoa, 31, a Los Angeles native, hopes to help address the mental health crisis in her community.

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