I am a sociologist and yoga teacher based in Hammond, LA.
I began practicing yoga in 2015. Yoga helped me grieve my father’s death and continues to help me balance my personal and professional lives. In 2017, I completed Annie Carpenter’s 200hr SmartFLOW yoga teacher training. As a fat, queer, yoga practitioner, I understand that starting a new yoga practice can be intimidating. Therefore, I create inclusive yoga classes that are accessible to every-body, regardless of size, shape, age, strength, or flexibility. My work has been featured by OM Yoga Magazine and Yoga Journal and, I’m a SuperFit Hero Body Positive Fitness provider. I lead yoga classes at Downtown Yoga in Hammond, Louisiana and at Balance Yoga + Wellness in New Orleans. If you’re not in Louisiana, you can practice with me in my Fat Kid Yoga Club! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @embracewhatis.
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I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Central Florida in 2013. My research examines homelessness in the context of disaster. I have published in the Natural Hazards Review, the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, the Journal of Emergency Management, and the Natural Hazards Observer. Please see my curriculum vitae for more information about my research and publications.
I’m also a self-taught artist and a member of the Hammond Art Guild. Since joining the guild in 2016, I’ve shown my work in several group shows around Hammond, Louisiana. Please read my Artist’s Statement for more information on my art.