I am a sociologist and yoga teacher based in Hammond, LA. 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 began practicing yoga in 2015. Yoga with 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. I lead yoga classes at Downtown Yoga in Hammond, Louisiana and at Balance Yoga + Wellness in New Orleans. You can follow me on Instagram @embracewhatis.
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.