A true Florida girl who thoroughly enjoys sand in her toes and the feel of rays on her skin, Kayla is a free spirit who loves short walks to the fruit aisle, reading, singing, dancing, writing, and learning new things. Kayla received her Masters in Aging and Neuroscience from the University of South Florida, she felt a passion to pursue an education within the mental health sector after witnessing Alzheimer’s affect members of her own family and community in Fort Lauderdale. Kayla has a felt a pull to educate and advocate for people of color within the community by serving as a representative who understands the science as well as what it’s like to watch a loved one deal with their mental health afflictions.
She shares a deep love for people as she’s been around so many from all walks of life. Growing up she saw both sides of what it’s like to live in poverty and spend time amongst the very wealthy through her childhood in the performing arts as an actress and singer. She considers herself blessed to be able to find commonality with anyone from anywhere, she believes that we all share so much in common, so much that we can heal and help one another. Kayla loves to see people and observe the life and love that is constantly swirling around us, it brings her great joy to hear laughter and see smiles.
Kayla lives in Fort Lauderdale where she teaches yoga to the local community, she hopes to bring a mindfulness practice to all people of color. She believes the full embrace of yoga within the African American community will change the dynamic of our thinking leading to positive lifestyle changes. She wants to change the idea that yoga isn’t accessible to people of color, she seeks to break the belief that yoga is only for the slim and flexible, Kayla would like to alter the way POC think of yoga and meditation. Through advocating and promoting healthy mental, spiritual, and physical practices she hopes to change the negative health outcomes and rising statistics for those afflicted with neurodegenerative diseases and change the stigma around mental health in the Black community.