LAIA BOVE IMHOFF
I was born in Barcelona, Spain to a 14 year-old girl who made the difficult decision of giving me up for adoption, and I landed in the most loving and giving family who raised me to be the strong woman that I am today.
Growing up as a bi-racial, dark-skinned, curly-haired girl (I like to call myself Afro-Catalan) in a white community often made me feel out of place, but encouraged by my parents, I used it to fuel my passion for unique things that fed my soul; like writing and figure skating.
After competing for my country nationally and internationally, I decided to embark on the adventure of touring the world as a figure skater for companies like Holiday on Ice and Disney on Ice. It opened my eyes and my heart to different cultures and ways of living, and it also exposed me to yoga for the first time.
I began to practice and study yoga while continuing to skate for a living, but it wasn't until I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at the age of 26 that I realized that not only did I need to slow down, but that yoga and meditation needed to be a crucial part of my life.
After getting off the road, I began to coach figure skating as well as study yoga with E-RYT500 Nichi Green. With her guidance, I began to implement yoga for my athletes in their off-ice training, and I realized even more of its undeniable benefits for body and mind.
In 2016, I graduated with my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) under the mentorship of yoga teacher extraordinaire Claire Santos (E-RYT 500), in Miami, FL, and I immediately began to branch out by teaching at several studios and gyms.
During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, I decided to embark yet in another 200h Teacher Training with Claire Santos, this time focusing on trauma informed yoga and resilience and I also finished my 500h Teacher Training with 12 Sparrows Yoga School in January 2021.
I am currently studying Yin Yoga with E-RYT 500 Jose De Groot in order to expand my knowledge and offer my students more diversity, and tools to use in their yoga practice and in their lives.
I am currently an E-RYT 500 as well as Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP) and teach regular classes in the Tampa Bay area in several studios as well as private classes and workshops, and retreats in the US and internationally, and I am a Lead Teacher for the 200 hour Teacher Training at Sun Yoga Tampa.
I am also a staff teacher at the Dutch-based Online Yoga streaming platform Ekhart Yoga and I teach yoga for adaptive athletes, and for elite, Olympic and Paralympic athletes both in person, and online.