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LAIA.

Popular Catalan name

derived from Eulàlia.

In Archaic Greek it meant

"The One Who Speaks Well"

 

I am an Afro-Catalan accessible and inclusive yoga & meditation teacher. 

 

I have trained and practice hatha, vinyasa, trauma-informed yoga, yin yoga, and restorative and I hold  E-RYT 500 and YACEP accreditations with the Yoga Alliance. 

I am a freelance writer and translator and publish in three different languages; Catalan, English and Spanish. 

I have been teaching movement, yoga and meditation for a decade and I create safe spaces that provide access to yoga to BIPOC, people with chronic illness & disabilities, as well as other underserved communities. 

I show up as I am, authentically and imperfectly, with all my darkness and all my light, and I intend to inspire you to do the same. 

 

I have a fierce desire to support others in exploring new ways to access and adapt the practice of yoga to their unique needs so that it becomes a sustainable tool for self-awareness and growth.

  Whether you join me in class, online, at a workshop, or at a retreat, I will invite you to tap into your joy and resilience and take intentional action toward a life of purpose.

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Yoga is my daily reminder to stay present, to embrace life as it comes. It continues to provide me with tools that enhance my resilience and increase my awareness of myself and the world.

Read my recent interview
with Anna Sugarman on Ekhart Yoga 

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Experience

2022 - to present | YOGAJALA WRITER

Write, edit and publish articles on yoga anatomy and philosophy as well as other wellness-related topics.

2021 - to present | ELEPHANT JOURNAL WRITER

Write articles on yoga, meditation, philosophy as well as opinion and creative pieces.  

 

2020 - to present | EKHART YOGA STAFF TEACHER & WRITER

Design, produce, & film yoga classes, workshops, programs and courses for the internationally-renowned Dutch yoga and meditation On-demand platform.

Write articles on a variety of subjects including yoga, meditation, wellness, anatomy, and philosophy.

2019 - present |  SUN YOGA LEAD YOGA TEACHER TRAINER

Assist in planning and designing the 200 hour curriculum as well as teach modules on yoga philosophy, anatomy, accessibility, trauma, and meditation for Sun Yoga Tampa's 200h Yoga Teacher Training and Immersion, a Yoga Alliance Accredited Yoga school. 

2012 - to present | HIGH PERFORMANCE YOGA TEACHER

Design and teach special classes and programs for both Olympic and Paralympic athletes as well as other elite and high performance and adaptive athletes in a diversity of sports including figure skating, hockey, sled hockey, and wheelchair basketball. 

Provide specific routines and programs to support the athletes in staying healthy  and finding balance through all the phases of their season and beyond. 

2011 -  to present | YOGA & MEDITATION TEACHER

Design and teach skillfully +planned yoga classes, workshops, events, retreats and experiences with a strong focus on accessibility, inclusivity, and diversity.

I teach in yoga studios, gyms, corporate and private settings and a wide variety of locations, both in the USA and in Europe as well as online  

2004 - to present | FIGURE SKATING COACH

Train, support, and teach young humans and adults in the learning of figure skating. From the basics to elite skaters, I have coached a wide range of recreational and elite athletes, and I currently focus on diversity and accessibility in figure skating.

I have coached in Spain, Indiana, Michigan and Florida and I specialize in jump and spin technique, choreography, and athlete development, as well as Theatre on Ice. 

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2020-2022 | LEAD YOGA TEACHER

Create schedules for studio, teachers and staff, monitor student satisfaction and manage teams of 10-12 teachers with a wide range of experience. Lead classes, workshops and trainings, and design experiences to create community and increase memberships. 

2007-2012 PROFESSIONAL FIGURE SKATER

Skate and perform in ice shows around the world portraying a wide range of characters. Choreograph and perform several inhouse productions periodically to showcase creative ability and skating skill. 

Training

 

2022 - DECOLONIZE YOUR TEACHING with Angie Franklin

Mentorship Program

 

2022 -  YIN YOGA ANATOMY with José de Groot​

50h Yoga Teacher Training

2021 - ADVANCED YOGA & MEDITATION with Claire Santos 

300h Yoga Teacher Training 

2020 - TRAUMA-INFORMED & YOGA LIFESKILLS with 12 Sparrows Yoga School

200h Yoga Teacher Training

2015 - HATHA & VINYASA YOGA with 305 Yoga University

200h Yoga Teacher Training

2011 - TEACHING YOGA with AFAA

20h Yoga Teacher Training

Partnerships & Projects

2022 - Sylvana Alta | Yoga for Tree Climbers Teacher

2022 - Accessible Yoga | Ambassador

2022 - Mind Body Social + Greenwise | GATHER Series

2022 - Roots. Wounds. Words | Retreat  Wellness Faculty

2022 - CanFit Pro | International Conference Presenter & Panelist

2022 - Om Yoga Magazine | Guest Writer

2022 - Hubspot | International Accessible Yoga Teacher

2021 - Mind Body Social + T-Mobile | W.o.W Wellness Series

2021 - Black Yoga Society | Teaching Staff

2020 - Mind Body Social + T-Mobile | W.o.W Wellness Series

2020 - Ekhart Yoga | Staff Teacher & Guest Writer

2020 - Affiya Effect | Wellness Day Presenter

2019 - Ohm Mat | Ambassador

2018 - Unlimited State of Ability | Adaptive Athlete Yoga Teacher