Yogis Anonymous

Brent Laffoon

I love yoga, pure and simple. Like many people, it helped me change my life in tremendously positive ways, and the more I practice the more I realize how much is possible, and how truly awesome life can be. This is the gift I try to pass along with the yoga I teach. Sometimes people ask me how long I've been practicing, and I'm never sure what to tell them. In some ways, I began practicing without even realizing it when I was about eight years old, when a doctor prescribed me a regimen of "exercises" to correct a mild case of Scoliosis. The doctor told me the exercises would be difficult and require a lot of discipline. Instead, I found them not that difficult and kind of fun... so I just kept doing them all through my teens and 20's, long after the Scoliosis had been corrected. It wasn't until I was almost thirty-five years old that I walked into a yoga class and realized I'd been practicing yoga all along, albeit without proper guidance. The timing turned out to be auspicious. I was looking to make some changes in my life, and yoga came calling. Within a month I dropped everything and went to Bali to attend an intensive teacher training, and when it was over I came home to LA and started teaching. Less than two years later I was named one of the top 30 yoga instructors in Los Angeles, which felt good, but what felt even better was that I'd found meaningful work that I truly loved, that kept me in good health and that introduced and connected me to an amazing community of dedicated, inspiring people. I was trained at Radiantly Alive in Bali, where I learned that yoga is not simply a practice of poses, as I'd previously thought. It's a methodology that opens the door for people of all ages and walks of life to enjoy good health in body, mind and spirit, to live out dreams and explore passions, to be able to find joy in almost all things and peace in the rest, and to be able to share both with family, friends, peers and community. Simply put, I discovered that yoga is living at its best, and that it doesn't require any special amounts of wealth or enlightenment or anything else. It just takes practice. A continuous, committed effort to educate your mind, activate your body, uplift your spirits and face your fears, demons, shadows and weaknesses. Through my training, I learned to incorporate aspects of Ashtanga, Iyengar and Bhakti, as well as other disciplines, which I combine in the classes I teach to create a thoughtful blend of conscious movement designed to help people explore their edges safely, and ultimately move past them. Teaching is a gift, and I feel very blessed to be sharing this passion. I'm eternally grateful to Daniel Aaron, the founder of Radiantly Alive, as well as the many other teachers I've encountered along the way in Los Angeles and beyond who have shined a light on this amazing practice and thus afforded me the pleasure of doing the same for others. In the name of limitless possibility: Om... In the hope of abiding peace as one of those possibilities: Shanti... and in the spirit of unity, love and respect among all living creatures: Namaste.

Brent's Latest Classes

  • 68 minutes

    Rise 'n Shine Flow

    By Brent Laffoon on Jan 21, 2022

    A slow, steady build opening the shoulders, spine and hips in preparation to move into some deeper backbends before finishing with a nice, long savasana... Enjoy!

  • 62 minutes

    The Scenic Route

    By Brent Laffoon on Dec 24, 2021

    A sometimes peaceful, sometimes exciting journey through all kinds of hip opening, core work, standing balances, arm balances and backbends. Settle in, buckle up and enjoy the journey :)

  • 32 minutes

    Post-Run/Pre-Holiday Flow

    By Brent Laffoon on Dec 13, 2021

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    A short, satisfying flow that's meant to help you stretch all of your major muscles and move all of your major joints. Perfect for after a run or in stressful times when you have a lot going on and only 30 minutes to practice... enjoy!

  • 57 minutes

    Spinal Flow

    By Brent Laffoon on Dec 7, 2021

    A slow and steady practice focused first on moving the spine through its full range of motion, and then on stabilizing the spine in order to find balance on the hands and head... enjoy!

  • 13 minutes

    Exploring the Breath, Part 1

    By Brent Laffoon on Nov 21, 2021

    Meditation Beginner

    Does your practice move you toward a meditative state? As wonderful as it feels to build strength and flexibility, the greatest gift of yoga lies in its ability to help us calm our minds and find peace within. This brief meditation will guide you through several breathing techniques that will leave you feeling calm and rejuvenated... enjoy!

  • 37 minutes

    In the Mood for a Mellow-dy

    By Brent Laffoon on Nov 8, 2021

    Gentle Yoga Intermediate

    Sometimes you just want to go slow and take it easy, but also feel deeply. This is a practice for those times... enjoy! *Fit beginners welcome, just please listen to your body and don't do anything that hurts!

  • 28 minutes

    Impulse Control

    By Brent Laffoon on Sep 3, 2021

    Need a little kick in the core? This short but intense practice is good medicine for when you feel like you might be getting soft in your body, as well as your habits... enjoy!

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