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

  • 39 minutes

    A Little Self-Love

    By Brent Laffoon on Apr 29, 2024

    Gentle Yoga Intermediate

    A slow, gentle restorative practice to help you loosen up your hips and lower back and calm your mind and nervous system. Please note, if you have any knee issues, threading the needle on your back instead of some of the half-lotus and reclining gomukhasana options may be better for you. Golden rule, it shouldn't hurt... enjoy, yogis :)

  • 46 minutes

    Go Gently

    By Brent Laffoon on Apr 15, 2024

    Gentle Yoga Beginner

    Sometimes you just need to slow down and take it easy. This practice aims to provide the yoga equivalent of a comforting hug. Take your time, breathe deeply... and enjoy :)

  • 49 minutes

    Intro to the Yoga Sutras

    By Brent Laffoon on Mar 6, 2024

    Gentle Yoga Beginner

    A gentle yin practice infused with an informal introduction to some of the core concepts of the Yoga Sutras, which lay the foundation for virtually every school and style of yoga in the world today, but which many people who love the physical aspects of yoga know surprisingly little about. This class aims to take your knowledge to the next level while giving your mind and body a nice recharge... enjoy!

  • 35 minutes

    Yoga History 101

    By Brent Laffoon on Feb 5, 2024

    Meditation Beginner

    Ever wonder where yoga comes from or how it evolved into the practice that it's become today? This guided meditation will take you on a brief journey back to yoga's roots and earliest teachings. In addition to helping you find a sense of calm, this practice will also help you understand some of the deeper aspects of this ancient and ever-evolving tradition.... enjoy :)

  • 38 minutes

    A Medium Dose

    By Brent Laffoon on Jan 20, 2024

    Vinyasa Flow Intermediate

    Yoga is like medicine. Sometimes you need a strong dose, and other times you just need a little. This medium-intensity practice is for those other times. A good stretch with a bit of core work for good measure... enjoy!

  • 45 minutes

    Killer Core

    By Brent Laffoon on Dec 22, 2023

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    Looking to strengthen your core? This practice has you covered! With a creative blend of reclined and prone variations on boat and plank pose, no core muscle will go unworked in this invigorating 45-minute flow... enjoy!

  • 60 minutes

    Leg Day Part 2

    By Brent Laffoon on Nov 26, 2023

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    Legs feeling in need of a little strengthening and stretching? You've come to the right place. From squats to lunges to forward folds and splits, this practice has you covered. Take your time, breathe deep... and enjoy!

  • 37 minutes

    Relax & Restore

    By Brent Laffoon on Nov 4, 2023

    Restorative Beginner

    A short, gentle practice meant to help you unwind and recharge. Perfect for when you're short on time and energy and need a little boost. Enjoy!

  • 56 minutes

    Good Medicine

    By Brent Laffoon on Oct 13, 2023

    Hatha Intermediate

    A mindful medley of core strengthening, hip and hamstring stretching and standing balance postures. Great for when you have a wrist or arm injury, or when you just want a not-too-strenuous-but-not-too-easy practice to help you reset and recharge... Enjoy!

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