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

  • 52 minutes

    Open Sesame

    By Brent Laffoon on Sep 22, 2022

    Hatha Intermediate

    A mostly gentle exploration of spinal and hip mobility. Take your time to feel deeply and enjoy the journey toward an ever more open heart.

  • 44 minutes

    Post Covid Flow

    By Brent Laffoon on Aug 22, 2022

    Hatha Intermediate

    A mostly-gentle, slow flow to help you get back in your groove after having Covid*... or any other situation that might have gotten you off your rhythm. Enjoy! *of course if you had a serious case of Covid or anything else, you'll want to talk to your doctor about what's appropriate for you as you recover :)

  • 41 minutes

    Core Connection Part 2

    By Brent Laffoon on Aug 1, 2022

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    A continuation of the foundations laid in Core Connection Part I, this practice goes deeper into the hips and hamstrings, and emphasizes back body core strength to help you find your way through both traditional and non-traditional ways into Koundinyasana. Prepare to dig deep... and enjoy!

  • 18 minutes

    Quick Hip & Happy Stretch

    By Brent Laffoon on Jul 20, 2022

    Gentle Yoga Intermediate

    A sweet, brief practice to help you open up your hips, hamstrings and lower back. Perfect for when you're short on time but still need to move. Take your time, feel deep... and enjoy!

  • 11 minutes

    Chanting 101

    By Brent Laffoon on Jul 1, 2022

    Meditation Beginner

    A simple chant to help calm and focus the mind, connect you with your highest purpose, and inspire you to move forward with clarity and vigor... enjoy!

  • 29 minutes

    Core Connection, Part 1

    By Brent Laffoon on Jun 3, 2022

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    A short practice that focuses on activating, engaging and helping you feel deeply into your core. Perfect as a short stand alone, or as an addition to a longer practice. Enjoy!

  • 10 minutes

    The Art of Doing Nothing

    By Brent Laffoon on May 24, 2022

    Meditation Beginner

    One of the hardest things to do, oddly enough, is nothing. As it turns out, doing nothing is also one of the best things you can do for your mind and body. The goal of this brief meditation is to invite you to take a few minutes to step out of the stream of everyday thoughts and activities... and do nothing. Simply lay back, relax and enjoy!

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