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

  • 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!

  • 70 minutes

    Get Unstuck

    By Brent Laffoon on Jul 13, 2021

    Hatha Advanced

    A classic vinyasa practice that offers a well-rounded variety of stretching and strengthening postures... enjoy!

  • 44 minutes

    Shoulder Mobility + Strength

    By Brent Laffoon on Jun 23, 2021

    Feeling like your shoulders could use a little love? This practice starts with a slow, mindful exploration of your shoulder mobility, and moves into a handful of more challenging movements to help you build strength... enjoy!

  • 44 minutes

    Know Your Koshas

    By Brent Laffoon on Jun 9, 2021

    Gentle Yoga Intermediate

    A gentle practice designed to help you connect with the five layers of your being, also known as your koshas. Not sure what those are? This practice is a great way to learn... enjoy!

  • 35 minutes

    System Reset

    By Brent Laffoon on May 21, 2021

    Gentle Yoga Beginner

    A very gentle, super delicious practice to help you release tension and reset your mind and body. Guaranteed to leave you feeling both peaceful and energized... enjoy! *Beginning students may find a strap helpful...and please listen to your body and take these poses only as far as feels right!

  • 59 minutes

    A Mindful Medley

    By Brent Laffoon on May 3, 2021

    A slow, mindful mixed bag of balancing, strength building and hip opening postures to help you move gently toward your edge... and possibly a little beyond... enjoy!

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