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

  • 35 minutes

    Deep Core, Part I

    By Brent Laffoon on Nov 9, 2020

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    Feeling a little soft in the middle? This practice is just what the doctor ordered to help you dust off any cobwebs that might be accumulating around your core... enjoy!

  • 45 minutes

    Happy Shoulders

    By Brent Laffoon on Oct 17, 2020

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    Sometimes moving in slightly non-traditional ways helps us to understand things that moving in more traditional ways doesn't quite allow. Bring an open mind and a determined spirit, and enjoy this unusually satisfying practice that's all about getting to know your shoulders, shoulder blades and shoulder girdle in a whole new way!

  • 54 minutes

    No Wrist Yoga, Part I

    By Brent Laffoon on Sep 28, 2020

    Yoga for Athletes Intermediate

    Just because you have an injury doesn't mean you have to stop practicing. If you happen to have a sore wrist, but still want to get a solid workout in, this practice has what you need. In fact, even if you don't have an injured wrist, this practice will still challenge some of your strength and stamina edges. Enjoy!

  • 48 minutes

    Comfort Food

    By Brent Laffoon on Aug 18, 2020

    Vinyasa Flow Advanced

    Sometimes you want a little more than a restorative practice, but not quite as much as an all out flow. This practice is for those times. Deep hip and hamstring opening are part of the magic. Breathe slowly, feel deeply and enjoy!

  • 21 minutes

    Gentle Primer

    By Brent Laffoon on Aug 3, 2020

    Gentle Yoga Beginner

    Take a moment to slow down and tune in. This practice will move you through a variety of postures intended to help you wake up the spine, hips, shoulders and hamstrings, priming your mind and body for a deeper practice. If you're new to yoga, listen to your body and only take these postures as far as feels right! If you feel any pain at all, you've gone too far. Enjoy!

  • 60 minutes

    Movement-asana

    By Brent Laffoon on Jul 18, 2020

    New moves for new grooves! This practice combines a mix of traditional asanas with modern mobility exercises to help you explore new possibilities and make deeper connections. Enjoy!

  • 13 minutes

    13 Minutes to Feel Good

    By Brent Laffoon on Jul 4, 2020

    Hatha Intermediate

    A short and invigorating practice to keep you feeling strong, limber and calm when you only have a few minutes to get on your mat. Enjoy!

  • 45 minutes

    We Shall See...

    By Brent Laffoon on Jun 18, 2020

    Hatha Intermediate

    Staying open to possibilities - it can be one of the hardest aspects of yoga to master, and also one of the most beneficial. This practice aims to take you on a journey through both the familiar and the unfamiliar, with the intention of helping you cultivate a more open mind to be able to roll with life's inevitable ups and downs. Enjoy!

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