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Laughing Bodies

Escondido CA , 92025
USA
7604844390
rebecca@laughingbodies.com
www.laughingbodies.com

Why I did Rebecca's Yoga Teacher Training

I have been a yoga practitioner for 23 years. I lived in NYC and Southern California and now Ohio. I could have done so many different teacher trainings and I waited until Rebecca did hers. She is my favorite teacher. I love her knowledge about Yoga. Her experience in many different types of yoga make her a unique teacher along with the number of years she has been practicing ( I think 35 ). Her attention to alignment, her attention to each person and how she can teach to any level in a room is an ability I have not seen in other teachers. She is great at breaking down poses and creating language that makes a person have a deeper understanding of the pose and of their own body. I gained an amazing amount of knowledge from her teacher training and I am becoming a great teacher myself because of it. I am truly grateful for her sharing herself with us.

Why I took Rebecca's 200 hour training after having my 500 RYS

Prior to taking Rebecca’s training in 2017-18 my training included a 200 RYT, 100 hours in yoga therapy, Certifications in Rewind Senior Yoga and Curvy yoga and had recently completed 300 hours in OM Yoga with Cyndi Lee and had attained my 500 hour RYT. So why would I want to do another 200 hour program on the heels of all that? Because the more you know, the more you know. And also to spend time working with Rebecca. I looked at my study this time as post-graduate work. A time to distill and work with all the teachings I’d learned and allow them to settle into my own teaching style. Rebecca’s training works with the student where they are and as a student with all this training she helped me integrate the teachings and fine-tune my practice and teaching methodology so that I felt more effective. It gave me time to integrate and embody all the teachings in a meaningful way. The value of taking this training is that I finally feel like I became a teacher and found my own voice. Highly recommend. It was a powerful experience.

Graduate of Laughing Bodies 200 hour Yoga Immersion

I can’t even fathom a better teacher trainer. Rebecca’s high spirit, creative ideas, and positive attitude bring such a fun energy to her program. Her knowledge of yoga seems endless and she is so eager to share every bit. I came into her training program with several years of very shallow yoga experience and knowledge, and ended the program with a stronger passion for yoga, a deeper knowledge of yoga, and a general feeling of self-realization and enlightenment. Rebecca’s Laughing Bodies Teacher Training is one-of-a-kind, and definitely the program to choose if you are looking to become a teacher or deepen your practice!

Laughing Bodies YTT Graduate

The Laughing Bodies Yoga Teacher Training with Rebecca Dennis is something that I will be forever grateful I was able to be a part of. With more and more trainings being offered every day, this is one that you can’t find just anywhere. Rebecca’s passion for yoga and method of teaching are a gift that not everyone has. Her enthusiasm is contagious, her knowledge is vast, and you will want to soak as much of both in as possible. As an existing RYT-200, I was on the fence about enrolling in the training, but I am so glad I did. The difference it made in my personal practice and in my ability as a teacher is incredible. Even if you’re not sure if you want to teach, this training will give you what you need to make that decision and the tools to teach if that’s the choice you make. If you have no intention of teaching, it will only deepen your own personal practice or build a strong foundation if you’re just starting out. Almost anyone can learn how to instruct someone to get into a yoga pose, but Rebecca trains you in teaching yoga.

Graduate of Laughing Bodies 200 hour Yoga Immersion

I'm a long time yoga practitioner and yoga teacher with a limited yoga teaching certificate. I had known for a long time that I would like to do a more in depth training. It was a dream come true when Rebecca decided to do one just a few hours away from where I live. Rebecca was thorough yet kind and considerate in her teacher trianing. She was supportive and on call at all times for any questions or problems that arose. She's has an extensive background in yoga and her knowledge was shared unselfishly with us all.

PTA yogi/Graduate of LB 200 hour Teacher Training

Rebecca can take someone with very little Yoga knowledge and turn them into a yoga teacher in 200 hours. I learned an amazing amount during her training. I use yoga and pranayama every day working with my patients in outpatient physical therapy. I teach a class every Saturday that is usually 10-15 people. My retired parents and my kids in their 20s all come to class. Rebecca made sure we knew options for each pose to make it enjoyable for different levels. My husband has vagus nerve issues and has improved since he started meditating with me. I have a lovely, consistent home practice. I haven’t had a migraine since starting her training. I am a better listener and a better friend and am more comfortable in my own skin. I didn’t know much about yoga before and Rebecca has made it possible for me to fully incorporate It into my life. People drove in from other states and others took the course with no intention of teaching... just to do yoga with Rebecca. She’s awesome and if you get a chance to spend time with her, do it!

Graduate of Laughing Bodies 200 hour Yoga Immersion

I’m a overweight mom of 3. I’ve tried many yoga classes but none could compare to Rebecca’s classes. In her classes, I can achieve postures that I can’t do otherwise. I knew without a doubt that her teacher training was the only one I would attempt. It was amazing! I have learned so much about yoga and my body. I will always be grateful for her depth of knowledge and her compassion. If you’re even considering this training, you need to do it.

Graduate of Laughing Bodies 200 hour Yoga Immersion

I've attended Rebecca's classes and workshops for over 10 years . The energy in her classes is always positive and she is very generous in sharing her vast knowledge of the practice of yoga. Thank you Rebecca for all that you have given to me.

Long Term Yoga Teacher

Rebecca's teaching style will change your practice forever. She is a delight and inspiration. She is a true master! I appreciate her teaching style and her years of experience. Deep gratitude for all the gifts that she brings into the world!

54 Year old Yogi - Body Back to Laughing

Have you always wanted to attend a yoga retreat but were afraid it is only for experts, with perfect bodies in perfect posses. I must admit I was intimidated and had my concerns.  I am 54, size 12-14, who enjoys the great outdoors, practices yoga on and off and always wanted to try a retreat. One step on the grounds of Gray Bear and my concerns faded.  Rebecca and the Gray Bear Lodge family create an amazing yoga week-end.  Nice balance of yoga, relaxation, great food and nature at it’s best.  We practiced “silence” which I thought at first …hum not sure about this but I found it to be very rewarding.  I believe we all became closure in our silence. Don’t think we were silent for two days just an evening and morning.  Then it was laughter, shared stories, we all seemed to become instant friends.  Check out the pictures!     Rebecca truly teaches yoga for all body types, age levels and experience.  She is about teaching the art of yoga, she pushes you to push yourself…but not off the ledge.   Props and alternative poses are always suggested.  Practicing with Rebecca has reminded me this is "my" practice. 
I highly recommend attending one of Rebecca’s classes or sign-up for the Laughing Bodies Retreat at Gray Bear Lodge where you leave the cares of the world;even if for just a few days.   Great sister trip, meet up with old friends, getaway from it all…  It is time to take care of you!   Thanks Rebecca…for helping me get my laughing body back!   

47 year old RN

I came to yoga as a 47 year old, not athletic woman looking for a way to address the stresses of being a hospital RN and not feel so old and broken down.  Two years into my yoga journey I had the great fortune to meet Rebecca through co-workers who were students of hers. She is the most challenging  and thoughtful teacher I have ever had.
Challenging because she didn't give me a pass because I was  older and helped to open up a way for me to connect with the poses in the  body I have at  the present moment. This has helped me to appreciate and become fully present in my physical body that I have lived in all these years but never really "known" as I have come to know it thru the yoga.  She has  encouraged  me to go deeper and move thoughtfully which  keeps alive the sense of inquiry and 'what if" to try and see what is possible.
She has helped to unstick me from the thoughts that I have about my body and my yoga.
She has challenged and encouraged me to try things differently even when I think I already know what I am doing--she doesn't allow me to settle and become stuck in yet a new place.
Rebecca cultivates a  teaching environment in which I have felt safe and cared for and even when moved out of my comfort zone it is not to a place where I feel endangered. I feel supported and nurtured in her classes.
The thoughtful part is expressed in the readings she has recommended for the retreats I have shared with her. She has a wonderful way of weaving the readings into the asana practice so that as we work at the physical level all of the "brain" stuff folds in and overlays so at the end of the weekend everything feels   connected. I feel whole and totally at home with myself and in my body. No greater gift is there in this life than to be fully present and aware and that is where I am at the end of every time I have been with Rebecca as my teacher.  It is amazing. I have had the good fortune of being present at her Gray Bear retreats for the past four years and I can honestly say I don't know where I would be now in my life without time spent with her as a teacher. 




Olympian and Business Owner

On day one of yoga, I went in with a lot of curiosity and a little nervousness as to what my body could do -- after being an Olympic javelin thrower over 30 years ago, and currently learning how to work out as a woman in her fifties.  I walked out with a huge grin, as I got to experience what yoga can do for my body and soul.  I felt muscles lengthen and relax, and a flow of energy that feels like pure health.  I left feeling excited about a whole new way I get to explore and experience my body.  10 years ago I tried a yoga class and it felt “too slow.”  Today, yoga feels like the perfect addition to my workouts that will serve my body into the next several decades. 

 

The only part of my body sore from day one was my right thumb!  So funny, and I remembered that today and chose to do puppy dog to put less pressure on the hand.  Thanks for the modifications, and I was pleased with better balancing on one foot!  It helped when earlier in the class you encouraged us to put weight on the outside of the foot….

 

Thanks for bringing yoga into my world.

 

Student

Rebecca is a great yoga instructor.   She makes it fun and always adds something for those more advanced.  But for those of us who don't have years of yoga practice yet, she suggests easier options that are totally ok too.  She's always encouraging and does something a little different each time.  I am lucky to have found such a quality instructor.

Relaxing, Challenging and Fun!

I am a veteran of 36 marathons and an ironman triathlon. As the years progressed, I found that I was getting less flexible. I began taking yoga in hopes to improve my flexibility. My wife was already in Rebecca's yoga class, and always came home feeling better after each class. We are now taking yoga classes together, and we are having a great time experiencing yoga. Yoga has indeed improved my flexibility and balance. Since beginning yoga three years ago, I find I am less susceptible to injury. Adding to overall fitness, yoga also works out areas of the body that are sometimes negelected or underused. Yoga improves fitness through a combination of proper breathing techniques and yoga postures. Rebecca's instruction allows each person to be challenged to their ability. Rebecca is sensitive to limitations her students might have (like my tight quads), and readily adapts her classes to every student. The classes are relaxing, challenging, informative, and most of all – fun.

Loved it!

I have been exercising for many years doing weight training, hiking and walking. I never realized that yoga could make my muscles sore. My abs and triceps were screaming after last weeks (in a good way). I started classes with Rebecca almost six months ago and love it. The classes are different each week which keeps it fun and interesting. I have had lower back, hip and shoulder pain on and off for years and it seems much better. I have even noticed while sitting or driving my car that I am aware of my alignment and breathing. Thank you Rebecca I am so happy to have found you.

Great Instructor!

Rebecca is a hands on instructor without making you feel singled out in the class. She also helps you get past any real or perceived "fears" you have in doing a yoga pose. Her classes are challenging, but most of all, a lot of fun! Thanks Rebecca!!

Stassi Redding

U.S. Marine

I recently attended Rebecca's back bend seminar. Before this I had one formal lesson in Hatha Yoga and had done some work at home with videos. The seminar was outstanding. First of all - anyone who thinks hatha yoga is easy has obviously never tried it. Second - Rebecca is an excellent teacher. Her knowledge of how the body works plus her ability to impart knowledge in a positive and clear manner is top-notch. After the seminar, my back felt more open and relaxed than I can remember - probably since high school. I am also a long time practitioner of martial arts and an instructor in Russian Martial Arts - Systema. Many of the principles and concepts Rebecca shared are direct corollaries with Systema, which I found to be a pleasant surprise. I am going to start taking regular classes with Rebecca - I highly recommend training with her !!

I am honored!

The first time I walked into Laughing Bodies I felt reconnected to a life I had been missing since moving to Crossville. I am honored to say that Rebecca is more than a yoga teacher, she is my friend. Laughing Bodies started my new journey, taught me how to love myself, how to be kind to my body. Rebecca taught me how to just be. Laughing Bodies will be missed in Crossville. Namaste, J

I feel much better now!

My first yoga classes resulted in a startling discovery. I know longer knew how to relax my body. Frankly, it kind of scared me. Relaxation and tight hamstrings were my reasons for starting yoga. My reasons for continuing for now, almost two years surprise me to this day. I feel much more content and comfortable within my own body. Not only do I physically feel better but mentally and emotionally, too!

It was a blessing!

Ms. Dennis recently visited our school in Deer Lodge to lead a two hour class for our female students.

The students and staff members that participated thoroughly enjoyed the class. Ms. Dennis did an excellent job providing a program that all students were able to feel successful with, yet challenged the most athletic of our students. Her teaching style was wonderful and the staff members all plan to attend a lesson at the studio soon.

Thank you for your time.  It was a blessing to our program.

Thank you for your friendship!

I had not done yoga for many years and was thrilled when a teacher came to town. At first I felt clumsy and awkard and very aware of how out of touch I was with my body, all things that surprised and horrified me. I am proud of sticking with my practice, because now, I am so much more flexible and I am able to do things that surprise and delight me. The best thing about my yoga practice, is the feeling I have of being more centered and more accepting of my limitations. The other best thing is having Rebecca and Sammy in my circle of friends.

Wonderful!

Laughing Bodies !! Is a wonderful Studio and Rebecca !!! and her teachings. I am sorry to see her close !! Being a teacher my self ,I have learned so much from her even in the short time I have been there.. We become what we love .What we put first in our lives is what we recieve from Life the treasure of our heart both measures and determines our Wealth ...and you Rebecca have been a true treasure to me in my life ..to one True Yogini to another by working to remember ourselves and our dynamic inner strength in this fashion and to enjoy true peace of mind .. and wish you the best on Journey !! Namaste Janis Tate

Namaste!

Walking into Laughing Bodies is one of the best things I've ever done for myself. I've taken yoga classes before but never one that offered so much individual instruction. Regardless of the number of people present for a class, I always leave feeling I've had a one on one session with a teacher who really cares about my practice.

In the past I've ignored my body (perhaps hoping it would go away–or at least shrink a little) and filled my mind with anything to distract me from my own thoughts. Here is a place where I can feel safe confronting my limitations and overcoming them. In a few short weeks my posture has improved. I'm noticably stronger and more flexible. My mind and body are calmer and more in tune with my surroundings. I feel ready for anything that comes my way. Rebecca is truly helping me to develop a Laughing Body!

I wish you much success!

Thanks, Rebecca, for your kindness and your caring spirit. After I had breast cancer and came back, you were so considerate and patient. I really appreciated that. I am so much more limber and have more inner peace with yoga. I wish you much success in whatever path you choose, and your leaving is our loss.


Here to Stay! Thanks!!

I've been practicing yoga with Rebecca since she first offered yoga in Crossville, TN and now I can't imagine NOT practicing Yoga. [For that matter, I can't imagine practicing yoga with anyone BUT Rebecca]. I have a very demanding and sometimes stressfull career, as do most professional women my age, and practicing yoga on a weekly basis, even just one night a week, provides both physical and mental therapy that I have come to depend upon.

Speaking of my age, I have reached that age when one realizes they are not as young as they used to be and no where near as flexible, so practicing Yoga has become much more important to me, as a form or fitness. I have been athletic most of my life, or at least physically active, and Yoga is the only activity I have ever engaged in that is both relaxing and challenging at the same time. Unlike other sports or fitness activities, Yoga is something I look forward to practicing for the rest of my life, plus I know it will enhance those sports and other physical activities that I do enjoy, such as golf and rowing. I simply can't say enough good things about Yoga, and I realize just how fortunate we are to have someone of Rebecca's caliber in our home town. Let's hope she's here to stay.

One of the best Investments!

Yoga with Rebecca is one of the best investments I have made in me! I tried yoga just to see what it was about and to try something different. Little did I know I would come to consider yoga part of my overall Healthy Living Plan! I now feel more happy and alive! I walk and stand straighter and with much less effort. My range of motion, balance and coordination have improved greatly. I sleep better . And for the first time in years, I was able to ward off depression all last winter! I have fibromyalgia, and my knees are starting to deteriorate. I’ve had shoulder pain for 24 years, from which I could only get temporary relief, at best. But now I have yoga to help me deal with, and correct, these issues. I haven’t been to my chiropractor once in the 9 months I’ve been taking yoga with Rebecca. And, by reconnecting with my body, I have found things that I was doing before starting yoga which had made my pain worse. I wouldn't have discovered this without yoga. Lately, I have been devoting 30 to 60 minutes to my home practice. My blood pressure has come down about 20 to 40 points. My cravings for snacks and sweets have been reduced, so I‘ve lost a few pounds. In every class we challenge ourselves to do what we can, and to try to go just a little farther if we feel we can. Your challenge is to do your best, recognizing that your best may differ from week to week or within your own practice. You find what works for you, and you don't worry or consider what others are doing. And Rebecca is always more than willing to work with those of us who have special health considerations; she shows us how to adapt a pose or sequence so that it works for us. I look forward to every class because I know I will learn more about myself, and I’ll feel better too! If you want a new experience, try yoga at Laughing Bodies. Discover what you can learn about yourself, and what you can do for yourself through yoga!

Can't Imagine having yoga in my life!

I'd like to start out by saying that I decided to give yoga a try because I was looking for a new workout. I wasn't sure about doing because I've never been very flexible and tend to be very clumsy. I'm sooo gald I decided to gulp my fears and give it a try! So what has yoga done for me? I'm definitely more flexible and yes, I'm learning to be more balanced. (alot less stumbling going on!)

I'm very happy about both those things but it's really not why I come back 3 times a week. Yoga makes me more at peace within myself. I have more self–awareness. Which honestly, never realized was very important. Sooo, yes yoga is challenging, a great workout, even FUN but sooo much more. Now I can't image not having yoga in my life.

Best Hatha Yoga!

I have been a practitioner of Hatha Yoga since 1971. I cannot imagine living in a physical, emotional body without yoga. I hope to be practicing on my final day! I have had the opportunity to study with many wonderful teachers including some of the more famous yogis such as Rodney Yee, Patricia Sullivan, Ramanand Patel, and Mary Paffard. I used to travel to Oak Ridge, Knoxville and Nashville for classes. I have lived and worked in India on three occasions and studied yoga while there. Rebecca is one of the best teachers I have known. Since Rebecca arrived in Crossville seven years ago, I have been in a constant amazement that this master yogini is here! Her dedication, knowledge and talent is outstanding. Her depth of practice and versatility is consistently revealed in her fresh teachings. In seven years studying with her, I still receive new insight and knowledge from every class! She is devoted to the practice and her students. I feel very blessed to have her as my teacher. She has the uncanny ability to instruct to all levels of ability in the same class and challenge them all to their own level! This caliber of teacher is very rare. We are very fortunate that she is here. The studio that Rebecca and Sue have created at Laughing Bodies is a sanctuary. It is a space of serenity and levity. Thank you both for your dedication and skillful teachings to our community. You have made a difference!

Like a Dream!

Attending Rebecca Dennis’s Retreat at Gray Bear was like being in a dream for three days. The dream of being in my ideal setting of a mountain cabin surrounded by trees in their brilliant fall colors and I do nothing but practice yoga and eat and my most difficult decision is deciding when to have my massage.

Great for Ballet Dancers!

I grew up taking ballet classes and continued to take ballet until my son was about a year old. When I moved back to Crossville my schedule did not allow me to take ballet. This is when my mom suggested yoga. Classes on Saturday worked out great for me. Yoga has been very rewarding for me in many ways. First by teaching me to breath! Back to the basics for me. I have learned techniques and skills that have allowed me to focus on the task at hand or relax when needed. This could be at work, grocery store, airport, or just at home by myself. Second are the physical rewards. I am more flexible, stronger, and more aware of my body movement and placement. Now that I am expecting my second child, yoga classes and Rebecca are continuing to help me through life. With the ongoing pre-natal classes being held and workshops I am still learning a great deal about my body. I am also able to be more focused during this pregnancy which is allowing me to enjoy it more than my first. Thank You!! I highly recommend checking out the studio for yourself and see what wonderful things they can offer.

Fortunate to have Rebecca as an Instructor!

Three & 1/2 years ago I saw an ad in the newspaper advertising yoga classes. I had wanted to try classes for a long time so I called and signed up. I fell in love with it the very first day. I left that class feeling so peaceful and joyous. Soon I was taking classes 2 times a week and then 3 times a week. I have gone on 2 retreats with Rebecca and they were wonderful. I cannot begin to describe how yoga has helped my body. I am much more flexible, my posture is much better, I am stronger and overall I feel better in my body.

I feel we are very fortunate to have Rebecca as an instructor, she is very professional, she works hard at making the classes chalenging and fun. We work hard but we also laugh. I have met a lot of new people at Laughing bodies and made some good friends. I hope this inspires anyone who reads it to try yoga. YOGA is a lot of things to me and all of them are GREAT.

Great Yoga!

In my 20's I took yoga in Knoxville, TN and loved how I felt when I took classes and practiced. In 1980 I left the city and lived in small town after small town – none of which had opportunities for yoga. I was thrilled when Rebecca began teaching here – I believe I was in her first class in Fairfield Glade!

I have told many people that when I am in my car on the way home from my yoga classes, I feel better than I feel the entire rest of the week. I feel in control of my body – I feel "worked out" and rested all at once.

Yoga has not only made me stronger, but it has also taught me how to keep the "calm" in day–to–day life. Thank you, Rebecca!

A great workout!

I am over 50 and over 200#. I thought I was too old, fat, and stiff to take yoga. Nope, not true. When I started it hurt to get out of bed in the mornings. I was embarrassed for others to see all my rolls of fat, and to see how much I could not do. Rebecca has a way of making you feel relaxed and accepted. After six weeks of classes, I went for a check-up with my chiropractor, and he asked, "What have you been doing? Your back and neck are in much better shape!" Rebecca also has a way of modifying difficult poses to take the pressure off your back or spine, knees or ankles or whatever feels strain. She says "If it hurts, don't do it!" Yoga is a gentle stretch, but I also get soaked in sweat sometimes in class, so it can be a great workout. Now it feels good to get out of bed in the morning. Compared to how I felt when I started several months ago, I feel like a million dollars.

I can't say enough!

I can't say enough. I've learned to love my body again, obese as I am. I can be honest about my physical weight and limitations, and also my strengths. Practicing yoga with Rebecca reminds me of my days in college as a dancer.

I have lost 20 lbs. — very slowly and moderately, over quite some period of time. This is not a magic weight loss system, but a way of loving yourself, and wanting to be your very best self. I am much more in touch with how I feel and behave. Yoga is also a spiritual practice for me, helping me be centered in the present moment, and at the same time, to be in touch with the Spirit in whom I live and move and have my being.

I would recommend yoga practice to anyone and everyone, and Rebecca is an excellent teacher, able to adapt to almost any needs and physical limitations.

Thank you Rebecca!

I have been practicing yoga since 1995 and I started at Jivamukti in NYC. I have had many teachers and it shows when a teacher has experience and knowledge. Out of all the teachers I have had Rebecca is my favorite. She has shown me many different things in my alignment that has changed the way I stand, the way I walk and the way I hold myself. It is obvious that she understands the body and has been doing yoga for a very long time. I appreciate having a teacher that has 30 years of experience. Especially in today's world where yoga has become so main stream. Thank You Rebecca.

Thanks for helping with my pain!

When I first heard of Rebecca’s yoga classes, I had just suffered a catastrophic shoulder injury. Though I couldn’t take full advantage of all yoga had to offer until after the surgery that was required a few months later, I was able to better cope with pain, and my physical therapist was amazed by my rapid recovery. I have great range of motion and flexibility, and I feel younger now than I did six years ago. Thanks, Rebecca! and thanks, Sandy, for telling me about Rebecca's classes.

A great gift for yourself!

I have been taking yoga from Rebecca now for about two years. I have a new found awareness of my body, and am inspired to take care of it physically, mentally, and spiritually more than ever before. I orginally went into yoga looking for a great way to tone my body. I found much more than a great workout. In a self destructive society, we need to slow down and listen to what our body is telling us. Through yoga, not only have I been able to gain strength and flexibility, but also have discovered the healing arts it can bring. It is not only one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, but also to the others surrounding us.