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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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 !!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.