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Laughing Bodies

Escondido CA , 92025

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.



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