Chiropractor says Yoga creates “spinal misalignments” – PraiseMoves does not!!!
"We have been recommending
PraiseMoves as an alternative to yoga to our patients for several years.
Just a clinical note to encourage you... We take care of patients from
all over the country and from many backgrounds from grandmas to babies and
housewives to bull riders.
—Dr. Ray Marshall,
Marshall Spinal Care of Tulsa, OK and Branson, MO
Note: Dr. Ray's wife, Dr. Mary Marshall, told me she used PraiseMoves to help her lose weight and get back in shape after the birth of their third child. She added that PraiseMoves DVDs are the ONLY DVDs she and Dr. Ray recommend to their patients.
Chiropractor recommends PraiseMoves and “BASIC Steps” book
“I have been experiencing terrific results using PraiseMoves and have been recommending it to my patients. I am thankful to Laurette for a program that combines Christ–centered worship with the physical benefits often attributed to yoga. Laurette’s book BASIC Steps is a wonderful addition...as a well–rounded approach to spiritual and physical health. Insightful, informative, and in touch!”
—Steven J. Scafidi, D.C., America’s Chiropractic Center, New Jersey
Help for Fibromyalgia
“Thank you Laurette! PraiseMoves is answered prayer for a fibromyalgia sufferer!”
—Chris J., Tulsa, OK
Neurosurgeon Says Keep Doing PraiseMoves
"Dear Laurette and PraiseMoves staff,
"Thank you so much for being willing to refute the true nature of yoga and
stand for Jesus Christ!"
"I thanked the Lord for providing exactly what I needed!!!"
"I am so thankful for my PraiseMoves DVD’s!!! What a spiritual and physical work they are providing for my soul and my body!!! I remember the first time I put on the PraiseMoves DVD I had purchased—I started to cry and thanked the Lord for providing exactly what I needed!!!
"I had been attending classes at the local YMCA but again, like Laurette says, I felt something inside wasn’t right when doing the yoga moves although I enjoyed the physical stretching they provided. I had lost my part-time job so that brought on some stress as well. But, now praise the Lord I can work out at home and hear the Word of God with good background music while I tone my body.
"Spiritually, I am restored, physically I feel so much better, and I dropped my membership to the 'Y' so am saving money as well!!! I am reminded again and again that God does indeed supply our needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus!!
"I have purchased several of Laurette’s DVD’s so I can change-up my
workouts. And, I share my enthusiasm with my friends telling them about how
the PraiseMoves workouts have help me so much!!!! Someday, Lord willing, I
would like to become an instructor here in Delaware—if the Lord so leads me
to take the course.
Even Teenage Boys Enjoy PraiseMoves!
“I ordered a PraiseMoves DVD last year and have had fun using the DVD with my family. Even my son's friends happened to catch me using it one day. Did they laugh? A little bit, but then they jumped in and started exercising right along with me!
“I truly believe that this is a ministry and have been praying that there are others in North Carolina who have expressed an interest in starting a Fitness Ministry besides myself. In speaking with my friends about Yoga, we are all in agreement that although the moves are beneficial (and recommended by many physicians), we don't like the chanting and meditation that causes us to break the First Commandment!
“My husband & I have recently lost 25 pounds each and are fast becoming role models for our family and our neighbors. I attribute our weight loss to God's desire for us to live a healthy life, self-discipline, our commitment to lose the weight, and our love for each other and our family.
“I believe PraiseMoves has something for everyone: beginners, people who want to maintain their overall weight & health, children, senior adults, and growing teens! Thank you.”
In His Service,
—Terri Thomas, North Carolina
55 LB. Weight Loss – and more energy
“Since my mother's strokes and subsequent death, I had begun experiencing high normal blood pressure. My physician recommended low dosage of medication, lose some weight and regular exercise. He recommended Weight Watchers, which I immediately joined. Arthritis was also causing me some problems with flexibility and movement.
“Through regular use of PraiseMoves, I have regained the flexibility and energy I thought was gone forever! As a result, I am able to do more aerobic activity, for longer periods of time, with less discomfort. The overall physical results are more stamina, flexibility, and energy! PLUS (!!) the spiritual value is priceless – it's such a wonderful way to start the day or end the day!
“Bottom line: I have lost 55 lbs. and have more energy than I ever dreamed I could have at 58 years of age. (I) actually feel great every day, sleep well every night and work rings around my co-workers and friends!
“Best part: I continue to grow in wisdom and knowledge of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!!”
—Julie Wood, Tulsa, OK
“My Panic Attacks have left!!!”
“Dear Laurette: I am 41 years old and under severe stress. Several months ago I began having anxiety and panic attacks. I prayed for God to help me. I went to my doctor; he suggested tranquilizers, yoga or antidepressants. I was not depressed, just stressed to my limits! I have a family to take care for, so taking a tranquilizer was out of the question – if I did that who would get the groceries, take kids to school and prepare the meals? And as a Christian I felt yoga was wrong. I did think that yoga was the least of the 3 'evils' the doctor prescribed, but as I began reading about yoga the more I realized it was NOT for Christians.
“Then 2 weeks ago as I sat at my computer barely able to read or punch keys thru tear-filled eyes desperate for finding help, I came across your website. I loved what I read and ordered the same day. I received your DVD in the mail and ran to the DVD player will high hopes. I'm not as bendy as you but I was able to keep up and enjoyed stretching and exercising for the first time in my life.
“That is only part of my great news… Since I started your PraiseMoves DVD my panic attacks have left!!! Praise God!
“May God bless you richly for giving me my life again! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
“P.S. When I return to the doctor I will take my PraiseMoves DVD with me in hopes that he will share it with others. God bless you.”
—Charlene Harper, Michigan
“Not bringing a Reproach to Christ”
“Thank you for this beautiful article and reminder of the importance of our Christian walk ( “Why a Christian Alternative to Yoga?” article). Very well said. You are describing the importance of not bringing about the reproach of Christ.
“I am grateful for your courage and your strong conviction of following God’s ways regardless of how they look or persecution you may face. It gives me hope and builds my faith and that is priceless. For this I am indebted to you.
“Thank you so much. May the
Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let His face shine upon you and
give you peace forever."
Catholic Priest sees the "damage yoga religion is doing"
"As a Catholic Priest working in deliverance ministry I am delighted to see you are responding ACCURATELY to the terrible damage YOGA religion is doing especially to America. If this helps you - I always find three main spirits attached: spirit of false worship; spirit of disobedience and spirit of rebellion.
"Compression fractures, bulging disc, bone spurs—released from the doctor—pain diminished”
“Dear Laurette and Nola Jeanne,
“I am writing a note to you ladies to applaud you both for your knowledge of the Bible, the ability to teach us the PraiseMoves Postures and Scripture Sequences, etc. that we learn in your (Nola’s) classes.
“I came to the classes with the challenges of compression fractures of the lumbar spine, a bulging disc, and two bone spurs. I was taught how to work around the stretches and PraiseMoves in order to get the most out of the session. I cannot tell you how much the classes have improved both my life style and my health including my posture. It is wonderful to feel energized and refreshed and filled with the blessings of Scripture to learn and repeat after each session.
“I feel a need to let you know that I have now been released from the doctor because he cannot help me anymore with my bulging disc and spurs because they have decreased and the pain is basically diminished and now life is much more comfortable and I have a closer relationship with my heavenly Father. I say praise the Lord and begin another session of PraiseMoves.
“Thank you so much for the knowledge and skills that have been put into the classes, you should be mighty proud of your successes to ALL those who participate.
“God Bless you All,
—Barb Owens, Tahlequah, OK
PreNatal Fitness for Spirit, Soul, Body—and BABY!
“Many know that they need to be physically fit to carry, deliver and rear their babies, but so few know what a spiritually-intense event bringing another image-bearer of God into the world is - and that we need to be spiritually fit for it! There is a plethora of prenatal fitness info out there, but almost nothing with Scriptural strength and encouragement.
“I did the PraiseMoves DVD as a part of my fitness and scripture-meditation with my second child, and I just modified anything that was not pregnancy-appropriate.
“I am now expecting our third child, and using PraiseMoves (I look forward to your PreNatal PraiseMoves DVD!!!)
“Above all, I will say that the greatest benefit for me was incorporating scripture into my physical fitness, particularly meditating on scripture as I prepared to give birth. I never really realized how intertwined our spirit, soul, and body are until I began to bring them together through PraiseMoves and for the purpose of preparing for childbirth.”
—Gina A., Atlanta, GA
PraiseMoves is "the First Workout Video I Have Ever Purchased."
"This workout is great. It is energizing to your body, mind & soul. This is the 1st workout video I have ever purchased. Most workout videos are body beautiful people in their skimpy clothes. That is just not for me & is the reason I have never purchased one.
"This workout with Laurette Willis & friends is very inspiring to get up & move your body, renew your mind, be happy, smile, think on scripture from the Bible & praise God. And she ends the workout with a peaceful relaxation time for your mind & body while she talks to you about God. It will leave you feeling wonderful! The 50 min. workout goes by so fast but if I'm running short on time I'll do the 20 min. workout. I highly recommend this DVD to anyone wanting to improve their health & mind.
Chiropractor Recommends Slow-Cadence Exercise DVD for Less Joint Stress
"As someone who
treats multiple cases of joint problems every day, I think Laurette Willis's
Slow Cadence Exercise DVD is a great tool for building strength and
muscle without the joint stress of typical strength building exercises.
Laurette has very clear, easy to follow instructions. Plus, the use of
scripture during the routine is a great way to grow in your relationship
with Christ. I would recommend Slow Cadence Exercise to anyone wanting to
grow stronger physically and spiritually."
Gardener No Longer Sore
"I am so excited
about the PraiseMoves program. I am a young 61 years old, an avid gardener
and walker. But by the time I put my garden to bed this fall, I was so sore
all around my pelvic area, it was keeping me awake at night. It was very
discouraging. With the help of PraiseMoves, the pain is nearly gone!
I did start a weight lifting program similar to yours that helps, too.
"I am so excited about the PraiseMoves program. I am a young 61 years old, an avid gardener and walker. But by the time I put my garden to bed this fall, I was so sore all around my pelvic area, it was keeping me awake at night. It was very discouraging. With the help of PraiseMoves, the pain is nearly gone! I did start a weight lifting program similar to yours that helps, too.
"W hen I finish the PraiseMoves routine, I feel so energized and blessed with
the many Biblical verses and the meditation/confession at the end -- the
latter is like the dessert at the end of a delicious meal. Thank you so much
for this program. I'm telling all my Christian friends about it and hope to
have a few over soon to see how it works.
hen I finish the PraiseMoves routine, I feel so energized and blessed with
the many Biblical verses and the meditation/confession at the end -- the
latter is like the dessert at the end of a delicious meal. Thank you so much
for this program. I'm telling all my Christian friends about it and hope to
have a few over soon to see how it works.
Help for Post Polio Syndrome—PraiseMoves TV Show
“I am a 62 year old ‘preacher's widow’ who had polio as a child. Like most survivors, I thought the polio was gone, and I kept active to appear ‘normal.’ I exercised as strenuously as possible—not knowing I was overworking my remaining motor neurons. Now I deal with Post Polio Syndrome, which causes fatigue and weakness with everyday activities, making traditional exercising a hazard rather than a help.
“I thank God for leading me to your television program, PraiseMoves. The gentle stretches and other routines help me retain flexibility and strength. And combining these with God's Word is a special blessing to me.
“I have purchased your DVD's to share with my grandchildren and great-grandchild. Thank you!
—Glenda G., Florida
PraiseMoves Workout Led to Grandson’s Salvation!
“Dear Laurette, It gives me great pleasure to share my story about PraiseMoves! My grandson, Shane, who was 6yrs old at the time, was spending the night. I decided to do my PraiseMoves workout and he stayed in the room and did it with me. Very cute. At the end when you gave the Invitation (to receive Jesus Christ as Savior), even though I accepted our Lord years ago, I decided to listen to what you had to say.
“Shane sat down on the carpet next to me and listened also. When you were done he offered, ‘When I'm seven I'm going to do that.’
“He is now 8yrs old. About 1 month ago we were working on putting hygiene packets for the homeless together and I asked him if he ever told the Lord Jesus he wanted to receive him as his Lord and Savior. He said, ‘Yes, I told you I was going to do it when I turned seven. On my birthday I did it in the bathtub.’
“I asked him if he had told anyone and he said not until now. I told him Jesus wanted him to tell others he had accepted him as his Lord and Savior and by telling me he had been obedient to Jesus in this.
“I will be eternally grateful to you Laurette for your part in my grandson Shane's walk with our precious Savior. I would love to incorporate your PraiseMoves for Children workout into my very active Sunday school class of 7 and 8 year olds (currently all energetic boys) and see what God does in their little hearts also.
“God Bless your ministry!” ~ We sent Betty the PraiseMoves for Children DVD to share with her Sunday school class.
—Betty Ahlgren, Bellevue, Washington
BASIC Steps Book used for “BASIC Training”
“During the 18 weeks of training (at Woodland Heights Baptist Church), we worked through 10 weeks of BASIC class (using the BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness book). To this point: your 21-Day Step-UP program has proven tough for all, tummy curfew is discussed almost weekly, we all strive to eat breakfast and drink a lot of water. Supplements are a popular topic and we are well acquainted with the daily routine of the sumo wrestler (thanks for showing us what NOT to do!). We understand the importance of forgiveness and the dangers of stress.
“BASIC Steps has been a fitting study for our Rock Runner mission statement: ‘To be fit – both spiritually and physically – prepared to answer God’s call whenever it comes.’
“Most importantly they do answer that call - seven of our group leave this Saturday for a week of mission work in Honduras. Thank you!”
—Bill Doshier, Woodland Heights Baptist Church, Conway, AR (rockrunners.org)
Young mother and Pastor’s wife writes, “Thank you for rescuing me…’
“Thank you for rescuing me. As I write you to you, it is hard to see the screen through the tears in my eyes. I was just researching how to start a business and was interested in a yoga center. I have practiced yoga during pregnancy and at the YMCA.
“As a Christian since 1997, I was always uncomfortable with the Hindu references, but I really felt the physical benefits of the stretching. So, like so many in the West, I ‘didn't see anything wrong with it. It's just exercises right?’ THANK YOU for your marvelous testimony of enlightenment and grace. What a remarkable truth you have shared with me.
“Thank you for keeping this young Christian
mom away from ‘things offered to idols.’ Bless you dear sister. When God
opens the door, I pray I can open a PraiseMoves Studio in my hometown of
Jacksonville, FL. Maybe we'll meet one day.
—Cozette Brown, Jacksonville, Florida
Registered Nurse writes: “dramatic decrease in neck and shoulder pain and muscle inflammation”
“Since I started doing PraiseMoves only 3 months ago, I have experienced a dramatic decrease in neck and shoulder pain and muscle inflammation. My work as an RN puts extra stress on these muscles through lifting patients, computer work and just the general stress that comes with the job. I have found that the gentle stretches and relaxation are just what I needed to relieve this stress and muscle tension. My posture has also improved and I find that my clothes fit better because of the toning I have experienced.
“More than all the physical benefits that PraiseMoves has given me, I have found that I can truly feel the presence of the LORD as I worship Him during the postures. I am able to completely clear the "clutter" of the day from my mind and focus my mind, body and spirit on the LORD and commune with Him on a greater level.
—Ann Sibinski, R.N., Kansas
High School Kids Upset about Snow Days—“PraiseMoves—That’s the main reason I came to school today!”
Certified PraiseMoves Instructor (CPI) who teaches PraiseMoves at a Christian High School writes:
"This high school class is AMAZING!!! They are all so FOCUSED...even the PE Director is doing the class with us. They LOVE PraiseMoves and one of the 17 year-old boys talked to me about wanting to become a CPI!!! One H.S. girl asked her Foreign Language teacher if she could skip out of that class and sneak into the PE class and do PraiseMoves...and he let her. She was so excited!!
"The High Schoolers were talking it up so much that the Jr. High kids asked the PE Director if I would teach PraiseMoves to them, too...so I am!!! Jr. High is a little tougher than High School but it's MY PRIVILEGE to share all that Scripture with the youth!! Things are going better than I prayed for!
“Yesterday they canceled school due to snow and it was right before the PE class. One of the girls in the class came up to me and said, ‘I can't believe they cancelled school before PraiseMoves. That's the main reason I came to school today!’ HOW ABOUT THAT!!???!!???
“Some of the kids are asking me about joining my regular PraiseMoves class on Thursdays with their moms. HOW FUN IS THAT?” (Note: All we can say is all glory and praise goes to the Lord Jesus Christ! Hallelujah!)
—CPI in Mid-Western USA
BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness Book—and Jeans that fit!
can't believe it! I just put on a pair of jeans I couldn't wear before.
I tried another program, thinking it might be easier, but it wasn't, so I
went back to yours. It works! Thanks for your support."
"I can't believe it! I just put on a pair of jeans I couldn't wear before. I tried another program, thinking it might be easier, but it wasn't, so I went back to yours. It works! Thanks for your support."
—Susan in Colorado
We Enjoy Using the PraiseMoves DVD at our Church
"Recently I purchased your PraiseMoves / Christian Alternatives to
Yoga DVD. Thank you so very much for the workout! I have used workout DVDs
that incorporate yoga, but never felt comfortable because of the concept of
“More flexible” and “less winded”
“I have been doing PraiseMoves for over a
year, and I introduced my girlfriend, Toby, and her daughter to it also. I
then bought another DVD for my sister-in-law.
PraiseMoves is part of those things which are “True and of Good Report”
“I have been physically active my whole life: competitive swimming and diving, golf, ballet, body building, and aerobics. I have always believed that flexibility training was the first priority in physical health. Researching all that was available, I discovered Yoga, but as a Christian I was very cautious in my study. I found the moves to be greatly beneficial, but always had the check in my spirit that all was not well. I also was not comfortable sharing my exercise routine with others, for the scriptures told me: "nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak." I have always wanted to share all that I knew to be true and of good report (Philippians 4:8), and Yoga was indeed a problem for me as I knew it was not all true and of good report.
“Finally, hallelujah, I saw Laurette Willis on my Sky Angel network programming (Faith TV) and rejoiced in my spirit that the answer that I had always been looking for had come. And indeed, this was ALL true and of good report. I have only had my PraiseMoves a short time, but I have incorporated the moves and the scripture sequences into my daily routine. I love to multitask, and PraiseMoves, as God, is the Master at multitasking. It is wonderful to worship God while being a good steward in caring for His holy temple, our bodies. And I like to get double for my trouble, and PraiseMoves, as God, is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory...
“I am a very disciplined person, and exercise was never an option, and of course, I reaped rewards from my diligence, but the task was always burdensome. That is no longer true, as He says, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Now, my exercise is food for my soul, my Daily Bread, a river in the desert, my cup that runneth over.
“I look forward with anticipation and expectation to my daily exercise. It is a joy, not a dread. I believe that as the Word of God is spoken out and goes forth it shall not return void, but shall accomplish what He pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing for which He sent it. As Laurette was so careful to cover every move with the Word, and in fact, she even names the postures as they look and feel with the Word, you cannot help but receive from the Word. I feel the Word of God penetrating the very fibers of my body, bringing healing, restoration, refreshing and rest as I move through the postures.
“‘For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of JOINTS AND MARROW, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This scripture is prefaced by a discussion on entering God's rest. In the times we live in, I cannot think of anything more important than being diligent to enter that rest.
“Yes, the Word of God is deep, and takes us from faith to faith and glory to glory and I believe PraiseMoves, imbedded in the Word of God is deep stuff... bringing healing and rest to the body, mind and spirit. We get it all in one package. What an awesome blessing!!!
“Thank God for Laurette's obedience to what she heard from Him. And yes, God is still going to do more than I had ever asked or thought, as my next move is to become certified as a PraiseMoves instructor, and finally share ALL that I know to be true and of good report. Hallelujah and Amen.”
—Cindy Schremmer, St. Augustine, FL
Help for Neck and Upper Back Muscles, plus freedom from Anxiety… and Caffeine!
2006: “I have had trouble pretty much my whole life with severely tight neck, shoulder, and upper back muscles. I've had issues with tension headaches and stiff neck for most of my adult life. For a time, I tried regular yoga and did see some benefit from the stretching. I did it only for the exercise, but still didn't feel at peace with continuing in the yoga since I am a Christian. I have also had struggles with anxiety for most of my life.
“I was so excited when I first heard of PraiseMoves and ordered the DVD right away. I love it so much; I can't even begin to tell you! I always feel so uplifted during the workout and afterwards. It truly has turned my workout into worship! I occasionally will get massages and always in the past, I've heard things like how my neck and upper back muscles feel like brick. Well, I had a massage just last week with a new girl and was I ever surprised when she told me how great of condition my tissue was in and how easily it moves! What a difference from before! I know it is from the PraiseMoves workout!
“Another huge benefit is the peace I now live in and freedom from the anxiety. I have even been able to get off caffeine, which I had been addicted to for a long time.”
2008: “Hi Laurette – I submitted a testimony a long time ago but still feel just as passionate about sharing what PraiseMoves has meant to me, so here is another testimony. Thanks so much for PraiseMoves!
“I love PraiseMoves so much! I used to deal with situational/seasonal depression and when I started exercising, I was able to get off the antidepressants. However, I was doing yoga and heard that Christians shouldn't be doing yoga so I was a little confused. I felt better than I had in years but didn't want to do something that wasn't good. When I found PraiseMoves, I started doing the exercises and one of the things I loved was that when I got done with the workout, I felt spiritually uplifted and strengthened, as well as physically. I was able to get off caffeine. I feel calmer. I only struggle with the situational/seasonal depression when I quit doing my PraiseMoves for a while.
“It's amazing how much better I feel. I have the Slow-Cadence Exercise DVD, the original PraiseMoves DVD, and the new 20-minute PraiseMoves and I love all of them and alternate them, so I NEVER get bored doing my workout! It's really been a life-transforming blessing in my life. I could go on and on!”
—L. Thomas, Iowa
Onset of Cold Symptoms—Felt 100% Better after PraiseMoves Class
“Over the holidays I missed a week of PraiseMoves! That has not happened since we began the program in October. I decided to come to the gym to work out in a boot camp class; however, the Holy Spirit drew me to the PraiseMoves class instead!!! Praise God!
“As I was taking the class I began to feel my joints being stretched and my blood flowed more freely. It was as if my body was being released from tension that had built up in just a week. Wow!~! After that I felt 100% better!
“I realized that my body was getting sick until I came to PraiseMoves. By the end of class I felt healed from issues that I did not even know existed!!! My mind also felt renewed!!!! He is Wonderful!!!!!!!”
—Jaclyn Maddox, Tyler, TX
Praise for Laurette’s book BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness
“Over the winter, I used BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness for my Bible study group. We focus on physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental growth. This book fit all those needs. We did the ‘Step-UP Program’ (21-day program in BASIC Steps) for 5 days and read chapters for 2 days, exercised and watched our eating. After the Step-UP Program was over, we continued on in our Bibles at a slower pace and reread the chapters.
“There are so many wonderful and challenging points in this book. I continue to reread chapters when I feel some areas of my life are slipping and again become renewed and challenged to get back on track. I knew I needed strength and flexibility training, but did not start that area of the book until this summer.
“Laurette gives a wealth of knowledge in many areas and all from the heart. Thank you for a life changing book.”
—Cindy Luther, Michigan
(BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness from Harvest House Publishers is available in the PraiseMoves Store)
“PraiseMoves has helped to strengthen my relationship with God”
“I can't begin to tell you how much PraiseMoves has helped to strengthen my relationship with God. I am the child of a minister so needless to say, God has always been present in my life and I KNEW of His presence. In saying that, ‘Preacher's Kids’ sometimes tend to take God for granted (just a bit) because we've always known of the goodness and grace that He willingly gives to us.
“Because of this, I've always been searching for something ‘out of the box’ that will minister to others (including myself) and bring them closer to God. The ‘same old, same old’ just wouldn't do.
“I happened to come across the PraiseMoves website and fell in love. Immediately I ordered a DVD and began devouring everything I could find on PraiseMoves. I'm so into PraiseMoves now that I want to become a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor. I'm currently saving up to be able to afford the course. Thank you so much for being a willing vessel and bringing innovative ways to grow the Army of God.”
—Dinika E., Hartford, CT
“Drawn like a magnet” to the PraiseMoves TV Show
“Thank you for such a wonderful program. I just started watching two days ago, and I am sincerely touched! I've had knee replacement surgery just 5 weeks ago, but I was able to do much of today's program sitting in a chair and a little standing. Your program is sooooo motivating and yet it calms me! I am drawn like a magnet to your show! May God bless you!”
—Elizabeth Forss, Limington, ME
"I am a COMPLETELY Different Woman--and I CAN RUN Again!"
"The best part is though that I am no longer confused! I have paused and prayed and made HIGH priority decisions. Being in the middle of the road is VERY dangerous -- well NO LONGER! Permission granted to release my husband from unmet expectations, to LOVE my family and to Love extravagantly! Live generously! To LIVE! Yes, LIVE! Be spontaneous! I am PLANTED in a HOUSE! Not only planted but BLOOMING and hopefully very soon will bear fruit! I am a COMPLETELY different woman! THANK YOU!
"Laurette, for the past year I was unable to run. My right knee would
cause me so much pain that I couldn’t! I LOVE to run! I have done 2 half
marathons and was running about 40 km a week. I would pray over it, confess
scripture, rebuke the enemy…nothing changed. But ever since we prayed
together and I got rid of the yoga garbage…I CAN RUN! I just came back
from running for an hour and 15 minutes straight! When you exposed the lie
and we closed the door I believe my knee was restored!
(Note: Thank YOU, Corinne. Our God is "able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that works in us." He is able! Glory to God!!! ~ Laurette)
“A real sense of joy came…”
“I just received my PraiseMoves DVD yesterday in the mail and I just ordered it on Friday. I was so excited to receive it. Though I was excited I wasn't sure if it would be cheesy but it was GREAT! I felt the Lord's anointing on it as I began to do the moves, and a real sense of joy came when I was done. Thank you so much for having this DVD out there. I had tried a yoga DVD a few times that had no real meditation moments but something about it always made me a little unsure, so I began looking for Christian alternative. There were two deciding factors that made me buy this one: 1) There was an opportunity to catch a preview of the DVD and; 2) the testimonials of so many people.
“Thanks again for this wonderful ministry, because that's really what it is.”
—Vicky Lanning, Pensacola, FL
PraiseMoves Helpful during Pregnancy
“I am currently pregnant with our second child, and am using PraiseMoves along with water aerobics and walking as my fitness – and using PraiseMoves in particular to help me strengthen my back. I completely identify with what you've said about Yoga exploding among folks near my age (mid 20s-mid 30s), and everywhere I look I hear folks singing the praises of Prenatal Yoga. There are tons of these types of videos on the market, and from my limited exposure to them, they seem to be pretty hard core about the meditation and not just the exercises. To the best of my knowledge there isn't one single prenatal fitness video that doesn't have some portion of yoga-type meditation in it.
“This is actually why I am using PraiseMoves, even though there are portions that pregnant women shouldn't do (so I don't). It is an excellent combination of trunk strengthening exercises, mind renewal, and relaxation.
“I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for PraiseMoves, and be one more person to suggest that Prenatal PraiseMoves would be a great blessing to the preggo Christian community.”
—Gina A. (Note from Laurette: We are working toward having a Prenatal PraiseMoves DVD some time in 2010.)
Uses PraiseMoves and Prayer Cards—Lost inches and excess weight while combining exercise and devotions!
“I have been using PraiseMoves for the past year and it has helped me to
lose weight and inches from my body. I love learning the moves and
memorizing scripture at the same time. This is a way to combine my
exercise and devotions all in one considering my busy day. Such an intimate
time with God!
BASIC Steps book “written like a letter from a friend” – decrease in depression and anxiety symptoms
“I ordered the PraiseMoves Alphabetics DVD and the BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness book last fall. I read the book and learned so much about taking care of my body that is God’s Temple. The book is written like it is a letter from a friend; it doesn’t talk down to me, but it gives practical steps to better my body. One thing that has helped me tremendously is planning my meals the night before. I schedule them right into my planner. I am making better food choices, trying to eat by the motto ‘Eat Clean, Eat Lean, Eat Green.’
“I confess though, that it wasn’t until the end December that I started doing the PraiseMoves Alphabetics DVD regularly. I liked yoga for the stretching and deep breathing discipline it offered, but something about it bothered me. When I started PraiseMoves it wasn’t long before I realized what an answer to prayer it was.
“Scripture meditation while stretching has strengthened my faith, as well as my body. I do it at night, about an hour before I go to bed. It has helped me relax, and I have been sleeping better. Also, after my cardio workout and strength training in the morning, I do some of the moves found in the Original PraiseMoves spiral book. (My favorites are The Reed, The Eagle and The Star.)
“I wish that I had started regularly PraiseMoving when I first received it, but every night about 8 pm, you will find me in the living room, following Laurette through Proverbs 31!
“I struggle with depression and anxiety, but I have noticed that the attacks aren’t so strong, or as often or as long. I have started going to a counselor, but PraiseMoves and BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness will continue to be a part of my therapy as well as tools to aid my weight loss goals!”
—T. Hovis, Alma, MI
“I work at an assisted living home for the elderly. Well, one day had been really stressful, and I was feeling the stress while at work. As I put the PraiseMoves video in, I decided to follow along, and I want you to know by the end of the video I was very calm, not to mention the Lord revealed some issues I needed to deal with to make my life a little more peaceful.
“Thank you for making the video, and sharing your knowledge with others. May the Lord bless and keep you.”
—J. Landgraf, Arkansas
Correct Body Alignment Decreases Back Problems
“Susan Woods of Tahlequah, OK reports to me that the PraiseMoves and Gimme Ten Workout DVDs have done wonders to help decrease the back problems she has had. She said that correcting her body alignment (called “CBA-Correct Body Alignment” on the DVDs) as she goes throughout the day doing her daily chores has helped her tremendously! She home schools 4 children and her, plus she and her husband frequently take care of foster babies.
“Susan is so busy that the quick Gimme Ten Workout is great for her. I teach Susan and her 7 year old daughter Harlianne a PraiseMoves class once a week as well.”
—Nola Jeanne Baird, CPI, Tahlequah, OK
“Devotions in Motion!”
“Between Christmas presents and my own recent purchases, I now have many of your new PraiseMoves products (I'm planning on buying a sweatshirt next week so then I can even proudly advertise your products as I am out and about). Last night, my special order at the local Christian bookstore – BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness - got picked up. I spent some of the evening reading and skimming the whole book. IT REALLY RESONATES WITH ME!
“I've lost two pounds and just feel more at peace this week. Exercising with your DVDs is like doing devotions in motion. Thanks for all you do!”
—Cyndi S., Watertown, SD
Reading BASIC Steps for the third time…
“Naturally with me I have a lot of weight to still lose. Like everyone else who fights this battle sometimes you just want to say, ‘I give up.’
“I have started to read your book again for the third time. When I feel worthless or that I can't do anything I have a tendency to just throw my hands up. When I do that now I just start to praise my Lord. Do I get done everything I want to do? No. I will tell you that I have been encouraged so much by your DVDs and book; it's unreal. If I had the money I would buy everything you have.
“Right now I do your Gimme Ten Workout DVD at least twice a day. It keeps me going and I feel good about myself. I also have a rebounder and now someone has loaned me a exercise bike. It's hard to walk in NY in this kind of weather. I don't need to fall at my age.
“Your prayers - I am so thankful for them. I have lost a few more pounds but there is still more to go. Thank you so much for your honesty and your help. May Jesus continue to bless you and your family, staff and everyone who is a part of your ministry.”
—Margaret Frank, Rochester, NY
“I can already see a difference in all over tone and have lost 11 lbs”
“I ordered your DVD about a month ago and have been 'singing its praises' to my friends and family. I believe some of them have ordered as well. It's a GREAT workout, especially for someone like me that hasn't for a while, and had limited flexibility. Although I haven't been able to do all of the postures on the floor on all fours (sensitive knees) I have s l o w l y increased and 'try' to do them. It's getting so much better. I can already see a difference in all over tone in just a month and have lost 11lbs. (along w/dietary changes). So thank you and BLESS YOU!”
—Ro Tarantino, San Diego, CA
Praise for Certified PraiseMoves Instructor (who prefers to remain anonymous)
“I have to admit I come selfishly to PraiseMoves—as I know that Jesus usually shows up in your class and I am just hungry for more of Jesus. I know that He is close to me because of what I put into my mind and what I think about in your class with the scripture reading.
“I think Ps 27:8 sums it up in the Amplified Bible: ‘You have said, “Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need].” My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].’”
“Thank you (CPI’s name), for being an obedient and willing servant of our Lord's.
Pain Lessened, Strength Increased
“I am so elated and grateful for Laurette Willis and her divinely-inspired and anointed PraiseMoves series. Immediately after beginning PraiseMoves over a year ago, I noticed that my posture improved, and I experienced much less fibromyalgia, post-surgical and arthritic pain, especially while doing other exercise activities. (I used to do The Firm exercise regimens, and occasionally, with the sound turned down, Kathy Smith/Ali McGraw's yoga tapes.)
“I was also amazed that after taking a two-week break from all weight training due to severe pain, and doing only PraiseMoves, I had maintained and increased my strength. Now, I have also completely abandoned traditional weight training (three sets of 8-12 repetitions), and follow Laurette’s Slow Cadence Exercise Program twice weekly.
“Consequently, there is significantly less stress and pain in my wrists, back, and all joints, with absolutely no diminishment in muscle strength and endurance. You see, I have been in recovery from a grievous injury and many ‘corrective’ surgeries since 1994. Also, before the injury, I used to 'beat up' my body through excessive exercise and disordered eating. Our LORD delivered me from those strongholds and bondages, and in His mercy and blessed grace, He introduced me to the gentler and more effective way of 'disciplining' my body with exercise - through PraiseMoves!
“The PraiseMoves strength and stretching exercises, combined with the twice-weekly Slow-Cadence program of resistance training, beautifully infused with GOD's spoken Word, is all I need as I continue to recover in every way.
“I am so very appreciative to Laurette for hearing and obeying GOD in developing PraiseMoves, and I can hardly wait to see what GOD has in store for me in His service. (I am certain it will also be in the 'temple' area.) Laurette, may GOD continue to richly bless your ministry abundantly and wondrously, and increase it one-hundred fold for His glory! Thank you - you have helped to change this life!”
—Karen Carmel, Mystic, CT
Starting the Day on the Right Track
“PraiseMoves is a great way to start my day physically, emotionally and spiritually on the right track. When I was telling my pastor about PraiseMoves and how you combine stretching, balance, scripture meditation and memorization, he looked at me questioningly. I told him, ‘You know us women, Pastor, we always multi-task!’”
—J. Neubauer, Missouri
"The Sciatic Pain is All but Gone."
“As I approach 50, I'm sure many of the aches and pains I experience are not different than anyone else's my age. In the past few years I knew I didn't ‘sit well’ (I would always need a while to work out the pain after having been seated for any length of time). Much of the time I felt better standing. At 45, I began to work on my Master's Degree which required more reading (usually sitting) and more time in front of the computer (always sitting) writing. When I'd get, up the sciatic pain was ‘unfriendly’ enough that I'd have difficulty standing up completely and would limp for a few steps before I could get going. The right kind of exercise, I felt, was the answer. I didn't want pain pills, surgery, or anything along those lines.
“Since beginning PraiseMoves and other similar deep-stretching, the sciatic pain is all but gone. Now, I have no problems getting out of bed in the morning or walking after sitting for a while (if I've been PraiseMoving on a regular basis). My flexibility and strength have increased tremendously and I have a wonderful feeling of general overall wellness. Thank God for His healing through His methods!”
—P. Terry, OKC, OK
PMS and Migraines Gone
“Since doing PraiseMoves I notice I no longer have PMS symptoms or migraine headaches. They’re gone!”
—Stephanie C., Purcell, OK
“I could even take it with me while I travel!”
"The Gimme Ten Workout is great - and I must reallyyyyyyy be out of shape - because it was quite a little workout! My stomach muscles are complaining a bit. Thanks. I love it! I think I could even take it with me while I travel and stick it in my laptop so I can do Gimme Ten wherever I am! Thank you!"
—Elizabeth A. Moon, Pastor’s wife
Oklahoma District Missionettes Coordinator, Assemblies of God
Help with flexibility since spinal surgery
“I have been doing PraiseMoves for 3 weeks (5 months after spinal surgery). I love it. I have titanium rods in me but I am getting more movement and flexible every day! I stripped my queen size bed this morning and made it completely. I also walked 1/2 mile with my doggie this evening. God is so GOOD all the time! Praise His Name!”
—M. J. Rain, Lakewood, WA <><
Praise for East Coast PraiseMoves Instructor
“I wanted to take the time to tell you how much I've enjoyed your class. I so look forward to Friday mornings. It's a time for me and I reflect on how God wants me to take care of my body the next week and I make goals for myself (i.e. standing tall, deep breathing and now I realize I need to stretch and exercise during the week to keep flexible). As I told you I've lost 20 pounds and I need to lose about 30-40 more for health issues. It's a process, but I know God is helping me through this, and this class was a confirmation that God cares about me exercising. Thank you for being a vessel. And just think—I had never heard about PraiseMoves until the VBS.
“I didn't realize how much of a workout this class was until class 2, when I felt it in my body. It really challenged me to so something during the week. These last two weeks, I haven't exercised and boy did I realize it on Friday. Even though we didn't do a full workout, I was quite stiff.
“Thank you for showing us the Lord's Prayer (Scripture Sequence). Unfortunately, my version of the Lord's Prayer wasn't as beautiful as yours. I wish I could do it as gracefully as you do it, but when I looked in the mirror I realize I really have to practice. :-) LOL
“Once again, thank you for introducing me to PraiseMoves.
Mother and Daughter PraiseMoves
“My daughter, who is 6 years old, wakes me up in the morning to work out to the PraiseMoves video with me. She says ‘Mommy, don't forget we have to put on the armor of God!’ I go to that part of the workout so we can do that together. She says that helps her feel ready to start her day - and mine too :) !
“I had yoga dvds that I had bought because of the benefits I’d heard about. There was just something that did not feel right about them. PraiseMoves feels like there is a purpose to what I am doing. I am exercising not only my body, but also my mind, and my spirit. I am already seeing a change in my body over the course of a week since getting the video. May God bless your efforts.”
—Y. Hurst, Branson, Missouri
“I did not use my inhaler!”
“Normally when training I have what doctors call ‘exercise induced asthma.’ However, during the WWJD relaxation (scripture-based meditation after the PraiseMoves workout), the Holy Spirit really began to minister to me about my breathing and how to control it so my asthma would not be impacted. He literally put His hand on my stomach to show me the difference in my breathing so I can now easily recognize the difference between shallow breathing and deep abdominal breathing (which we learn in PraiseMoves). He began ministering the scripture Isaiah 53:5 (KJV) ‘But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are ("I" am) HEALED!’
“I fully received the Word of God and did not use my inhaler the entire day of certification! Praise GOD!
“I am now working out more on the treadmill at home; using the breathing techniques and stretching with PraiseMoves which is also helping to build a stronger foundation on the Word of God! Thank you for being used of God to equip His body with a powerful weapon for our arsenal called PraiseMoves!”
—La’Trice Lockhart, CPI - Colorado
“Closer to the Lord with a stronger body…”
Lori Gordoni of Texas shared her testimony in an email with her friends, encouraging them to try PraiseMoves. She was kind enough to let us share it with you, too!
"I ordered this DVD last week and have been doing it almost every day -- it is wonderful! I normally would not send out an email advertising something you can buy, but I didn't want to keep this one to myself! :o)
"This DVD is a 'Christian Alternative to Yoga.' I did yoga during my last pregnancy, but was bothered by some of the symbolism, spiritualism, etc. Anyway, Don found this Christian alternative for me and it really is a good one! :o)
"PraiseMoves starts out with a low-impact 10-minute warm-up, then the rest of the DVD includes 'Christian alternatives to yoga" through all kinds of yoga and Pilates-style moves (it is not yoga because yoga is Hinduism), but with scripture and praise music all the way through it! I come away from it feeling closer to the Lord and with a stronger body, more flexibility, better circulation, etc.
"Laurette Willis (who shares her own personal testimony about yoga on the DVD) prays at the beginning and quotes scripture during the exercise time that really helps me hide God's Word in my heart. At the end, there is a refreshing time of relaxation and during that time she prays and it's a perfect time to reflect on any unforgiveness in my life, encouraging
me to surrender any ugliness in my life to the Lord.
"This in now way is intended to replace my personal time with the Lord, but to exercise spiritually and physically is really a blessing! :o) If I could purchase one of these for every one of you who would enjoy it, I would do it in a heartbeat, but unfortunately my budget won't allow that, so I'm doing the next best thing and passing the information along.
God bless you all,
P.S. The website is www.PraiseMoves.com”
—Lori Gordoni, McKinney, TX
Weight loss motivation: “God has changed my life through PraiseMoves!”
“I saw you in an interview on a Canadian TV program, Crossroads. Thank you for your testimony and starting such an amazing Christ-centered exercise program! I cannot thank you enough. After seeing the TV program, I immediately ordered your book and video.
“All my life I have struggled with my weight.
“I had been asking God for a long time to give me the motivation to be consistent with an exercise program and diet changes. I always became very bored with exercise. Counting down the minutes when I'd be finished that particular exercise I didn't enjoy. That all ended once God answered my prayer and led me to your PraiseMoves program through Crossroads!
“Praise be to God! I am doing the PraiseMoves exercises and can't believe how much I enjoy them! The time flies by and at the end of the program, I feel closer to God. What a way to start the day!
“I used to be so depressed with my weight that I'd hide away in my home, ashamed of how I looked. I had lost motivation to get up in the morning and I prayed for God to help me. I'd awaken each morning thinking about food and dreading the need to exercise. I felt very discouraged to say the least.
“God has changed my life through PraiseMoves! Praise be to God! Now I awaken with excitement to spend time with Him in exercise and praise! It's wonderful!
“My goal is to get fit for Christ, lose the weight, and enroll in your PraiseMoves' instructor training course. I want to help others the way in which you and your exercise program have helped me.
“God bless you, Laurette. I'm praying for your ministry and that many more people will be helped with your God-centered exercise program. Thank you and bless you!
—Nancy P., New Brunswick, Canada
Part of a “Healthy, Well-balanced Lifestyle”
“I love PraiseMoves! It combines many important elements for a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle, including stretching, exercise, praise, scripture memorization and meditation. With research pointing to the health benefits of yoga movements, I am so thankful to have this Christian alternative to yoga that leads participants into deeper relationship with the Lord.”
—Theresa Stahl, CPI, RD, LDN
Push Past the Pain Barrier
“I have been doing PraiseMoves since March 2006. The Lord has been leading me to walk in health over the past few years. I had made significant progress with my healthy eating and now wanted to get into some kind of exercise. I put ‘worship workout’ in the Google search engine and PraiseMoves came up. I contacted Laurette and spoke with her and got myself a DVD.
“The first time that I did PraiseMoves I thought I was going to die! I did not realize how out of shape I was. I walk everyday day but I was still feeling very ‘stretched, literally! After much perseverance I am glad that I kept at it, I am so much more flexible. It's only since watching friends do it, and seeing how challenging they find it at first that I realize how far I have come.
“I have also grown spiritually. I never thought that I could memorize scripture in the way that I have. As with everything worthwhile, you have to push past the pain barrier to see the fruits of your labours.”
—Rachel James, CPI, England
(Rachel became our first Certified PraiseMoves Instructor in the United Kingdom!)
Lost 4 dress sizes, Increased Flexibility – plus “the recall is awesome”
“I seriously started PraiseMoves about 7 months ago. I am 58 years old and had no health problems but was several pounds overweight. Since I started PraiseMoves, I’ve lost 4 dress sizes! I'm more aware of the INCHES I've lost than the number of pounds. After about 3 months I noticed my clothes started ‘hanging’ on me and I realized I COULD FIT INTO MY OLD FAVORITES!!! “The flexibility and agility are big ones for me. I am nearly as flexible as I was 15 years ago when I was ballet dancing 2 times-a-week.
“The Scripture part is wonderful! I am recalling and singing Scripture during Praise and Worship sessions at church – I love that too. (Nola is the Worship leader at her church.) Also, when I pray for others ‘on the spot,’ the recall is awesome. The Word is truly becoming internalized!”
—Nola Jeanne Baird, CPI, Tahlequah, OK
Physical and Spiritual Benefits without Compromise
“I just want to say how thrilled I am to have discovered your program PraiseMoves.
“I started doing yoga about 2 years ago as a means to meet and have an in road to the Hindu women where I live. I knew the ideas about meditation and that if you did what they say you would just be opening yourself up to Satan. Instead of the meditation my friend and I used these times to pray for those in the class and for Satan's strongholds to be broken.
“Since I am a strong Christian and didn't understand all that you shared about the background of yoga and Hinduism, I didn't realize the contradiction I was displaying. I even introduced yet another friend to yoga and explained that I did not do the meditation but instead quoted scripture, prayed and sang praise songs. I often told her that someone needed to have ‘yoga’ classes with praise music and scriptures to meditate on.
“Imagine my excitement when I found your site. God had directed you to develop a program incorporating the exact ideas I wanted. I have already started PraiseMoves and couldn't believe the joy I felt as I listened to your introduction. Now I can enjoy the physical and spiritual benefits without having to ‘make them fit together.’ I will be purchasing another DVD to send to my friend. It is the least I can do since I am the one who got her started with yoga to give her this fantastic Christian alternative.
“God bless you. Each time I use the DVD I will be praying for all those that use it or take the classes to respond to your invitation at the end. GOD BE PRAISED!!!!!!”
—Pam, South Carolina
Being Criticized for Your Stand for Christ? You’re in Good Company!
“I am so very excited about PraiseMoves. I feel that in many unique ways, the Lord has prepared me to use PraiseMoves as the continuation of all He has done in my life. Ultimately I am praying about becoming a certified instructor for women of God in Georgia. I find it amazing that just now as I have had an increased desire to check out an alternative to Yoga, I Googled it and came up with your website.
“I absolutely love the writing you have done concerning mixing eastern mysticism and Christianity. I have always had a major problem with doing that- and I love the fact that people have criticized you in that aspect of your ministry. Of course, if Jesus walked the earth today, He, too, would be criticized so you are in VERY good Company!
“As I have studied nutrition, health and exercise for the last 20 years and have gone from my high point of 182 to now 135 pounds, I am in need of something that will not only keep me flexible and strong, but in addition will fill my heart with His amazing Word. I also have a tremendous love for not only the Hebrew language and alphabet, but a deep desire for encouraging Godly women in their walk and in their health.”
—Sara Streeter, Mesa, AZ
“Effective, yet gentle”
“PraiseMoves is a wonderful treat for my body; it is effective yet gentle (just what my spirit and my stressed-out, middle-aged body needs!). I have been telling all my friends about it – the young and the older ones, too.
“I believe your work is truly a blessing from God to the body of Christ. May God continue to guide your efforts."
—Linda Kleidon, Cedar Park, TX
Hearty recommendation for The Gimme Ten Workout
"This workout video is truly a blessing! It is so refreshing to be able to have a real Christian workout video, not only with scripture, but the modest clothes worn during the video. I can actually work out with my kids around and not worry about what influence they are under! I would recommend it to everyone!"
—Heather Savage, Wausau, WI
Improvements in Posture, Breathing, Range of Motion – and more!
“I am so thankful for the leading of the Holy Spirit. In September 2005 I twisted my lower back wrong and was in bed for three days straight. I asked the Lord to show me how to take care of my back and what exercise to do and I would do it. A few weeks later I heard you on the Oasis (Radio Network). The Lord quickened me to buy your video.
“I have been doing your twenty minute work-out since January 2006. IT IS AMAZING. Firstly, my posture alone is tremendously better. Just because of that, I feel and look better and just carry myself healthier and sexier. Secondly, I am aware of a greater balance in my body. Finally, my breathing and range of motion is more graceful and beautiful and easy and I am so happy. When I first began, just getting my arms to my ears was a real struggle and I could not even hold the posture the length of the scripture. Now, I lift my arms all the time with great ease and can hold the posture the length of the scripture. I was so shocked to find that I sweated on those things! They really work.
“I am 33, and have had three children and work at a desk. PraiseMoves was an answer to my prayer and I am very grateful for it. Would you mind sending me an e-mail if she comes out with another one? I will be happy to buy it. I know this one only came out in December of ‘05, but I have been doing it every week and would buy another one if she does it. Also, I have been telling people every chance I get. Thanks again!
—Michelle Shrum, Oklahoma
A moving experience – spiritually and emotionally
“I just received my DVD copy of PraiseMoves. The second time watching/exercising to it after a particularly hard day at work, I found myself so moved with the scriptures I was hearing and meditating on (that) I began to weep quite profusely through the series, but kept trying to keep up. One thing, I am over 270 lbs., and I am following as best as I can, but I’m really out of shape.
“Also, many years ago, pre-Christ era (I was saved in 1977), I was into Hatha Yoga for some time. A few years later I became involved in Bhakti Yoga with the Hare Krishna movement.
“I believe God really sent your DVD to me and I can feel something deep within me breaking off of me. I believe God is using and will continue to use your program for not only my physical healing, but He (OUR MOST AWESOME GOD!) is performing a spiritual healing in my soul!
“Laurette, I thank you so much for your courage in stepping out with this wonderful alternative to the devil’s lies and the yoga movement.”
—G. Hawkes, Cheboygan, MI
“PraiseMoves program – a compliment to our practice!”
“Laurette Willis does a beautiful job incorporating deep stretching, relaxation techniques and the Word of God through PraiseMoves!
“She has a unique vision, which is to provide a Christian Alternative to those who enjoy the health benefits of yoga but offers her viewers so much more. Each segment is easy to follow and leaves you feeling energized!
“We encourage our clients and patients to exercise on a regular basis and find the PraiseMoves program to be a compliment to our practice!”
—Dr. Amy C. Denman, Certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist
Alternative Chiropractic, Acupuncture & The Healthy Life Center
Mooresville, NC www.healthylifecenter4u.com
Back Pain Lessened – Off Pain Medication!
“Thank you so much for developing PraiseMoves. Before I was saved, just 3 ½ yrs ago, I was into yoga and deep in New Age and Occult practices. After God delivered me from the dominion of Darkness, I was afraid to practice any yoga stretches, since it seemed that yoga had help lead me deeper into deception in the past. Yet I missed the flexibility and physical benefits I got from the yoga stretches. I had also developed chronic lower back pain, which I have been in physical therapy for.
“About the same time as I ordered PraiseMoves, and began to stretch and be built up with the Word, my back miraculously began to loosen up and the pain lessened. I had been in physical therapy for 8 months with only a little improvement, and when using PraiseMoves, it only took a few weeks, and the pain is all but gone completely. I can move more freely, and don’t need pain medication at all now.
“The scripture is so wonderful to meditate on at the same time and I look forward to putting the tape on and thinking God’s thoughts. I know God sent me to your website as I was researching if yoga was okay for Christians. Thank you for speaking out against it, and sharing your experience. It really encouraged me. I tell all my friends about it, and even though my physical therapist (a non-believer) laughed at the idea, she is seeing its benefits for me. I thank our Lord for your obedience and courage and pray you will be blessed richly as I have been by PraiseMoves.
—T. Yard (Military spouse, stationed in Germany)
PraiseMoves Instructor Shares Several Exciting Testimonies from Students ~ Marlene Jones is a CPI (Certified PraiseMoves Instructor) in Tulsa, OK. She is also a Doctor of Naturopathy - and one of the "stars" on the PraiseMoves DVD!
“I wanted to share with you some great reports on PraiseMoves. The first is a lady who hurt her back on a ride at Disney World the beginning of summer. She had decided to finally see a doctor about it. She joined our PraiseMoves class at Jenks Dance Academy and after one session her back was well with no more pain! Yesterday she said it was still doing great.
"Another lady hadn't been able to lie flat on her back for a year. She had one session and then I helped her adjust her hips/pelvis and now she says that her back is better. She was able to lie down flat during the next week's session for the first time in a year during the relaxation/devotional part of the class.
"Oh and there is one more....my favorite pose (The Dove) is one that I did years ago when I was pregnant the first time and had trouble with sciatica pain. One of my students remembered that I told her to try that and during one of her sleepless nights (due to the pain - which by the way occurred following a workout at a local gym with a personal trainer) - and at 3 in the morning she got into the posture - fell asleep that way - and woke up with the pain all gone. She is still having issues but they are improving.
"Hey here's another - one of my students, Natalie (who people stop all the time and tell her she looks great and she says it's because of "Marlene's class" - I tell her it's because of her), she shared yesterday something you might find very interesting. Apparently she's been an emotional/binge eater. She says now she will concentrate on her breath (an element I really stress during my PraiseMoves sessions) and then the cravings/desire will go away - or she feels she has more self-control to make better food choices. Once she said that, I began thinking about the fruit of the Spirit. The last one mentioned is self-control. I got to thinking about it while I was sharing with the class how all of the other fruit listed (goodness, gentleness, etc.) wouldn't be possible for us to even attain to without self-control in the first place. As you may be able to tell....I love the ministry time during my classes even at this 'non-church' location - so far people keep coming back!!!"
—Marlene Jones, CPI, ND, Tulsa, OK
Thank you, Marlene! We've often said the FOUNDATION of PraiseMoves is NOT the postures. The foundation of PraiseMoves is the Word of God - and His Word makes ALLLLLLLLLLLL the difference!!!
“The Best Christ-centered Feel-good Workout of Them All!”
“I received my PraiseMoves video over a week ago. I've done the workout about 3-4 times so far and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I do find it is a better alternative to yoga. I always feel 100% better after I do it. I really like the 20 minute version - who has time these days to workout for an hour - eh?
“I really enjoy the use of scripture in the workout. I feel I'm spending quality time with the Lord. I like your calm and gentle voice. Will you be creating other PraiseMoves videos in the future? I would definitely like to know about them.
“I've done two other Christians videotapes, one was an aerobic one and the other were walk aerobics and I have to say, yours proves to be the Best Christ-centered feel good workout of them all!”
—Robin N., Quebec, Canada
“My Chiropractor has noticed the difference”
“At age 49, finding myself in a new home-based career, I had been praying for a fitness program that I could maintain because I feared middle-age spread. I have never been into exercise, but when I saw Laurette on a local Christian talk show, demonstrating PraiseMoves, it piqued my interest. A short time later, I met with the publisher of the Christian newspaper for which I write. We were discussing ideas for the holiday issue and I suggested an article on PraiseMoves, so she had me contact Laurette.
“By the end of the interview, I was sure I had found the answer to my prayers. I ordered and began using the tapes, and fell in love with the act of glorifying God through my body and in my spirit. Having had two serious spinal surgeries in 15 years, PraiseMoves was just the exercise I needed to strengthen my back, improve my posture and my flexibility. My chiropractor has noticed a big difference in my muscle tone and body alignment from doing PraiseMoves. It has eliminated my back pain, and when I get occasional sciatica, I do the Runner's pose, the Prayer Shawl and Rest and Stretch for relief.
“Not long after I started doing PraiseMoves, I felt a strong desire to teach others how to transform their workouts into worship. I became a certified PraiseMoves Instructor (CPI) in January 2006, two months after purchasing the DVD's, and have been teaching at my local YMCA and a couple other locations ever since.”
—Mary Ann Haslett, The Pittsburgh Christian News
(Mary Ann became a CPI – Certified PraiseMoves Instructor, is now a CPI Trainer - and offers classes in the Pittsburgh area.)
“God led me to what I had been seeking”
“I have been so blessed by PraiseMoves. I just ordered it several weeks ago. At that time, and even since, I have been fighting a spiritual battle against yoga and deception. Even though I have never really done much yoga, I have always been very into exercise and fitness and was always looking for something new and different. There has always been a check in my spirit not to get into yoga, but, conversely, there was that little voice that kept telling me that it wasn't all bad - after all, don't you want to be more flexible and less stressed? Ha!
“One day I sat down and said, ‘God, I know You know the answer. Is yoga bad?’ He said yes. Then I felt compelled to ask, ‘Is there anything out there that is similar?’ He said yes. So I Googled Christian yoga, not knowing what I would find. On the first website I found, I came across a link to PraiseMoves. As soon as I read the testimony on the PraiseMoves website (Why a Christian Alternative to Yoga), I started crying and knew that every word was true and that God had led me to exactly what I had been seeking.
“Thank you so much for being available to God in this way :) There are
so many well-meaning people who are so deceived right now! I truly want
to join you in prayer for them and for a blessing in your ministry. I will be
praying for you all daily!”
“PraiseMoves has become my favorite hour of the week. With the focus on stretching and strength training, I am able to stay flexible and injury free. The best part though is the incorporation of God’s Word. Many verses I had previously overlooked have now been committed to memory. I am forever thankful to our CPI for teaching PraiseMoves. She brings enthusiasm, joy, and sincerity of heart to every class. May God continue to bless her and her efforts in His kingdom.”
—Diane Reynolds, Van Buren, AR
Mother of Competitive Skater
“I just wanted to thank you for following the leading of the Lord to move forward with PraiseMoves. I have a ten year-old son who is a competitive figure skater. He trains daily a minimum of two hours. He is a very gifted skater but lacks horribly when it comes to flexibility. Upon discussing this with his chiropractor, he suggested Yoga. I was not happy with the suggestion and let him know that I didn't want to introduce my son to yoga and let him know that as a Christian I felt it was not spiritually safe for my child. He continued to encourage me to look into sport Yoga. I did, prayed about it, bought a tape, and soon realized that there were still very subtle references to dangerous practices. All there has to be is a seed planted, right? I then searched the web for Christian Yoga but alarmingly still found practices that could be dangerous spiritually. I finally found your site and prayed about it. I knew immediately that your program was the way to go. My son loves it!
“Please feel free to use my testimony. I have seen how yoga is being pushed in the school systems and how openly it is accepted. I have a heavy heart thinking about it. Hopefully my testimony will encourage others to say ‘No’ to the practice of yoga (even the systems that seem innocent). The chiropractor who suggested yoga for my son claims to be a Christian. I am planning on taking your tape to him on our next visit.”
—Monique B., West Covina, California
Dabbling in New Age practices “not as innocent as it appears”
“First let me say that I love the concept of PraiseMoves. Through a very personal and somewhat frightening experience, God recently revealed to me the dangers of participating in yoga and other alternative healing methodologies that are based on Eastern religions and idols. I often hear people say that yoga is just an exercise and is physically beneficial. They are right on one account only. I was one of them for many years. I’ve been a believer since I was 9 years old and thought that as long as I did not believe or participate in the religious part of these practices that I was fine. How wrong I was. At any rate, there are obvious physical benefits to stretching and I love the idea of incorporating praise into this. What a splendid way to start (or end) your day!
“New Age practices are very widespread in Houston, as they are in other large metropolitan cities. There is a need to get the word out that dabbling in these practices is not as innocent as it appears.
“May God continue to bless the PraiseMoves ministry!”
—Karen N., Houston, TX
“I have experienced many physical benefits from PraiseMoves. It is a great stretching program and helps me remain calm and relaxed. More than the physical benefits, however, is the spiritual impact it has had on my life. I have an increased awareness of God's presence in my life and feel His Spirit more than I ever have.
“Thank you for the exercise program that
helps us glorify God in our bodies AND spirits which both belong to Him.”
A “Totally Different Experience”
“I'm so glad I discovered your material!
“I heard you on Moody Radio a couple of weeks ago, looked up your Web Site and ordered the DVD and book (I also had my sister order a set.) I've been so inspired after watching the 20 minute and 60 minute sessions and telling all my friends and co-workers about your material. I actually brought it to work and three friends watched it at lunch - they were all very impressed.
“What I've been telling everyone is that normally I work out because I have to. I know it's good for me and I'm fairly disciplined but the whole time I'm wishing it was over and I could go on to my next (much more enjoyable) activity. During my first session with you, I had a totally different experience. Combining the spiritual affirmations during the warm-ups and postures was an awesome experience for me. When I finished The Lord's Prayer I felt so uplifted, energetic, calm and peaceful. It was just a wonderful to start my day! I've found myself looking forward to going to bed so I can get up and do another session with you. I've also not stopped telling all my friends about it. I sent your website link to 50 of my friends tonight.
“Thank you again so much for creating all this material and for your heart for the Lord and lost souls.”
—Jackie Kelton, Gurnee, IL
Focusing on the Lord and His Word
“Dear Laurette: I began using the PraiseMoves DVD this week and am thoroughly enjoying it. I appreciate, of course, the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise, but I especially rejoice in the opportunity to focus on the Lord and His Word.
“Bless you as you continue to serve Him and
assist others attain new levels of health and strength.”
“I received the PraiseMoves DVD a few days ago and I wanted to tell you how much I love it. I was looking for a Christian alternative to yoga as I work toward a 100 pound weight loss through Weight Watchers. I had also just asked God to provide me with his holy discipline to show me where my life was out of line with His will. I didn't feel I was using my time effectively and for his glory. Along with some other new habits, PraiseMoves has already begun to make a huge difference in my life, giving me more energy by following your program, and bringing me closer to God.
Michelle adds, “I neglected to mention what a blessing the B.A.S.I.C. book is in my life (BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness). The scriptural basis you give there for the food choices we should be making and the idea of surrounding our food with praise are wonderful.
“Thank you so much.”
—Michelle Noel, Lebanon, Tennessee
Help for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
“We just wanted to share with you that my son and I have been doing PraiseMoves, and it has been such a blessing to us. We both have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain Syndrome, and Chronic Fatigue. The Lord knew that this would be the program that we would be able to physically do. We are so blessed – we love the Scriptures and the moves.
“While doing the ‘Our Father’ (Scripture Sequence) it was precious that the Lord was absolutely filling the room with His presence as we exercised – there was such peace. We had ‘Holy Spirit goose bumps’ while we were exercising! That was a new experience too! :-)
“As we continue to do PraiseMoves, we know that the Lord is going to continue to get His temples (our bodies) fit and healthier. We have noticed some difference in the fatigue level, and the pain intensity. As we press on and continue we believe that the Lord will continue His healing process in our bodies.
“Thank you, Laurette for your willingness to allow the Lord to work through you to create this program. We pray for the blessings from the Throne of Jesus Christ to pour into your life and Ministry abundantly!”
Surrendered for Jesus Christ,
Rachel and Johnathan, IA
I felt like I was being de-programmed
“I started doing yoga in 1997 as an exercise program for my back. I'm a Dental Assistant by trade and had worked (hunched over people) for over 12 years in the field when I decided I needed some kind of exercise that would help me strengthen my back.
“I was a backslidden Christian and didn't think that yoga was so bad. I was always careful to keep Jesus in my mind whenever the instructor would talk about meditation and I know that's what kept me from going too deep into it.
“My mother and another Christian friend of mine had tried to talk to me about yoga but I didn't really want to hear them because I was only doing it for the exercise aspect as far as I was concerned. But then in spring of 2004 God started talking to me about it and I found that I couldn't do the yoga exercise tapes or even the stretches anymore. I couldn't put my finger on it; I just knew that I couldn't do it anymore!!
“I knew it was what God wanted me to do because I felt such a weight lift off me. Then one day my Mom phoned me and she was all excited. She asked me to turn on 100 Huntley Street and watch this woman named Laurette Willis who was talking about PraiseMoves, ‘The Christian Alternative to Yoga.’ I knew right away that I would have to purchase the DVD and the book.
“As soon as I did the workout I felt like I was being de-programmed with each move which had awesome scripture tied to it. Romans 12:21 ‘Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good’ (NASB) kept racing through my mind as I enjoyed the 60-minute workout for the first time and as I studied the booklet eager to memorize scripture with each move!!!
“Thank you so much Laurette Willis for being such a servant to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ with such obedience to God. I pray that you and those who have supported you will be blessed abundantly as you move forward overcoming evil with good!!!”
—Neta L., Saskatchewan, Canada
“A Fresh and Positive Approach to Exercise”
“Laurette Willis has authored a timely and creative alternative to yoga with PraiseMoves. A former yoga instructor herself before her salvation experience, Laurette knows what yoga is all about and cautions Christians of its dangers. While Life magazine recently had cover headlines touting America as a ‘Yoga Nation,’ Laurette provides Christians with a godly version of stretching and fitness accompanied by scriptures and praise music.
—Joyce Foulds, Ladies Ministry Director
University Park Church, Fort Worth, TX
“Decreased Back Pain – and better Self-Esteem”
“PraiseMoves and the Basic Steps to Godly Fitness book have been truly answers to my prayers. While living with horrible back pain, tension, stress and trigger points for several years, I was told by Chiropractors and Doctors to do Yoga, which I tried especially during pregnancy for the pain. I liked the idea of the stretches and how I felt physically, but I also had a check in my spirit and refused to do Yoga anymore.
“I continued stretching on my own to help relieve the tension in my back muscles, but I searched for a Christian alternative to yoga or stretching program. After doing a lot of research I came across the BASIC Steps to Godly Fitness book which introduced me to PraiseMoves and The Gimme Ten Workout. I went right away and got online to get more info and order the DVD. I also signed up at that time for the PraiseMoves teacher certification, because I knew this is what God wanted me to do. He saw me through it even though I have a long way to go to get totally fit and buff!
“The benefits I received through doing PraiseMoves are:
• Decreased back pain and back tension
• Flexibility and strength
• Stronger body, more balance, and better quality of life
• More consciousness of correct posture and body mechanisms
• And most importantly – better self-esteem
“I am truly grateful to God and to Laurette for leading me and encouraging me through PraiseMoves!!! I hope to be a great influence on people’s lives for God with the PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry.”
—Brandy Guidry Gendusa, Louisiana
More Great Testimonies…
“PraiseMoves is an answer to prayer for an exercise program. It is centered on Christ and His purposes for our body to glorify God in all that we do.”
—C. Miller, Tulsa, OK
“I want you to know that I am doing the PraiseMoves at least 3 times a week and sometimes more. I really appreciate the fact that I am keeping God in my exercise program. Thanks so much.”
—J. Guthrie, Clarksville, TN
“PraiseMoves is a wonderful program. It not only leaves your body feeling great, but it leaves your spirit feeling great also.”
—K. Maglothin, Tulsa, OK
“Finally, a program that Christians can use to remember that their bodies are temples.”
—Vicki M., Tulsa, OK
“PraiseMoves is like having devotions with a group of friends. It’s very uplifting.”
—Elizabeth Moon (Pastor’s wife, Calvary Assembly of God, Tahlequah, OK)
“PraiseMoves is scripture-based and it’s peaceful. It helps to strengthen me spiritually, mentally and physically.”
—Carole B. (70 yrs. young!), Tahlequah, OK
More Testimonies to Come…
If you have a testimony you would like to share, please send it to: firstname.lastname@example.org . We will be honored to share your testimony as an encouragement to others – plus we’ll enter your name in our quarterly drawing. If chosen, your testimony will be featured in the PraiseMoves FitNews and you will receive a PraiseMoves DVD as a gift for you or a friend!
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