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Hi! I’m Laurette Willis, Director of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry.

I’d like to share a little about myself. Perhaps after you see the video below, you’ll understand WHY I’m so passionate about PraiseMoves.

I’m also passionate about faith & fitness, and supremely passionate and excited about getting the Word of God into people in unique and uncompromsing ways – through Fitness, Meditation, Music (and every way we possibly can!).

After watching the video below, I hope you’ll let me know a bit about you, too, in the Comments Box below.

So, now that you know about me, I’d like to hear more about you. If you haven’t already done so, please let me know in the comments box below what your ideal outcome is when it comes to health, or faith & fitness.

Don’t feel pressure to write a whole bunch, I’d just like to know you a bit. :) Thank you!

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17 Responses to “About Us”

  1. peter mutonga Says:

    my name is pastor mutonga from kenya ministering impact celebration ministry kenya. i also like fitness, to exercise the body through kickboxing, we are reaching out with kickboxing ministry and many people are so interested. please am very much happy with your ministry since you are reaching out with unique ministry. i would like to share more with you. be blessed.

  2. Lydia Olorunniwo Says:

    Thank you so much for this video.. My main goal this year is to go from size 24 to 12 from 272 lbs to 165

  3. Christine Greig Says:

    Thank you for sharing about your challenges,Laurette. That helped me a lot. I am a senior and looking for a personalized fitness program. I love the Lord and the idea of combining scripture with exercise is an inspiration. I have always been passionate about healthy living and have taught sustainable gardening in the past.
    Presently I am a 24/7 caregiver for my husband who has Lewy Body Dementia along with many physical challenges. This keeps me home bound most of the time. I have been considering yoga so am very glad to have “found” your website today. Weight is not a problem for me but core strength, balance, and stress reduction are my goals. I have developed hypertension and know exercise will help.

  4. Tanga Stewart Says:

    Good morning! I have your Praise Moves Workout and enjoy it very much. I am looking for something in the Zumba/Dance workout. I have taken Zumba classes and enjoy them very much but I sure long for the Christian songs….do you have anything like this?

    Thanks

  5. Gloria Bengtson Says:

    Laurette,

    My name is Gloria Bengtson and I am a pastor’s wife. My age is 62 and I have worked hard to take care of my body — thanks to Jack Lalanne who got me hooked on exercise! I still enjoy working out in the privacy of my home and I continue to do face exercises. What you are doing is a dream I have had for years: sharing the gospel and helping others stay spiritually and physically fit!

  6. Laurette Willis Says:

    Yes, Tanga – we’re working on releasing more MIRA! videos soon: http://MIRAdance.com

  7. Cheryl Mitchell Says:

    Hi! I have been looking at your site and am interested in Praise Moves. I have been involved in Christian Dance for many years and now teach music in a number of country schools. I am 60 years old and have osteo. I have been praying for God to help me improve my lifestyle and get back to exercising again as I do not want to go on cholestoral medication as well as the osteo medication. I very much want to improve through natural methods. An exercise regime has been difficult as my work is quite demanding and time is so valuable to me. I love the Lord and know that this type of movement will benifit my students as well. Thanks for listening Cheryl.

  8. Nita Says:

    Dear Laurette,

    I live in Bangalore, India (Asia). I was an ardent yoga practitioner earlier like you, but due to the same reasons like you, stopped recently and have gained lot of pounds back, I am 46 years old and am interested in becoming a Praise Moves instructor for the brothers and sisters in Lord Christ here. Kindly guide on the same.

    God Bless and Thank you

  9. Elaine Reilly Says:

    Hi Laurette, Thanks for your sharing your amazing testimony; praise God delivering you from so much darkness and bringing you the into His Light to Praise Him by His moves. I’m a dancer (not professional), doing ballet mainly since I was 8 years, doing a little bit of amateur in Bahrain in my late 30′s and taught ballet for 10 years between living in Saudi, Bahrain and here in Dubai. I have given up for the last teaching in the last 2 years to spend time with my daughter and do find living in Dubai stressful if I take on more than I can chew. I also sing as backing Vocalist in worship team, do a little bit of art and produce cards with scripture now and again (not a full time thing). I’ve also been involved in a little bit of dance ministry, from 2009 – 2013, trying to get it started (though Im still learning about it) to those interested here in Dubai, which was fun. I saw many people healed, freed and even those “non dancers” and men that came to some of the workshop shared how surprised and blessed they were by moving before the Lord and as you say in your video, in moving for Him seeing how “He Moves!!!”. I connected with ICDF (intl. christian dance fellowship) finding them by accident on the internet and to equip us here in Dubai we held some workshops, being blessed to get some teachers from South Africa and Australia e.g. Di Wilson and then Mary Jones. Mary herself came and stayed at my home to do a CaraMayan Workshop last year which was good though I did not feel up to restarting dance ministry. Just to say your DVD was the first DVD or fitness programme I’d ever seen that glorified God with movements and I studied it for a while before focusing on Christian dance. I do the CaraMayan slowly as my daily devotionals and I really enjoy them. I did try to set up a dance / meditation group here in Dubai (calling it “Ligth Steps” however there was little interest so I decided to take a break from dance ministry and the only dancing I did for the Lord was at home and if someone was leaving I’d dance a short dance as a gift with a poem. Then shortly after that I got lower back injuries which I got healed from however, with a year following that of lots of dental work and surgery, I injured myself again after joining a gym getting rotary cuff tendonitis and following an MRI on my neck for numbness in my right arm, the doctors have discovered I have spondylosis where my upper spine, c1-4 is curved the wrong way!! I have therefore taken it easy having physio at the moment, praying the Word over myself and getting prayer so that I don’t have to do surgery as 2 doctors told me over Easter…one for the rot. cuff tendonitis and other for Spondylosis. The major exercise I am doing is aqua aerobics however coming back from the class this morning, I am very thankful I have more centred” programmes. How I rediscovered you, was I went onto the CaraMayan website to review the certification, which I would love to do at some point, however I am not in the place or have the desire to go back teaching, I came to http://www.lilishouse.com/praisemoves/ and decided to have a look at what looks like one of CaraMayan’s students. Then I discovered Lili has also studied your programme so here I am having a look and as I am reading the comments I am delighted to read all the amazing testimonies of healing and weight loss. So I will go back and take up your programme and probably purchase more when I can however, I just wanted to let you know yours was the first fitness programme I did for the Lord and shared with ladies who were interested in dance and fitness. My desire to dance for the Lord led me to the ICDF website and then to CaraMayan, so that is why I stopped doing your programme and when Mary came to visit she gave lots more DVDs as gifts so I have lots of material, which is soaked in The Word, to go through. Sorry this comment is so long…I’m a bit of a talker ..ps. forgot to say I’m Irish (hence the talker thingy!! :))..I’m 43 and have 1 child, a daughter Rachel and married to a South African Evan. God bless and I will keep in touch. Love and abundant blessing to you and your obedience to God and inspiration to many. In Christ, Elaine x

  10. Melissa Caldwell Says:

    Hi Laurette, I am a Christian, 51 yr old woman from Louisiana (where there are sadly no classes listed for on your website). I am married to my soulmate of almost 23 years. I have an 18 yr old daughter in college and a 17 yr old son at home still in high school. I work as a para-educator with elementary school aged special education students. I have had my own struggles with alcohol (deceased father and living half brother who was/are alcoholIcs), beat a smoking habit with help from the Lord, and presently still fighting a food (mostly sugar and bad carbs) addiction. I am 70 lbs overweight right now. I have hypothyroidism, arthritis in my knees, lower back and now neck (in fact I got a shot in my shoulder today). I take 6 different prescription medications and have sleep apnea. I also battle with depression that is controlled withone of the above mentioned medications that I would love to be able to stop taking!

    I was looking through a magazine today and saw how helpful yoga can be for all of my health problems. I have always been leary of all the “stuff” that goes along with doing yoga. I googled Christian yoga and your website popped up. I think Praise Moves might be for me. I love the thought of reciting scripture and praying and praise while exercising. Excited to learn more!!

  11. Jennifer Que Says:

    Hi, Im very interested in your Praise moves alternative to yoga. I do yoga without the ohms, emptying your mind, meditations and stuff. I do the poses and stretching only. But when i read about your Praise moves, it seems more beneficial like hitting two birds with one stone! I can exercise/stretch while praising and worshipping God! But i couldnt find the App!

  12. kim lewis Says:

    Laurette, thank you for your testimony. Thank you for your surrender to God’s call on your life to start this PraiseMoves Ministry.
    Alittle about me….I am 46 years old. A born again christian since the age of 6 yrs. old. Wife and mother of 2 young men, living on their own now. I have always loved to be active. I started my aerobics craze with Denise Austin when I was 22 yrs. old and progressed to being a runner. I have scoliosis and then developed degenerative disc disease in my lower back. As of late I have suffered with a bulging disc which is now a protruding disc in my L5 disc. Through many specialists, medication, shots and physical therapy I have come to realize this pain is what I am dealt so I want to handled it the best I can. I found yoga is a great way to learn to relax, resist and breath as my body stretches and becomes more flexible. These past 3 weeks I have felt in my spirit something is just not right with this practice so I searched for an alternative and found you. Praise God! I look forward to joining you in video as I continue my pursuit of “Godly” healing. Thank you again and again!!!

  13. Jocelyn Says:

    Hi, I am from Manitoba. I am thankful that I came across your website. I didn’t want to do yoga because of the origins of it, but did want to find an alternative that would not comprise my conscience, my heart to follow and serve Jesus.
    I am training for a half marathon and was looking for a good exercises to do along side my running to strengthen my entire body to run my race :)
    Thank you for being faithful to know and follow Jesus in all you do. blessings

  14. James Cooper Says:

    Hello, my name is James. I am 36 years old and have muscular dystrophy. I am in a wheelchair and need assistance with daily activities. Always wondering if there was some sort of program or certificate that would allow me to teach Christian meditation based on the word of God. I too have studied meditation and the Buddhist tradition. Also many other forms of meditation. On my long journey through my spiritual process I began to realize that meditation was in the Bible. Instead of using the mantra idea I began to realize I could put Scripture in their instead of babbling on like a pagan. :-) So my thoughts were, as follows, would it be beneficial for me to get trained in praise moves to instruct meditation on the word. I could not do most of the physical aspects of the course. I just want to have something that I could show people when I open up a wellness center. All based on Christian principles and God’s word. I feel it is really beneficial for Christians to have an alternative to New Age thought and techniques. I was never a New Age type person. I have only studied everything from its roots. It is actually develop my Christian experience by learning about other religions. That way you have more base on giving opinions about other techniques and ideals. We have to teach our brethren the truth of meditation that without Jesus it’s not Christian meditation. I have issues with a mild form of anxiety. I also need some advice on what would be good for me to eat or supplement that would be beneficial to my heart and breathing. I don’t have a lot of problems with that I just need some help on how to get high doses of heart healthy foods. I also have some troubles with digestion. I know there are a lot of things out there that could help with this as well.

    I understand completely your ideal on health and meditation. I would really love to be trained in this. There are not a lot of programs like yours. Maybe a couple but not many.
    I hope I can get to know you more and your insightful thoughts that abound.

    God bless you Sister,
    James

  15. Tawnie Says:

    Hey Laurette!

    My name is Tawnie! I’m 22 years old and a mother of two children under the age of two, who are about 11 months apart! (The youngest just two days shy of two months old!) I really want to be in a place where I can feel peace, joy and confidence in who I am in and through Jesus Christ. I want to stand firm, confident and unmoving in the truth. And I am excited to look more into Praise Moves and bring glory to God through fitness! I was looking into yoga just minutes before finding you and your program and I felt something, now I see so clearly it was Jesus, urging cautiousness within me. I want to worship The Lord out God only. and no one else. So I opened a web page and typed in “Christianity and yoga” and boy am I glad I did. Thank you for your willingness to let God use you to bring Him glory and to help us to do the same! Praise God!

  16. Patty Mezzo Says:

    Hi Laurette,
    As I watched your video I was overjoyed and overwhelmed. So much so that I had to stop the video and thank God for Him pointing me to you! I used to enjoy the physical benefits of yoga prior to my son’s birth about 10 years ago. I’m really out of shape now and starting menopause the weight is increasing despite me eating probably the healthiest in my life lol! Anyway I recently started taking yoga again b/c of some of the helpful relaxing moves. However I am a much more serious Christian now. Very recently God put a beautiful dream in my heart to be a teacher of something for lack of a better word yoga-ish but glorifying Him and using scripture also. I thought I was going to have to make something up but now that I found you I don’t have to! Now I will get my body in shape and then pursue becoming a trainer!!! I think the next moves for me w/b to get some of your dvds and start! I already emailed a trainer from your web-site that hopefully is the closest one to me. Any other advice you have would be greatly welcomed Thank God and God bless you!
    Patty Mezzo

  17. Vanessa wesley Says:

    Hi my Name is Vanessa I just started taking yoga classes I volunteer some of my time in the studio so I can get free classes. My goal was to be in better shape I fell ill this year and I wanted to make sure I was in a great shape. I never took classes before but when they start chanting I felt uncomfortable in my spirit. I asked some of the teacher what do some of the word means and no one could really tell me. So I decide to look it up I didn’t want to do something that was not of the lord. When they would Chant I would say prayer instead in my head but I still felt off. I got on my knees last night and asked God for direction and I found your website today thank you. My goal is to lose some weight I got a hysterectomy and it is not easy to loss. I am looking for classes in new Jersey to go to Thanks

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