Instructor TRAINING

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Why I Became a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor

Instructor Training Overview


Now Available– *LIVE* or ONLINE TRAINING!

PraiseMoves LEVEL I Certification. We now offer ONLINE PraiseMoves Certification to applicants around the world! In-person certifications are also available, and you may even choose to do both, at no extra charge. Eight (8) in-depth online webinar sessions over 4 weeks with Laurette Willis, PraiseMoves Founder and Director.

Apply here: Download PraiseMoves Application

SEE Videos of CPIs answering the question, “Why did you become a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor?HERE

Listen to a great recording of what it's like to be a CERTIFIED PRAISEMOVES INSTRUCTOR! Join Laurette as she speaks with 3 Certified PraiseMoves Instructors, ages 20s to 50s. Hear their remarkable testimonies.

“God doesn't always call the equipped. But He does equip the called.” Click on the link to Hear the Recorded Call:

Certified PraiseMoves Instructor — Is Fitness Ministry for YOU?

Are you interested in starting a Fitness Ministry? Does the idea of becoming one of the first Certified Instructors to offer a healthy, Christ-centered alternative to yoga interest you?

If you answer, “YES!”

You may consider applying to become a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor (CPI).

In view of the 15-20 MILLION people in the U.S. practicing yoga, and estimates of 50,000 to 100,000 yoga instructors in the U.S. alone – can you see the need for a Christian alternative to yoga? Imagine what several thousand PraiseMoves instructors will do!!!

To give you an idea of the opportunity, read what the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics has to say about the Fitness industry.

“Overall employment of recreation and fitness workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations… as an increasing number of people spend more time and money on recreation, fitness, and leisure services and as more businesses recognize the benefits of recreation and fitness programs and other services such as wellness programs. Employment of fitness workers who are concentrated in the rapidly growing arts, entertainment, and recreation industry is expected to increase much faster than average due to rising interest in personal training, aerobics instruction, and other fitness activities.”

For Men, Women and All Ages!

We have all ages, shapes, and sizes of PraiseMoves instructors – both women and men, from their early 20s through 60s – and students from two-year-old toddlers to 97 year-young seniors!

If becoming a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor interests you, read on, and then pray and ask the Lord if He would have you apply to become a CPI. We seek His will above our own or anyone else's. He may not always call the equipped, but He will equip the called.

AFAA Awards Continuing Ed Credits

You'll be happy to know that AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) awards Continuing Education Credits (CECs and CEUs) for PraiseMoves Certification training.

Please read the “Considering Certification” page for an outline of course materials and application fee information, and application for people who would like to become a CPI (Certified PraiseMoves Instructor). See Training Dates for Online and In-Person Certifications.

CPI Testimonials – Below are some great CPI testimonials. Questions? Feel free to contact us.

Hear from some Amazing CPIs (Certified PraiseMoves Instructors)

Heather Murguia is a CPI in Missouri:

I chose to be a CPI because I love PraiseMoves so much. I had this tugging on my heart that only comes from God to find out more about becoming a CPI.

“I would just like to encourage all those potential CPIs that anyone can do it!  If God is calling you, don’t hesitate to be obedient.  I want to give a shout out to all the quiet, shy people out there that don’t think they would be able to lead a PraiseMoves class in front of others.  That’s a lie from the enemy himself.  God will equip you with everything you need to lead others in class if you are willing.

I was very nervous about speaking in front of others, but God has helped me overcome that in my classes. All you have to do is ask Him and He’ll help you!” (Heather is on the recorded call with us–Link toward top of page.)

Susan Pope is a CPI in New Jersey:

“Being a CPI has allowed me to dance again! The past few years I have been plagued with shoulder injuries. After numerous tests and physical therapy, I was told I had calcium deposits in my shoulders and elbow which were very painful. I started taking yoga but felt uncomfortable in the class.

“I discovered PraiseMoves and ever since I've been a participant, not a bystander in my healing process. Exercising through the Word, under the anointing of the Holy Spirit allows me to Dance My Prayers daily in a more structured way that I can share with others. I am renewed in body, mind and spirit daily allowing God to choreograph and synchronize my day.”

Laura Lindgren, CPI from Indiana is also one of our dedicated CPI Trainers.

“I have taught PraiseMoves since 2005. I am inching toward 50 and physically I feel better than I felt in my 30's.

I am stronger, more flexible and have learned how to ‘listen' to my body, however, all of this is NOTHING in comparison with my spiritual growth through PraiseMoves.  Thank you PraiseMoves!!!” (Laura is on the recorded call with us–Link toward the top of the page.)

People around the world are enjoying being a CPI!

Jemima Abel, CPI in South Africa:

“The short time that I've had the opportunity to instruct PraiseMoves classes has been the most amazing experience!

“I often hear women speak of situations that they are struggling with and my heart would cry out for them, but I didn’t know how to approach them to offer help.

“At the end of PraiseMoves class after ‘rest and relaxation,’ the ladies would say things like, ‘That’s just what I needed!' or ‘That felt wonderful!' That’s when I know that God in His awesome Power has worked through little me! For me that’s what it’s all about, God working through me to minister to His precious daughters!”

Please read the “Considering Certification” page for the outline of course materials and application fee information, and application for people who would like to become a CPI (Certified PraiseMoves Instructor). See Training Dates for Online and In-Person Certifications.

  1. Greetings of peace and GOD’s blessings!

    I am a retired teacher, and I would like to start a fitness ministry. I am very much interested to do Christ-centered teachings in many aeas, but more particularly in instructing people, young and old, to keep fit and healthy (spiritually, emotionally and physically).

    I am very thankful to GOD, I came across your website this morning. This is indeed a wonderful blessing. Anticipating for your kind reply, thank you so much. More power and Godspeed.

  2. Greetings, Levita!

    Thank you for your kind words. In looking at your email address, I’m wondering if you are from the Philippines?

    If so, you may apply for our correspondence training program here:

    At present, we have one CPI (Certified PraiseMoves Instructor) in the Philippines, Marivic Vidaure. We certainly look forward to seeing more PraiseMoves classes being offered in the Philippines, US, and around the world!

    May God richly bless you. Please let us know how we may assist you.

  3. Hi Laurette,
    I bought Power PraiseMoves about 2 months ago and Love it…i used to do Yoga at my local gym….i found it to conflict with my inner spirit after a while but i did find the moves very relaxing, challenging and stimulating…PraiseMoves fills up my spirit with the Word of God while I am keeping fit….there has been a spark in me to teach a class in my home church lately to want to share some sort of Scripturally based fitness class and program within the community.

    Now that I have found your DVD’s and have invited friends to my house to do PraiseMoves i am also using this as a witness of the Lord’s great love for us.

    I want to be saturated in the Word of God as I live, move and breathe for Him…and I want to share it with others who need Jesus and fitness…thank you for following your passion for Christ and encompassing the fitness community in a way that is Godly and Beautiful…

    When my non-Christian friend comes over…she is getting the Word of God in her as we have a common goal to stay fit… She says your voice is so soothing and that you make scripture flow… She said that she has never experienced anything as wonderful as this in any exercise program…

    Thank you for reading my very long message,
    God Bless…

    1. Danielle! Thank you for your beautiful note. I believe I replied to you personally, but realized I should also put a special thank you on this page, too. What I love is that you are using your PraiseMoves workout as a time to minister to your friend — allowing the Word and the Love of Jesus to touch her heart in a personal way.

      The Word of God is so remarkable, so personal, that He speaks directly to us through His Word — directly to each one’s heart. I am believing with you that your friend comes to know Jesus in a personal and eternal way as her Beloved and Lord of her life.

      His Word will not return to Him void, but it will accomplish what He called it to do. We speak it, believe it and praise through for the breakthrough! Glory to God!!!

  4. I am a filipino now living in Australia and is very much interested to become a CPI.

    I am nurse by profession and is currently an ACE certified group fitness instuctor and personal trainer.

    I am blessed to see how we can worship and praise through our bodies. I would like to be able to share His word and love to others.

    Can we just do the certification and recertification online? Do we really have to attend the certification weekend every two years? That is my concern for now living down under and in the southern hemisphere.

    I also read that praise moves earns ACE cecs. How do we get the equivalent Cecs.

    Thank you and God bless.

    I also work in rotation so I am not sure how often I can attend the webinar live.

    Thanks and god bless.

    1. Hi, Matilda – we are instituting new programs for recertification as well as certification which can be done online. It’s very exciting. Right now, PraiseMoves earns you .8 CECs – – and the webinars will be recorded for those in time zones or work situations which make them unable to attend the live webinars. We look forward to hearing from you!

    2. Hi, Mat (I like your nickname!) – I know I private messaged you, but here’s the reply so others will know, too.

      All the info on Certification is here:

      When ready, you may fill out your application, scan it in and send it to our office with your photo and any other documents you want to show us via email at

      Check out the link above and let me know what questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

  5. I just want to let you know how much I enjoy doing PraiseMoves. It helped me stay in shape & get back to my desired size during and after pregnancy. My 1 year old loves the workouts and starts stretching every time I ask him if he wants to do PraiseMoves with me. I have learned so much scripture from these DVDs and that is such a blessing. Thanks so much for a workout that stretches my body & renews my spirit.

  6. Grace & peace!

    I want to start by apologizing for how long this is goign to be,despite the fact that this will be my best attempt at telling the short version of my story – since I know myself pretty well after 53 yers of living together 🙂
    I am, along with being the Pastors wife of a small, intimate congregation (as in, small enough to see each other on a daily basis – go to the kids ball games & choir recitals, etc.), also the co-founder/director of 3-fold (educate/equip/evangelize) ministry (short explanation – we travel, visiting with other congregation & study groups to teach about the Jewish/Hebraic “roots” of Christianity), a disability/elder care advocate and an unexpectedly retired geriatric nurse that is 2 years post back surgery due – necessitated by 2 ruptured disks in my lower back (which is also the cause of the above mentioned retirement).
    The injury occurred in Feb, 2009 & I have been working with a pain management team since that point. As much as I would have liked to avoid it, my medical background made me realize that first, I needed surgery and second, I was looking at a long road to recovery.
    Unfortunately,after surgery, when the pain moved in the wrong direction (increasing rather than decreasing), it was discovered that there was permanent damage to the 2 main nerves in my left leg. From the very outset, the combination of medication & pain significantly reduced my activity level, and over time, this in turn significantly reduced my mobility/flexibility. Although, as part of the pain management standard of care, I was working with a PT (physical therapist), the doctors informed me that, barring a divine healing, I would be on a regimen of some “heavy duty” medications for the remainder of my life.
    I became pretty discouraged. While I praise God for the many advances in medical science – for the ability to treat conditions once untreatable, increase the quality of life for many and save the life of countless more – I also believe that medication can be and often is over prescribed and misused (purposefully or not) – and knew, with this particular combination, my body would become dependent upon them in the same way a diabetic is dependent upon insulin. In addition, PT wasn’t really making much difference in how I felt or was able to move AND all of them had this “wonderful” side effect called nausea.
    SO, not being able to eat decreased my stamina even more and I knew I needed to do something to at least TRY and change things around. So (again, this is my short version of a long story) – knowing the benefits of the type of movements associated with yoga while at the same time knowing it was impossible to separate yoga itself from its religious/idolatrous roots, I searched the internet for option and, by the grace of God, found your site. After just 2 months, I have seen a good 60% increase in my flexibility and overall strength & stamina – along with a reduced need for my breakthrough pain medications – all achieved in a way that strengthens not only my body, but all the rest of me – mind, emotions AND spirit. I have become a walking advertisement for your program – purchasing most of the DVD’s already and am feeling more & more led to take it to a level where I can share it on a larger scale.
    This brings me to my question (at LAST, you say!). While my flexibility/mobility is greatly increased, I am no where near as flexible as I need to be and, while I know musculature/physiology well enough to know what areas those poses I do know help – I don’t know all the poses themselves. Is it too soon to start thinking about certification or is it OK for an instructor to be just a few steps ahead of those he or she is sharing this time of worship as we strengthen body, soul & our relationship to our Lord & King?
    I want to end with a HUGE thank you – to you, for being sensitive & obedient to the Spirits call & leading – and to God, for calling & equipping you so that He can – has & will continue to – touch the lives of others through you.

    Yeva’rah khekha Adonai v’yishmarekha – ken, yehi ra’tzon!

    Marji Hughes

  7. Dear Laurette,

    I’ve just come across your workouts and wondered how one could train as an instructor for any of your programs, even if they live overseas (i.e. Australia). I have read something about webinars &/or online certification ?

    I am an ex-professional dancer, and have run 2 Dance Schools and a Christian Dance Co. in the past, but only do the occasional choreographic project and ballet examining these days. I’m primarily a theology lecturer presently, but I’d love to teach some movement classes with a Christian underpinning because dance is in my blood.

    Please advise what possibilities you have for overseas teachers.

    with many thanks,
    Sandy Godde.

    1. Greetings, Sandra!

      It is good to hear from you. Here are some links for you: – next Online training is in February
      and – all info for you – and link to a webinar I offered which goes into more detail

      Depending on where in Australia you are located, we may have a Certified PraiseMoves Instructor in your area:
      — They’re actually holding a PraiseMoves Retreat in Australia in the new year – Sharon Parker or Lori Woodward would be good to ask about that.

      And DVDs (hard-copy) as well as downloadable: — this section is new, so just 3 DVDs now, but more to come – and classes downloadable soon, too!

      Please let us know how we may serve you. We look forward to hearing from you!

      May God richly bless you,
      “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor. 6:20)

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